Princeton Public School District hosts vaccination clinics for students, families and staff
Princeton Public Schools and the Princeton Department of Health are teaming up to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to students, families and school district staff, including students ages 5 to 11, according to the school district officials.
Superintendent of Schools Carole Kelley announced the two impending vaccination clinics at the November 9 meeting of the Princeton Public Schools Education Council. She said it was “really exciting” to see younger students getting vaccinated.
The appointment-only vaccination clinics, which are not open to the public, have been set for November 30 and December 21. They will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building at 45 Stockton St. The building is across the parking lot from Monument Hall.
Appointments can be made through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System online at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder or by calling 855-568-0545, officials said.
The pediatric version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 will be available at both clinics. Children who receive their first dose of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine at the November 30 clinic would be eligible to receive a second dose at the December 21 clinic.
If a family misses both clinics, pediatric vaccinations will also be offered at local pediatricians’ offices, some pharmacies and Princeton University. These appointments can be made through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System.
The Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old will be available in clinics on November 30 and December 21. Adult vaccines will also be available at clinics, including booster shots for all three brands – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Eligible adults who have received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are eligible for a booster six months after the second dose. Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible two months after their initial dose.
As of Nov. 8, 97% of Princeton residents aged 12 to 17 had received one dose and 82% had received the second dose, making them fully vaccinated, according to the Princeton Department of Health.
All Princeton residents aged 65 or older have received both vaccines and are fully vaccinated, but only 24% of adults eligible for a booster had received one as of Nov. 8, the Princeton Department of Health said.