PSUSD organizes vaccine COVID-19 clinics for children aged five and over – Community News
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PSUSD organizes vaccine COVID-19 clinics for children aged five and over

Joan L. Boiko

Alexis Acker of Palm Springs holds her 6-year-old daughter Olivia as she waits to receive her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a PSUSD vaccine clinic at the District Service Center, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Palm Springs Unified School District has partnered with Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) to provide vaccine clinics every week starting today as it has received emergency approval to administer to children ages five and older.

“The urgency of vaccination dawned on me when I learned that COVID-19 is now in the top 10 causes of death for children ages 5 to 11,” said Dr. Edith Jones-Poland, Medical Director of Clinical Quality and Management at Desert. Oasis Healthcare. “These children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at risk of serious complications from the virus and, unfortunately, even death. The Delta strain of COVID is highly contagious – one sick person can infect countless others. Once a child is infected, we are at the mercy of the virus. It is much better to arm children with protective antibodies so that they are ready to fight the virus as soon as they enter it. Prevention is the best course of action.”