With vaccines approved for youth ages 12-15 and many clinics no longer requiring appointments, Los Altos High School hosted a pop-up vaccination clinic May 25 on behalf of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
The clinic welcomed both community members and students from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
“We came to Los Altos High School to target the 12 and up age range specifically and to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get vaccinated and make it easy to them,” said Aida Sanchez, nonclinical manager with the county health department.
Sanchez added that the on campus pop-up clinic had the capability to vaccinate 325 people with the Pfizer vaccine and 50 with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Representatives from Teaspoon in Los Altos were also onsite, offering free boba tea to those who got vaccinated.
Los Altos High sophomore Anika Sikka was glad to receive her vaccine on campus.
“It was a really great experience, mainly because of its convenience,” she said. “I just went to the site right after school and gave them my forms. It was all really organized, so the process took less than 30 minutes. It’s awesome that vaccines are being administered on campus because it gives kids an easy, accessible opportunity to get the vaccine, especially if they’re busy or their parents can’t drive them.”