By South Kern Sol Staff

The COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Kern County Fairgrounds is accepting appointments for Wednesday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at this location, call 661-868-0165. Based on California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, those eligible for a vaccine must fall in a group in Phase 1A, or be healthcare workers or 65 years of age and older.

Right now, the vaccination site is only doing walk-up appointments and is administering an average of 500 doses per day, “which we are prepared to increase based upon vaccine allotment from the state,” the department said in a news release.

For residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Fairgrounds:

Approximately one week prior to when your second dose is due, you will receive a phone call from Kern Public Health to schedule your visit at the phone number you provided when you scheduled your original appointment.   

Phone calls will begin the middle of this week for those who received their first dose during the week of Jan. 18, 2021.

Residents are urged to continue practicing healthy habits when in public after receiving two doses of the COVID-19. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

For more information, visit our website at https://kernpublichealth.com/coronavirus-vaccine/ for current vaccination information and resources. Additionally, an interactive map is available identifying other community providers who are currently offering vaccinations. 

The Kern County Public Health Department announced Monday 354 new cases of COVID-19 in Kern, bringing the total to 94,467 cases. Of these cases, 32,229 people have recovered.