Apr 29, 2021

Kern Valley Health District 'transitioning' out of COVID-19 vaccinations

The Kern Valley Health District is ‘transitioning” away from providing COVID-19 vaccines, the district said in a statement.

“To date, we have delivered over 3,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the residents of the Kern River Valley,” clinic manager Greg Davis said in the statement. “We are currently transitioning our COVID-19 vaccination efforts.”

The move comes as the health district said it had provided vaccines to a large number of high-risk community members coupled with declining demand for the shot. As a result, the health district will stop accepting new first-dose vaccination appointments. 

“We will continue to schedule first doses for messages that have been received,” he said. “We will continue to deliver second dose vaccines to everyone we delivered their first injection to.”

It referred residents to myTurn.ca.gov to schedule COVID-19 vaccination locally or in Bakersfield.

Late last year, Davis administered the first vaccine dose to Baylee Brown, a rehabilitation care coordinator at Kern Valley Hospital, as the heath district prepared to start vaccinating the public as well.

Davis was also vaccinated along with doctors, nurses and other front-line workers.                    

“I will continue to wear my mask as required, but there is an increased sense of security in being around my family when I go home, and I’m not wearing my mask,” he told the Kern Valley Sun in January. “It’s nice to know I’ve been vaccinated.”

Since then, the vaccination program has expanded rapidly.

In California, COVID-19 vaccines are now available to anyone 16 or older, the state said on its website.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the state as of April 20, had experienced 3.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 59,804 deaths. It has administered 26.1 million doses of vaccine.

Kern County has had 95,129 cases and 1,290 deaths, the state said.