Contra Costa County kicks off new vaccination effort at schools

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Now that kids ages 5-11 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) on Tuesday kicked off its latest series of school-based vaccine clinics.

Over the next few weeks, mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics will visit about three dozen school campuses to provide free vaccines to students ages 5 or older, CCHS said.

Nystrom Elementary and Highland Elementary in Richmond, along with Tara Hills Elementary in San Pablo, are hosting vaccination clinics today and tomorrow, according to CCHS’s oft-updated list and schedule of vaccine clinics, which includes pop-up clinics. Dover Elementary in San Pablo will host a clinic on Friday and Saturday, while Peres Elementary in Richmond will host one on Saturday, according to the list.

The school-site vaccination clinics, which can do up to 150 vaccinations a day, are hosted by CCHS in partnership with John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical. The clinics are being held at school sites in areas hardest hit by COVID-19, including campuses in West County, Antioch, Brentwood, Knightsen, and Pittsburg.

The latest round of school clinics comes in the wake of federal approval of the pediatric version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, which is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults, provided in two shots given at least three weeks apart.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caretaker when they get their vaccinations. 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine for children, visit here.