CPS board considers requiring vaccine for students

Cincinnati Children's nurse Denishia Smith thanks Verity, 8, for a thank-you card the girl gave her after getting her first COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

Cincinnati Public Schools was the first Ohio school district to require its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and it could be the first to do the same for students.

School board members will discuss the potential policy at a Monday night meeting. Community members can watch and participate in the meeting online. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

More: Here's where you can take your child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Greater Cincinnati

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people 16 and older, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 5 years old and older.

"I think parents should feel comfortable," Dr. Robert Frenck, director of the Gamble Center for Vaccine Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said of the COVID-19 vaccine for children. "It's continuing to show a very good safety profile."

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