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Vax clinic for elementary youngsters to be held in Mon schools starting Wednesday

MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County students from 5 to 11 years of age will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves for the COVID vaccine this coming week.

The first-time doses will be given at Mon’s 10 elementary schools, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Donna Talerico said.

“We just want to make this as easy as possible for our students and their families,” she said previously.

Clinics will run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, she said.

Morning doses Wednesday will be given from 8:45-10 a.m. at Mountainview Elementary and 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Brookhaven.

Ridgedale Elementary hosts the first afternoon clinic that day from noon-1 p.m., with Cheat Lake following on the schedule from 1:30-3 p.m.

Thursday’s clinics include Mason-Dixon Elementary and Mylan Park from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 10-11:15 a.m., respectively.

Shots at Skyview Elementary will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. that day.

Clinics on Friday will be from 8:15-9:30 a.m. at Eastwood Elementary and 10-11:30 a.m. at North; followed by 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Suncrest Elementary.

Students must have parental consent, Talerico said.

Parents or other caregivers will also be allowed to accompany children who are anxious about receiving the dose, she said.

Talerico said she hopes the latest go of first-time shots will be a literal shot in the arm for a school district trying to maintain a measure of normalcy while the pandemic stubbornly hangs on.

On the County Alert Map maintained by the state Department of Health Human Services, Monongalia County is showing orange.

A total of 14 counties are in the red with just eight displaying green, the best hue in charting the contagion.

In contrast, 47 counties — including Monongalia — are showing red on the Harvard map, which Mon’s county health officer Dr. Lee B. Smith regularly consults. The eight remaining counties are orange.

As of Friday, the state DHHR reported 4,610 deaths from COVID and its complications, with a 33-year-old man from Marion County among the latest victims.

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