There are a number of school-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics at secondary school sites across Santa Barbara County for students and their family members to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Local school districts encourage all students over the age of 12 to get vaccinated in order to keep schools open and virus transmission low, but it is not a mandated requirement for students at this time.  

The Santa Barbara Unified School District partnered with the county Public Health Department and Cottage Health to bring free vaccination opportunities to the community and will be holding a number of clinics at campuses over the next few weeks.

» Dos Pueblos High School, 7266 Alameda Ave.: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4-7 p.m.

» La Cumbre Junior High, 2255 Modoc Road:  Monday, Sept. 27, 4-7 p.m.

» Dos Pueblos High School: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-10 a.m.

» Goleta Valley Junior High 6100 Stow Canyon Road:  Monday, Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m.

» Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 E. Cota St.:  Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4-7 p.m.

» Santa Barbara High School, 700 E. Anapamu St.: Monday, Oct. 11, 6:30-10 a.m.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for free at all of the clinics. Any student over the age of 12, parent, family member, or person living with the student is eligible to get the shot.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to accompany their children to the appointment, and students must bring a signed consent form along with a current photo ID to verify their age.

Appointments will not be necessary for these clinics, but parents can schedule appointments for their children on MyTurn for added convenience.

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has also partnered with Albertsons/Vons Pavillion to coordinate vaccine clinics at certain high school locations.

There will be a clinic Thursday, Sept. 23, at Santa Maria High School, 901 S. Broadway, and one Sept. 30 at the Pioneer Valley High School cafeteria, 675 Panther Drive.

Both clinics will begin at 2 p.m. for student vaccinations, and 3:30 p.m. for sibling and parent/guardian vaccinations.

Students must bring a signed consent form and provide a driver’s license or school ID. Click here to make an appointment.

The Public Health Department is holding a vaccine clinic on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Kermit McKenzie Intermediate School, 4710 W. Main St. in Guadalupe. The clinic will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and offer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Another clinic will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at Lakeview Junior High School, 3700 Orcutt Road in Santa Maria, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic will offer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Click here for additional vaccine opportunities countywide, or look on MyTurn to find an appointment near you.

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