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Sources: Newsom headed to Reedley to plug farmworker vaccination efforts

Two weeks after announcing efforts to boost vaccinations in the San Joaquin Valley through scattered clinics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is returning to Fresno County on Friday.

Sources with knowledge of the tour told The Sun that Newsom is expected to visit a mobile vaccination clinic at Moonlight Packing in Reedley on Friday.

Fresno County officials have expedited vaccinations for farmworkers by taking doses and personnel directly to major farm operations scattered across the central San Joaquin Valley county.

The Reedley clinic is being operated by California’s Department of Public Health, a break from every other farm-based clinic run by Fresno County’s public health department.

On Monday, Newsom announced the push for 11 mobile vaccination clinics in the San Joaquin Valley region following local pushback on establishing a mass vaccination site akin to those in the Bay Area and Southern California.

The rationale from local public health officials? The highest segment of coronavirus patients – farmworkers and rural residents – have limited means of transportation to make it to a mass vaccination site in a city like Fresno or Bakersfield.

This story will be updated.

Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.