The Greenfield Family Resource Center is partnering with Golden Valley High School and Adventist Health to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations during the month of July.
The first vaccination clinic will be held at the Golden Valley High School gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10, with a follow up clinic being held on July 31. Clinics are open to adults 18 and older and adolescents 12 years of age and older.
As of now, 14.5 percent of the community surrounding GVHS has contracted COVID-19 and 38 percent of the 93307 population — the zip code of Golden Valley High — has been fully vaccinated, while 44.6 percent have at least received their first dose.
Golden Valley has hosted multiple vaccination clinics since the vaccine development, but access to these clinics was limited to Golden Valley students and employees. Now that the vaccine is more widely available, the school is allowing anyone over the age of 12 to come receive the Pfizer vaccine that will be available.
As a former Greenfield School District board member and current GVHS Assistant Principal, Kyle Wiley wants the community to return to a sense of normalcy and knows the vaccine can help to put COVID-19 on the backburner.
“We’re really striving to be a place of hope in our community in these dire times,” Wiley said during a phone interview. “This vaccination is a tool of hope that gets us back healthy, safe, and ready to go so we can focus on learning and getting these students to graduate.”
According to the CDC website, COVID-19 vaccines are effective for many reasons. Not only can getting vaccinated keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, but getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you. Furthermore, COVID-19 vaccines also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
Additionally, becoming fully vaccinated allows you to resume many activities that were halted due to the pandemic. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Walk-ins are welcome during the clinic, but those interested in making an appointment can call 661-637-8768. The vaccination will be free to anybody who wants to get it, but any individuals under the age of 18 will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To find more vaccination locations, head to the Kern County Public Health Department’s website.