(KERO) — Effective immediately, priority groups within Tier 2 of Phase 1a of the COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule are now able to be vaccinated in Kern County.
California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan is prioritized based on high-risk groups that are defined in several phases as well as tiers within those phases. Kern County has been allocated a sufficient vaccine supply to offer vaccination to eligible persons in Phase 1a – Tier 1, and is now able to offer vaccination to persons in Phase 1a – Tier 2.
The following priority groups are eligible in Phase 1a – Tier 2:
· Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care.
· Home health care and in-home supportive services.
· Community health workers, including promotoras.
· Public health field staff.
· Primary care clinics, including federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics.
Residents that fall within Phase 1a – Tier 1 also remain eligible for vaccination as Kern progresses through the phases and tiers.
Public Health is working with state and local partners to be transparent, careful, and above all, equitable in efforts to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone who needs and requests vaccination.
Residents are urged to continue practicing healthy habits such as hand washing, physical distancing and wearing a face covering when in public.
For more information, visit the Public Health website for current vaccination information and resources. Additionally, an interactive map is now available identifying community providers who are currently offering vaccinations.