Monterey County Health Agencies Open Vaccination Clinics

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Monterey County is pushing to increase COVID-19 vaccinations by adding more clinical options for residents.

Montage Health announced on Monday that it will administer vaccines against the coronavirus to health workers and some members of the public this week.

Appointments are required and Thursday and Friday are already full, according to Montage officials. Since vaccine allocations are only announced once a week and may vary, the number of people CHOMP clinics can immunize will also change each week.

Yivonne Montgomery, administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a health worker inside the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital in Monterey, Calif., On Friday, December 18, 2020.

“Our hope is that we can secure a constant supply of vaccines to reliably and predictably run our two full-time clinics for the community,” said Cynthia Peck, vice president of CHOMP and Montage who leads clinic operations at vaccination.

The organization hopes to have the capacity to immunize up to 7,500 people each week at two sites, although this also depends on the staff and vaccine supply available.

Montage, which operates the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital, will administer the injections to medical workers in Phase 1A (Levels 1, 2 and 3) as well as those 75 years of age and older.

The clinics are at CHOMP and at the Montage Wellness Center in Marina.

More vaccination sites are opening this week for residents of Monterey County who meet the criteria for Phase 1A or are at least 75 years old, according to the county health department.

Denise Hasegawa, cardiopulmonary services worker at the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital, administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Monterey, Calif. On Friday, December 18, 2020.

They will take place on the following days and sites, although an appointment is required:

  • Thursday at Mee Memorial Hospital 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday at CSU Monterey Bay, Lot 59 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday February 5 at CSU Monterey Bay, Lot 59, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday at the Natividad Medical Center, Building 400, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Weekdays starting Thursday at Safeway’s Pharmacy, 1546 N. Main St. in Salinas, and at Safeway’s Pharmacy, 1516 Constitution Blvd. in Salinas. (Officials ask customers to bring photo ID, vaccination consent form, and insurance information). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As of Monday, the county health department had received 39,075 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The county administered 23,062 of these doses, which include the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Public health said documentation will be required to receive a vaccine. He advises that this documentation includes:

Dozens of syringes are placed near the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Monterey, Calif., On Friday, December 18, 2020.

For health workers:

  • Healthcare worker employee badge with photo
  • Professional license and photo ID
  • A signed letter from an employer on establishment letterhead and photo ID
  • Health care provider payment stub with your name and photo ID

For residents of long-term care facilities:

  • Please provide medical mask or LIC610

Monterey County residents aged 75 and over (must show proof of age):

  • Driver’s license
  • California ID card or real ID card (from DMV)
  • Social security card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Document / medical records from medical provider, clinic or doctor
  • Membership card of an organization for seniors showing current age
  • Any official document that includes name and date of birth

Visit the county public health website to make an appointment.

Monterey County isn’t the only region that is expected to increase immunizations.

The Biden administration will begin distributing doses of the COVID-19 vaccine directly to retail pharmacies in a bid to speed up vaccinations across the country.

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said the program will begin with around 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies starting next week. The number of pharmacies could eventually each 40,000.

“This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities,” Zients said. “And that’s an important part of distributing vaccines equitably.”

USA TODAY contributed to this report.

Joe Szydlowski is a multimedia reporter for the Salinas Californian who covers local government, crime and cannabis. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JoeSzyd_Salinas. He can be reached at 235-2360. Help support the work of The Californian: https://bit.ly/2Qo298J



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