BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Students 16 and older can get the Pfizer vaccine at some East Baton Rouge schools this week.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome launching a new program, ‘Vaccinate before you graduate’— asking high schoolers to get their shot as soon as possible.
“Our youth want to make a return back to campus to see their friends, teachers, and their community, and we can help ensure this happens as safely as possible,” Broome said.
Broome says teenagers are an essential part of the community and this will help bring the city reach herd immunity.
“We know this is the best step we can take to protect ourselves our residents, and the entirety of our community,” Broome said.
The vaccine is voluntary, and students must get their parent’s permission. EBR Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse says students feel the loss of so many high school traditions that happen in person.
“It is time that we get back to having fun on our campuses, whether it’s a sold-out theater performance, a pep rally, a packed gymnasium, school proms, and graduations,” Dr. Narcisse said. “Our students and families deserve to be able to experience those traditional and momentous occasions.”
The district will start dosing out vaccines this Friday.
Participating schools include:
Northdale Magnet Academy
Northeast High School
Liberty Magnet High School
Broadmoor Senior High School
Glen Oaks Magnet High School
McKinley High School
Scotlandville Magnet High School
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
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