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SVUSD hosts pediatric COVID vaccine clinics

By Tracy Salcedo

On Nov. 12, Dunbar Elementary School in Glen Ellen was the site of the first of 12 pediatric COVID-19 clinics hosted by Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and the parking lot was packed. That clinic, like subsequent clinics held on school campuses around the valley, are part of an effort to get students innoculated against the coronavirus now that the Pfizer-BioNTech has been authorized for emergency use in children 5 years and older by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

“The clnic was a great success.” Confirmed Dunbar Elementary principal Katie Hahn.

The clinics are staffed by health professionals from Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. While the focus is on vaccinating students aged 5 to 11, adult family members and school community members, such as SVUSD employees seeking boosters, are not turned away. No appointments are necessary.

Dunbar Elementary, located at 11700 Dunbar Rd. in Glen Ellen, will host a second pediatric vaccination clinic on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. Six additional clinics at district sites will follow, with the last scheduled for Jan. 3, 2022, at El Verano Elementary School in Sonoma.

With school out for the Thanksgiving holiday, exact numbers were not available for how many students and family members have received vaccines at Dunbar or at the other SVUSD-hosted clinics. The school district’s COVID-19 dashboard, available online at the SVUSD website (https://www.sonomaschools. org) shows that over the course of the school year so far, seven cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Dunbar School.

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