RRH receives small vaccine resupply

RRH receives small vaccine resupplyBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital received a small resupply of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Kern County received 1,000 Pfizer vaccines, 300 of which were allocated to RRH.

The RRH vaccination team immediately began working to call previously scheduled patients for a drive-thru vaccination clinic on Thursday said a press release.

“While this is positive news and a step in the right direction, we are urging those on the wait list to continue to be patient,” said the release. “This current allocation will only cover a small handful of patients from the existing wait list and we will need to continue to await further vaccine delivery in order to schedule more patients.”

Kern County is currently vaccinating individuals 65 and older and those eligible for Tier 1a (see kernpublichealth.com/covid-19-vaccine-schedule for vaccine tiers). RRH encourages the community to also seek updates from local pharmacies – including Albertsons, Walgreens and Walmart – for future availability.

Those interested in a vaccine appointment can still contact RRH at (833) 216-6663 and leave a message, though the hospital is considering a considerable backlog.

“If you have already left a message on the RRH COVID-19 vaccine line, please continue to be ready to receive our call and ensure voicemail boxes are set up and not full. Our outbound calls to you will display as (760) 446-3551.”

For hospital vaccination updates, visit rrh.org/patients-visitors/coronavirus-updates/covid-19-vaccine.

Meanwhile, due to COVID-positivity rates, Kern County remains in the most-restrictive of the state’s tiers pertaining to non-essential activities. Visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy for details.

Story First Published: 2021-02-12