Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to host two vaccine clinics for kids as district navigates COVID-19 'hotspots'

GCISD administration building
Amy Taldo, GCISD director of health services, said at the GCISD board of trustees meeting Nov. 15 that the district is still seeing schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amy Taldo, GCISD director of health services, said at the GCISD board of trustees meeting Nov. 15 that the district is still seeing schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting two vaccine clinics for kids ages 5 through 11 and anyone age 12 and older Nov. 17 and Nov. 19, according to a Nov. 17 newsletter from the district.

On Oct. 29, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 5-11. The vaccine clinic will take place at the GCISD administration building at 3051 Ira E. Woods Ave. in Grapevine, the newsletter stated. On Nov. 17, the clinic will last from 2:30-5:30 p.m., and on Nov. 19 it will last from 3-5:30 p.m.

All visitors need to sign up for a time slot in advance, which can be done by clicking here. Visitors are also asked to bring a copy of the guardian or parent’s ID and a copy of the prescription insurance card. If the guardian’s last name is different from the child's, the district asks patients to bring either a passport or birth certificate to identify the child.

The clinic is being done in partnership with MidCities Pharmacy. The announcement of the clinic comes after the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Nov. 15 meeting. Amy Taldo, GCISD director of health services, gave an update on COVID-19 cases and community spread throughout the district.

While the school district has seen an overall drop in active COVID-19 cases since the start of the school year, Taldo said the district is seeing outbreaks.


“In the district, at any given moment, there are hotspots and there are spikes that are happening,” Taldo said.

To illustrate this, Taldo discussed various schools that have been or are currently hotspots. Colleyville Heritage High School, for example, started out with a spike at the beginning of the school year, reaching its peak number of 53 active cases Sept. 15, according to Taldo’s presentation. But cases steadily dropped, with just three active cases on Nov. 15.

Bransford Elementary School had one active case on Sept. 7 but then saw a drastic jump in cases in the middle of October, with 26 reported cases Oct. 22, according to the presentation. That number dropped to 11 Oct. 26.

“The reason that you see it go from 26 down to 11 and cut in half is because between [Oct. 22] and [Oct. 26], we implemented some protocols and we put a class into quarantine,” Taldo said.

Until recently, Taldo said, Grapevine Middle School had been the district’s latest hotspot. The middle school had seen relatively low numbers since the start of the school year until late October, according to the presentation. Cases peaked at 40 on Nov. 9.

However, the district’s new hotspot is Glenhope Elementary School, Taldo said. The elementary school saw zero cases for consecutive weeks at the end of October through the beginning of November. But four active cases were reported Nov. 9, and that number shot up to 16 on Nov. 15.

“Per protocol, we currently have two classes in quarantine,” Taldo said. “What I'm hoping is that because we've implemented protocols, because we have done the two classes [in] quarantine and will continue to really monitor that, that we're going to see—just like Bransford [Elementary]—in the next few days to a week, we will see a decline because of that implementation of protocols.”
By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, the Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.


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