10:30 a.m. Saturday UPDATE
Dignity Health announced on its Facebook page this morning that a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be available at Shasta College toda for a select group of people.
Those eligible are people 65 years old and older and those working in emergency services, educators, child care, food and agriculture.
The times are divided according to last names from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.
- A-G: 8-11:30 a.m.
- H-M: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- N-S: 1-2:30 p.m.
- T-Z: 2:30-5 p.m.
Shasta College is located at 11555 Old Oregon Trail.
Dignity Health is the parent company of Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
Those who lined up to get the first of two COVID-19 vaccines from public health in January are eligible to receive the second dose the day before Valentine’s Day.
Meanwhile, another group will be eligible to be vaccinated this month.
Shasta County public health officials announced this week that those who are among the 830 people who received their first vaccination during the county’s mass vaccination clinic are eligible to receive their second dose at a drive-thru clinic on Feb. 13 at the Shasta District Fair grounds in Anderson.
Only those who attended the Jan. 16 clinic in Redding and need their second shot qualify.
“This (restriction) is due to a still-limited supply of vaccine and the desire to keep things as orderly as possible,” Shasta County Public Health spokeswoman Kerri Schuette said.
Attendees should bring with their CDC immunization card that shows the date of their first vaccine.
Health workers will administer vaccines at certain times according to the first letter of a person’s last name:
- A-G will be vaccinated between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- H-M, 11:30-1 p.m.
- N-S, 1-2:30 p.m.
- T-Z, 2:30-4 p.m.
More vaccination clinics will follow as more of the vaccine becomes available, public health officials said.
As of Wednesday, 14,350 doses — first and second doses — have been administered in Shasta County, according to public health, an average of 2,300 doses per week.
Next group can get the vaccine starting Feb. 13
In another Friday announcement, county health officials said people who work in education and child care are the next group who can get the vaccine starting this month.
Vaccines will be offered through appointments and mass clinics.
High-risk educators will be vaccinated first, including people over 65 and older, and people with health conditions, starting Feb. 13, health officials said.
“All school personnel should have received a flyer from their school or school district, which includes a link to a Shasta County Health and Human Services survey. Shasta County Health and Human Services will reach out to those who fill out the survey with next steps. It will take at least several weeks to get through the schools,” the county said.
To learn about future vaccination clinics and when certain age groups are eligible, go to the Shasta County Public Health website at www.co.shasta.ca.us/ready/covid-19/vaccinations.
“The supply of vaccine is still limited and unpredictable. Please watch ShastaReady.org for more information about vaccine availability,” health officials said.
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