JCPS unveils plan to vaccinate 130,000 students in 172 schools


by Stephanie Collins

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 24 at 7:28 PM

The largest vaccination program in Kentuckiana history will start Monday morning and we now know the timetable when every student in Jefferson County can get the swine flu vaccine.

In New Zion, the health dept is holding another clinic for those only in the high risk category for H1N1.  There are about 3000 doses available.

It’s small in comparison to the thousands of school-age students who will be vaccinated starting Monday.

One dose at a time, flu mist or shot will be given to 130,000 students at 172 public and private schools.

"This is the most ambitious school vaccine in our community since Saulk in 1950's.”

This historic effort begins Monday morning November 30th and continues through Friday December 18th. 10 to 12 schools each day representing a cross-section of the county.

It's free and they hope all will get the vaccine.

"It would be great to get 100% but I think that is unrealistic target if we get through one third to one half that is a reasonable expectation."

Permission slips are in the process of being sent home,  about 27,000 have been returned.  While there's an option for a shot or nasal mist, the health department hopes parents will select either.

And like the other clinics, the vaccine will be administered by nurses this time from the schools, health department and Norton’s.

35,000 doses are ready for Monday morning with a promise there will be enough for all 15 days.

"We may have to temporarily slow H1N1 vaccine until we get more but we don't expect that to happen."

The drive through clinic is one for the record books, the Guinness Record.

And beginning Monday morning the health department and schools are planning to break another.

This is a voluntary program and no child will be vaccinated without a parent's permission.

This is for kindergarten through high school and it's free.

These shots are for the students but parents may accompany their child.