Jocelyn Martines receives a COVID-19 shot

Jocelyn Martines, 11, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Downtown Half Moon Bay. Adam Pardee / Review

Eleven-year-old Jocelyn Martines was one of about a dozen brave local kids who received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a makeshift clinic on Dec. 15.

“It’s now more important than ever that we need the vaccine, especially now with the high rise of the new variant,” said her mom, Isabel Sencion. “We just feel strongly about the vaccine, especially because it’s flu season right now as well, so we just want her to stay protected.”

The vaccine clinic, organized and facilitated by San Mateo County Health, Coastside Hope, Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside, the city of Half Moon Bay and the local school district, took place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Pillar Church.

“It’s fantastic to finally be able to get kids vaccinated,” said Jill Jacobson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside. “I think it’s just a real relief for families, for the caregivers and the teachers in the schools, especially with these variants that keep coming.

“I think maybe some of us have forgotten how scary it was before there was a vaccine,” she said. “Now, almost everybody around has been vaccinated, but there’s this whole group that, until now, hasn’t been able to, so it’s really meaningful and powerful. I’m really happy for everybody.”

While 100 vaccines were available for kids ages 5 to 11, only a fraction were administered. Long lines wrapped around the church when a clinic for adults was held at the church in March. The lack of interest last week was surprising to some.

“We’re very happy to be able to do this, but we had the capacity to give 100 doses out today and we aren’t going to do that,” said Judith Guerrero, executive director of Coastside Hope. “I think it speaks to the uncertainty and hesitation of the parents. For those that came today and got it, we’re happy. We’re glad this service was offered here locally because I know it’s been a challenge trying to make it over to the Peninsula to get the vaccine.”

Jacobson attributes the low attendance, in part, to timing. The county didn’t announce it would have vaccine on the Coastside until the week prior to the event. She also suspects that families are busy with the upcoming holidays. The clinic began in the middle of the afternoon making it difficult for some kids to get there as schools in the district typically don’t get out until 3 p.m.

“Something I want to really pay attention to is the vaccination rates in 5- to 11-year-olds in Half Moon Bay because if the numbers are low, and there is a real need for another drive, we would absolutely do one,” said Jacobson.

If the county was to host another, Jacobson thinks more time to plan and raise awareness will help boost numbers.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

(6) comments

Zack B

Well said, JCU. I have tried in this and other posts to gently school Mr. McVicker in the basics of biostatistics and epidemiology but I have found him doggedly dogmatic. Your insightful comments are guaranteed to raise his hackles yet, sadly, he will only be more dogged and more dogmatic.

John Charles Ullom

Thanks for the nice words Zack but my comments are about as insightful as agreeing with a physicist that jumping off a cliff is not a good idea because gravity is so dang predictable.

McVicker is incapable of processing the notion that overwhelmed emergency rooms would be a nightmare for Americans. McVicker actually rejoiced when Delta came out and was hoping it would "wash over everybody". He really believes, not just says but really believes the same bile that Alex Jones and the Taliban are spewing. He really believes, strike that, McVicker really knows that children are dying because of the vaccine.

There is no point in trying to convince him as in his world, you are advocating that parents sacrifice their children. Much like QANumbNuts, he "knows" the vaccine is being manufactured in the metaphorical basement of a Mom and Pop pizzeria. Democrats collect the sacrificed babies and drink their blood. Pretty much the same story as the one about Jews, blood, and babies. for the purpose of killing little of babies so elites can feast on their young blood.

All that can be done is to try and get those who are wavering to think. Pushing back against his disinformation is useful but nobody is ever going to convince McVicker to get the vaccine. He simply knows too much.

It must be hard on people who "know" the true nature of the vaccines when President Trump claims all three have been among his many claimed most awesome accomplishments in the history of history. How they square that with their "knowledge"?

Probably best for them if they don't try and stick with what they "know".

John Charles Ullom

"I warned you all about this problem early on." -- Scott McVicker

"The vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind, I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines all are very, very good." -- Donald Trump

McVicker is a one trick contrarian. He hammers on the same subset of facts that suit his narrative. His arguments are about as deep as the claim that water is Fat Free. His belief that his warning registered with anybody is about as indictive as is Trumps belief that he created the vaccines

Here is what I think counts. If I have a heart attack, or even think I am having a heart attack, I know that there is an emergency room that is not overflowing, and an ICU with an empty bed should, I need it. In places where the locals tended to vote for the blowhard who claims he created three of the greatest achievements in human history, that is not likely to be the case.

My mother, unfortunately, is 80 and lives in Minnesota. Like many people her age, she has fought two rounds with cancer. Chemo and all that. God forbid she or my step need an emergency room or ICU. Imagine your mother, suffering for hours, waiting for a bed in an improvised hallway.

McVicker thinks the death rate is what matters. He is wrong. What counts is a health care system that is not overwhelmed with people believe in the same arguments as the Taliban uses against polio vaccinations.

Nobody really cares at this point whether McVicker or his fellow death cultists gets vaccinated. If they want Delta, or Omnicom, or Omega, to "wash over them", let them preach it from the hilltop. When folks resort to phrases about the sacrifice of children, nobody takes them seriously. Let Darwinism deal with them.

“This is an emergency Christmas Day warning to President Trump. You are either completely ignorant about the so-called ‘vaccine’ gene therapy that you helped ram through with operation warp speed, or you are one of the most evil men who has ever lived to push this toxic poison on the public and to attack your constituents when they simply try to save their lives and the lives of others." -- Alex Jones

"The declared pandemic ends when The People refuse to sacrifice their children." -- Scott McVicker

“He (Fauci) represents Joseph Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps. And I am talking about people all across the world are saying this.” -- Lara Logan

Who has it right? Alex, Lara, Scott or Donald? Is Trump trying to get "The People" to sacrifice their children at the alter of Dr. Fauci Mengele? Was Trump a Hitler that enable the greatest crime in human history?

Should we take seriously anybody that uses rhetoric comparing anybody to Hitler, Mengele or sacrificial child killers?

Zack B

The crude death rate is perhaps the most useless statistic for evaluating a pandemic. One thing is certain that all of use will contract this virus and perhaps more than once. Those who are not vaccinated and who contract Covid and any of its variations are more likely to be sicker, more likely to suffer longer consequence, more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die than those who are vaccinated. And those who are fully vaccinated with a booster are the least likely have a severe case of this virus.

Scott McVicker

Thank you for reciting of The Narrative's position on post-vaccination outcomes.

Speaking of useless stats....shall we go over a few?

PCR Tests – Depending on how many cycles you run, a “positive” result might represent a significant OR an insignificant amount of matching viral code in the tested individual. Regardless, a positive test does NOT confirm that the tested individual has the disease.

“Cases” – Someone who tests “positive” via a PCR test is called a “case”. I warned you all about this problem early on. With the rise of the more transmissible (but much, much milder) Omicron...when EVERYONE is going to get will we interpret a 100% positivity result? Yet “cases” have been used to justify any number of over-reactions to the virus' spread.

Deaths OF not WITH – A death within 28 days of a positive test is tallied as a COVID death. The contribution of co-morbidities to those who succumbed. The age stratification of those who pass. Absent context, the statistics are easily inflated.

Hospitalizations – Panic a population and it is no wonder that those with any number of the symptoms rush to care...assuming they can get some. And Lord help them if they arrive with the flu and catch the coof while in the facility.

Lack of Early Care – Perhaps the worst offender. The forced consensus of “vaccines” as the only way out of the declared pandemic had patients being sent home until they were forced to go to the hospital...desperate for breath.

“Vaccines” in name only – Look to the UK to see what is coming for those who chose (or were coerced into taking) the jab. Four times a year. Don't worry, your “vaccine passport” app will remind you when to come in for the “boosters”. Don't miss your injection...or the app might declare you to be “un-vaccinated” for purposes to entering certain venues. Of Note: The experimental injections have failed to provide the desired degree of protection associated with what one might call a vaccine. They are nothing more than temporary therapies for those who are participating. Downside: Each time to allow someone to push more into you, you risk experiencing one or more of the known side-effects.

Scott McVicker

The declared pandemic ends when The People refuse to sacrifice their children. Google: "san mateo county covid deaths" for some comfort.

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