Sacramento : In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Natomas Unified School District this week will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations with the support of Sacramento County Public Health and Dr. Rusty Oshita, a physician for Urgent Care Now.
“This is truly a collaboration and our way of helping our community to be healthy so that we can bring down the number of COVID cases, get back to doing some of the activities that we enjoy and get our kids back on campus and in our schools,” said Carol Swanson, associate superintendent of student support services for Natomas Unified, who is overseeing this effort.
To help spread the word, the District is partnering with the City of Sacramento District 1 Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby’s team to reach seniors who may be unaware they can get vaccinated in their own community. Through their outreach efforts, they are contacting senior-related establishments, churches, local community groups and businesses to fill all 1,000 appointments available on Thursday, Feb. 11. Vaccinations will continue on Thursdays moving forward.
The District will follow the State tier system for priority groups who are eligible to receive the vaccination. Seniors 65 and older and first responders are eligible to receive it at no cost. People can register online at https://natomasunified.org/covid-19-general-information/
Seniors and individuals in the current priority categories who do not have access to technology/the internet or have challenges can call 916-561-5253 on Mondays from 8 to 11 a.m. for assistance. (Today, Feb. 8, the phone line will be open until 5 p.m.) In addition to English, multiple languages will be available, including Spanish, Punjabi, Hindu, Tagalog and Urdu. When calling, people may be asked to leave a message; their calls will be returned as soon as possible.
Drive-through vaccinations will take place in the parking lot of Natomas High School (3301 Fong Ranch Road). You must be registered to receive the vaccine. Walk-ups are not allowed.
Natomas Unified is also offering free COVID testing on Tuesdays. Interested individuals can visit the NUSD Website at https://natomasunified.org/covid-19-testing/ to register.