More than half of Kern County is vaccinated as year ends

December 28, 2021 /

According to the Kern County Public Health Services Department, 51.3 percent of Kern County residents have completed their vaccine series.

“As of December 19th, 1,005,625 doses have been administered to Kern County residents. 439,167 people have completed their vaccine series,” said Program Manager and Public Relations Officer, Michelle Corson.

Individuals aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the Pizer-BioNTech vaccine; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those 18 and older.

“People should get a COVID-19 booster shot six months following their second dose of the two-shot Pizer or Moderna vaccine or two months following their Johnson & Johnson shot. Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose,” said Corson.

The United Against COVID-19 (UAC) Coalition will continue to bring vaccination clinics to various communities in Kern County. 

The following services will be available in the upcoming vaccine clinics 1st dose, 2nd dose, booster, Pfizer for ages 5 and up, Johnson & Johnson, and COVID-19 testing.

Here is a list of upcoming vaccine clinics that the United Against COVID-19 Coalition will be hosting:

  • Friday, January 07
    • David Head Center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • 10300 San Diego St., Lamont, CA, 93241
  • Saturday, January 08
    • La Preciosa Market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • 538 Finley Dr., Taft, CA, 93268
  • Saturday, January 08
    • Rexland Acres Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 325 E. Fairview Rd., Bakersfield, CA, 93307
  • Sunday, January 09
    • Arvin Veterans Hall from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 414 4th Ave., Arvin, CA, 93203
  • Wednesday, January 12
    • Maricopa School Auditorium from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • 955 Stanislaus St., Maricopa, CA, 93252
  • Sunday, January 16
    • Wasco (old) Courthouse from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 810 8th St., Wasco, CA, 93280
  • Sunday, January 30
    • Arvin Veterans Hall from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 414 4th Ave., Arvin, CA, 93203
  • Wednesday, February 02
    • Maricopa School Auditorium from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • 955 Stanislaus St., Maricopa, CA, 93252
  • Sunday, February 06
    • Wasco (old) Courthouse from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • 810 8th St., Wasco, CA, 93280

Due to the holiday season and an increase in positive COVID-19 case rates, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring universal masking until January 15, 2022. In addition to this, a new travel advisory recommends that all travelers arriving in California test for COVID-19 within three to five days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. Those who test positive must follow the public health recommendation guidelines and stay isolated from others.

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Erica Murillo

Erica Murillo is a project coordinator and reporter at South Kern Sol. She was born in Bakersfield, California, and her origin is from Guanajuato, Mexico. She is a first-generation graduate from California State University, Bakersfield where she earned a degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in English. Murillo's first job was working in the fields picking grapes. She has been able to evolve and continue to grow within her career. She can be reached at erica@southkernsol.org.