THE CNMI received its first doses of the pediatric Covid-19 vaccine and began rolling out immunizations on Saturday at the multi-purpose center.

This week, Public Health began working with some member schools of the Commonwealth Coalition of Private School as a start of its program to vaccinate students at school sites. Sixty-four students aged 5-11 were vaccinated on Tuesday at Saipan International School.

“We are extremely happy to be able to work with Public Health to offer the vaccination to families that want it. We decided to have a little fun with it by having our high school population welcome the vaccinated elementary students from a distance while playing music from the ‘Music to Get Vaccinated To’ playlist. I believe these types of proactive partnerships between Public Health and schools will help us maintain strong educational programs, while protecting our students in these difficult times,” said Dr. Ron Snyder, SIS headmaster.

Other non-public schools have also signed up to be vaccination sites including, but not limited to, Brilliant Star, Mount Carmel and Saipan Community School.

“Despite the unfortunate community spread over the past couple weeks, we as educators are grateful that the guidelines and protocols in place have mitigated the impact of Covid-19 at this time,” commented Amanda Dunn, principal of Saipan Community School, adding, “this also indicates how successful the Covid-19 Task Force, CHCC and the CNMI government have been in vaccinating our population and isolating individuals who have tested positive.  I hope that the availability of the vaccine for children ages 5 - 11 will only strengthen our ability to get through this crisis together as a community.”

The Pfizer vaccine has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control in the United States, joining many other countries worldwide offering the vaccine to younger children.

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