RRH revamps vaccine clinic scheduling

RRH revamps vaccine clinic schedulingBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

While the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be in short supply, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has managed to vaccinate more than 4,000 residents to date. The hospital also announced a new way of scheduling vaccinations.

According to a release from the hospital, the vaccine waitlist dropped from more than 5,000 individuals to less than 2,000 – some who received the vaccine elsewhere. RRH is no longer adding anybody to the waitlist who called after Feb. 19.

Those eligible for the most recent rollout – individuals 65 and older and those at risk of exposure working in the education, childcare, emergency services and food & agriculture sectors – can visit myturn.ca.gov to sign up to be vaccinated.

“RRH will continue to keep the community updated on the latest developments in the vaccination process,” said the release.

The hospital’s latest 7-day average positivity rate of 12 percent (down from 16 percent) is much higher than the county average of 5.9 percent, though limited testing can inflate the metric. RRH has detected 1,672 positive cases to date.

Kern County Public Health’s website also lists the Sav-on Pharmacy at Albertsons (760-384-4020) on South China Lake Boulevard as offering the Moderna vaccine.

See Kern County Public Health or RRH on Facebook for updates on COVI-19 and vaccine availability.

Story First Published: 2021-03-05