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Julie Williams

Lake Fenton Community Schools superintendent

As we approached and celebrated the beginning of 2021, there was still much uncertainty as to what the New Year would bring. We are still living with a pandemic that is wreaking havoc across our nation, we are still wearing masks and we are still waiting for the days we can gather with our family and friends. What 2021 did bring was hope. It brought hope that the vaccine would get widely distributed, students could begin to return to school and we could begin to feel a sense of “normal” once again. We all know this will not happen overnight, but at least we can see some of the positive strides taking place to take us in that direction.

As you may already know, Lake Fenton High School is a Point of Dispensing (POD) site in Genesee County. We are pleased to serve in this capacity and do our part to serve our community in a time of need. We have received several inquiries about our POD for the COVID 19 vaccine. I am providing a brief Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand how it will work.

When will the POD site open? This will be decided by the Genesee County Health Department and the amount of vaccines they have for distribution.

How do I make an appointment? If you are identified in Phase 1A or 1B of the Vaccine Prioritization and Availability Chart, you can schedule an appointment at any of the locations currently open by visiting the Genesee County Health Department website at www.gchd.us/covid.html. The Vaccine Prioritization chart is also located on their website.

Why is Lake Fenton High School a POD site? Several years ago, six school districts were identified to serve as Point of Dispensing (POD) sites for medical information, medication and/or medical care in the event of a natural or human disaster and emergencies. This is part of our county’s Emergency Operations plan and is a collaboration between the GCHD, the Office of the Genesee County Sheriff and the school districts.

When the school POD site is open, do I call the school to make an appointment? No. All appointments will be scheduled through the Genesee County Health Department.

Will students be vaccinated during the school day? No. The current vaccine is only approved for students ages 16 and older. Any individual under the age of 18 will need parent permission to receive the vaccine. Again, this will all be scheduled through the GCHD.

How will the POD site work? Weather permitting, the plan is to run the site in the parking lot. The GCHD has obtained tents, heaters, generators, etc. to help make the process as comfortable and efficient as possible. Vaccines are administered while you remain in your vehicle.

If you have not decided whether you will receive the vaccine and you are looking for additional information, the GCHD recommended Medcram videos, which can be found on YouTube.

Let’s stay positive and continue to push forward.

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