By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County’s effort to expand vaccinations by teaming up with local high schools has proved to be a rousing success—finishing up with 99 total events at 50 schools in 25 school districts, helping the County inoculate young people and residents living in some of the county’s most hard-hit neighborhoods.
While primarily focused on vaccinating people between the ages of 12 and 15, the program was open to any student, family member or community member. Over 6,050 persons were vaccinated through the initiative.
“This has been a tremendous partnership and perhaps our single most successful vaccination initiative,” said Interim Public Health Director Andrew Goldfrach. “Bringing vaccines to local neighborhood schools, rather than making people travel to vaccination sites, enabled us to vaccinate even some of our most hesitant residents.”
Vaccinations were administered by medical professionals from eight partner providers including the County Department of Public Health, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, El Sol, Borrego Health and Inland Empire Health Plan.