St. Cloud Area School District 742 announced via their official Facebook page, they'll be offering up the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to students for free next week.

They wrote, "We're glad to partner with CentraCare to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to students aged 16, 17 and 18 at our high schools."

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Every Minnesotan who is 16 years and older is now eligible for the vaccine. Students at Tech, Apollo and McKinley will be able to opt in for the shot as long as they have parental consent, it's required.

If this the student's first shot, they'll be able to get a second shot from the school the last week in May.

According to the district's website, "students can expect to be absent from class between 20-30 minutes; absences will be excused. Concurrent and DLA students may go to their home school to receive the vaccine."

Apollo students will be able to receive their shot on May 4th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tech students can get their vaccine on May 5th between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and McKinley students are last on the list, they can get their shot on May 6th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

If you're interested, you must sign up for an appointment time and complete the vaccination permission form. The district has an online form you can fill out, or you can go to your school's main office and pick up a permission form.

There's nothing on the district's website that indicates whether staff and faculty are eligible for the shot. For more information you're asked to contact your school principal.

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