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COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are availablE and no appointment is needed

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 and drivers license to second shots and/or boosters.

BOOSTER DOSES: 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 years of age, although it is approved by the FDA.

The new Pfizer bivalent booster is available for students/adults age 5 and older and Moderna is available for students/adults age 6 and over. Inspire will provide either Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster.

In order to be eligible and 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 3 months or 90 days, before getting the updated booster. However, if you want the updated booster sooner, you have to be fully recovered and symptom free for at least 2 weeks.  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

Both primary vaccination series and bivalent booster doses are available to all eligible students, staff and family members. Children 5 years and older are now eligible for the bivalent booster (also known as updated booster). In addition to COVID-19 vaccine the flu shot will also be available.

  • Sat. February 18th, 2023 from 9am-2pm at Live Oak Community Resources; 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062
  • Sat. March 25th, 2023 from 9am-2-pm at La Manzana Community Resources; 521 Main Street Watsonville, CA, 95076

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.