Vaccine Opportunities for Students 5 and Up
The COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available to anyone aged five and older regardless of immigration status in San Mateo County. For more information, please visit the San Mateo County Health website or go directly to the MyTurn website to find an appointment near you today.
May 5: FDA Authorizes Vaccine for Emergency Use for All High School Aged Students; Graduation Celebrations
Dear Families and Students:
Yesterday the FDA announced the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds. This is a super-exciting development as it means there’s the possibility that every person in our schools in the fall could be fully vaccinated.
We’ve been asked if being fully vaccinated will be a requirement to attend school. We don’t know, but it may be if the vaccines move from emergency use approval to full FDA approval. Mandatory vaccine requirements are typically made at the state level. Our District Board of Trustees has been a strong advocate for vaccinations for all employees and students.
Given that it takes at least five weeks from first vaccine dose to being fully vaccinated, we urge you to have your student vaccinated as soon as possible. As we look at offering in-person summer enrichment opportunities for students, being fully vaccinated may be a requirement, so time is of the essence. If you haven’t done so already, please fill out our survey for anyone 12 and older in your household. The survey also gives you the opportunity to share who needs the vaccine as well as the vaccination status of your students to help us target our outreach to those who still need the vaccine.
Graduations are right around the corner with ceremonies taking place the week of May 24. Seniors should have received detailed information from their schools. Those who live close to our schools will observe family members and graduates making their way to celebrate this happy occasion. We ask that attendees wear masks as appropriate and practice social distancing from those not in their households. This is a momentous occasion after a year when it was not possible to enjoy these types of celebrations.
What a year it has been. Like you perhaps, I’m feeling exhausted, excited, and proud of how we’ve persevered.
On we go!
Kevin Skelly, Ph.D.
Recording: COVID-19 Safe Schools and Vaccinations for Youth
The San Mateo County Office of Education discusses public health strategies in schools, community COVID-19 transmission rates, and vaccinations for youth.