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Iron County School Board Cancels School Vaccination Clinic

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Officials from the Iron County School Board said they did not want to hold vaccine clinics at any of its schools due to questions about liability.

Plans had been in place for a vaccine clinic on May 8 at Canyon View High School in Cedar City. When the board learned about the clinic, they put it on hold.

School board member Dave Staheli told KSL Newsradio’s Dave & Dujanovic that he submitted the agenda item for a vote at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

He said it was important that the board fully understand the liability issues that come with the school hosting a vaccine clinic, not just for high-school-aged kids but for other community members as well.

“The long-term effects and risks that are going to be inherent with this, or could be inherent with this – especially with young people, we just felt like we should stand back just a little bit and take a closer look at this,” Staheli said.

He claimed the vaccines have not gone through the FDA’s full approval process, which is a concern for him.

“We don’t see a rush to get vaccinated, at least not in Iron County,” he said.

Staheli suggested he would feel more comfortable if the health department held a vaccine clinic on its own property. That way, he said, the district could avoid any liability issues that could come from having it at a school.

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How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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