The good news is, Tulare County residents are eager to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The bad news?
Supplies are short, and residents have deluged the county’s 2-1-1 call center. As a result, there are long wait times.
So how does somebody get a potentially life-saving appointment for a vaccination?
By clicking the online links in this story.
County officials recommend using this link and filling out a vaccine interest form. Those completing the form then will be notified by the county to make an appointment when more vaccine is available.
Tulare County is offering vaccinations for COVID-19 to those eligible in Phase 1A and elderly residents. For complete information on eligibility and vaccine phases, visit this link.
Second Dose Appointments
Tulare County Public Health is contacting first-dose recipients by phone or email to schedule their second doses.
Again, county officials ask that people not call 2-1-1 for second-dose appointments.
Volunteers Are Needed
Tulare County needs volunteers of all kinds to assist in the rollout and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are volunteers roles to fill for medical professionals, those without medical experience, and general support.
To volunteer, go to this link.
Continue to Practice COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Additionally, the health department reminds residents of the importance of social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing masks — even if they have been vaccinated.
These safety measures are vital to stopping COVID-19 spread until vaccinations are widely available, officials say.
As of Thursday afternoon, the county had identified 42,451 COVID-19 cases and 529 deaths from the coronavirus.