A special clinic will be delivering more than 1,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine specifically to teachers and administrators of the San Francisco Unified School District over the next few days.
The first round of recording began Thursday when the district debated a plan that would allow some students to be back in the classroom by the next month.
“I am really grateful for every vaccination,” said Valerie Perksy, who received the individual vaccine by appointment on Friday. “It certainly gives me more self-confidence to be so enthusiastic about the children and to look forward to raising the children again.”
Your students range from kindergarten to second grade. She believes she may be part of a plan that some students may have back in the classrooms next month.
Boris Aguilar is a teaching assistant who is also vaccinated in this special clinic for district employees only.
“I’m a bit paranoid to be honest, but I’m open,” she said. “Vaccination is the first step in being in public. I think I shouldn’t worry.”
The combined San Francisco spokeswoman Laura Dubnick said they partnered with Walgreens to administer the doses at the district headquarters.
“This is SFUSD’s first vaccination site, but we’ve been sharing information with staff for weeks about how to access vaccines in all kinds of places,” said Dubnick.
The 1,500 cans are a fraction of the district’s 10,000 educators.
“We are developing a system that employees can use to report themselves when they receive the vaccine,” said Dubnick. “So far we’ve heard from around 2,300 employees that they received the vaccine, although we imagine it could be higher.”
Schools have been virtual for a year now, leading to frustration and debates about when they can safely reopen the classrooms. The parents protested, and the prosecutor even sued the district.
But on Friday, the debate was replaced with hope stemming from a single dose of COVID-19 protection.