Bossier Parish Schools superintendent, parents talk about getting kids vaccinated against COVID-19

Bossier Parish Schools is hoping to vaccinate kids 16 and older.
Bossier Parish Schools is hoping to vaccinate kids 16 and older.(KSLA)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 1:49 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - The superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools is talking about the importance of getting kids vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Friday, May 7, KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with Superintendent Mitch Downey about what his district is doing to get shots in kids’ arms.

“As far why the urgency, in the hope that we can get back some sense of normalcy in the fall and we can get away from the quarantine and contact tracing,” he said.

CDC reports say vaccination rates are slowing down. In Louisiana, sources say one out of five doses are not used, and in Texas fewer people are standing in line. While the fight to get adults vaccinated is ongoing. Downey’s school district is having a drive-thru event for kids 16 and up.

“It is available or will be available if they so choose. That is a personal and private decision they have to make and we are just facilitating that,” he said.

Jennifer Woods says she is on edge about the vaccine and giving it kids 16 and up.

“I’m not getting the vaccine I don’t believe there’s been enough research on it, like a lot of people, and I’m going to wait awhile and so I’m not going to have that with my son either,” she said.

Bossier schools is teaming up with LSU Health Shreveport to start their event next week. To find more information, click here.

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