About 1,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Monday, Feb. 22 at the second of seven vaccine clinics at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) for San Joaquin County schools. The seven clinics are expected to deliver about 11,000 first doses of the vaccine through March 3. Monday’s vaccination event followed the administering of more than 1,100 doses of vaccine at the Feb. 19 soft opening of the clinics on the SJCOE’s Stockton campus.
“As educators, it is our goal for all classrooms to be open to in-person instruction. Vaccination of school employees removes a barrier and brings us closer to that goal,” said Jane Steinkamp, SJCOE Assistant Superintendent of Educational Service and chairperson of the SJCOE Vaccination Distribution Task Force. “It’s not the only step, but it’s a significant step. No matter where a school is in its process of resuming or increasing in-person instruction, the vaccination of school employees can help that process move forward.”
The vaccine clinics are possible through authorization from San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) for the SJCOE to administer the Pfizer Vaccine. The SJCOE, school leaders from across the county, and SJCPHS have been coordinating to administer vaccines to school staff.
Vaccination clinic appointments are invitation only, using information provided by employers. Only pre-registered employees may schedule an appointment. School nurses from across the county have been an integral part of the vaccination process, volunteering to administer the vaccine doses and perform other duties. The paperless appointment and registration system was built by the software development team at the SJCOE’s CodeStack department.
Clinics are scheduled Monday through Friday this week and on March 3. More information about the SJCOE vaccination clinics can be found at http://bit.ly/VaccineSJCOE.