Vials of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, which were used to vaccinate Alameda County law enforcement officials at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department's Regional Training Center in Dublin, Calif. on February 18, 2021. (Eli Walsh/Bay City News)

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is inviting entries to a contest in which middle and high school students can create videos encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations and could win cash prizes.

The 2021 VaxUp Video Contest is open for anyone attending sixth through 12th grade at schools in Santa Clara County, with $1,500 going to first place, $1,000 to second and $500 for third, plus $500 for the schools with first-place winners.

Teams of up to five students will be asked to create videos between 30 and 60 seconds long and post them on Instagram and TikTok with the hashtag #sccVaxUpVideo. There will be separate categories for sixth- through eighth-graders and ninth- through 12th-graders, and all entries must have an adult sponsor from a school like a teacher or coach.

“Our kids and teens have shown us many times over how this pandemic has affected them on a personal level,” Dr. Monika Roy, county assistant health officer, said in a statement. “This contest gives them a creative outlet to show the community what vaccinations mean to them.”

More details about the contest can be found at Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 15.

Dan McMenamin is the managing editor at Bay City News, directing daily news coverage of the 12-county greater Bay Area. He has worked for BCN since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, including coaching of our interns, day-to-day coverage decisions and management of the newswire.