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Ascension Sacred Heart Bay gives COVID-19 vaccines to local high school students

Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 10:50 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The pandemic is everywhere you turn, and has left many folks eager to get back to normal.

“COVID has taken so much from us already. I was ready to finally get the vaccine and maybe be able to go out and do more things,” North Bay Haven High School student Andrea Evans said.

Seventeen-year-old Andrea was ready to go when she heard vaccinations were opening up for those sixteen and older.

“Well, I just know that when I get it, I can hopefully show all my friends like you’re not going to turn into a zombie. It’s fine, just get the vaccine. It’s going to be good for you. It doesn’t hurt you. So just trust the process I guess,” Andrea said.

As more people become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Ascension Sacred Heart Bay has been doing everything it can to get more people their shots. Ascension Sacred Heart Bay Medical partnered with Bay District Schools to help start vaccinating students.

“High schoolers are obviously in large groups of people every day when they come to school and so this is really important that we’re here today to be able to offer the vaccine to them because this will give them a level of protection too. Just to feel comfortable to come to school every day,” Ascension Sacred Heart Bay Medical Clinical Transform Specialist Sarah Marler said.

On Saturday, Ascension was at Rutherford High School with 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“I brought her up here to get her vaccine. Basically, we wanted to do this so that when it comes time for our cruise, they won’t say no. All about the cruise,” Andrea’s father Randy Evans said.

As of February, Ascension has vaccinated more than 12,000 people. And that number keeps going up.

Officials say they weren’t able to give out all of the vaccines because of the storm. But Ascension will be hosting another vaccination clinic at Rutherford High School on April 17th with another 1,000 doses.

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