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Grand Rapids Public Schools has a virtual panel to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for youth

Grand Rapids Public Schools has a virtual panel to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for youth

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Grand Rapids Public Schools will have a virtual panel of local doctors to answer questions from the community about COVID-19 vaccinations for youth.

According to a district press release, the virtual informational sessions will be held at 9:30 am and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The GRPS Parent University and the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute have partnered to organize the events.

School leaders said the sessions will provide GRPS caregivers with an opportunity to receive non-biased information about the COVID-19 youth vaccination in a Q&A format.

GRPS and the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute are working together to ensure that every family feels informed about COVID-19 vaccinations for our youth, reads the online announcement. As we have all lived through this epidemic together, we all know that there is a lot of information out there that can be overwhelming for parents/guardians, he added.

The panel of local clinicians will be available via Zoom, and the two meetings are available here.

Here is a list of the organizations that will be represented at the event:

  • Agnar Health Solutions is a business partnership with Aggenar.
  • Center for Adolescent & Child Neurology (CACN)
  • Cherry Street Health is a public health organization located in Cherry St.
  • Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (Grand Rapid)
  • GRPS School Health Services are provided by a number of local authorities.
  • Kent County Health Department, Kent Health Authority, is a health department located in Kent.
  • Mercy Health is a hospital that treats patients with disabilities.
  • Mission Point Healthcare is a medical facility located in Mission Park.
  • Spectrum Health is a division of Spectrum Medicine that provides services to the public.
  • University of Michigan Health West Health

According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, about 41% of children ages 12-15 have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 37% have been fully vaccinated. 48% of teens ages 16-19 have initiated the COVID-19 vaccine process and 44% are fully vaccinated, according to data.

GRPS encourages anyone with questions about the informational event to contact the Gris Family and Community Engagement office by phone at 616-819-1977, or by email at

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