Santa Clara Co., 49ers giving youth vaccination incentives
Santa Clara County leaders want eligible young people vaccinated and are working hard to make it happen.
This week, Tuesday through Thursday, 16-19 year olds have the opportunity to visit the San Francisco 49er locker room, collect 49er gifts, and get free codes to play the virtual escape game. of the 49er if they are vaccinated. at Levi’s Stadium.
A DJ and Sourdough Sam will be there to create a fun vaccine experience. And the first 100 kids to show up May 11-13 will also receive a $ 10 Starbucks or Chipotle gift card.
“We’re here to try to make it fun and musical while the teens get their pictures,” supervisor Cindy Chavez said at the stadium on Monday.
Student vaccination nights take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and do not require an appointment. Vaccines are also available for family members or caregivers accompanying young people to the stadium.
Chavez said the initiative was the first of many to encourage young county residents to get vaccinated.
At present, the county has more than 50% of residents fully vaccinated and 73% with at least one dose.
In contrast, only 16% of 16- to 17-year-olds are fully immunized and 41% have a dose, said Dr Ahmad Kamal, county director of health systems readiness.
Young residents also constitute most of the current cases of Covid-19. On Monday, 16 to 19 year olds accounted for 18.5%, the second most infected age group after those 20 to 29 years old who account for 19.5% of cases, according to the county’s Covid data dashboard.
Kamal hypothesized that the lower vaccination rates among young people could be the result of the delay in eligibility, so that the age group is playing catch-up.
But youth ambassadors from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, who encourage young people to get vaccinated, said the low vaccine rates were the result of transportation issues as well as misinformation about vaccines.
“There has been a lot of misinformation that many parents have heard before, they hear the rumors and a lot of black people and indigenous people of color don’t trust the government,” said Yoletzin Lopez, junior at Mount Madonna School. . “Then they don’t let their children get vaccinated.”
And for those who get permission from their parents, it is difficult for them to get a ride.
Steven Luo, a young ambassador and junior at Evergreen Valley High School, said it was a pop-up site that made it easier for him to get his vaccine last week.
“I understand that there is of course a subgroup of teens who think they are above getting the vaccine, but I think that’s an overestimation,” and overgeneralization, Luo said.
Instead, he said the low vaccination rates among young people are due to the fact that it is simply more difficult for them to get to the sites. Thus, Luo hopes that the Youth Nights at Levi’s Stadium will encourage young people and families to make an effort.
“We’re changing the mood instead of going to the doctor, it’s more like going to the stadium to watch a football game,” Luo said. “It’s a lot more fun, so teens are more likely to do it.”
Supervisor Otto Lee also said more vaccines meant a better summer and school year for the county’s children.
“As a father, it was difficult to see our children isolated from each other,” Lee said. “Having our children vaccinated is vital for their physical and emotional well-being. As summer approaches, I am delighted that so many community partners have joined us in this effort to get more teens immunized.
The opening of Student Vaccination Nights comes as the Food and Drug Administration approves the use of the Pfizer vaccine on children 12 to 15 years old. County officials have said vaccinations for this age group will begin once approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if so, more events like this will be held to reach out to the group. younger.
Young people under the age of 18 who come to a student vaccination party will need a permission slip signed by their guardian, but a parent does not need to accompany them. If they do not have an authorization form, the stadium staff will call the parents to obtain their authorization.
The efforts at Levi’s Stadium are a partnership between the 49ers, the Office of Education and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in an effort to gain the county’s collective immunity.
For more information on vaccines, to make an appointment, or to find pop-up sites in Santa Clara County, visit sccfreevax.org or call 211.