Watauga High School hosts vaccine clinic for students, parents

WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — Students and parents lined up Wednesday at Watauga High School to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The event was a team effort, held in partnership with AppHealthCare and Boone Drug, which provided close to 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The Watauga County Health Department and Samaritan’s Purse also helped with the event.

The clinic was open to all Watauga High School students ages 16 and older and their parents.

“The majority of our students who get COVID are getting it in their families, from their parents and older adults in their families,” Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott told Channel 9′s Dave Faherty.

“If we get our parents vaccinated, if we can get our high school kids vaccinated, it’s just so key to being able to keep our schools open,” he said.

Student Dalton Reece said he was getting the vaccine “just to be safe … because I really want life to get back to normal.”

Several weeks ago, a vaccine clinic was held at the high school for teachers and school staff. According to Elliot, more than 90% of the school’s faculty have received the COVID-19 vaccine.