Fresno County still has an abundance of open COVID-19 vaccination appointments available this week, and county officials are encouraging the 65 and older population to schedule an appointment before the next tier opens up next week for other demographics.
Joe Prado, a division manager with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, said Tuesday during a media briefing that the Fresno Fairgrounds mass vaccination site has 1,500 open slots for the rest of the week.
Along with the 65 and older population, all health care workers are still eligible to receive the vaccine.
“You’re seeing a lot more slots open up,” Prado said. “So please, let’s get our 65-plus population into those empty slots.”
Appointments can be scheduled for the fairgrounds site here.
In addition to the availability at the fairgrounds, the Sierra Orthopedic Medical Center (SPOC) mass vaccination site still has appointments available too.
SPOC official Rick Lembo said the site has about 300-400 open slots remaining for the rest of the week.
People can make appointments for the drive-thru clinic at SPOC here.
Lembo also said that SPOC will offer a mobile vaccination clinic at Sierra High School on Thursday. There will be about 300-500 doses on a first come first serve basis.
Next week Fresno County is expanding vaccine eligibility to include food and agriculture workers – which includes grocery store and restaurant employees along with farm workers – education and child care.
“We continue to work closely with the school districts and really figuring out what that rollout looks like next week and the following weeks after,” Prado said. “We feel that we can meet a big significant portion of that population that does want to be vaccinated in the school sites within the month of March, and we’re just working out those numbers, getting those final numbers from the school district. And then we’ll be planning accordingly.”
Fresno County Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra said that he has not received any update from the state regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mass vaccination site that is slated to be set up in Fresno County.