By Anthony Volkar
Special to the Express
The Yolo County Office of Education, in collaboration with First 5 Yolo and Yolo County, is offering an outdoor COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at their main administrative building, located at 1280 Santa Anita Ct. in Woodland.
The clinic plans to distribute Moderna doses to children from six months to five years of age at no cost regardless of insurance or immigration status.
In addition to pediatric vaccines, the clinic will also offer first dose, second dose, and booster doses to those who are eligible. Everyone aged five and older is eligible to receive a first booster dose at least five months after receiving the last dose in the primary series.
The clinic will accept walk-ins and appointments. Every child that is vaccinated will receive a 15-inch teddy bear or bath toy provided by First 5 Yolo. A food truck will also be provided to those who are vaccinated and their friends and family.
Individuals can make an appointment to be vaccinated through the state’s MyTurn system at myturn.ca.gov. As of Tuesday, the vaccine clinic had available appointments every five minutes starting at 9:25 a.m.
In mid-June, COVID-19 vaccinations for babies from six months through four years were recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group.
The pediatric Moderna vaccine is a two-dose vaccine series and children receiving a first dose on Saturday will need to return on September 17 to the same location for their second dose.
For minors ages five to 11, parents and guardians will need to complete a consent form before being vaccinated. The consent form can be completed in advance at https://hipaa.jotform.com/220185334191046.
Additional information on the vaccine clinic is available on the Yolo County Office of Education website at www.ycoe.org. Details about upcoming vaccination clinics can be located at yolocounty.org/getvaccinated or on the state’s MyTurn registration system (myturn.ca.gov).