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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Update (March 4)

Approximately 13,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered at seven clinics from Feb. 19 through March 3 hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) to vaccinate teachers and other K-12 school employees from all public, charter, and private schools in San Joaquin County.

The vaccination of school employees removes a significant barrier to schools as they seek to re-introduce or expand in-person instruction.

"This is a game-changer. We want all students and teachers back in the classroom, and this is a path toward that goal," San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas said. "Vaccinating school employees doesn't just help protect students, teachers, custodians, office workers, and all other educational staff. It also protects the loved ones and families of our students and staff and benefits the wider community."

The vaccine clinics were possible through authorization from San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) for the SJCOE to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The SJCOE, school leaders from across the county, and SJCPHS coordinated to administer vaccine to school staff.

School staff members were invited to register for an appointment using information provided by their employers. The software developed by the SJCOE’s CodeStack department managed appointments and was used to create a paperless process that efficiently managed up to approximately 400 vaccinations per hour at its peak. The same system automatically scheduled appointments for second doses three weeks later.

School nurses, health aides, and other health care professionals from schools across the county administered vaccine and performed other medical functions at the clinics. First responders from local organizations were present as a precaution during post-vaccination observation. Along each step of the way through the vaccination process, dozens of SJCOE employees provided direction, information, and assistance.

"This is a vaccine clinic for educators that was operated by educators. We are all driven by a shared passion to do what is best for our students," said Jane Steinkamp, SJCOE Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and chairperson of the SJCOE Vaccination Distribution Task Force. "It has been inspiring to hear from so many educators eager to return safely to classrooms and get back to in-person learning."

Clinics for the administration of second doses are scheduled for:

  • Friday, March 12
  • Monday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 18
  • Friday, March 19
  • Wednesday, March 24

For more information about the SJCOE vaccination clinics, please go the SJCOE COVID-19 Vaccine and Information and Resources webpage.

More information about the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy and other COVID-19 information for California can be found at covid19.ca.gov.

Local updates and information about COVID-19 at sjready.org.

Previous Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates:

February 18, 2021

February 17, 2021

December 4 Update

November 16 Update

October 13 Update

September 29 Update

September 25 Update

August 28 Update

July 29 Update

July 17 Update

July 13 Update

June 16 Update

April 21 Update

April 2 Update

March 28 Update

March 25 Update

March 17 Update

March 13 Update

March 12 Update

March 10 Update

March 6 Update

Learning Outside the Classroom Enrichment Resources (LOCkER)

The San Joaquin County Office of Education has created a LOCkER (Learning Outside of the Classroom Enrichment Resources) filled with free resources to support educators, students, and parents with distance learning.

Find the LOCkER here

Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Every person has a role to play. The best way to prevent infection with COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses that are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu including:

  • • Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds; especially:
    • o After going to the bathroom
    • o Before eating
    • o After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • • If water and soap are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol.
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • • Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home, work and school.
  • • Practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
  • • If you have not received your annual flu shot, please schedule one with your provider to help protect yourself against the flu.
  • • Use a mask simple cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Under guidance from California Department of Public, Californians must wear a mask or face covering when outside of their home, with limited exceptions.

(Source: San Joaquin County Public Health Services)

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