COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Students 12 and Older

Smyth County Public Schools and the Mount Rogers Health District will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to students ages 12 and older on Monday, May 24. The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose series and approved for ages 12 and older. Two weeks after receiving the second dose, persons are considered fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated reduces the risk of disease, hospitalization, and death. Being vaccinated also protects friends, family, and the community. Once fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
 
Over the recent few weeks, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our schools and communities. It is important for those 12 and older to be vaccinated to help prevent the spread of the virus in schools, sports, and other
extracurricular activities. Wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands help reduce the spread, and
now receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help prevent the spread of disease.

Common side effects from the vaccine include pain at the injection site, headache, muscle or joint pain,
fever, and chills. These side effects typically resolve within 12-24 hours. Please review the Emergency
Use Authorization (EUA) for specific vaccine information. More information about the Pfizer vaccine is available on the FDA's website.

The Pfizer vaccines will be administered from 1-6 pm at Chilhowie High School, Marion Senior High School, and Northwood High School. Please register your child to receive the vaccine at the high school serving your attendance area, as shown below:
 
If your child attends Chilhowie High School, Chilhowie Middle School, or Chilhowie Elementary School, register by going to https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/4012349569, review the
EUA, and sign the consent. The consent must be signed by a Parent or Guardian in order to receive the
vaccine. Transportation will be provided to and from Chilhowie High for students who schedule a vaccine during the school day.
 
If your child attends Marion Senior High School, Marion Middle School, Marion Elementary School, Oak Point Elementary School, Atkins Elementary School, or Sugar Grove Elementary School, register by going to https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/1932952604, review the
EUA, and sign the consent. The consent must be signed by a Parent or Guardian in order to receive the
vaccine. Transportation to and from Marion Senior High will be provided for students who schedule a vaccine during the school day.
 
If your child attends Northwood High School, Northwood Middle School, Rich Valley Elementary School, or Saltville Elementary School, register by going to https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/6035129479, review the EUA, and sign the consent. The consent must be signed by a Parent or Guardian in order to receive the vaccine. Transportation to and from Northwood High will be provided for students who schedule a vaccine during the school day.