ANNA MARIA — Beginning at 3:30 p.m. today, an HINI immunization clinic will be available at Anna Maria Elementary for students enrolled there.
It’s the first of seven Manatee County School District elementaries in the county to distribute the vaccine.
The clinic, operated by the Manatee County Health Department, will take place at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Both the shot and nasal mist forms of the vaccine will be given to students through 7 p.m. tonight, according to information from the Manatee County Health Department and the school district.
Health department staff will provide the vaccines to students whose parents or guardians are in attendance with signed consent forms.
When middle and high school clinics are scheduled at a later date, those students will not be required to have parents present.
The additional six public school clinic are: Blackburn Elementary, Nov. 9; Bayshore Elementary, Nov. 10; Freedom Elementary, Nov. 12; Braden River Elementary, Nov. 13; Kinnan Elementary, Nov. 16; and Tillman Elementary, Nov. 17.
An eight-page information packet is being distributed to all Manatee County students. It contains the consent form and vaccine information sheets that explain the risks and contradictions associated with any immunization.
Parents who want their children to receive the vaccine will be required to return the consent forms to their school within three days of receiving it. Parents who do not wish to have their children vaccinated can simply not return the form.
Health department officials say they will release another schedule of clinic sites and dates by mid-November based on the availability of the vaccine.
As locations are set, the remaining information packets will be sent home. In addition, a message from each school’s principal will be sent.