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Tulare County 2-1-1 Overwhelmed With COVID-19 Vaccine Calls



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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.

Tulare County officials are asking residents not to call 2-1-1 to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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.