BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Fairgrounds vaccination site is now accepting appointments for the week of February 1st.
The Kern County Fairgrounds is being used for testing and vaccine administration but it's also the county's contact tracing site. The fairgrounds have been designated as COVID-19 prevention site, with over 40 contact tracers employed to reach out to residents who may have been exposed to the virus.
"Contact tracing and case investigation is so extremely important in our fight against COVID-19," explained Brynn Carrigan, assistant director for Kern County Public Health. "We attempt to make contact with every single COVID-19 positive case that we receive a report on."
Kern County Fairgrounds vaccination site includes contact tracing
Carrigan said that for every COVID positive case, their tracers are making 4 - 5 phone calls to let people know that they may have been exposed.
The fairgrounds is accepting appointments for Wednesday, February 3 – Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at this location, call 661-868-0165.
Vaccinations are based on high-risk groups that are defined in several phases as well as tiers within those phases. Currently, those in Phase 1A - healthcare workers, and those 65 years of age and older are eligible for vaccination.
For more information, visit the Vaccinate Kern website.