Local coalition to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics for agricultural workers in Lamont, Bakersfield this weekend

March 17, 2021 /

The United Against COVID Coalition is holding a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend in Kern County for agricultural workers.

The clinics were made possible through a partnership with the State of California. United Against COVID, local coalition of nonprofit organizations, plans to administer 500 vaccines in Lamont and another 300 in Bakersfield.

“The strength of our coalition is our ability to communicate effectively with the residents who are most threatened by this pandemic,” Gladys Flores of the Unidad Popular Benito Juarez. “We are trusted messengers who know these families, live in these communities and therefore understand their concerns and can get them the help they need to survive.”

The vaccination clinics in Lamont will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the David head Center, 10300 San Diego St., Lamont, 93241. There will also be a clinic Sunday in Bakersfield at Mercado Latino, 1999 Edison Highway.

The vaccines are free. Agricultural workers can register for an appointment by calling (661)383-2588. There will be translation services in English, Spanish, Mixteco and Punjabi. Walk-up appointments will be available while supplies lat.

United Against COVID Coalition was launched in February 2021 with support from the Public Health Institute. The mission is to implement door-to-door canvassing in Kern communities most impacted by COVID-19. The coalition is also implementing a media campaign to raise awareness of resources available. Organizations in the coalition include All of Us or None, Building Healthy Communities Kern, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Jakara Movement, Lideres Campesinas, Unidad Popular Benito Juarez, and Vision Y Compromiso.