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A plan to use L.A. schools as COVID vaccine centers gains momentum

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Original story written by Jaclyn Cosgrove for the LA Times.

Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday endorsed the use of schools as vaccine centers, as the campuses are trusted neighborhood hubs in communities that are being hit hard by COVID-19 infections. The L.A. Unified School District says it has 12 school-based health clinics (SBHCs) that are staffed with nurses who are trained to give vaccinations and are ready to provide COVID-19 vaccines. “They do have a very well-thought-out plan for opening up an additional 48 sites [so] when we have enough vaccine and when teachers and staff are eligible to get vaccinated, they’ll be ready to go and help with vaccinating folks at their sites,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Ferrer added that it was likely that, at some point, other community members also could be vaccinated at the SBHCs. Earlier this month, Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner pressed for using schools as COVID-19 vaccination centers, saying his 900 campuses are “ready to go” — a move that could speed up the reopening of in-person classes for students.

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