SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) staff got their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday at La Cumbre Middle School.
"It gives me a little bit of peace of mind to safely take care of all of my patients each day. And it also feels like a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel for everybody," said Kyra Pelz-Walsh, an SBNC Nurse Practitioner.
Clinic workers chose the Westside location to set an example.
They want Spanish-speaking neighbors to know the vaccine is safe for them and their loved ones.
"Obviously my family, I've let them know that I'm getting it. That they know for them to get it since I got it. There obviously is some hesitancy, well you know is it going to give me seizures? Am I going to end up with worse conditions after? And them seeing that I didn't end up with any of those conditions obviously helps," said Izzie Hernandez, an SBNC Medical Assistant.
The school will eventually be set up to vaccinate others on evenings and weekends when the vaccine rolls out for more people in the area.