Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A 14-year-old (accompanied by a parent, not shown) is vaccinated Monday. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Deidre Smith, Naval Hospital Jacksonville)

Cambridge health officials are working to bring students aged 12 and older the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week. It is a two-dose vaccine, so two free appointments spaced roughly three weeks apart will be necessary for full protection from the coronavirus.

There are some 3,000 eligible students in the 12-and-up age range, superintendent Kenneth Salim said.

Families with eligible students are being contacted via postcards, robocalls and electronic messaging, said Cambridge Public Health Department associate chief of clinical services Tracy Rose-Tynes. Families are also being contacted through out-of-school partners, and there may be a student campaign encouraging peers to sign up for the clinic slot.

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui added that ice cream – eaten while outside and socially distanced – may be involved to sweeten the appeal of getting vaccinated.

Announcements for the vaccinations started going out Wednesday, and some families have already signed up their students. “I just want to say we are so excited about this vaccine clinic,” Tynes said.

The city-run vaccine clinic will be held at the CRLS field house. The first doses will be administered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26; second doses will be given from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 16.

Parents must be present for both shots for students aged 12 through 15; students aged 16 through 17 can bring a consent form signed by parent or guardian; and students 18 and older can sign their own consent forms.

Registration for most students is via, while high school and high school extension program students may walk in without an appointment to register after the school day.

Other student vaccine clinics

Cambridge students can also go to a first-dose youth vaccine clinic to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Buckingham, Brown & Nichols school, 50 Gerry’s Landing Road, West Cambridge. The second-dose clinic is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to give consent. Limited parking is available.

The Cambridge Health Alliance provides vaccines for people 12 and older at locations in Somerville, Medford and Everett. Hours vary, and appointments are highly recommended.

Multilingual vaccine information sessions

Vaccine information sessions for Haitian Creole and Spanish speakers will be held online via the Cambridge Public Library website.

One is today: Covid-19 vaccine information in Haitian Creole will be given at 6 p.m. with panelists physician assistant Sonnly Ribourg; Cambridge Haitian service coordinator for the Department of Human Services at the Multi-Service Center Jean Bernard Jeune; and nurse Dominique Jean.

The Spanish session is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 27 with nurse practitioner Maria Terra, registered nurse Florence Grant and School Committee member Jose Luis Rojas on the panel.