2nd Dose — On-Campus Vaccination for WES Students aged 5-11
Thursday, Dec. 9th; 9:30-12:30pm
The second and final dose of the Pfizer vaccine for those 5-11-year-old WES students who received the vaccine yesterday (November 18th) on our campus will be on Thursday, December 9th from 9:30am - 12:30am in Sellman Auditorium. Please plan on checking your student out at the front office on December 8th at the same time you signed up for the first vaccination.
Hello San Mateo County Education and Child Care Community,
It’s been a banner week for vaccination news, creating both excitement and anxiety. This week’s update provides specific information to help ease concerns about access to vaccinations for children and to help families plan how to schedule appointments for their children.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fully agreed with its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. According to the CDC, “Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19 and therefore reducing their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications. Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.”
Supplies of the vaccine have been shipped, and vaccination events across the county are scheduled. Many parents are anxious to get their children vaccinated, and there are many options for making that happen.
Vaccination Options for Children Ages 5 to 11
The following is a list of COVID-19 vaccination options for children. A flyer in English and Spanish with these options can be found here. Please note, this list of options will continue to expand as we go through the next few weeks. Continue to visit SMC Health’s website and the MyTurn website for updated information and opportunities.
Health Care Providers Check with your child’s pediatrician to schedule an appointment. Kaiser Health is making pediatric vaccination appointments for its members. Stanford Children’s pediatric vaccination clinics can be found here. Sutter/PAMF will have appointments available shortly.
Several pharmacies in San Mateo County offer appointments and walk-up options for vaccinations for children. Please visit their websites – CVS, RiteAid, Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, and Lucky – for the most current information on how to schedule appointments. For a list of pharmacies and locations, visit the SMCH website, which continues to be updated as new options become available.
SMC Health Vaccination Clinics
San Mateo County Health is organizing vaccination clinics for children. Visit MyTurn to schedule an appointment – search by the Event Center address (1346 Saratoga Ave., San Mateo) on the MyTurn site. These events are being further supported with community-funded efforts to make the Event Center site child-friendly. More information can be found on the SMCH website. Dates include:
Saturday, November 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 10, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, November 12, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Additional dates will be added as needed.
School Vaccination Clinics Vaccination clinics are scheduled at the following school sites. Many of these events are already full, but as other opportunities open up, registrants may come off the list opening up additional spots.
Monday, November 15
Bayside Academy, San Mateo-Foster City School District 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo: Register
Tuesday, November 16
Sunset Ridge Elementary School, Pacifica School District 340 Inverness Drive, Pacifica: Register
Hoover Elementary School, Redwood City 701 Charter Street, Redwood City: Register
Community and Other Clinics San Mateo County Health will continue to share options on its website. Coadministration of Vaccines According to the CDC, it is not only okay to administer the COVID-19 and flu vaccine at the same time, but they encourage it – “If a patient is due for both vaccines, providers are encouraged to offer both vaccines at the same visit. Coadministration of all recommended vaccines is important because it increases the probability that people will be fully vaccinated.”
Parent Information Many parents still have questions about the vaccine and whether or not to vaccinate their children. Here are a couple of ways parents can learn more about the vaccine.
SMCOE and SMC Health created flyers in English and Spanish that share some of the reasons for youth to get vaccinated.
Don’t Forget Boosters In addition to Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters are available through vaccination events at the San Mateo County Event Center, pharmacies, healthcare systems, and smaller clinics serving communities across the county. More information can be found on San Mateo County Health’s website.