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U.S. San Francisco to open four new vaccination sites at schools

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. San Francisco will launch vaccination sites this week at four schools in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in order to further support vaccination among eligible individuals in schools and the surrounding community.

The vaccination sites will initially administer doses once a week at each school. Some will open on evenings and weekends to support working families, Mayor London Breed announced on Monday.

While these vaccination sites will prioritize staff and families with children at SFUSD, they will also serve the general community. Walk-ins are welcome, and documentation of identity is not required, the announcement said.

"We know that most cases of COVID-19 occurring in schools come from children who pick the virus up from their household or exposure outside school settings," said Breed. "We're continuing to provide support to SFUSD to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved in the school community to get vaccinated. That's the best way we can keep our students, educators, and staff safe, especially our children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine."

Last week, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) released data showing that pediatric cases have remained low and stable among children.

A total of 81 percent of the eligible population in the city have been fully vaccinated. An estimated 90 percent of children aged 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated, according to the announcement.

SFUSD also confirmed that its employees are required to be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

"Offering the vaccine at our school sites will ensure that those who are not yet vaccinated have the opportunity to do so in safe, accessible, and welcoming spaces," said SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews.

Each of the four school sites has the initial capacity to administer 62 doses each day and is prepared to expand to up to 200 a day, as needed. Enditem

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