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Gwinnett County Public Schools working with Walmart, Atlanta Gladiators, and the Gladiators Foundation to host vaccination events for students and families

May 18, 2021

     Thanks to a collaboration with Walmart, the Atlanta Gladiators, and the Gladiators Foundation, eligible Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students and families will soon have an opportunity to sign up to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The school district and Walmart finalized logistics for two vaccination events. The first will take place Saturday, May 22, at McClure Health Science High School for students and families in the Duluth, Meadowcreek, and Norcross clusters. The second vaccination event is set for Sunday, May 23, at Shiloh High School for families in the Brookwood, Parkview, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett clusters. Information will be sent via email to families in these clusters, including consent forms and a link to sign up for a Pfizer vaccination appointment. In addition to these two events, plans are to host three others in designated schools to serve families in other clusters in the coming weeks.

     Last week, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) extended eligibility to receive a Pfizer COVID vaccination to include children ages 12 to 15. This means most middle and high school students are now eligible to receive this vaccination.

     “We appreciate Walmart and the Gladiators for their partnership to vaccinate GCPS students and their families,” said CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “With recent CDC guidance changing to allow for the vaccination of anyone ages 12 years old and older, it is important to increase awareness of vaccine availability and of opportunities. Increasing the numbers of vaccinated students and community members is a top priority and a key to our community’s efforts to recovery and a return to normal. We are thankful for our community partners for helping to increase access.”

     “We’re proud to help accelerate the availability of vaccines in our communities, and we believe we can make a real difference by partnering with local organizations and school districts like Gwinnett County Public Schools to improve access to the vaccine,” said Nirmal Patel, Walmart’s Regional Health & Wellness Director for Georgia. “Achieving widespread COVID-19 vaccination is how we will eventually end this pandemic, and we are ready to serve our communities, customers, and associates as we work towards this goal.”

     “We are very proud of this partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and Walmart. This is just one way we can demonstrate our commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for our children as they return to classrooms within the district,” said Jerry James, Team President of the Atlanta Gladiators. The Gladiators (www.AtlantaGladiators.com) are members of the ECHL.