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D91 will open community vaccination clinics next week

Forest Park Public School District 91 will not be holding classes on Monday November 22nd and Tuesday November 23rd to allow families to vaccinate children newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

While school may not run on Monday, both the Betsy Ross School, 1315 Marengo Ave., and Grant-White School, 147 Circle Ave., will host community vaccination clinics from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to Nurys Uceta-Ramos Family and Health Center District community engagement manager.

The vaccination clinics will be held in partnership with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the cans will be available to all community members, not just school children or Forest Park residents. Online pre-registration at bit.ly/FPSD91Vaccines is recommended but not required. First dose and booster doses will be available, with the district considering a second dose clinic in the week of December 20th.

Superintendent Elizabeth Alvarez sent a message to the parents earlier this month announcing the decision to close schools for two days and saying that the move was in consultation with Mayor Rory Hoskins and other village officials. Alvarez added that the district is working with the Howard Mohr Community Center, the Park District of Forest Park and the Forest Park Public Library to ensure that on Dec.

In a follow-up letter this week, Alvarez acknowledged the challenges posed by the relatively short-term closings of schools and said “It was not an easy decision,” but noted that school cases increased slightly, along with the feedback she received from Both parent and teacher surveys received triggered the move. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, students will be out of service for the entire week of November 22nd. One of these days will be made up for on March 15, wrote Alvarez, when originally there was a day off for students and an institute day for teachers.

In her letters home, she also strongly advocated the vaccine, which is widely used by staff and teachers in the district. Only four of the county’s 192 employees were unvaccinated as of November 5.

The district reported 11 positive cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff in the week of November 7-13, which is by far the highest total for the school year. As of August 22, there have been only 34 confirmed cases in the district.

“Vaccinating your child will not only help them, their families, neighbors and friends be better protected against COVID-19, but it will also mean that your child will no longer need to be quarantined if they are exposed to someone who.” Infected with COVID-19. “At school and remains asymptomatic,” Alvarez wrote to parents. “This leads to fewer learning disorders for the children due to quarantine and supports families who no longer have to look for childcare when their child has to be in quarantine.”

District 91 Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez sits in her office in the Forest Park School District building for a photo on Monday, November 1, 2021 in Forest Park. | ALEX ROGALS / employee photographer

The November 22nd clinics are the first in Forest Park specifically targeting children ages 5-11 since the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on November 2nd from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for that age group was approved. Forest Park was home to several clinics during the pandemic, including a major clinic in the former HOBO store in March.

The Howard Mohr Community Center hosted a vaccination and flu vaccination clinic earlier this month, which, according to Karen Dylewski, the center’s director, distributed about 100 doses at a time. An additional clinic was held at Forest Park American Legion Post 414 on Sunday, November 14th.

For older children and adults who don’t want to wait for the clinic on November 22nd at Forest Park Schools, Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park is hosting a clinic on Sunday, November 20th from 10am to 1pm

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available to people 12 years and older, with Johnson & Johnson’s single shot vaccine also being offered to people 18 years and older. Walk-ins are welcome at Riveredge Clinic. Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are also widely available in doctor’s offices and local pharmacies.

According to the Cook County’s Department of Health, 10,695 Forest Parkers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, roughly 74.6% of the population, an increase of 248 residents since Nov. 1. Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week, a small increase from the week before but still with an infection rate below the rest of the suburb of Cook County.

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