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Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines sent an email to parents on Friday promoting vaccine clinics held May 28 and June 18 at Mercy’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic located in Urbandale.

“At this time, Mercy is allocating appointments for ages 16 and up with the potential to include those 12+ by the date of the clinic,” the email from President Dr. Dan Ryan said. “We ask that all parents click here to complete a survey by Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The information gathered will determine how many appointments are needed and help us prepare for the 2021-2022 school year as the number of students vaccinated is a key factor in our planning.”


Ryan said the recent CDC guidance on fully vaccinated people not needing to wear masks is “promising,” but added the mask requirement at Dowling will continue for the rest of the school year “since the majority of our students are not yet fully vaccinated.”

“As we look to the new school year ahead, we are optimistic that with the expanded vaccine eligibility we will reach sufficient levels of immunity within our school community to potentially lift certain requirements,” he wrote.

The survey asks for the student’s first and last name as well as age (12-15 or 16+). Then, it asks:

Author: Jacob Hall


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