The San Diego Unified School District is now on the road and providing free COVID-19 vaccines to students from a blue bus.
On Tuesday, the mobile vaccine site was parked at Bell Middle School in Bay Terraces. UC San Diego Health is partnering with the school district to make it as easy as possible for the community to access the vaccine.
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Bell Middle School teacher Kelly Baker, who has been in the education field for 19 years, said she just had to step outside her classroom to get her booster shot.
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And she knows not every family will be on the blue bus with her.
“Some families feel safer and that’s great. And some don’t feel that it’s time, like it hasn't had enough development yet,” said Baker.
Avelina Perez brought her 6-year-old son for his first vaccine and got her booster shot while she was at it, too.
“I don’t have any vaccine hesitancy. I trust the vaccine,” she said. "I just want my family to be vaccinated so we can celebrate the coming holidays.”
She had a close call when her husband contracted a breakthrough case of the virus last March without showing any symptoms. Thankfully, however, she and her other family members were OK.
“The rest of us tested negative. My three kids and me tested negative," said Perez.
The CDC's approval for kids ages 5-11 to get vaccinated is one step closer to ending the pandemic. If there’s a silver lining to all of this, Baker said, it’s her learning a new way to teach.
“Just throw in another wrench in it," Baker said. "Maybe it was making us more digitally sound and that was a good thing. School will never be the same so.”
For the mobile vaccine station schedule head to the district's vaccine website.