Students age 16 and older, as well as their families, can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments Thursday in Eveleth.
St. Louis County Public Health will offer the Pfizer vaccine at Thursday's clinic. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for anyone age 16 and older, while the Moderna vaccine is only approved for people age 18 and older. The county's more permanent vaccine site in Eveleth offers the Moderna vaccine.
"The clinic is being offered to make it as easy as possible for students to get vaccinated now to minimize the risk of having to quarantine and miss graduation, sports playoff competitions and any other late-spring or summer activities and celebrations," a news release from St. Louis County said.
The clinic will take place from 1-6:30 p.m. at the Eveleth Curling Club, 901 Hat Trick Ave. To make an appointment, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration. Walk-ins will be accepted at the clinic, but registration is recommended, according to the release.
Public Health Division Director Amy Westbrook said in the release that the county is working with schools and other community groups to remove obstacles that may prevent people from getting vaccinated.
"It's why we're offering this clinic after school and evening hours, and it's why we're allowing walk-in appointments," Westbrook said. "A lot of the student athletes we hope to reach have games or practices that day, which may be difficult to schedule around, so we are allowing walk-in appointments as well to try and better accommodate all."
Those ages 16 and 17 must attend the vaccine clinic with a parent or guardian, as they need to sign a consent form. Exceptions include those ages 16 and 17 who live apart from a guardian and manage their own finances or are married or have had a child.
Teenagers and young adults have made up the bulk of people in the county testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Last week, 27% of the county's cases were in people ages 5-19, according to the county.
People are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine. At that point, people do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms.
The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is required three weeks after the first, while the two doses of the Moderna are administered four weeks apart. Those who get their first vaccine dose Thursday should get their second dose around May 13, making them fully vaccinated May 27.