School Staff Immunization Program
The Sonoma County Office of Education is committed to supporting the Sonoma County Department of Health Service’s efforts to swiftly vaccinate educators against COVID-19 so that in-person learning can resume in a way that is safe for educators.
The Sonoma County Office of Education will work closely with all 40 public school districts, private schools, charter schools, pre-schools and childcare facilities to ensure that all educators have access to the vaccine in the coming months. SCOE plans to work with the County Health Department to identify vaccination clinics in various locations throughout the County. As vaccine doses become available from the Department of Health Services, educators will be scheduled through their district to receive a vaccination at one of the vaccination locations. Each school (private, charter, pre-school) or district will work closely with their staff to develop a vaccine schedule for their school employees that is in sync with the SCOE vaccination protocol.
As we prepare for a hopeful vaccine rollout in February, SCOE will be providing frequent updates here. Educators are advised to check this webpage frequently for information about Covid 19 vaccinations.
California has identified school staff as a priority for vaccination under Phase 1b, Tier 1. They will be among the next to be vaccinated following the completion of Phase 1a (healthcare workers and long-term care workers.)
Vaccinations for educators could begin in February. Once the process begins, we estimate that it will take several months to complete, dependent on the availability of the vaccine. See the county’s proposed schedule for Phase 1b vaccines below.
Once the rollout for school staff begins, educators will likely be prioritized for vaccination based on Gov. Newsom’s school reopening recommendations. Special priority will be given to pre-school, childcare, and elementary school employees followed by secondary school employees, district and county school employees, and community college staff.
Vaccinations will be available for all regular school employees who have primary contact with students on a daily basis including instructional assistants, school office staff, custodians, bus drivers and principals.
A SCOE team will be meeting weekly with the Department of Health Services to coordinate and plan the vaccine rollout for school staff. We will post updates here as they are available.
About the Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone in California who wants it. You’ll find information about the vaccine here.
Questions can be directed to SCOE COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Harding.