With Schools Starting Online, Vaccinations Head for Recess

Dr. Chris Kjolhede is focused on the children of central New York. As co-director of school-based health centers at Bassett Healthcare Network, the pediatrician oversees about 21 school-based health clinics across the region — a poor, rural area known for manufacturing and crippled by the opioid epidemic. From ankles sprained during recess to birth control questions, the clinics serve as the primary care provider for many children both in and out of the classroom. High on the to-do list is making sure kids are up to date on required vaccinations, said Kjolhede. But, in March, COVID upended the arrangement when it forced schools to close. “It was like, holy smokes,” he said, ...

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