Almost 20000 Santa Cruz County school children could receive COVID-19 vaccinations next week – KSBW Monterey

In Santa Cruz County, kids 5 to 11 years of age could be able to get their first Pfizer dose by next Monday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health must give their approval, but the County Office of Education and others are already making plans to put shots in arms by next week.The County Office of Education plans to send five mobile vans out to various school sites and establish three drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites.”The vaccination shot for the age group of 5 through 11, I’m really excited,” said Celia Shin, a Bay View Elementary School parent.Some parents are ready to get their kids vaccinated as Santa Cruz County educators prepare for the anticipated approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children.Almost 20,000 kids in the county could be eligible for the shot as early as next Monday.”The pediatrician vaccine is actually a smaller dose. So, they’re going to be coming in different colored bottles so the whole formulation and the look of the vaccine is going to be different,” said Anna Sutton, Director of Nursing, Public Health Division, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency.Drive through vaccination sites will also open at, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Administration Office and at Cabrillo College, in parking lot “K.””School are going to be sharing the information about the school-based clinics this week. We think the letters will be going out to family’s starting tomorrow, where they would be getting a link to be able to sign the consent form, be able to make an appointment and get ready to be vaccinated next week,” said Dr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent.Although the vaccine will be offered at schools, it’s not required at this time.”It’s important to note that these vaccinations are voluntary. There is no vaccine mandate,” said Dr. Sabbah.The office of education held two webinars to provide parents with facts on the vaccine.Parents like Cecilia Shin say they got the information they need.“I’ve been through a couple of webinars and talked to other parents and doctors. They’ve all assured me that it’s safe and it’s been tested and most importantly it keeps them in school,” said Shin. Schools plan to make this experience a positive one.They’ll be decorating the clinic sites and the mascot for the Santa Cruz Warriors will also be dropping by at some school sites.

In Santa Cruz County, kids 5 to 11 years of age could be able to get their first Pfizer dose by next Monday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health must give their approval, but the County Office of Education and others are already making plans to put shots in arms by next week.

The County Office of Education plans to send five mobile vans out to various school sites and establish three drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites.

“The vaccination shot for the age group of 5 through 11, I’m really excited,” said Celia Shin, a Bay View Elementary School parent.

Some parents are ready to get their kids vaccinated as Santa Cruz County educators prepare for the anticipated approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children.

Almost 20,000 kids in the county could be eligible for the shot as early as next Monday.

“The pediatrician vaccine is actually a smaller dose. So, they’re going to be coming in different colored bottles so the whole formulation and the look of the vaccine is going to be different,” said Anna Sutton, Director of Nursing, Public Health Division, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency.

Drive through vaccination sites will also open at, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Administration Office and at Cabrillo College, in parking lot “K.”

“School are going to be sharing the information about the school-based clinics this week. We think the letters will be going out to family’s starting tomorrow, where they would be getting a link to be able to sign the consent form, be able to make an appointment and get ready to be vaccinated next week,” said Dr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent.

Although the vaccine will be offered at schools, it’s not required at this time.

“It’s important to note that these vaccinations are voluntary. There is no vaccine mandate,” said Dr. Sabbah.

The office of education held two webinars to provide parents with facts on the vaccine.

Parents like Cecilia Shin say they got the information they need.

“I’ve been through a couple of webinars and talked to other parents and doctors. They’ve all assured me that it’s safe and it’s been tested and most importantly it keeps them in school,” said Shin.

Schools plan to make this experience a positive one.

They’ll be decorating the clinic sites and the mascot for the Santa Cruz Warriors will also be dropping by at some school sites.

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