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Twenty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Humboldt County today, bringing the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus to 3,659. This is the highest single-day case count since Feb. 11.
Local vaccine uptake has dropped significantly since April 9 when Humboldt County opened eligibility to residents 16 and older, leaving thousands of appointment vacancies at clinics this week. This sluggish rate of uptake has prompted health officials to provide walk-in appointments today through Sunday and urge those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to take this first step.
Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, although booking an appointment is the best way to ensure a vaccine is available when you want it and to avoid wasting vaccine. Clinics are held at the Arcata Community Center, located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy., with walk-in hours from 6 to 7 p.m. today through Sunday. These availabilities are for those seeking their first or second dose. Spanish and English speakers are available at every clinic.
Appointments for Moderna and Pfizer clinics this week can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov. The state portal has been updated to allow those in more remote areas of the county to view clinics on My Turn, as the search radius has been increased to 200 miles.
All county residents age 16 and older can register, although 16- and 17-year-olds can sign up only for the Pfizer vaccine. Minors must have proof of age and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The following clinics and vaccines are available by appointment and for walk-ins. Visit MyTurn.ca.gov for specific appointment dates and times.
Lindsey Mendez, Family Nurse Practitioner and COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Member said, “With supply outpacing demand for the first time since this vaccine rollout, we’re urging folks to schedule an appointment now.”
Nearly 50% of county residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That means almost half of Humboldt County’s eligible population has some protection against the virus.
All local vaccination data has been updated on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard. Highlights include:
View the Humboldt County Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download today’s data.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
Some Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Walmart locations are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Learn who is eligible for vaccination and see if there are appointments available at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.
Safeway: mhealthappointments.com/covidapptCVS Pharmacy: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccineRite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19Walgreen’s: walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19Walmart: walmart.com/cp/1228302
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