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Kids walk out, join parents in vaccination mandates

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A number of parents throughout Stanislaus County pulled their kids from public school on Wednesday in protest of Governor Gavin Newsom’s forthcoming mandate that children in middle school and older be vaccinated against COVID as a condition to being in the classroom.

Many of those parents and children staged a loud protest in front of the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) with placards, chants and shared conversation, calling for an end to the governor’s mandate.

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5 Things to Know: Blue Shield takes over California’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution

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On Monday, Blue Shield took over California's COVID-19 vaccination distribution in an attempt to streamline the process and create a single, statewide criterion, remove the responsibility from individual counties.

San Joaquin and Stanislaus were among the first counties impacted by the shift to Blue Shield, as the insurance company focused its efforts on communities where the virus disproportionately affected families.

Here are five things to know about the shift:

1.Blue Shield's goal is to fully inoculate 25 million people by the summer. In a statement sent to KCRA 3, the insurance company said its plan is to increase the doses per week from one million to four million by the end of March.

The transition began Monday, March 1, and is expected to finish the change to the statewide criteria by end of the month.

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County Expands Clinics For COVID Vaccinations

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Stanislaus County Public Health will continue vaccinating individuals over the age of 65 and expand operations to include those over age 50 in the food and agriculture, education, and emergency services sectors starting Monday, Feb. 22. As Stanislaus County continues to expand its capacity to administer the vaccine, the vaccine supply allocations from the State remain limited.

To provide accessibility to residents in Stanislaus County, four high volume mass vaccination clinics are operating in the cities of Modesto, Turlock, Patterson, and Oakdale. The County is also working on a Mobile Vaccination Unit to make accessibility to the COVID‐19 vaccine as convenient and equitable as possible, particularly in neighborhoods that were impacted most by the pandemic.

Public Health officials said that while the County is working on vaccinating as many residents as possible, it is still critical that all residents continue to follow the recommendations to wear a mask, avoid gatherings, wash hands often, stay six feet from others whenever in public places, and get tested if exposed or experiencing symptoms.

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Stanislaus County to begin vaccinating eligible residents 50+

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — Stanislaus County will begin vaccinating eligible residents ages 50 years and older, starting Feb. 22, according to county health officials.

Those eligible include people 50 and older who work in food and agriculture, education, and emergency services.

Stanislaus County will continue to vaccinate those 65 and older, health department officials said. They also stress the number of vaccinations allocated from the state remains "limited."

Stanislaus County is reminding residents that vaccination clinics are located in the following communities: Modesto, Turlock, Patterson, and Oakdale. A detailed map for each location can be found here.

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Merced College to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics

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Merced County will host community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week at Merced College, with the possibility of more the following week.

Dignity Health-Mercy Medical Center, University of California Health, UC Merced, Merced College and other health practitioners and volunteers are partnering with the County to facilitate these clinics. These vaccine doses were made available through Dignity Health and University of California Health.

*   When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1pm – 6pm; Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8am – 6pm; Thursday, Feb. 11, 8am – 7pm

*   Where: Merced College – Main Campus Gymnasium, 3600 M Street, Merced CA 95348

These clinics are open to anyone 65 years or older or in Phase 1A of the County’s vaccine distribution plan, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or legal status. The age requirements are in accordance with the County’s phased eligibility tiers. There are enough vaccines to inoculate over 2,500 people. The goal of these clinics is to reach Merced’s most vulnerable populations to ensure they receive timely access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but we need your help.

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Complaints filed against Bay Area doctor’s vaccination clinic, alleging unfair distribution

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- An East Bay doctor was hailed as a hero after creating an opportunity to vaccinate seniors. But, a week later her motive is being called into question.

A local medical practice is no longer receiving vaccines after complaints were filed alleging an unfair distribution process.

Last week Dr. Parish hosted a drive through vaccination clinic for seniors at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.

At least three physicians filed formal complaints to the Contra Costa County Public Health Ethics Board and another complaint was filed to the Medical Board of California.

"I'm pretty sure somewhere in there I promised somebody my firstborn child," said Parish commenting on how hard she worked to acquire the vaccines.

Parish, CEO of a private concierge medical practice, Comprehensive Wellness says she spent 60 hours trying to convince county health officials to give her 500 vaccine doses to host a drive-thru clinic to vaccinate seniors.

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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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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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