Gov. Newsom announces additional 15k vaccines coming to Kern County

Newsom in Arvin
Posted at 9:46 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:44:14-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Governor Gavin Newsom made his way to Kern County Monday to announce an additional 15,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Kern next week.

"This site represents one of 11 sites that will be going live later this week," Newsom said while at the Arvin Veterans Hall, which is set to become a vaccination clinic.

Newsom said the Arvin site will also be a mobile site, along with the other 11 sites in the Central Valley.

"It's wonderful to have the mass vaccinations sites, be we know this, not everyone has a car. Not everyone has the tools of technology," he said. "So we have to be more nimble, we have to be more mobile."

Newsom said the state is increasing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in the Central Valley by 58%. He said in Kern County, the increase is by 78%.

The governor also announced an additional 34,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are being redirected to the Central Valley as well to be administered to farmworkers.

“I appreciate the governor’s visit highlighting local vaccination efforts in the Central Valley and the 34,000 additional doses that will be made available to our frontline farmworkers,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas in response to the governor's announcement.