Local coalition continues to spread vaccine equity in Kern County

November 30, 2021 /

Since receiving their funding from Public Health Institute’s Together Towards Health Initiative, the United Against COVID-19 (UAC) Coalition has helped over 3,000 residents of Kern County’s hardest hit communities receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The UAC Coalition’s goal was to implement door to door canvassing, outreach, and education to Kern County communities most impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, the UAC Coalition is distributing PPE, and providing a range of other services in a variety of languages with cultural respect.

Vaccine equity continues to be a prominent goal among the UAC Coalition as many locations are chosen with the hopes of reaching more rural and indigenous communities and agricultural workers.

According to the Kern County COVID-19 vaccine tracker, as of November 28 47.96 percent of Kern County’s eligible population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 54.38 percent of the eligible population has been vaccinated with at least one dose.

The UAC Coalition is continuing to urge the unvaccinated public to take the leap and receive their vaccine in order to help Kern County battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination clinics that are being hosted by organizations within the UAC Coalition will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 1:
    1. Voorhies Elementary from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m
      • 6001 Pioneer Dr, Bakersfield, CA, 93306
  • Friday, December 3:
    1. All of Us or None Office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • 948 Baker St, Bakersfield, CA, 93305
    2. David Head Center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • 10300 San Diego St, Lamont, CA, 93241
  • Saturday, December 4
    1. Saint Therese Catholic Church from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • 300 W Lerdo Hwy, Shafter, CA, 93263
  • Sunday, December 5
    1. DHF California City from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 7107 California City Blvd, Suite C., California City, CA, 93505
    2. Rexland Acres Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • 315 E. Fairview Rd., Bakersfield, CA, 93307
  • Friday, December 10
    1. Mt. View Middle School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • 8001 Weedpatch Hwy, Lamont, CA, 93241
    2. All of Us or None Office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • 948 Baker St, Bakersfield, CA, 93305
  • Saturday, December 11
    1. La Preciosa Market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • 538 Finley Dr., Taft, CA, 93268
  • Sunday, December 19
    1. McDonalds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • 1812 Union Ave., Bakersfield, CA, 93305

No appointment is needed to attend any of the upcoming clinics and each clinic will provide attendees with masks, sanitizers, and additional community resources until supplies are exhausted.

The vaccination clinics are free to the public and will offer first, second, and booster doses to those interested in a vaccine. Vaccination clinic attendees— and their parties— will also be provided with free food.

Organizations in the UAC Coalition include: All of Us or None, Building Healthy Communities Kern, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Kern Sol News, Jakara Movement, Lideres Campesinas, Unidad Popular Benito Juarez, and Vision Y Compromiso.

In addition to the vaccination clinics being organized by the UAC Coalition, the Kern County Department of Public Health Services’s Facebook page shared a Winter 2021 schedule for upcoming mobile vaccination clinics.

Victoria Rodgers

Victoria Rodgers is an editor and reporter for Kern Sol News. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rockford University in Illinois. She can be reached at victoria@southkernsol.org.