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Brandon-Evansville, Osakis and Alexandria students to be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics will be held in each school district.

Area students to receive COVID-19 vaccine if they want it. It will be not be mandatory for them to receive it. (Shutterstock image)

Students around the area will have an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during clinics held at school.

The vaccine is not mandatory, but is being offered to students who are 16 years of age and older. Students who are 16 and 17 can receive the vaccine with parental permission. Those who are 18 years old do not need consent from a parent.

The clinics are being offered through a joint effort with Horizon Public Health, Sanford Health Broadway Clinic and Alexandria Clinic, a service of Alomere Health.

Information about the vaccination clinic was sent home with students, emailed to parents and/or available on each of the school districts’ websites.

The clinic in the Brandon-Evansville School District will be Thursday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.


“Thanks to Horizon, Sanford and Alex Clinic for providing this optional vaccine clinic for our students,” said Superintendent Don Peschel.

For the Osakis School District , the clinic will take place on Thursday, April 22, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Osakis Superintendent Randy Bergquist noted that the district sent out a survey to all students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to see if there was any interest.

“We wanted to find out if they wanted to take this opportunity,” said Bergquist. “And we made sure to state it was not mandatory. It is just an opportunity if they want it.”

The Alexandria School District is working out details yet and did not have dates confirmed as of noon Monday.

Superintendent Rick Sansted said they wouldn’t have information solidified until after the information is presented to the District’s COVID-19 Advisory Team.

Parents can contact each of the school districts to find out more information about the upcoming clinics.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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