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Central Valley health clinics now vaccinating people ages 18 and older – KCRA Sacramento

A Central Valley-based community health organization has sharpened its focus to vaccinate more high-risk communities. The Golden Valley Health Centers now invites anyone ages 18 and older to call or text to see if they’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The news was welcomed by the many people waiting in line Thursday at the clinic in Ceres. The clinics are asking people older than 18 with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease to contact them.Waiting for a dose is easy for John Bradford. What wasn’t was the uncertainty that came every single day that he wasn’t vaccinated.”My doctor told me if I did, if I got it, it was … probably end up, losing my life,” Bradford said.Now that GVHC received more doses, representatives told KCRA 3 that they are now encouraging a much wider range of people to contact their clinics to start the process of booking appointments. They’re still abiding by county-tier systems when providing inoculations. “We are opening up to 18 and older because we believe that this is the right thing to do at this point,” Dr. Elaine Soriano said.Bradford hopes this effort will protect more people. “I think everybody should have a chance to get it because so many people have lost their lives,” Bradford said. Bradford looks forward to enjoying what he calls life’s simple pleasures once he is fully vaccinated, such as “eating out more, or going to places instead of being locked up at home for over a year.” The clinics are currently receiving doses from the federal government, the state and the counties. GVHC applied to receive the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine but is not sure when they will begin to receive them. Presently, it is offering the Moderna vaccine. People do not have to be GVHC patients, clinicians said. Their focus is to inoculate high-risk communities. Dr. Soriano said it’s important to get the vaccine to keep the community safe and stop the spread of the virus. GVHC also added Saturday clinics for patients who are not able to get their vaccines on weekdays. These hours are especially geared towards agricultural and food industry workers. Workers do not need to show documentation to get their vaccine.Anyone interesting in booking an appointment can call or text 866-682-4842. They can also ask to see if they’re eligible by reaching this number.

A Central Valley-based community health organization has sharpened its focus to vaccinate more high-risk communities.

The Golden Valley Health Centers now invites anyone ages 18 and older to call or text to see if they’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The news was welcomed by the many people waiting in line Thursday at the clinic in Ceres.

The clinics are asking people older than 18 with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease to contact them.

Waiting for a dose is easy for John Bradford. What wasn’t was the uncertainty that came every single day that he wasn’t vaccinated.

“My doctor told me if I did, if I got it, it was … probably end up, losing my life,” Bradford said.

Now that GVHC received more doses, representatives told KCRA 3 that they are now encouraging a much wider range of people to contact their clinics to start the process of booking appointments. They’re still abiding by county-tier systems when providing inoculations.

“We are opening up to 18 and older because we believe that this is the right thing to do at this point,” Dr. Elaine Soriano said.

Bradford hopes this effort will protect more people.

“I think everybody should have a chance to get it because so many people have lost their lives,” Bradford said.

Bradford looks forward to enjoying what he calls life’s simple pleasures once he is fully vaccinated, such as “eating out more, or going to places instead of being locked up at home for over a year.”

The clinics are currently receiving doses from the federal government, the state and the counties. GVHC applied to receive the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine but is not sure when they will begin to receive them. Presently, it is offering the Moderna vaccine.

People do not have to be GVHC patients, clinicians said. Their focus is to inoculate high-risk communities. Dr. Soriano said it’s important to get the vaccine to keep the community safe and stop the spread of the virus.

GVHC also added Saturday clinics for patients who are not able to get their vaccines on weekdays. These hours are especially geared towards agricultural and food industry workers. Workers do not need to show documentation to get their vaccine.

Anyone interesting in booking an appointment can call or text 866-682-4842. They can also ask to see if they’re eligible by reaching this number.

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