12-and-ups get shots at school


Macy Rhie, Contributing Writer

The school held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by the Brewster Ambulance Company at the Nicholas Athletic Center (NAC) on Saturday, May 22, where 161 community members, the majority 12- to 15-year-olds, received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The turnout was less than half of the 400-person capacity for the day, according to EMT and Brewster team member Fallon Raithel.

To make the process more efficient and less intimidating, Ms. Raithel said, the Brewster Ambulance Company pre- drew all the shots.

“It’s not as scary for younger kids when they are sitting there getting ready,” she said. “Because it’s pre-drawn, there is less time to look at the needle and more time to get comfortable.”

After the shot came the standard 15-minute waiting period to track any adverse reactions before those vaccinated could leave. Since the NAC is already set up for classroom learning, there were multiple waiting areas.

Enrica Parmigiani ’24 said she found the process easy.

“It was really organized, and the lady who gave me my shot was super nice,” Enrica said. “I’m not really scared of shots, but she still asked me if I wanted her to count down.”

Charlotte Trodden ’24 said she appreciated being able to make the appointment through the school.

“I liked how quick it was to get in and out of the building,” Charlotte added. “The process of filling out information, getting the shot, and waiting for 15 minutes was seamless and easy to navigate.”

On Sunday, June 13, the school will offer a second and final vaccine clinic at the NAC for those seeking either first or second doses.