For Immediate Release
Lake Isabella, California February 19, 2021 – Beginning Monday, February 22, Kern County will be opening eligible COVID-19 vaccine groups to include:
· Child Care Workers
· Food and Agriculture Workers
· Emergency Services Workers
Please keep in mind, per the State and County, those who are 65 and above remain the priority group for vaccination. While we may start taking appointments for the above employment sectors, the 65 and above must be at least 75% of our vaccinating volume.
We continue to experience low vaccine availability throughout the State. We are currently not scheduling any additional first doses until we receive our next shipment. For those qualified to receive the vaccination, you may continue to leave a message on our designated phone line (442) 320-3048 between Mondays – Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. DO NOT CALL Kern Valley Hospital or Mountain View Health Center. Although we are not making appointments until we receive our next shipment, we will be calling those who have left a message to let them know they are on our waiting list. We ask that you continue having patience and know you will receive a callback from us.
We continue to identify issues causing some delays. Please leave a good contact phone number and name. Some messages are garbled please speak clearly and slowly. Make sure your voice-mail is set-up to receive messages. A bigger problem is many voicemails are telling us the mailbox is full and we are unable to leave a message. We have also heard some folks do not check their voicemails. We always leave a voicemail as long as the phone is set-up or the mailbox has space. It is only necessary to leave a message once. We are still experiencing a high call volume and expect that to continue for the near future.
If your tier has not been released, we ask that you do not call the number listed above until the appropriate time. For additional information on the tier schedule go to https://kernpublichealth.com/covid-19-vaccine-schedule/. AGAIN, DO NOT CALL Kern Valley Hospital or Mountain View Health Center.
The required paperwork is available at www.kvhd.org. We ask that you print the documents so you can fill them out prior to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer or a computer, we will have the documents available at the time of your appointment. You will be required to show photo id and proof that you qualify for the vaccine in phase 1a Tiers 1, 2 or 3, as well as, Phase 1b Tier 1
We are using our mobile care unit to administer the vaccine. When you have made your appointment, we will advise you where the mobile unit will be set-up for the day. At the time of your arrival, please check in with staff at the mobile care unit. Keep in mind you will be required to stay an additional 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination to make sure you do not have any adverse reaction. If you are unable to make your appointment, it is imperative that you notify us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we can schedule someone else.
BE PREPARED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:
Bring photo id and proof you are eligible for Phase 1 Tiers, 1, 2, 3 and Phase 1b Tier 1 & 65+.
Bring a copy of your insurance card (There is no co-pay or out of pocket expense).
Bring completed documentation or arrive 15 minutes early to complete required paperwork.
Wear a facemask and follow social distancing guideline.
Be prepared to wait an additional 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine.
Keep in mind it takes several days before the vaccine is effective and to receive the full benefit you must return in the designated timeframe for a second inoculation. To keep yourself, loved ones and friends safe we ask that you continue to wear a facemask in public, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
For more information, contact Deborah Hess at 760-379-5257 ext. 4 or email Deborahhess@kvhd.org