About 100 Del Valle High School health sciences students are getting hands-on experience filling Covid-19 vaccine doses. The students diluted and filled syringes of Pfizer vaccine at the Travis County Fire Rescue ESD No. 11 vaccination site at Circuit of the Americas on multiple weekends in April and will assist the site again on April 30, May 1, and 2.
The effort coincides with the DVISD vaccination clinics where more than 1,000 Del Valle ISD family members and students received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The effort is a unique all-school district organized and staffed event in collaboration with the fire department, Judge Andy Brown, and Constable George Morales. School district nursing staff is administering the shots, with school and district administrators assisting check-in and other logistics.
The health sciences students worked the pharmacy operations at COTA in approximately 5-hour shifts, providing support in preparing vaccines for use on-site to complement their classroom learning.
“Part of our district’s mission is to provide students real-world opportunities, and I can’t think of a better opportunity for our Health Sciences program than to participate in the national response to a pandemic,” said Superintendent Annette Tielle.
Students in the district’s criminal justice program are assisting the DVISD Safety and Security Department with traffic control at the vaccination events.
DVHS 11th-grade student Adlemi Cordero took the opportunity on April 9 to fill vaccine doses and direct traffic. “Seeing how people have been affected (by Covid), I wanted to help out and do my part,” Cordero said, “Without a second thought, I wanted to help.”
Compared to the Austin metro area, the Del Valle community is overrepresented in the number of Covid cases but underrepresented in the vaccination rate. DVISD is making a significant effort to vaccinate staff and district families.