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Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly Announces Vaccination Clinics for Los Angeles Unified Students Ages 12 and Older (8-24-21)

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Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly Announces Vaccination Clinics for Los Angeles Unified Students Ages 12 and Older

Mobile Vaccination Teams Will Serve Students and Employees at Middle and High Schools

Effort Will Help Protect Los Angeles Unified Students and Families

LOS ANGELES (August 24, 2021) – Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly announced today the launch of school based vaccine clinics to vaccinate any eligible Los Angeles Unified students and employees against COVID-19. Mobile vaccination teams will visit every Los Angeles Unified middle and high school campus to deliver first and second doses starting August 30. Appointments may be made starting today, August 24, through Los Angeles Unified’s Daily Pass. To make an appointment or for information on when a vaccine team will visit a particular school, visit: https://achieve.lausd.net/covid or call 213-328-3958.

“Vaccines are a game changer for all of us,” Interim Superintendent Reilly said. “They help reduce the chances of getting considerably sick and dying from the virus. We can and will protect our school communities by continuing to vaccinate employees and every eligible student.” 

Students aged 12 to 15 must bring an adult with them when they receive the vaccine. Students aged 16 and older may bring an adult with them or bring a signed consent form. 

Los Angeles Unified has implemented a multi-layered strategy to keep students safe that includes daily health checks for everyone going onto campuses; masking; comprehensive COVID testing, contact tracing and isolation of cases; making hand sanitizer available; increased sanitization and cleaning of schools; upgraded ventilation; and a vaccine requirement for all Los Angeles Unified employees.

"The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect our students, staff, and families,” Board President Kelly Gonez said. “Our communities trust our public schools, so they are natural sites for our students and families to receive this life-saving vaccine. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get their shot as part of this effort."

“Vaccines are the best tool we have to maintain a safe, in-person learning environment for our kids, families, and school communities during this pandemic,” Board Vice President Nick Melvoin said. “Los Angeles Unified is proud to lead the vaccination efforts in our local schools by providing access and education to encourage as many people as possible to take the vaccine.”

“Please get your child vaccinated at school, it’s safe,” Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said. “Get your shot. I got my shot. We can keep each other safe. We can all be safe.” 

“Mobile vaccination teams bring the opportunity for wellness to our students,” Board Member Mónica García said. “As centers of the community, our schools are resources for the families we serve and we must continue to come together. My family and I are vaccinated and I encourage all to ask their questions and have conversations about the choice and consequences of this COVID-19 vaccine.”

“As a lifelong educator, my priority will always be to educate and protect the health and safety of our students,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “The District is committed to getting kids safely back in school to restore a sense of normalcy and allow them to interact and learn in a classroom with their peers and teachers. School based vaccine clinics will make it convenient for our students, staff and families as well as encourage them to be vaccinated.”

“Mobile clinics in the community are key to stopping the spread of the virus and keeping people safe,” Board Member Jackie Goldberg said. “There’s no one single answer, but a proactive multilayered approach works best. Every Los Angeles Unified school is equipped to act fast, whether it’s with on-campus testing, isolating any who test positive, conducting contact tracing, keeping facilities sanitized, or facilitating vaccinations. While there’s still some risk, we’re alert and always looking for ways to protect our schools.”

“The re-launch of our school-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics is a critical step toward fighting—and beating—the virus, especially in communities like Watts where our vaccination rate is just 57%,” Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin said. “We all have a responsibility to ensure our schools and communities are as safe and healthy as possible -- school staff, community members and students too. If you are eligible and have not yet received the vaccine, I encourage you to get it today.”

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