Cranston East vaccinates hundreds of students on first day of vaccine clinic

The clinic is being held as a way for students to get fully vaccinated before prom and graduation.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Many high school students across the state now have the ability to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at their own school.

On Monday, students at Cranston East became the first do so.

Cranston East was able to vaccinate over 200 students during their clinic hosted by the City, Health and Fire Departments.

The clinic is being held as a way for students to get fully vaccinated before prom and graduation. Once students received their first dose, they were automatically scheduled for their second on May 24.

One of those students was Cranston East Junior, Darnell Hyde. He said getting his first dose is a first step toward normalcy.

“I feel like if everybody gets vaccinated sooner, we can all be out of this and go back to our normal lives. I think this helps give everybody a sense of freedom and entertainment since they can be around their friends to end the year,” Hyde told ABC6.

He hopes by getting the vaccine, he can influence his friends to do the same.

“I feel like a lot of people will look after me and a lot of my friends will decide to get it especially as more events open.”

Although many students have already received their vaccines at local pharmacies, Mayor Ken Hopkins said the school serves as a convenient site for those who haven’t.

“We’re trying to get to the tail end of those who couldn’t do it before. It’s more of a convenience thing.”

According to Rhode Island state law anyone as young as 16 can consent to routine or emergency medical care; meaning they have the right to make their own decision as to whether or not they want to receive the shot.

While the clinic is not a requirement, several parents believe this a way for schools to pressure their kids to get vaccinated.

A Facebook group called Health Choice Rhode Island posted on their page that a scheduled clinic does not qualify as emergency care. The group is requesting that the clinic either be cancelled or removed from school grounds.

Mayor Hopkins responded by saying this clinic is in no way a requirement.

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