Residents speak about importance of vaccine clinics, getting vaccinated

January 24, 2022 /

With COVID-19 cases rising, there are a lot of resources available to get vaccinated and get tested. Vaccine and testing clinics are being held in many communities in Bakersfield, Wasco, Maricopa, Arvin, Lamont, Taft, and Shafter.

Hailey and Arianna Lema are both canvassers for the Dolores Huerta Organization and said these events are important because the sooner we can get everyone vaccinated the better our odds at protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.

“We got vaccinated because our mother and grandparents are immune compromised. I think it’s important to realize getting vaccinated is not only for our safety but others. Be a good neighbor,” said Arianna Lema. “Information is always at the tips of our fingers. If unsure, the CDC will have all the information you need.”

The United Against COVID-19 (UAC) Coalition held a vaccination clinic in Wasco on January 16, where more than 100 people were able to get vaccinated. Here’s what they had to say:

“I live at home with a big family and both my grandparents live there as well so I chose to get vaccinated to protect them. The community needs to know that there are resources to help them get vaccinated.”

-Ariana Leyva, 25

“I chose to get vaccinated to stay protected. These vaccine clinics are important because by coming here and getting vaccinated you are protecting yourself and your community to not get the virus.”

-Frances Donato, 17

“I came to get vaccinated here because I had COVID last year. I had no symptoms but I tested positive so I want to protect my family from getting it. I came with my grandma to this vaccine clinic because she is also getting her vaccine.”

-Sandra Cabrera, 11

“I came to this clinic to get vaccinated because I want to be able to see more of my family and this vaccine will help. My dad is the one who found out about this vaccine clinic. One of his co-workers told him about it.”

-Angelinee Marroquin, 11

“I chose to get vaccinated because I don’t want to risk getting the virus or going to the hospital. I think people should come to these clinics and get vaccinated because these clinics are free and you can also get tested.”

-Fransico Marroquin, 13

Here is a list of vaccines and/or testing clinics that will also be available at the following locations in Kern County:

  • 1/25/22- 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club Lamont
    • 8301 Segrue Rd, Lamont, CA, 93241
  • 1/30/22- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Arvin Veterans Hall
    • 414 4th Ave. Arvin, CA 93203
  • 2/2/22- 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maricopa Unified School District
    • 955 Stanislaus St. Maricopa, CA 93252
  • 2/6/22- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wasco (old) Courthouse
    • 810 8th St, Wasco, CA, 93280