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Vienna Schools host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students, community

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JOHNSON COUNTY, IL (WSIL) -- The school year is coming up and registration in our region is underway right now prompting one local district to set-up a "one-stop-shop" for their unvaccinated students and parents.

Vienna Schools teamed up with the Illinois Department of Public Health to offer vaccinations alongside registrations.

"We felt like with the parents and the students coming in just to have that one-stop shop would be an awesome thing to promote for them," says Vienna high school nurse Sherie Smith. "That way when they came through they could just go ahead and get their vaccine and then three weeks later, they're going to be back here at the school to get that second shot."

Vienna Schools are just two weeks away from welcoming students back to class with students returning August 12. High school principal John Giffin says registration numbers are looking normal.

"We've had a lot of families and students coming through," says Giffin. "We're excited about that and excited to get the school year started."

Giffin says it's a natural fit to offer vaccination clinics alongside registration. The school played host to several mobile vax clinics over the summer, school nurse Sherie Smith says the clinics are open to the entire community.

"So not only is it for students, but anyone in the community that would want to come in we have it open for them as well," says Smith.

The clinic offers the Pfizer Vaccine. Principal Giffin says students and parents are ready to get back to school and have a safe year.

"Everybody wants to get back to normal, whatever normal is, but they're excited to be back to school, and they want to be back in school and playing sports again and just being here on the first day, so we've had lots of excitement here today."

Wednesday's clinic is the first of two, with vaccine sites open at the High School and Grade School Thursday from 7 until noon for any resident ages 12-and-older.