“Why did you get vaccinated?”: Kern County residents speak up

December 14, 2021 /

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends people to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and social distance in order to protect themselves and others.

According to the CDC, vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people against COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death. 

The United Against COVID-19 Coalition has been hosting vaccine clinics throughout Kern County and during a clinic in Shafter on December 4, Kern Sol News was able to ask Kern County residents why they chose to get vaccinated and this is what they had to say:

“I work for sanitization in Wasco and it was mandatory to get my vaccine so this is why I chose to get vaccinated.” – Antonio Gomez, 30

“I chose to get vaccinated to not get COVID and to protect myself and my family members.”

-Anjelita Chavez, 12

“My whole family is vaccinated so I wanted to get vaccinated for them and also because I am going to school now and I feel safer with the vaccine.”

-Anonymous, 14 

“I am here getting vaccinated because my family and friends are vaccinated and they made me want to get vaccinated to protect myself.”


“I came to get vaccinated because it makes me feel safer. This is my second dose and after getting my first dose I had no effects.”

-Anonymous, 17

The next vaccination clinic that is being hosted by organizations within the UAC Coalition will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 19. This vaccination clinic will be located at the McDonalds at 1812 Union Ave, Bakersfield, CA, 93305.

Sunday, December 19

McDonalds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

1812 Union Ave., Bakersfield, CA, 93305