Health First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Host Free ‘High School Day’ on Saturday, May 1 in Melbourne
By Space Coast Daily // April 30, 2021
Vaccine event set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 611 E. Sheridan Road in Melbourne
Teens 16 and up can help protect themselves and others by getting their free immunizations Saturday, May 1. Many colleges and universities require proof of vaccination prior to arrival on campus, as well as summer camps and activities.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – High School students will have a special vaccination opportunity created just for them, and Health First is here to help accommodate their busy class and extracurricular activity schedules this weekend.
Brevard’s community healthcare system is hosting a “High School Day” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 1, at its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 611 E. Sheridan Road, Melbourne. Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to teens 16 and up. (Adults may also receive the vaccine if they haven’t had a chance.)
As high school students begin looking to next school year, getting ready for summer activities like sports conditioning and camps, getting that summer job, or preparing to head off to college or life after high school, getting vaccinated now will help give them and their family members greater peace of mind.
Many universities and colleges are also now requiring proof of vaccination prior to arriving on campus, as well as many summer camps and extracurricular activities.
“We know how important it is for many of our students to go back to a physical school and be able to learn and socialize with their peers in person,” said Jessica Maynor, Health First Director of Vaccinations.
“Being able to provide teens 16 and up the opportunity to be vaccinated is important to our whole community.”
There is no pre-registration or sign-up process. If you’re 16 or older, just pop in during the specified window, and we’ll get you vaccinated. If you still prefer a time-specific appointment, you can do that, too.
Just visit hf.org/staywell to register and pick the time that works best for you.
As a reminder, 16- and 17-year-olds seeking a vaccination must bring a parent or legal guardian in order to be immunized, who are required to remain at the side of the minor throughout the registration and vaccination process.
The parent or legal guardian must also sign any and all consent forms for the vaccination, as well as provide documentation proving they are the parent or legal guardian. (Details on acceptable documents can be found at hf.org/staywell, so make sure to review what’s needed before coming in, or the vaccination won’t be administered.)
Any adults 18 and older who’d like to be vaccinated just need to bring their driver’s license as proof of identity.
Even though kids are less likely to suffer the serious health effects that have plagued adults stricken with COVID-19, being immunized with a vaccine that is 95% effective goes beyond protecting them, but the people they are in contact with.
“Being vaccinated can seriously reduce the risk of these teens unknowingly passing an asymptomatic infection to those they interact with – their family members, teachers, coaches and more,” Maynor said.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the closer we come to slowing the spread of this virus.”
While some parents may be concerned with having their children or themselves immunized with a new vaccine, they should take comfort in knowing complications are extremely rare.
With all of the social distancing, masking, hand hygiene and other measures we’ve taken to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19, getting vaccinated is one more critical step. There might be some mild side effects – such as a sore arm, fatigue, fever, a headache, etc. – but they’re a tradeoff for the protection that comes with being immunized.
“We’ve provided more than 37,000 COVID-19 vaccinations so far and have had no reports of severe adverse reactions,” Maynor said.
Find out more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine at hf.org/staywell
Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services.
As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2019, Health First provided more than $180 million in community support.
To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org