NEW DATES: Vaccine Clinic Wednesdays near Mountie Café
February 09, 2022 - 08:12 AM
Mt. SAC is continuing a student vaccination requirement for its Spring semester and has scheduled Wednesday on-campus clinics. People may get their first, second or booster shot, as well as pediatric doses for children 5-17 years of age, at these clinics.
The clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m (Except on Feb. 17, which will be held on a Thursday) in Kerr’s Corner, near the Mountie Café (and north of the Library):
- Wednesday, March 16, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 23, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
The free clinics will be available for anyone five years or older, including Mt. SAC employees, students, and community members. Pediatric doses for children 5-17 require an appointment, a parent/guardian to be present and evidence of age. Booster shots are now available for anyone 18 years and older. These booster doses should be taken at least six months after the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two months after a Johnson & Johnson dose. Individuals can choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Appointments can be made through the Fulgent website at vaccine.fulgentgenetics.com.
As the world is discovering, the Omicron variant is a vastly more contagious variation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and began spreading rapidly across LA County in late December. Infection numbers skyrocketed, peaking in mid-January. The surge has been subsiding in recent days. However, Omicron now accounts for 98% of all new COVID-19 infections in LA County. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicted almost everyone will catch Omicron.
Public Health officials are strongly encouraging everyone to be vaccinated and encouraging adults to have a booster (third) shot as well. Having enough antibodies greatly reduces the chance of having a severe reaction once the virus is contracted.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the results of studies that showed a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine was at least 90% effective at preventing COVID-associated hospitalization.
Please visit the Mt. SAC COVID-19 Information page for up-to-date information on campus requirements, as well as what can be done to stay safe during this pandemic.