ISD 318 is partnering with Itasca County Public Health, Bigfork Valley, Essentia Health, and Grand Itasca to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our students ages 16 and older. Just like our annual flu vaccine clinics, these are voluntary clinics held at the school during the school day.
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 complete the vaccination series will still have to wear a mask in schools and at school events. However, 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.
All students aged 16-17 MUST have a completed consent form prior to vaccine administration. All students aged 16-18 should complete the Essentia Health Registration Form.
There is no cost for the vaccine, however, Essentia is required to collect insurance information.
Itasca County Public Health Vaccine Page (includes FAQ links for Bigfork Valley, Grand Itasca, and Essentia)