San Jose Museum COVID Clinic Aims to Immunize and Educate Families – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Families preparing for back to school in the New Year visited the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose on Sunday for a COVID clinic offering a double dose of vaccine and learning.
âHe unfortunately contracted COVID before being eligible for the vaccine,â said Jesse Guerrero, whose son had turned five a few days earlier. âWhen you were young you did everything and bring things home, whether it was the flu, colds or whatever, so being able to vaccinate our son was great. “
Guerrero said he made an appointment to get his son vaccinated as soon as he became eligible with their primary care doctor and found the museum site more convenient.
âWe want to be a resource for families and at this point parents need all the help they can get,â said Marilee Jennings, the museum’s executive director. âWe don’t want to see any learning loss anymore, so we try to think of all we can to support immunization. “
The museum partnered with Santa Clara County Public Health to secure 250 doses for this vaccination clinic that offered both initial injections and boosters for adults. The museum will host other clinics in the coming weeks with the help of the agency. Anyone who was vaccinated on Sunday also received free entry to the museum for their family on the same day or on another visit over the next six months.
âThere’s something about kids seeing other kids getting vaccinated that helps them a lot,â Jennings told KPIX.
The comfort provided by the organization of vaccination clinics in a familiar and friendly environment for the children was also reassuring for the parents.
” That’s wonderful. We’ve been going to the Discovery Museum since I was a kid and almost 40 years old. I remember going on trips here, âsaid Bryan Johansen, who brought his son to the clinic on Sunday.
The event and others like it aim to encourage more families to get their homes vaccinated and boost their immunity as students return to class.
Still, some criticized the decision of districts and local leaders to keep schools open.
âWe have a responsibility to young people – to vulnerable people in our community – to continue to do everything possible to slow the spread of this virus,â said Adarene Hoag during a Zoom call organized by the group By Any Means Necessary. She is a community organizer for BAMN, which calls for face-to-face learning to be delayed until conditions are safer.
Dr Peter Chin-Hong says that although there is a lot of omicron in the community, most of the children hospitalized right now are not vaccinated. It encourages in-person learning with the right safety precautions including vaccines, masks, ventilation, distancing, and testing.
âIt’s relatively safe for kids to go back to school, I think, with a few mitigating factors that we all know so well,â he said. âI think it’s OK to wait. I think the school, however, is a safe environment and in the Bay Area we haven’t seen an increase in pediatric hospitalizations as much as on the east coast.
He mentioned that families are expected to use surgical masks for children this year compared to the cloth masks often used in the past. The omicron variant is more transmissible than other mutations, and non-medical masks are not as effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
The museum will have a second clinic on Sunday, January 23, and will announce other vaccine events on its website once the dates are finalized. Funding for these doses has already been secured.