Solely three college students out of 1,300 join vaccine in Youngstown

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The district nurse, Kenyetta Burr, was not surprised

by: Gerry Ricciutti

Posted: May 7, 2021 / 4:34 pm EDT
Updated: May 7, 2021 / 4:34 p.m. EDT

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – COVID-19 vaccines were made available in school districts around Mahoning County this week, but the response has been slow.

Vaccines come to high schools to vaccinate students aged 16 and over

Friday marked the second day that students aged 16 and over at East and Chaney High Schools in Youngstown could get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

But only three of around 1,300 eligible students have registered for it.

The district nurse, Kenyetta Burr, was not surprised.

“With all the media dealing with health problems, the risks people take are very small. But I think that has a lot to do with why parents are uncomfortable giving their child vaccinations, ”said Burr.

The district has planned clinics at both high schools this Monday.

Unused doses will be offered to the public at QuickMed Urgent Care locations in the region.