Giants pitcher Romo to greet kids who get their whooping cough shot 

Get a shot, meet a Giant.

That’s the deal for kids who still need their whooping cough booster shot before the required deadline of Sept. 15.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo will be at the Department of Public Health Tuesday morning to greet children getting their shots.

The San Francisco Unified School District and public health officials are pushing to get all kids to comply by the deadline and stay in school.

The deadline to get their shots was pushed back 30 days from the start of school to allow more parents to get their kids in for shots. The governor signed a bill Tuesday that would allow the extra leeway for parents.

Only 40 percent of children in the Bay Area between the ages of 10 and 18 are reported to have the vaccine, according to school district officials. And in San Francisco Unified, only 22 percent of 7-12th grade students have the booster shot document on file at their school.

Romo will be joined by State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson, the Director of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition Andrew Resignato and Dr. Susan Fernyak, director of communicable disease control and prevention for the department of public health.

After meeting with school aged children, Romo will return to AT&T Park where the Giants will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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