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Mobile Van Offers COVID-19 Vaccinations at San Diego Unified Schools

A UC San Diego van is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to students, staff, families and community members at five San Diego Unified schools in the coming weeks as the school district strives to get more people vaccinated against the virus next month. due date.

At the end of September, the school board decided to make COVID vaccinations mandatory for students aged 16 and older and staff before December 20.

As of October 27, according to the district, 69 percent of students aged 16 and older had been fully vaccinated, up from 56 percent at the end of September. About 61 percent of students aged 12 years and older are fully vaccinated.

By November 10, about 79 percent of school staff were fully vaccinated, up from 76 percent at the end of September.

The district does not yet require students ages 12 to 15 to be vaccinated; that won’t happen until a COVID vaccine is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children in that age range. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is fully approved for people 16 years of age and older.

“By making COVID vaccines readily available and accessible to all of our students, staff, parents and community members, we will be closer to ending this pandemic and ensuring we can keep our children safe in school,” he said. Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified Board Chairman in a statement.

In early October, Governor Gavin Newsom decided to require COVID vaccines for public and private students statewide, starting with students ages 12 and older, and for school staff. But the state has not set a deadline yet as it awaits full vaccine approval for people ages 12 to 15.

The UCSD van offers all brands of COVID vaccines, plus COVID boosters. The vaccines are accessible to everyone and no appointment is necessary.

    Tara Tafoya took two sons to the UC San Diego Health van at the Sa Diego Unified district office

On Friday, Tara Tafoya took her two sons to the UC San Diego Health van in the San Diego Unified district office, where the staff offered the Pfizer vaccine to children. She and her two boys Luca (11) (left) and Beau (5) waited the required 15-minute observation period before departing.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The bus will visit these schools on the following days:

  • Tuesday, November 16: Bell Middle School, 620 Briarwood Road, 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesday, November 17: Crawford High School, 4191 Colts Way, 9am – 1pm
  • Thursday, November 18: Mann Middle School, 4345 54th Street, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Friday, November 19: San Diego High School, 1405 Park Boulevard, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Monday, December 6: Morse High School, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 7: Bell Middle School, 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesday, December 8: Crawford High School, 9am – 1pm
  • Thursday, December 9: Mann Middle School, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Friday, December 10: San Diego High School, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In addition to the UCSD van, seven San Diego Unified schools with on-campus health centers also offer COVID vaccinations by appointment.
Students 17 and under must obtain parental consent for the vaccine.