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Effective immediately, all children ages 12-15 are eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for 12 to 15 year olds at the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, May 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent and bring proof of age. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary.

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Girls soccerAll students who wish to play interscholastic sports this fall must be certified by the school nurse at a Health History Review in August. The school nurse will review each student’s health record and notify them whether a physical exam (to be done at a later date) is necessary.

Each fall sport has an assigned date and timeframe for Health History Reviews. They will be held in the Columbia Health Office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Department at 207-2080.


Does my child need to have a Health History Review before playing a sport this fall?
Yes. All students must be certified by the Health Office before starting competition.

What is the difference between a Health History Review and a physical exam?
A Health History Review is mandatory for all students before they compete in school sports. It includes a review of the student’s health history and interview by the school nurse. If necessary, the student will be informed of any additional information required before they can begin practice. This may include a physical exam, which can be scheduled for a later date with the school or a student’s primary physician.

How can I schedule a physical exam with the school?
It is recommended that your family physician conduct your child’s physical exam because they are more familiar with their health history. However, the school does provide physical exams prior to interscholastic sport competition. If you would like to schedule a physical exam with the school, contact the appropriate school health office (Columbia 207-2070 and Goff 477-2731).

If my child has already been certified, does he/she need to attend the Health History Review in August?
Yes. Participation in more than one sport requires re-certification. For example, if your child played a sport in Spring 2016, they must be re-certified for any subsequent sport.

How long will the Health History Review take?
Approximately 10-20 minutes.