true-sf-giants-new-era-cap.jpgSan Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo will be in attendance at an event Tuesday where local students can receive whooping cough booster shots.

Students will be able to go to the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 11 a.m. to noon to receive the Tdap vaccine and get a chance to meet Romo.

Students starting grades seven through 12 in the San Francisco Unified School District will be required to receive the Tdap vaccine before attending school, which begins August 15.

According to a SFUSD press release, 40 percent of Bay Area children between the ages of 10 and 18 are reported to have the vaccine, whereas only 22 percent of SFUSD students from seventh to 12th grades have the booster on file.

Along with Romo, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the director of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition, Andrew Resignato, will be in attendance.

The school district is hosting multiple events for parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated. There will be a free vaccination day on Saturday at the French American International School on Oak Street between Gough and Franklin streets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students may also get their vaccination at a local pharmacy.

Zack Farmer, Bay City News

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