The Mercury News

Walk-in vaccine clinics now open in parts of Contra Costa County

- By Judith Prieve jprieve@ bayareanew­sgroup.com Contact Judith Prieve at 925-779-7178.

Anyone 16 or older who wants to get vaccinated will be able to do so at one of several pop-up clinics in Contra Costa County’s hardesthit areas.

The county has partnered with the California Office of Emergency Services to offer the walk-in service clinics for anyone who lives or works in the county in areas hard hit by COVID-19, such as Richmond, Concord’s Monument Corridor neighborho­od and parts of East Contra Costa County.

About 500 to 700 doses a day can be given at each site, officials said. Some of the sites opened this week, and others will do so in the near future, they said.

“Places in eastern Contra Costa County, like Antioch, have among the highest COVID case rates but some of the lowest vaccinatio­n rates,” said Diane Burgis, chairwoman of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor­s, whose district includes the Antioch Community Center. “That’s why having easily accessible, walk-in vaccine clinics like these are so important.”

The sites now open through April 25 are Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, and Veterans Memorial Hall, 968 23rd. St., Richmond.

Starting April 26 and through May 2, walk-in clinics will be open at Albert D. Seeno Jr. Pittsburg Youth Developmen­t Center, 1001 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, and St. John Missionary Baptist Church — North Campus, 29 Eighth St., Richmond.

The final walk-in clinics will be offered May 3-6 at Meadow Homes Elementary School, 1371 Detroit Ave., Concord, and St. John Missionary Baptist Church — South Campus, 662 S. 52nd. St., Richmond.

Contra Costa also has made scheduling vaccine appointmen­ts easier online. Residents now can directly book through the county’s website. Previously, people had to fill out a request form that was reviewed manually.

People still also can schedule vaccine appointmen­ts by calling 833-8292626, or going to covidvacci­ne.cchealth.org/COVIDVacci­ne.

“We want everyone to get vaccinated as quickly and convenient­ly as possible. That’s why we are opening walk-in vaccinatio­n clinics in our hardest-hit communitie­s, especially communitie­s of color,” said Supervisor John Gioia, whose district includes Richmond and San Pablo, two of the cities with the highest COVID-19 rates. “This effort helps us close the vaccine equity gap.”

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