Dear District 86 Families,

As I shared in my email to you on April 23, we have partnered with Osco to secure doses of the Pfizer vaccine for eligible students (must be 16 or older) from our district and several of our peer districts in DuPage County. The first dose of the vaccine will be administered on May 20 at Hinsdale Central and May 26 at Downers Grove South. The second dose will be administered three weeks later - i.e., June 10 at Hinsdale Central and June 16 at Downers Grove South. All inoculations will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and be provided free of charge.

If you would like your student to get vaccinated, please use Osco's online portal to schedule their appointment. The link for the session on May 20 can be accessed by visiting https://bit.ly/2PB1KDI and the link for the session on May 26 can be accessed by visiting https://bit.ly/3xzik8k. Please select a day and time that will allow for the 45 minutes needed to complete the entire process - i.e., arrive on-site, wait in line, present the required documentation, receive the vaccination and be monitored for at least 15 minutes following the injection. In addition, please do not forward or share the portal links with others. We want to make sure that we have enough doses of the vaccine for our students.

We will be providing shuttle service for students from Hinsdale South who want to get vaccinated at Central and need transportation. If your child plans to use this service, please make sure they sign up for a time between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Transportation will not be provided for the session at Downers Grove South, or for the appointments at either location in June.

Anyone who receives the first dose of the vaccine will automatically be scheduled for their second appointment, which will take place on the same day, at the same time and in the same location 21 days later. So, for example, if your student receives their first dose at Hinsdale Central on Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m., they will receive the second one at Central on Thursday, June 10, at 10 a.m. This means that no additional steps are required to schedule the second appointment. This also means that students should only sign up for this opportunity if they are available to receive the second dose exactly three weeks after the first one.

Below is information about the tasks that must be completed before getting vaccinated, and the steps students will need to follow on the day of their appointment.

Please contact me at tprentis@hinsdale86.org if you have questions or need more information.

Sincerely,

Tammy Prentiss
Superintendent, District 86

Steps to Complete Prior to the Vaccination 
Families need to complete the following tasks prior to their student's appointment.

  • Print out and complete the Informed Consent for Immunization form. Parents/guardians need to sign this form if their student is under the age of 18, and the student will need to present the completed form to the staff from Osco the day of their appointment. If you and/or your student is unable to complete the consent form in advance, there will be print copies available on-site when they come for their appointment. However, students under the age of 18 must still have their parents/guardians sign the form in order to get vaccinated. . Osco has also provided information about V-safe, which is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after people receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and a fact sheet about the vaccine from Pfizer. The document about V-safe and the fact sheet are strictly informational and do not require any action. 

  • If possible, please make a copy of the front and back of your family's insurance card. If you are unable to make a copy, we ask that students please bring the card with them on the day of their appointment. Please note that you do not need to have medical insurance in order for your student to receive the vaccine. If you do not have insurance, your student simply needs to let the staff from Osco know that when they check in for their appointment.

  • If applicable, students are asked to please let their teachers know what time their appointment is, and arrange to make up any work they miss.

Process and Logistics for Receiving the Vaccination
Below are the steps that everyone must follow on the day of their appointment. 

  • Students will not need to take any precautionary steps or measures (e.g., fasting) prior to receiving their vaccination. However, we ask that they please wear clothing (e.g., a shirt with sleeves that are short or loose fitting) that will enable the staff member from Osco to quickly and easily administer the vaccine to the upper portion of their arm near the shoulder. 

  • In order to ensure that we can maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between those who are being vaccinated, we ask that everyone please come at their scheduled time. People will not be permitted to get in line if they arrive early for their appointment. 

  • Those who are attending the session at Hinsdale Central will enter the building through Door 5, which is located on Grant Street. Those who are attending the session at Downers Grove South (1436 Norfolk St in Downers Grove) will access the building through the main entrance.

  • When students arrive for their appointment, they must wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. They must also have the following items:

  1. Informed Consent for Immunization form if they are able to complete it in advance.
  2. If they have medical insurance, they will either need a copy of the front and back of the insurance card or the actual card itself.
  3. Photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, etc.) that shows the date of birth.

  • Students will check in when they enter the school and be directed to the location in the building where the vaccine is being administered. When they arrive in that location, they will check in with the staff from Osco and present their documentation. After checking in with the staff from Osco, they will be asked to sit until their name is called. 

  • When their name is called, they will proceed to one of the vaccination stations and receive their injection. After receiving their injection, they will need to wait in that location for approximately 15 minutes for monitoring purposes. When the 15 minutes is up, they are free to leave.