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Q&A: Why is Sacramento County still in the COVID-19 red tier? – KCRA Sacramento

Sacramento County public health officials are hoping two new mobile vaccination trailers will help make the shot more accessible to people in hard-to-reach communities.One of the brand-new trailers carried doses to people in the southern part of the county on Wednesday, where a pop-up clinic was held at Valley Hi Library.Sacramento County has struggled to advance into the state’s less restrictive COVID-19 tiers.The state’s reopening plan uses a four-tiered color system based on a set of metrics, including vaccination and case rates.Sacramento County has remained in the “substantial” red tier for nine weeks.Public health officials said the county’s case rate remains too high to allow it to advance.KCRA 3 News spoke with Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye about why the county has not moved forward and the efforts being made to help.Q: What are some of the factors holding Sacramento County in the red tier?Kasirye: We know that communities that are underserved are lagging behind in the vaccination rate. We know that many of them have barriers, either it’s transportation, it’s language barriers or it’s a trust issue. For us to be able to come into the community is something we know is very helpful.Q: How do efforts, like the new mobile vaccination trailers, help lower the county’s case rate and increase vaccination rates?Kasirye: Efforts like this definitely help because we know that vaccination is going to be our way out of it. We’re already seeing the impact of that. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen a reduction in our case rates and we’re hoping that with our efforts to continue vaccinating that will continue.Q: What are some of the benefits of bringing the vaccine into specific neighborhoods?Kasirye: Many of the people that are not getting the vaccination, it is because of a trust issue. That’s why we want to come to them, so they feel more comfortable getting their vaccination.

Sacramento County public health officials are hoping two new mobile vaccination trailers will help make the shot more accessible to people in hard-to-reach communities.

One of the brand-new trailers carried doses to people in the southern part of the county on Wednesday, where a pop-up clinic was held at Valley Hi Library.

Sacramento County has struggled to advance into the state’s less restrictive COVID-19 tiers.

The state’s reopening plan uses a four-tiered color system based on a set of metrics, including vaccination and case rates.

Sacramento County has remained in the “substantial” red tier for nine weeks.

Public health officials said the county’s case rate remains too high to allow it to advance.

KCRA 3 News spoke with Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye about why the county has not moved forward and the efforts being made to help.

Q: What are some of the factors holding Sacramento County in the red tier?

Kasirye: We know that communities that are underserved are lagging behind in the vaccination rate. We know that many of them have barriers, either it’s transportation, it’s language barriers or it’s a trust issue. For us to be able to come into the community is something we know is very helpful.

Q: How do efforts, like the new mobile vaccination trailers, help lower the county’s case rate and increase vaccination rates?

Kasirye: Efforts like this definitely help because we know that vaccination is going to be our way out of it. We’re already seeing the impact of that. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen a reduction in our case rates and we’re hoping that with our efforts to continue vaccinating that will continue.

Q: What are some of the benefits of bringing the vaccine into specific neighborhoods?

Kasirye: Many of the people that are not getting the vaccination, it is because of a trust issue. That’s why we want to come to them, so they feel more comfortable getting their vaccination.

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