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Golden Gate Xpress | Recipients announced in SF State vaccine scholarship

When Zoe Freeman, a 14-year-old student at Lincoln High School, discovers that she has been chosen for her San Francisco Vaccine Scholarship ProgramShe said her emotions took her from shock to dancing and eventually to joy.

“My jaw fell, and then I just started dancing and then I shared the joy with my family,” she said.

The grant, which she and 10 other students randomly awarded on November 23 with four years of free tuition, was a measure sponsored by the university, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District, in an effort to encourage vaccinations among 12-17 year olds.

So far, eight of the ten selected have applied for their scholarship in the sixth state. Students were drawn from six different SFDPH vaccination sites across the city: the Visacion Valley neighborhood vaccination site, Malcolm X Academy School, Balboa High School, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, the Mission District vaccination site and McCoppin Elementary School.

Zoe, a fifth-generation San Franciscan and second-generation Bayview resident, said her mother, Tori Freeman, provided evidence of vaccination at the Malcolm X Academy School site.

“she told me [that she had applied]And I was thinking good ideas,” she said. “It really happened and I was really excited.”

Tori, who works with at-risk youth at a Bayview-based nonprofit, said she first became aware of the grant through a friend. After hearing about it, she said that she spread the word about the program in her work with the hope that all the students will apply.

It’s just a great opportunity, so I was hoping a lot of people would take advantage of it,” Torey said.

Because her family has asthma and her mother has health issues, Tori said it was important to her that her daughter be vaccinated, so much so that she received her first dose on the first day her age group was allowed.

In an email statement from SFDPH, Deputy Director of Health Dr. Navina Popa said the scholarship program was one of the city’s strategies to provide low-barrier access to immunizations in San Francisco communities.

“We are proud that our youth aged 12-17 have reached such high vaccination rates, and incentive programs like these can help give an extra boost to unvaccinated individuals to take immediate action to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their loved ones and our community,” Buba said.

As of Wednesday, 90% of San Franciscans ages 12 to 17 had received two doses of the vaccine, according to SFDPH data. With 78% of the population fully vaccinated, San Francisco is now just shy of the 80% of the fully vaccinated population it needs to lift its masks mandate. But with the discovery of the new Omicron variant in San Francisco, officials said they will continue to monitor the situation before any mandates are lifted.

“We will remain vigilant, vigilant, and do what we need to do to protect ourselves. That means getting vaccinated, getting a booster, wearing a mask indoors, and taking other steps we know help,” Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco director of public health, said in a news release. in slowing the spread of disease.

As per the scholarship guidelines, the difference between tuition and in-state fees and any financial aid received will be paid for. If the financial aid covers the entire cost of tuition, the guidelines state that recipients will be paid $2,000 per academic year by the SF State Foundation’s Board of Directors. The two unclaimed grants have been redrawn and new winners have been selected as of Monday, said Kent Bravo, SF state media relations specialist.

While Tori, a single mother, said she was grateful for the financial stress this scholarship would relieve, her daughter said she was relieved that the university application process would now be much less stressful.

“I feel like I don’t have to stress about it anymore, and I love it,” Zoe said.

Although she thought it was still too early to say for sure, Zoe said she wanted to get into a field of study related to environmental protection.

“I just want to be important [in] “Somehow saving the earth,” she said.

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