Rowan County to host vaccine clinics to prepare for start of school year

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Students in Rowan County will be returning to school in a few weeks, and while the way they learn will be pretty much back to normal, health officials are warning parents that COVID-19 is still a concern.

School leaders have made the decision to make face masks optional, but many parents say their children will continue to wear masks.

“They don’t really have an option,” said Tranise Brown about her 11-year-old twin daughters. “They’re going to wear a mask because my older daughter went through it, so the option part doesn’t count in my home.”

Rowan County’s interim health director Alyssa Harris says she’s particularly concerned about the delta variant and the impact it could have on young people as they head back to school.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9 reporter Tina Terry talks to Harris about her concerns and what the county is doing to help students and teachers get vaccinated.

Upcoming Rowan County Public Health vaccination clinics:

East Rowan High School

July 23, 12-3 p.m.

Return date for 2nd vaccination

Aug. 13, 2-5 p.m.

West Rowan Elementary School

Aug. 3, 12-3 p.m.

Return date for 2nd vaccination

Aug. 24, 2-5 p.m.

Wallace Center

Aug. 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Return date for 2nd vaccination

Aug. 27, 2-5 p.m.

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