Bakersfield, California 2021-01-13 18:30:00 –
According to the county’s highest public health authorities, a public vaccination clinic will open next week at the Kern County trade fair and will eventually step up efforts to vaccinate 5,000 people a day.
Public Health Director Matt Constantine said on Wednesday that the venue will open on January 20 for qualified people.
According to Constantine, it plans to launch a soft launch next Wednesday, with 200-300 people from several local employers and groups identified by the county as eligible for vaccination.
But within a few days, the site will be available to anyone who qualifies for the vaccine, Constantine said.
On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that people over the age of 65 could be vaccinated immediately. However, it is unknown when Kern County will begin vaccination of the group. We are currently immunizing individuals in Phase 1a Tier 1 to Tier 3 categories. This is primarily a healthcare professional and a resident of a long-term care facility.
The location of the trade fair will start as a walk-up center, but will eventually add a large drive-through operation.
“The purpose of this site is actually to set it up to handle a larger group of people,” said Constantine.
This site operates 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The state test site is also currently operating at the trade fair. According to Constantine, there is also room available if the hospital is overwhelmed and the county needs to activate alternative care sites to handle over-hospitalized patients.
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