Belton ISD Is Offering Free COVID-19 Vaccinations Ahead of the New School Year
School is starting soon, and Central Texas students will certainly face unique challenges this fall. Unfortunately, one of those challenges is the continued spread of COVID-19.
Cases are on the rise in Bell County, and Belton ISD is hoping to make a dent in the problem by offering two free walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
Note: While the clinics are primarily aimed at getting BISD students and parents vaccinated, all community members are welcome. So, even if you're not a Belton student or parent, you can receive a free initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine at one of the two clinics scheduled this month.
After you receive your first dose, they'll schedule you for dose 2 (again, free of charge) and get you all the information you'll need.
The first clinic is scheduled for Friday, August 13 from 3 PM to 7 PM at Southwest Elementary, 611 Saunders Street. Anyone age 12 or over is welcome to attend, but a child under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This clinic is courtesy of a partnership between Belton ISD and the National Guard.
The second clinic is scheduled for Monday, August 16 from 9 AM to 3 PM at South Belton Middle School, 805 Sagebrush Drive. The same age rules apply, and in addition to the free Pfizer vaccine, this clinic will also offer additional immunizations that students may need ahead of the new school year. The Bell County Public Health District is helping make this clinic possible.
“Our hope is that offering community-wide vaccine clinics at our campuses will make it easier and more convenient for families to prioritize the steps they can take to support a healthy school year,” said Marylisa Fanning, director of Health Services in Belton ISD. “We are thankful to have community partners come alongside us to help make this possible.”
“We hope all community members, not just those connected to Belton ISD, will take advantage of this opportunity if it's helpful to them,” Fanning said. “As a reminder, Belton ISD does not require staff or students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but we’re happy to help make it available to those who want it.”
Again, these are walk-in clinics, so no appointment is necessary. Please be sure to wear a mask if you attend to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Together, we can put this pandemic behind us. Vaccines are an important step in getting there, so please consider attending one of these clinics if you've not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. There's no telling how many lives you may save.