SF vaccine clinic for school-aged children available at Bayview, General Hospital clinics

Families showed up at the glaming new Southeast Family Health Center on Keith Street in the Bayview neighborhood on Saturday to get their kids up to date on vaccinations for everything from polio to COVID-19. And it didn’t hurt that it came with free waffles from the food truck out front either.

Veronica Campos was standing in line for food with her daughter Sophia after getting her the required vaccines for her fifth-grade year at George Washington Elementary School in San Francisco.

“This was so convenient,” said Campos, who lives not far away in the Mission District. She said she was in a rush to get her daughter’s required vaccinations, which include polio inoculations and other shots, with the school year starting.

She said the health center at 2401 Keith St. popped up after a quick Google search and she was able to walk in without an appointment and get her daughter the necessary shots in about 20 minutes. She will definitely be coming back in the future, she said.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health offers free food during the back-to-school immunization clinic.

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“Aside from clean water, vaccinations are the single most important public health intervention that has extended life and reduced disease for human beings,” San Francisco Health Officer Susan Philip said on Saturday, standing in front of the glass-fronted clinic. “We are here today to make sure our youngest residents of San Francisco are here to get all the preventative vaccinations they need.”

The free back-to-school vaccine clinic will be open again August 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Another clinic will also be available on Monday, August 22, through Friday, August 26, at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in building 5 on the 6th floor from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Children in transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten all the way through the 12th grade, are being offered free vaccinations to meet school requirements.

Philip said state vaccine to attend school don’t include the COVID-19 vaccines, but that it is strongly encouraged requirements. “My message is that everyone should be getting every COVID vaccine that they’re eligible for,” she said.

The Medical Director of the Southeast Health Center, Dr. Keith Seidel, stood with Philip and agreed that cases of polio cropping up on the East Coast underlined the importance for people to get vaccinated against that, and other preventable diseases.

Dr.  Susan Philip, San Francisco Department of Public Health officer, speaks alongside Dr.  Keith Seidel on the importance of immunizations for children during the clinic vaccination.

Dr. Susan Philip, San Francisco Department of Public Health officer, speaks alongside Dr. Keith Seidel on the importance of immunizations for children during the clinic vaccination.

Felix Uribe/Special to The Chronicle

Philip said no polio has been detected in San Francisco waste water, unlike in New York city where it has begun to appear.

“When kids go into either (transitional kindergarten) or kindergarten, they need to be up to date on their measles, mumps and rubella, they need to be up to date on polio vaccine, on tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis as well,” Seidel said.

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