Oroville Mercury-Register

Mobile vaccine clinics head to Oroville

- By Riley Blake rblake@chicoer.com

To make COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns more accessible, Butte County Public Health has announced its mobile vaccinatio­n clinics will set up at four different locations over three days in Oroville.

The events are being set up in locations easily accessible or frequented by residents, said Butte County Public Health Department Program Manager Kristy Bonnifet.

“We have provided many successful mobile COVID vaccine clinics throughout Butte County since May,” Bonnifet said. “We are focusing our mobile efforts on Oroville this week and next because we continue to see lower vaccinatio­n rates in Oroville compared to some of the other cities in Butte County.”

Bonnifet said the California Department of Health has shown between 42 and 45 percent of eligible Oroville residents have been fully-vaccinated. The data, along with where vaccines are available, help to determine where the mobile clinics will go next.

“Vaccinatio­n rates are important, but we’re also trying to make sure that there’s accessibil­ity in every single city,” Bonnifet said. “Then we try to look at places that are accessible. We want to make sure most of them are available along a bus route and places where people frequent and are easy to find. We try to go to locations like the library that are accessible to everybody.”

Despite a slow start, Bonnifet said use of the vaccine clinics has since picked up, especially following the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. During the week of Sept. 14 to 20, 703 new cases were reported in Butte County.

“Early on in the summer we didn’t have as much turnout but as things have kind of progressed during the summer we’ve seen more and more people coming to the mobile clinics. It seems that some groups are more comfortabl­e going to those than our fixed locations,” Bonnifet said. “We’ve been really successful at Chico State or going down to the Thursday Night Market or some of the schools — places where people frequent and are convenient to them seem to be really popular now.”

The mobile vaccinatio­n clinics have also previously been in Gridley, Durham, Paradise and Chico. The first two clinics will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Starbucks at 3004 Olive Highway followed by a clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Oroville Library at 1820 Mitchell Ave.

The third clinic will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Nelson Middle School at 2255 6th St., followed by a clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Oroville Department of Employment and Social Services at 78 Table Mountain Blvd.

Both Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available at the four clinics.

For more informatio­n on the mobile vaccine clinic visit https://www.buttecount­y.net/publicheal­th/ COVID19/vaccine.

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