With the 2021-2022 school year well underway, it is exciting to see students across Santa Clara County thriving on campus for full in-person instruction. Students continue to benefit from the full range of experiences and support that school campuses offer, which is why it is so important to take every step necessary to maintain as much continuity of learning as possible.
In addition to the universal masking at schools and consistent testing, vaccination is one of the most effective strategies to reduce the spread of the virus in our schools. Vaccinating our students and staff can help schools continue to provide in-person learning, support services, and extracurricular activities. We are fortunate to live in an already highly vaccinated community with more than 83%of Santa Clara County residents 12 or older being fully vaccinated. We hope this trend will continue with the five to 11 year olds now eligible to receive the vaccine.
Although we have high vaccination rates comparatively, vaccination rates for youth continue to be lower than for all other age groups in Santa Clara County. Vaccines are widely available and high vaccination rates among all eligible persons can protect our children’s health and to maintain the safe operations of schools. COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and they are effective in reducing infection and preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death.
Providing a safe school environment for all of our students and employees continues to be our top priority and we appreciate the support of our full community in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.
Resources for Families:
- COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 5 and older: your family doctor, pharmacy, or sccfreevax.org
- COVID-19 testing: sccfreetest.org
- Required vaccinations for attending school: ShotsForSchool.org
- TB screening: PublicHealthProviders.sccgov.org/schools
- Free VTA transportation services to vaccination clinics: 408-809-2124
- Emotional support: ParentYouthHelpline.org or call or text 855-427-2736