District, DMC offering COVID vaccines to older students and their parents

A Dearborn Public Schools employee receives her COVID vaccination in February 2021.

Dearborn Public School students age 16 to 18 years old and their parents have an opportunity to sign up to get COVID vaccinations at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

Students 16 and older and their parents are allowed to sign up under the agreement worked out between the district and the DMC. Parents should use this vaccination registration form to sign up. (Arabic registration form here.)

Vaccinations will be scheduled on April 8, 9 and 16.  Those participating will be offered the Pfizer vaccination, which is the only one approved for people younger than 18. Those getting the shot will need to plan to receive the second dose of the vaccine three weeks later. 

DMC offers some modesty rooms for women whose religious beliefs would prevent them from getting the shot in their shoulder in a more public setting.

Dearborn Public Schools will provide transportation to DMC for those who need it, and students will be excused from class if their vaccination is scheduled during class time.  Students and parents are also permitted to drive themselves to the appointment, but only those receiving a vaccination can attend the vaccination clinic.

A brief survey of parents last week showed more than 500 eligible students were interested in getting the shots. Because only Pfizer is approved for those younger than 18, getting students vaccinated was more difficult for many families.

On Monday, April 5, Michigan opens vaccine eligibility up to anyone 16 years or older.  The City of Dearborn has appointments available for those over the age of 18 at its vaccination site at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. To sign up, visit the City of Dearborn website. ACCESS, a community organization, is also offering vaccines at its Dearborn location.

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko has been passionate about ensuring the safety of staff and students during the pandemic and worked tirelessly with community partners to ensure vaccinations were available to people who wanted one when they became eligible to receive one under state guidelines.

The district does not require students or staff to be vaccinated.  The three vaccines being administered in the United States have all met strict FDA safety requirements. Michigan is again one of the worst states in the country for the spread of COVID.

To receive the vaccine, underage students will need parents to sign permission slips provided by the DMC and included in the email with the link to sign up for a shot.  Students will also need parent permission if they need to take the bus to the vaccination site.  Families who do not have access to a printer can get paper copies of the forms through their child’s high school.

Map to vaccination location Park in DMC Harper Hospital North Parking Deck. Walk along the front of the hospital, past the emergency room entrance and past the main entrance to find the vaccine entrance. Bring parking stub for validation.

Forms to bring:

Consent to outpatient treatment

COVID vaccine consent

Permission to take the bus (Only for Dearborn students taking a bus from home high school)

For your information:

Pfizer vaccine information sheet