Free School Supplies, COVID-19 Vaccines Available Saturday in East Palo Alto | News


East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero, front row in a white t-shirt, and the local nonprofit youth community service and others have become members of Umoja Health, a collective that strives to provide equitable access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Courtesy of Mora Oommen.

As children return to class this month for the start of a new school year, families can pick up free school supplies and get their COVID-19 shots at the same time in East Palo Alto on Saturday.

Bags of supplies, including notebooks, pencils, erasers and face masks, will be available. COVID-19 vaccinations will also be offered at a school supply event from 9 a.m. to noon at 2043 Euclid Ave., then from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bridge Pop Park, at the corner of West Bayshore and Newell roads.

The annual event is hosted by Woodland Park Communities, which is the community outreach arm of Woodland Park Apartments, a complex of approximately 1,800 apartments in East Palo Alto.

According to Teresa Morales, community engagement manager for Woodland Park, Saturday’s event is part of a larger attempt “to bring resources to this community that has for so long been unable to fully access all the benefits of organizations and services that are on the other side of the highway.”

This year, organizers have scheduled the distribution of supplies to coincide with two weekly immunization clinics. Sutter Health will offer vaccines at the Euclid Avenue site and Stanford Health Care will provide vaccines near Bridge Pop Park at an existing vaccination location at 45 Newell Road.

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