Updated May 27, 2021
With the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 12 and older, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) continues to partner with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and school partners in the South Bay Consortium for School Vaccines to vaccinate the school community. Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District are communicating with their families to coordinate vaccination at BCHD closed clinics for students ages 12-18. These closed clinics at BCHD’s AdventurePlex (1701 Marine Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA) and off-site pop-up clinics at school locations are not open to the public. School districts have designated clinic days.
On Monday, March 1, all education staff who live or work in Los Angeles County became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. A percentage of the county’s weekly doses were earmarked for the education sector, per state directives. Each school district in Los Angeles County received and administered vaccines to school staff through a vaccine partnership with an authorized vaccine provider.
Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) coordinated with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding vaccination efforts for school employees. As an authorized vaccine provider, BCHD received vaccines and vaccinated the following school districts in the South Bay Consortium for School Vaccines:
- Centinela Valley Unified High School District
- El Segundo Unified School District
- Hawthorne School District
- Hermosa Beach City School District
- Inglewood Unified School District
- Lawndale Elementary School District
- Lennox School District
- Manhattan Beach Unified School District
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
- Redondo Beach Unified School District
- Wiseburn Unified School District
To address persistent inequities and COVID-19's disproportionate impact, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Office of Education identified a process to distribute a proportional number of those doses to each school district weekly. All school districts in the county received weekly allocations of vaccines with quantities determined by consideration of equity, weighing COVID-19 community impact and staff risk exposure due to in-person instruction and school-based services.
Vaccine allocations were made to each school district to be proportional to the size of the district and weighted for COVID-19 impact, in-person education and percentage of students eligible for free and reduced meal plans. A percentage of each school district's weekly vaccine allocation was distributed to charter schools, determined by overall student enrollment in charter programs (i.e., if 10 percent of students in a district attend a charter school, 10 percent of weekly doses would be allocated).
Each school district determined, at their discretion, the weekly staff vaccine priority list. School districts were advised to prioritize staff with the highest risk of exposure due to in-person services currently offered at school sites. Based on the vaccine dose allocations provided by the Department of Public Health, local school districts prioritized staff at the highest risk of COVID-19, including those who are on campus and working in close proximity to others, such as food services, custodial staff and those providing in-person education.
A designated vaccine liaison at each school district coordinated scheduling and registration with BCHD, and school nurses were enlisted to support the vaccination efforts. In addition to BCHD’s staff and volunteers, student nurses from Mount St. Mary’s University and the fire departments in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo supported BCHD’s vaccination site with vaccinators.
More than 5,000 vaccine doses for educators were administered over the course of 6 weeks, and more than 90% of educators returned for their second dose.
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