Bay Area back-to-school events help connect kids to COVID-19 vaccines and recovery resources

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — As Bay Area students return to class this month, public health officials want to make sure every student is protected. Weekend events were held in San Francisco and San Jose to connect children to the vaccines and resources they need in preparation for the new school year.

On Saturday, a back-to-school vaccination event was held in San Francisco.

“We were vaccinated today,” said Katerina Kovalova.

Kovalova just had her two sons vaccinated and the required and suggested immunizations for San Francisco Public Health. His family recently immigrated from Ukraine.

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“It’s important to get vaccinated to have less sick children,” Kovalova said.

A free back-to-school immunization event was held at the new Southeast Family Health Center in Bayview District, providing equitable access to all families.

“We know how difficult the last two and a half years have been with COVID,” said San Francisco public health officer Dr. Susan Philip.

Philip says the pandemic has likely set many parents back in protecting their children from COVID-19 and other viruses and illnesses.

“We know how important this is. We’ve seen COVID-19. We’re hearing polio has been detected on the east coast, so it’s extremely important that children are up to date with vaccinations,” Philip said.

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“That’s something we’re pushing for – to get the kids up to date on all their vaccines – because we regularly see outbreaks of mumps, measles, we want to make sure San Francisco is vaccinated,” said said Dr. Keith Seidel of the Southeast. Family Health Center.

In the South Bay, others benefited from a resource fair aimed at helping the community recover from the pandemic.

In San Jose, a COVID-19 recovery fair connected hundreds of people with resources and services ranging from COVID testing kits to mental health awareness.

“The pandemic has hit everyone in every corner of our city, we have reached out to those affected by the pandemic,” said Carlos Velazquez of the San Jose COVID-19 Task Force.

The Bay Area is emerging from the pandemic one healthy step at a time.

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