(PHOTOS) Indian Creek Elementary hosts vaccination event

RN Carol Allen administers the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Clarkston, GA — On Saturday, Feb. 5, around three hundred children and their families lined up to get COVID-19 vaccines during a free clinic at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston.

This was the second “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event held for students and their family members by DeKalb County and community partners focusing on schools in low vaccination areas. According to organizers, 160 people were vaccinated during the first school vax event at International Community School in greater Decatur on Jan. 26.

“We want DeKalb to be the most vaccinated county in the state, and the best and easiest way to get lifesaving shots to kids and their families is showing up at a place they know and trust – their school,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry in a press release.

The free vaccination clinics will be offered in select schools on Saturday mornings and after school. Everyone aged 5 and up getting a first, second or booster shot receives a $100 cash card as an incentive.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, as of Feb. 1, 57% percent of DeKalb County residents are fully vaccinated and 63% have at least one dose. 24% have gotten a booster. For children, the number of first doses are: ages 5-9:  24%, ages 10-14:  50% and ages 15-19:  67%.

LPN Nicole Banks draws up a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
RN Stephanie Bennett, Director of Patient and Family Centered Care at Emory Healthcare talks with a person in the post-vaccine waiting area during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
EMT Marianne Bendross administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a child during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
People wait 15 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Medical school graduate Najeeb Siddiq, explains the COVID-19 test procedure to a worker helping out at the “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
LPN Sheena Turner administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a child during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Ashley Yancey, Infection Control Coordinator at Emory Healthcare gives people nutrition advice during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Indian Creek Elementary School Principal Stephanie Brown-Bryant helps a family navigate the line during the “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at the school on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Workers from CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) check in students and their families during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Students and family members wait to be called inside to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed’ event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Every child who received the COVID-19 vaccine was given a goodie bag with comic books, masks, crayons, pins and stickers during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Pre-med student Kathy Ning volunteers with the Clarkston Community Health Center to give COVID-19 tests to workers and volunteers helping out at the “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Students wait in the school’s gym with their families to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
$100 cash gift cards were given to every person age 5 and up that received the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Students and family members enter the school gym to receive their COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed” themed vaccination event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Students and family members wait to be called inside to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a “Be a Superhero, Get Vaxxed’ event at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Indian Creek Elementary Principal Stephanie Brown-Bryant said 300 people signed up to receive first, second and booster COVID-19 shots at the school on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. “It was super easy,” Brown-Bryant said. “Parents really want their kids to be safe. We have a trusting relationship already. Interpreters gave as much information about the vaccine as possible. We also prepped parents with several online meetings [with] a diverse group of pediatricians.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
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