UPDATE: Gov. Newsom said the state will be delivering nearly 15,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Kern County this week, a 78 percent increase over the previous week.
Newsom said the extra doses are due in part because the Arvin Veterans Hall will be one of 11 new vaccination clinics across the Central Valley. The sites will go live later this week, he said.
Newsom said the Central Valley as a whole will see a vaccine dose increase of around 58 percent starting this week.
“I am deeply mindful that that’s not nearly enough,” Newsom said of the additional doses. “That’s the constraint that we’re under. Supply is the issue, and we’re going to work hard to overcome that.”
Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh recently invited Newsom to Bakersfield to respond to the unique needs of the community. Goh worked with his staff to make the visit a reality.
The county provided the following statement, in part, on the governor’s visit:
“[We] are grateful for the extra 15,000 doses. We have the ability to distribute 45,000 COVID-19 vaccines per week, and hope the State continues to increase its allotment to Kern County. Our deepest hope is all members of our community have access to this resource as soon as possible.”
Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo expressed gratitude toward the governor.
“We are a huge percentage of farmworkers. Our city is going to be able to have their vaccines here. The fear is going to be taken away from them,” Trujillo said.
Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan said the additional doses will help the county in the push to vaccinate.
“He did bring more vaccine for us,” she said. “We’re thrilled we now have three new state sponsored sites that will likely be launching this week with additional doses of providing 420 every single day of new vaccine brought into our community. That’s incredible,” she continued.
“Of course we still need a whole lot more vaccine but this is a great start in the right direction.”
(KGET) — Gov. Gavin Newsom will visit Kern County Monday, according to his office.
In a statement released Monday morning, the governor’s press office announced Newsom “will visit Kern County today to highlight the state’s efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines quickly and equitably across California.”
We will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.