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SISD teams up with City of El Paso to provide COVID-19 vaccine hubs for community

Community registering and receiving vaccine 

The Socorro Independent School District and the City of El Paso partnered up to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals 12 and up at various schools across the district.

The vaccine hubs took place from July 20-23 at William D. Slider, SPC. Rafael Hernando III, Hurshel Antwine Middle Schools, Eastlake High School, and from July 27-31 at Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, John Drugan, Desert Wind, Ernesto Serna, Bill Sybert Schools, and at Americas High School.

“I think it’s great to collaborate with the City of El Paso and provide the vaccine hubs for our community,” said Ismael Castro, emergency operations manager for SISD. “We’ve been able to roll out more than 800 vaccines to individuals, giving us additional opportunities to providing the vaccine.”

SISD is committed to partnering with community agencies to ensure anyone in the community ages 12 and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccine if they want to receive it. The district continues to work with the City of El Paso and other agencies to provide convenient locations and times to get the vaccines.

In addition, the SISD Employee Health Clinic is providing COVID-19 vaccines to district employees, their dependents, and any eligible individual in the community.

Many SISD parents said it was important to get their children vaccinated before the upcoming school year after a year and a half of uncertainty during the pandemic.

Amanda Rubio, a parent from El Dorado High School, took her son to get vaccinated at William D. Slider Middle School.

“Now that we are going back to normal, I thought my son should be vaccinated to keep him safe from the virus,” Rubio said. “My son will not only have interaction with students in school but with athletes on the football field and in the locker room.”

Some SISD students also said it was important for them to get vaccinated before returning to a normal school year.

Bianey Arellano, a junior at Socorro High School, went with her sister Mia to get vaccinated at Ernesto Serna School.

“I think getting the vaccine is important because we’ve been sick before and it was not fun at all,” Arellano said. “Knowing that we’ll be back at school like regular, the vaccines will help us all be safe in the community.”

Abriana Davila, who is starting her freshman year at Eastlake High School, said she plays basketball, which involves her being around a lot of people at once. She said getting vaccinated gives her a sense of relief so she can focus on her classes and activities.

“I’m very excited and thankful that the district decided it was time for us to come back,” Davila said. “I’m happy to say that getting the vaccine is one step closer to going back to normal life.”

SISD will continue to provide vaccine clinics as the vaccinations are available and information on community vaccine distribution sites. Please check often to see updates on vaccine distribution sites, dates, and times and how to pre-register, if required. 

Published August 30, 2021

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