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COVID-19 Vaccines

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The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and all 10 school districts, charter and private schools have partnered with Inspire Diagnostics for COVID-19 Vaccines. Inspire has been administering our COVID-19 surveillance and exposure testing since August 2021 and is equipped to provide COVID-19 primary vaccination series and boosters for students, staff and community members. Inspire Vaccine Clinics will occur at three locations. Second dose appointments will fall exactly 21 days after the first dose, at the same location. Please bring your vaccine verification card or digital card to second shots and/or boosters.

BOOSTER DOSES: Following FDA approval, booster doses of the monovalent Pfizer vaccine are available for 5 and older at our vaccine clinics. We encourage families wanting the vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age, to make an appointment with their primary care provider or pediatrician. Inspire will not offer the vaccine for children 6 months through 4, although it is approved by the FDA.

The new bivalent booster, often referred to as the updated booster, is available and students 12 and older are eligible for Pfizer and students/adults age 18 and over are eligible for Moderna. Inspire will provide the updated, bivalent booster.

In order to receive the new bivalent booster, it must be at least 2 months after your last booster or primary vaccination series. In addition, if you are positive with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you wait at least 2 weeks before getting the updated booster. Additional providers are offering the bivalent booster or monovalent primary vaccination series at: Safeway; CVS or Rite Aid.

Santa Cruz County Public Health is also offering COVID-19 vaccine and information as it relates to our vaccination progress and demographics.

Steps to get vaccinated with Inspire:

1. Registration and Consent – Required

Register and provide consent for yourself and/or your child. This is handled through the Inspire partnership. Once registered you may attend one of the clinics below. 

One-time CLINICS

COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are available to all eligible students, staff and family members. Children 5 years and older are now eligible for their first booster.

  • Saturday, October 1st, 9am-2pm at La Manzana Resource Center, 521 Main Street, Watsonville. Register Here.
  • Friday, October 7th, 4-8pm, The Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA. Walk-ins welcome!
  • Saturday October 15th, 9am- 2pm at Beach Flats Park, 160 Raymond Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Register Here.
  • Saturday, October 22nd, 9am-2pm at La Manzana Resource Center, 521 Main Street, Watsonville. Register Here.

Additional Information

To ensure that our school community is receiving accurate information from trusted sources, we encourage all parents to discuss their COVID-19 vaccination options with their primary care physician or pediatrician. You can also learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from trusted and official sources, please visit the following sites:

CDPH link: Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free

Questions

If you have any vaccine questions, you may contact Inspire Diagnostics by voice or text Monday-Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM at 949-539-6732 or by emailing schools@inspirediagnostics.com.
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