California · COVID-19

Newsom tries boosting vax rates with Kern Co. swing for second booster

Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t quite roll up his sleeve but he did take his second dose of the Moderna booster. Administered by Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly at Clinica Sierra Vista on Wednesday, the governor reminded Californians that vaccines and boosters are readily available.

“We are doing better than many other states,” said Newsom. “We have to be mindful of the rising trajectory, hospitalizations are much milder but creeping modestly back up.”

Statewide, 75.5 million first-time doses of the vaccine have been administered, and locally more than 538,000 Kern residents have received at least one dose.

“The state continues to be a leader as far as access to vaccinations,” said Newsom. “As far as our efforts to reach out to communities so that underserved communities are not left behind.”

According to the California Department of Healthcare Services’ latest vaccine report, vaccine rates in low-income households remain low. About 57% of low-income Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state-funded health insurance program for low-income residents, have received one dose of the vaccine compared to 84% of Californians.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.