VACCINE ROLL-OUT INCREASES IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BATTLE STRATEGY
PUBLIC ON-DEMAND COVID-19 (NO COST) TESTS AND FLU SHOTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT AT WEST SIDE FAMILYHEALTH CLINIC 765-1935 at 100 E. North Street, Taft
January 11, 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic: A continuing narrative by Gerald A. Starr, MPH, FACHE; Executive Director
The Public Health battle-strategy of vaccination in the fight for control of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. More about the Vaccine program below but first an update on the COVID-19 testing in Kern County as of January 11, 2021. The State COVID-19 Data Tracker reports today that as of 1/10/21 the rate of positive tests statewide is 13.7%. The 14-day average for Kern County is 23.4%+
Kern County had 7458 positive tests between 1/4/21 and 1/11/21. That is a positive rate of 1,065/day. There have been 542 deaths in Kern County attributed to the COVID-19. * KCDPH reports today there are 433 patients hospitalized. In Taft and our neighbors of Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick and Tupman-as of January 4th-there are 1,335 positive tests. We continue to experience an increase in the positive rate following the Christmas and New Year’s holiday gatherings.
The Pfizer and Moderna 2-dose Vaccines are available. The vaccines are expected to provide immunity at 94% from the COVID-19 virus. There are reports that variants of the COVID-19 are beginning to surface globally and in some US locations. Early indications are that the variant is transmitted at a higher rate however, the resulting symptoms and severity of illness remain the same. Also, the vaccine that has been developed also develops immunity to the mutating virus.
The administration of the Vaccines has progressed to Phase 1a, Tier 3. The priority of administration to Phase 1b in the priorities established by the California Department of Public Health is expected soon. West Side Family Health Care is a vaccine provider and vaccination will continue by appointment according to public health priorities.
As previously reported the KCDPH priorities for vaccination are found on the Kern County Department of Public Health website and the COVID-19 Dashboard. As the individuals in each tier are vaccinated there will be progress through the remaining tier priorities. The objective is to reach a level of “community Immunity” with 70% of the eligible population having received the vaccine. Hopefully by late spring of 2021.There are reports regarding side effects with those receiving the vaccine. The most common are “flu shot” type of side effects. No individual can be REQUIRED to take the vaccine should they choose not to.
We should each follow the CDC guidelines with masking and social distancing procedures and practice aggressive hand hygiene.
West Side Family Health Care will continue all of our primary care, walk-in and COVID-19 healthcare services. Telephone visits in certain cases may be appropriate if patient and provider agree. The Clinic has both rapid turnaround COVID-19 Antigen (rapid turnaround) and PCR tests available.
*Kern County Department of Public Health Website, reported daily;
+ COVID-19.CA.GOV; CDC COVID DATA TRACKERCOVID-19 Data Analysis By Age, Gender, and Ethnicity.pdf