• ISD 318 is partnering with Itasca County Public Health, Bigfork Valley, Essentia Health, and Grand Itasca to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our community.

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available in our area for children aged 5 to 11.

    Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital will be offering vaccine clinics at East Rapids and West Rapids Elementaries:

    • West Rapids Elementary: Thursday, November 11 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, with the second dose being administered Thursday, December 2.
    • East Rapids Elementary: Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, with the second dose being administered on Wednesday, December 8.

    Click here to register for either clinicThese vaccine clinics are open to any child aged 5 to 11. Your child does not need to be enrolled in the elementary school where they receive the vaccine.

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine. A completed consent form must also be completed. Click here to access the consent form.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for questions and answers about the 5-11 year old clinics.

    Walk-in vaccinations are available for 12+ at local clinics and pharmacies.

    Walk-in appointments for the vaccine are also available at Grand Itasca from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, for anyone 12 years and older. Children 12+ and adults may also receive a vaccine directly from their primary health clinic or pharmacy.

    The decision to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination is a personal one and we respect each family's right to choose for their child. There is no requirement to obtain a vaccine and there are no penalties if you choose not to vaccinate your child.

    Students who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to complete quarantines if they are a close contact. Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days past dose number two.

    The vaccine provided to students is the Pfizer vaccine and will be administered in two doses, 21 days apart. If you have questions about the vaccine, please plan to have a conversation with your healthcare provider. Bigfork Valley, Grand Itasca, and Essentia all have excellent FAQ pages on their websites. You can find links to those sites when you visit the Itasca County Public Health website and click on the vaccinations link.

FAQ for 5-11 Year Olds and Pfizer

  • Why are these vaccine clinics open to people 5-11 years of age only?

  • Do I need to consent for my child to receive the vaccine?

  • Does my 5-11 year old need a 2nd dose of the vaccine?

  • Is the vaccine safe for my 5-11 year old?