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Covid Vaccine Info

Dear Detroit Cristo Rey Family,


We continue to strongly encourage receiving the COVID vaccine as the best way to ensure the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff as we return to 100% in-person learning at the school in the fall.  Getting vaccinated is not just to protect yourself, but your loved ones and your community.  As we take actions to create a safe learning environment, please consider the important messages below.


We are hosting vaccine clinics at the school on the following days: September 9, September 23, 30 from 3pm- 5:30pm. Enter through the back patio of the Student Commons.






Vaccine Information Sessions-


Join the meetings by Clicking Here!

  1. Sept 14 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:00 English via Zoom Dr. Custer & Dr. Yoder
  2. Sept 16 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00pm Spanish via Zoom Ana Martinez - Detroit Health Department with a Registered Nurse
  3. Sept 22 (Wednesday) 6:00-7:00 English via Zoom Dr. Adetomiwa
  4. Sept 23 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00 Spanish via Zoom Dr. Arana 

See our past vaccine info meeting

with Dr. Custer & Dr. Yoder




See how Pope Francis and other church leaders have reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  Please share this important message

with others, and prayerfully consider if you have not yet received your vaccination (Spanish with English subtitles):


Listen to what some well-known community leaders are saying about why they encourage getting the vaccine in this short video pulled together by one of our major partners, Ford Motor Company (available in both English and Spanish):



Why should our students get vaccinated? 
Here are some important considerations:

  • To protect the safety of our students, we are requiring proof of vaccination for participation in any school sponsored extracurricular activities (e.g., athletics, robotics, debate, other clubs, etc.), by October 1st, 2021.
  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID, even if they do not get sick, must quarantine for 14 days, missing classes, work, and other events.
  • Unvaccinated students who travel, as defined by the CDC as any trip that is overnight AND on public transportation (plane, train, bus, Uber, Lyft, cab, etc.) OR any trip that is overnight AND with people who are not in your household, will not be permitted to enter the school for 10 days.
  • Many of our Corporate Work Study Partners are already requiring vaccines to work at their sites, and we anticipate more to follow.  Participation in the CWSP is a requirement of students at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, and an integral part of the overall learning experience.
  • Unvaccinated students will have to periodically provide negative COVID test results to attend class.  Details about testing frequency and logistics are under development.
  • If we reach 80% vaccination rate of our population, we may enjoy more school events (e.g., dances, etc.).
  • For more information to help make an informed decision, please visit: 
  • All exemption requests will be on a case by case basis.  You can find find the forms for Medical and Religious exemptions here.
  • Our Dual Enrollment partner, University of Detroit Mercy, like many other colleges & universities, requires the vaccine to attend their classes.
  • Several free vaccine sites available:


How the Delta Variant Changed the COVID-19 Conversation
Read more from Beaumont Hospital


“The Delta variant is known to be much more contagious than previous strains of coronavirus and has the ability to cause twice as many infections. Research suggests it may pass larger amounts of the virus in the air, making it easier to spread to more people, and it enters a person's respiratory system more easily - meaning it takes less time to become infected.”  


“Masks, distancing and vaccines are all tools in preventing COVID. Any one of them will do some good, but like hats, boots and gloves, they work most effectively when used together,” explained Dr. Justin Skrzynski, Beaumont COVID-19 hospitalist. “As cases rise, we need to use every tool available to protect our children, including vaccinating older kids. Finds answers to your questions with credible sources: talk to your doctor for information on getting the whole family vaccinated when eligible.”


“With vaccinated individuals, we’re seeing exactly what the vaccine promised - protection for those around them and a reduction in the severity of the illness. They generally aren’t the ones ending up on ventilators in the emergency room,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology.


Below are some statements from Pope Francis and Archbishop Vigneron in support of getting vaccinated. You should also ask your doctor!


Pope Francis suggests people have moral obligation to take coronavirus vaccine 

Jan 11, 2021

by Joshua J. McElwee |  Vatican 


ROME — Pope Francis suggested that people have a moral obligation to receive one of the new coronavirus vaccines as soon as possible, revealing in a new interview that he expects to get his own first dose this week.


"I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine," the pontiff said in a Jan. 10 interview for Italy's TG5 news program. "It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others."


The pope, who said he has already made an appointment with the Vatican's health service for his own inoculation, also lamented that some people are saying they will not take a vaccine.


"I do not understand why some say that this could be a dangerous vaccine," said Francis. "If the doctors are presenting this to you as a thing that will go well and doesn't have any special dangers, why not take it?"


"There is a suicidal denialism that I would not know how to explain but today people must take the vaccine," the pontiff continued.




Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron joined his brother bishops of the Michigan dioceses to release the following statement on March 3, 2021:


It is morally permissible to receive the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Neither of these vaccines has used cell lines originating in tissue taken from aborted babies in their design, development, and production. However, both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine did use such a cell line in the confirmatory testing. This connection to abortion is very remote, however, and it is important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of responsibility. Greater moral responsibility lies with the researchers than with those who receive the vaccine. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has indicated that it is morally permissible to be vaccinated if there are no alternatives and there are serious health risks. Such serious health risks are present due to the current pandemic."


Kingdom Apostolic Ministries Vaccination Education Forum:


Watch this informative vaccine education discussion that was organized by our neighbors from Kingdom Apostolic Ministries on W. Fort St. and Junction. 

It features Dr. Jonathan Williams, M.D., a Detroit Native and graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who is currently an Infectious Disease Control Specialist with Henry Ford Health Systems, & Mr. Stonish Pierce, the Chief Operating Officer of Holy Cross Health in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 


Click here to see the video!



Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school a safe and secure environment providing an exceptional in-person learning experience for your children.  If we all work together, and all do our part, we will get through this as a stronger community.


Be seen with the vaccine!    ~    ¡Viva con la vacuna!





Christopher J. Lynch


Detroit Cristo Rey High School