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Dream Fulfilled: ‘Street Vet’ Returns To Where Journey Began In Modesto To Open First Practice

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MODESTO (CBS13) – Dr. Kwane Stewart’s love for four-legged friends started way back when he was a child.

“I’ve always had the affinity for animals since I was, you know, 6 years old,” Stewart said.

A big part of his lifelong journey of 50 years started right in Modesto.

“Going back about eight years ago, I was the county veterinarian,” Stewart said.

After Stanislaus County, Stewart’s career jumped on to the silver screen, literally.

He became the director for the group that signed off on no animals being harmed during the making of a movie. Stewart worked as an animal safety expert in Hollywood for them and is now the vet for Netflix.

He has brushed shoulders with A-listers like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.”

But, worldwide, Stewart’s known as the street vet.

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‘Will Make A Big Difference’: Mass Vaccination Clinic Held In Turlock

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TURLOCK – A mass vaccination clinic temporarily suspended this week was back on track in Turlock on Thursday – and for those in line, the doses could not be delivered fast enough.

Hundreds showed up early at Stanislaus State University’s Fitzpatrick Arena to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is great, it will make a big difference,” said Barbara Campbell, who was in line with her husband.

The county had originally planned to host a mass vaccination clinic Tuesday, but the state recommended providers press pause on the distribution of more than 300,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine after a small group had an allergic reaction.

Kamlesh Kaur with the Stanislaus County Public Health Department said, “None of our recipients had any reaction to that vaccine. Even at the location where they had the reactions, it was less than ten people.”

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Downtown Riverbank Coffee Shop Shows Progress

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What does one do when COVID restrictions have your primary interest virtually locked down? Well, if you’re Riverbank High School head varsity football coach, you can open a coffee shop in downtown Riverbank.

That’s just what Coach Anthony Buich is working on, a shop called Coffee Bruin, to be opened on Santa Fe Street, between Third and Fourth streets. It’ll be at 3310 Santa Fe, right next to Get Toasted, and across the street from Pizza Plus.

Buich said he’s hoping to finish up, get inspections passed, and open by the end of February.

In the meantime, he’s been working at the shop, where the new coffee bar is beginning to take shape. This past week, he was working on stripping down the concrete floor, getting it ready to refinish.

There’ll be several stations at the bar, featuring coffee brewing styles like latte, cappuccino and espresso.

Since last May, Buich and his wife Tayler have been filling orders for coffee, taken via their Facebook page, for raw coffee beans, either plain or ground before delivery. And they’ve been able to serve an area from Turlock to Oakdale, delivering the orders themselves.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics To Reopen In Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County Public Health will re-open the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Thursday, Jan. 21. The clinics are located at Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto and California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock. Both clinics will be vaccinating Stanislaus County residents who are prioritized under Phase 1A and individuals 65 years and older as prioritized by California Department of Public Health.

These Vaccination Clinics each have the capacity to administer at least 2000 doses of the vaccines per day. However, due to limited availability of vaccines, the clinics will only be able to provide 1,000 doses at each site on Thursday. The sites will stay open until they are out of doses. The summary of events is listed below:

• CSU Stanislaus: 1 University Circle, Turlock, California 95382. Specifically located at Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock, this clinic will operate from 8:00am-8:00pm, or until all doses are used. Entrance to the site is through Geer Road.

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Free career training offered for Turlockers impacted by COVID

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Turlock residents who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 can find new, reliable career opportunities thanks to a scholarship program offered through the Valley Occupational Learning and Technology Institute in Modesto. 

In November, the Turlock City Council allocated $50,000 of its $2.5 million in CARES Act funding toward scholarships that would assist residents adversely affected by the pandemic with training through the VOLT program. Operated by Opportunity Stanislaus, the VOLT Institute trains high-quality candidates to enter the workforce with skills that are in demand by industries in the Central Valley Region, many of which are operating as essential businesses during the pandemic. 

The VOLT full maintenance mechanic program provides 360 hours of hands-on training in 10 different areas, like mechanical drive systems, welding, machine tools and more — all critical skills needed to work in many of the region’s businesses. 

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Turlock mom turns bread baking into business

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Nearly two years ago, Turlock resident and stay-at-home mom Megan Olson decided she wanted to try baking a loaf of bread to go with dinner. Little did she know, that one loaf would lead to her own business run from the comfort of her kitchen. 

Kneady Wife Bread Co. was formed shortly after, when Olson’s friends and family tried the bread she had baked and decided they wanted more for themselves. Soon, word began to spread quicker than butter on a hot slice of sourdough. Olson now makes up to 150 loaves per week and has customers throughout the 209 area code, providing fresh-baked goods to not only Turlock but communities like Hilmar, Hughson and Oakdale as well.

Olson takes bread orders on Facebook and Instagram, where she posts menu information and details about upcoming pop-up shops she plans on attending. Online orders are typically picked up by customers from Olson’s Turlock home, and those who purchase from her in person at vendor fairs have to get there early since she usually sells out in under two hours.

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Stanislaus County ‘out of vaccine’ due to Moderna pause, temporarily closing clinics

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MODESTO, Calif. — Stanislaus County’s vaccine rollout hit a snag on Monday after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommended a pause for a certain batch of Moderna vaccines.

The specific lot on pause had registered a “higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions” at one California vaccination clinic, according to a news release.

Sheriff Jeff Dirkse, head for Stanislaus County’s Office of Emergency Services, said they had about 1,400 vaccines available to give out on Monday, but the other 4,000 vaccines the county had were part of the paused batch.

As a result, the new clinic at Modesto Centre Plaza will be closed on Jan. 19, and the planned debut of the Stanislaus State University clinic was delayed.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinics canceled in Stanislaus County amid Moderna batch investigation

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been canceled in Stanislaus County amid concerns of vaccine availability as health officials examine a batch of Moderna vaccines linked to reports of allergic reactions.

On Sunday, California's top epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Pan, recommended providers pause the administration of lot 041L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions that are being investigated.

“Our goal is to provide the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly and equitably,” Pan said in a statement. “A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic."

A spokesperson with the California Department of Public Health confirmed to KCRA 3 on Monday that the clinic is San Diego's Petco Park, which was recently picked to be a mass vaccination site. Fewer than 10 people required medical attention. No other similar clusters were found.

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Children are the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

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In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, clinical research coordinator Tammy Lewis-McCauley administers an injection to high school junior Katelyn Evans, a trial participant, as part of the hospital’s clinical trial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via AP)

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next.

Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two.

“People try to minimize how sick kids get with COVID, but that’s a mistake,” said Brigham C. Willis, senior associate dean for medical education and professor of pediatrics at UC Riverside’s School of Medicine. “I work intensive pediatric care, and there’s a minority who get extremely ill. There are some deaths. It’s not a non-entity.

“And even though a large majority of kids won’t get extremely ill, they can still contract and spread it. To get control of the pandemic, you have to vaccinate both adults and children.”

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Stanislaus County to open more locations in push to vaccinate more residents

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Stanislaus County is expanding their vaccination efforts with two new locations opening soon in Modesto and Turlock. 

It comes at a time when the county has reached 739 deaths and ICUs are at 97% capacity. 

“Our number one priority is to get the maximum amount of people vaccinated,” said county Supervisor Mani Grewal. 

Grewal says the county began working to ramp up their rollout plan even more to expand access to vaccinations. 

“We literally saw the lines and we saw the parking lot overflowing but we really said, ‘This is what success looks like.’” Grewal said. 

The county says they were encouraged by the turnout and noted most people were happy to wait for their turn.

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