The DCH Health System is encouraging all who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to visit its back-to-school clinic on Aug. 21.

The clinic serves to allow anyone who is returning to a classroom environment to get vaccinated, as the Tuscaloosa city and county school systems both resumed instruction this week. However, anyone who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine can do so at this event.

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The clinic will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. until noon at DCH's Remote Vaccination Site, located just across the street from the hospital. Volunteers from West Alabama Pediatrics, Tuscaloosa Pediatrics and Bama Pediatrics are all lending their time for the event.

Volunteers will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as it is currently the only shot authorized by the FDA to be given to children ages 12 to 17.

A news release from DCH added that the site will only be a drive-thru, so participants must arrive in a vehicle. Young people ages 12 to 17 will be required to have a written consent form filled out by their parent or guardian before receiving the vaccine. Parents or guardians of those under 18 will need to be present for their vaccine.

To register for the vaccine on Saturday, Aug. 21, or the regularly scheduled Friday times, visit DCH's COVID-19 vaccine information site here.

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