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Schools Get Answers for Community’s COVID-19 Questions — and Host Vaccine Clinics

Dr. Michael Bauer

Dr. Michael Bauer (pictured above) is currently the medical director of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, where he previously served as the chief of pediatrics.

Districts 67 and 115 shared information about COVID-19 vaccinations in a community forum and provided opportunities for students to get the shots at clinics at Deer Path Middle School and Lake Forest High School in May and June.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The livestreamed forum, with community questions moderated by Interim Superintendent Dr. Constance Collins and Lake Forest Mayor George Pandaleon, took place on May 19, featuring Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Medical Director and pediatrician Dr. Michael Bauer.

The forum was held about a week after federal authorities approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. A May 16 vaccination clinic at DPM for students in that age group drew nearly 300 adolescents for their first of two Pfizer vaccinations.

The Illinois State Board of Education has not mandated vaccines for eligible students but encouraged school districts to host vaccination events.

Bauer answered questions from the community on a range of vaccination topics and provided general comments about vaccines.

Bauer said COVID-19 cases among children in the 12-15 age group are increasing.

“Fortunately,” he added, “children overall have only a 1 percent hospitalization rate when they get COVID but there’s been over 300 deaths, and I think people are starting to get desensitized when you hear that we’ve had almost 600,000 [COVID-19 deaths] in the United States [and say] ‘What’s 300?’ but that’s triple and more than we get in an average flu season.

He urged parents and guardians to talk to their family pediatrician or other health-care providers about the vaccinations which he said “are our way out of this pandemic.”

Bauer also said he was optimistic that a vaccine for children 11 and under would be available “hopefully” before the end of the year.

“Let's Talk About COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids” can be viewed here.