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COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shots


Santa Cruz County schools are continuing to prepare for the anticipated expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 5-11 year olds. In partnership with Inspire Diagnostics, we are planning vaccine clinics at schools and other convenient locations beginning early in November. These plans will be put into action once emergency use authorization is issued by the FDA, and further updates will be shared as available. 

Vaccination is currently encouraged, but completely optional, for all eligible students. Earlier this month, Governor Newsom announced plans to eventually add COVID-19 to the list of required vaccines to attend in-person schools. It is important to note that a number of conditions would first need to be met, including full FDA approval of the vaccine for each respective age group, as well as additional review by the California Department of Public Health and other agencies.

School-based vaccine clinics are planned at elementary schools throughout the county on a rotating schedule. Ongoing vaccine clinics are planned at our three community testing sites during regular hours.

This page will be updated with clinic dates and registration information as soon as it is available. 

Are you 12+ and already eligible for vaccination? Go to myturn.ca.gov to schedule your appointment today.


Booster doses are available to all eligible staff at the school community testing site at Cabrillo College, Parking Lot K, during the site’s regular COVID-19 Testing hours of 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To receive a booster dose, you must have received your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months prior to the booster dose. For example, anyone who received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine prior to April 13 would be eligible for the booster shot on the first day the vaccination site opens on October 13. Booster doses of Moderna and J&J vaccines were recently approved by the FDA, and will soon be available at the Cabrillo College site.

PCR tests are available on site and can be taken alongside the booster shot. Booster shots can be scheduled at other locations through https://myturn.ca.gov.

Who should receive a booster shot?

According to the CDC and CDPH, booster shots are recommended if you: 

  • Got a Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago, and
  • Are 65 or older, or
  • Are a long-term care resident that is 18 or older, or
  • Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or
  • Are 50-64 and at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color)

CDC and CDPH guidance for educators and support staff not falling into one of those categories states to consider getting a booster shot based on individual risk factors. Guidance may evolve as further data emerges.

What is the benefit of a booster shot?

According to the California Department of Public Health, all COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide significant protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, certain populations are seeing a slight decrease in vaccine effectiveness against infection. Booster doses of vaccines are very common. They are part of most childhood and adult vaccine series to ensure a person maintains optimal immunity against infection from a disease.

What if I did not receive the Pfizer vaccine?

The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines were approved for booster doses as of  October 20, 2021, and will soon be available at the Cabrillo College site.

Where can I find additional information?

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