Holmen High School holds vaccination clinic for students age 16+

The clinic is the first of its kind in the county

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – Despite dropping vaccine demand, efforts continue to get shots in arms in our community.

“The epidemic is spreading primarily in school-aged children and college-aged kids,” La Crosse County Health Department vaccination clinic manager Dr. Michael White said.

In hopes of slowing down COVID spread in La Crosse County schools, the Fine Arts Center at Holmen High School held a vaccination clinic for its students 16 years and up Friday.

“This is the target group that needs the vaccine most urgently,” White said. “We’re seizing the opportunity to vaccinate students before the end of the school year.”

The clinic, the first of its kind in the county, is being done through a partnership with the La Crosse County Health Department.

White says about 100 people, including students and their parents, are rolling up their sleeves.

“If they want to stop quarantining, the best way to do that is get the shots,” White said.

Growing amounts of people are hesitant with the vaccine, a factor why demand is down.

“It is an experimental vaccine,” White said. “It’s the first time we’re doing it in kids.”

But the school’s student services director, Matt Meyers, says there’s a positive vibe in the high school.

“I think there’s some natural nervousness just involved with getting a shot,” Meyers said. “But most, more than anything, what I think we hear is real excitement.”

Health officials remind people they aren’t forcing people get vaccinated,

“We’re making it available for people that want it,” White said.

And those who get it have less to worry about learning away from the classroom.

“Which is what we all want,” Meyers said.

Holmen students and parents got the Pfizer vaccine.

White says he hopes vaccine demand picks back up in a few weeks with more kids having access to the vaccine.

The FDA is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds starting next week.

White says La Crosse, Onalaska, West Salem and Bangor students can get their shots in the next couple of weeks.