The Pasadena Department of Public Health has announced it is spearheading an effort to vaccinate high school students and their families against COVID-19, with a special emphasis on vaccinating graduating seniors and their families ahead of graduation in June, officials said.
Students and their families are invited to a vaccine clinic in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District starting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Victory Park, according to city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Students are invited to get vaccinated after school, beginning at noon.
Those interested can register on the state’s vaccine website at myturn.ca.gov, or by contacting the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311. A limited number of walk-in appointments will be available between 1 and 3 p.m.
The event is being held “for mostly 16 and17 year olds with the goal of fully vaccinating PUSD seniors and their families in time for June graduations,” city officials said in a written statement.
City officials want to make sure graduating seniors and their families are vaccinated in time for graduation celebrations, Derderian said.
A single infection of a student can have effects on their peers and friends, she added. If one player on a sports team becomes infected, for instance, it could have ramifications for the entire team.
Pasadena Director of Public Health Dr. Ying-Ying Goh is scheduled to join Huntington Hospital and PUSD officials provide more information on the effort during a news conference on Thursday.
The Pfizer formulation of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is the only one currently approved by federal health officials for use in people 16 and over, will be used at the clinic. The other existing vaccines are not cleared for use in people under 18.
A second students vaccination clinic was in the process of being set up at Muir High School, officials added.
More information is available by contacting the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.