This article has been updated.
Some San Antonio school districts are offering COVID-19 vaccines to students 16 and up, after helping most staff members get inoculated against the virus.
Hundreds of students and families in Edgewood Independent School District will receive a COVID-19 vaccine Friday during a clinic held in collaboration with the Kellum Medical Group. More than 600 families have signed up for the clinic at Edgewood Gym, district spokeswoman Keyhla Calderon-Lugo said.
San Antonio ISD also began offering COVID-19 vaccines to high school seniors last week through University Health, Superintendent Pedro Martinez said to audience applause at a town hall at Brackenridge High School on Thursday. Family members also have been able to get vaccinated.
“We want to stay safe,” Martinez said, adding that getting students vaccinated along with staff is key to motivating parents to send their students back into classrooms in the fall. All staff who wanted a vaccine received their doses as of Tuesday.
SAISD is surveying parents to see how many want to sign up their high school students for vaccination clinics. Students must be at least 16 years old, and the clinics will be open to both in-person and remote students. Families can sign up here.
Additionally, North East ISD will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Saturday at Piper Bass Memorial Student Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road, for students who are at least 18. Parents who would like their child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine must sign up for a vaccine appointment here. Second doses will be administered May 15.
Edgewood ISD will hold a second vaccine clinic with CommuniCare Health Centers at the Edgewood Gym, located at 4133 Eldridge Ave. Families and students 16 and older can register here or call 210-898-2068 for more information. On-site registration will not be available.
As of Thursday, 79% of Edgewood ISD staff had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Superintendent Eduardo Hernandez said in a statement that the district would continue to help families get vaccinated.
“This is an opportunity for us as a district to support our families who want to receive the vaccine, and we are grateful for the partners who are serving our EISD community,” he said.