ARVIN, CA (STL.News) As California continues to ramp up vaccination efforts statewide, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state is partnering with OptumServe and local counties to open up to 11 vaccination sites within the next week to serve some of the hardest-hit or most at-risk communities in the Central Valley, in addition to other steps to bolster vaccination efforts in the region.
“Farming communities like Arvin are a point of pride in California, and throughout the pandemic, have worked tirelessly to sustain families all across the state and this nation,” said Governor Newsom. “The efforts announced today will help us meet vulnerable and vital Central Valley communities where they are, helping our entire state combat this pandemic effectively, efficiently and equitably.”
The Governor made the announcement today alongside Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez at the OptumServe site in Arvin, a primarily Latino and immigrant community in a heavily agricultural area. The Arvin site will begin offering vaccinations no later than this Thursday to all eligible Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1 eligible groups.
The state is also increasing vaccine allocations to the Central Valley by 58 percent above last week, based on recent changes in our state’s allocation methodology that better reflect this region’s workforce.