Jaterius Myers, 12, holds hands with Miss USA Asya Branch to calm his nerves as Shawanda McQuarter, LPN with Jackson-HInds Comprehensive Health Center, administers the Pfizer vaccine. The free COVID19 vaccination event was held at New Horizon Church International in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Jackson. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were available to those 12 years of age and older. Credit: Vickie D. King/Mississippi Today

TrustCare Health is partnering with the Jackson Public School District to offer a back-to-school vaccine drive at all seven high schools over the course of next week.

All students receiving the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card from their participating school. Those interested in getting the vaccine must register in advance online here.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to interested high schoolers as well as teachers and administrators. The drive will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Murrah High School and continue each day through Friday.

The schedule is:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 10 — Murrah High School: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 11 — Callaway High School: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & Lanier High School: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 12 — Jim Hill High School: 8:30 a.m . – 12:30 p.m. & Provine High School: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 13 — Forest Hill High School: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & Wingfield High School: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“We are so very thankful for our partnership with TrustCare to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to our JPS team members, scholars and their families,” said Superintendent Errick Greene. “We encourage the JPS community to take full advantage of these upcoming opportunities to help us make our schools safe and healthy learning environments.”

Hinds County is currently ranked as the county with the most COVID-19 cases in the state over the 2-week period of July 13 to 26, the most recent time frame for which data is available.

“TrustCare has been a leader in COVID testing and vaccinations since the pandemic’s onset and is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to continue helping people through this troubling time,” said TrustCare President and CEO Warren Herring. “We are honored to have the opportunity to be a partner in education with JPS and offer this service to students and faculty, who may otherwise not have quick, convenient access to the vaccine.”

The first day of school for students in JPS is Monday.


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Kate Royals is a Jackson native and returned to Mississippi Today as the lead education reporter after serving in the same capacity from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger covering education and state government. She won awards for her investigative work, including stories about the state’s campaign finance laws and prison system. She was a news producer at MassLive in Springfield, Mass., after graduating from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications with a master’s degree in communications.