School administration will be among the first to receive the earliest and most available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Viju Jacob, the associate medical director for SBHC at Urban Health Pan states, “The opportunity is there because most parts of the country are at least in hybrid learning. “If, even conservatively, I get 30 percent of the population immunized at school, that’s 30 percent that I don’t have to serve at an alternative location.”
“In normal circumstances [school] is where children and adolescents are every day,” said Suzanne Mackey, policy director for the School-Based Health Alliance, an organization that advocates for medical care in school settings. “It removes many barriers,” such as transportation, for hard-to-reach students, and families trust schools as a place for their children to receive care, she said.