|HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner visited two school campuses Saturday afternoon to help educators and health leaders welcome families to Super Saturday Vaccination Day.
The initiative is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Education, the Houston Health Department, Harris County Public Health, and Houston-area school districts to vaccinate teachers, support staff, parents, and children ages 12 and above before school begins.
The mayor toured Deady Middle School and Kashmere High School, where dozens of family members lined up for the COVID-19 vaccine.
«Super Saturday Vaccination Day is about our kids, our community, and keeping people safe,» said Mayor Turner. «At the same time, we want to encourage people to wear masks indoors. It is important because hospitals are running out of space and there is a shortage of nurses as the Delta variant spreads and impacts young people and people of color.»
Currently, 54.3 percent of Houstonians age 12 and above have been fully vaccinated. According to the Houston Health Department, 25 percent of African Americans and 33 percent of Hispanics are vaccinated.
«The vaccine is safe,» said Houston Health Director Stephen Williams.» It is time for all of us to take responsibility. Getting the shot and wearing a mask while you are indoors is not a lot to ask to save lives.»
«Super Saturday Vaccination Days» will take place every Saturday in August at different school campuses throughout the Houston region. For a full list of the participating schools and more information, please visit https://houstonemergency.org/super-saturday-vaccination-day/.