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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 24, 2021

MERCED COUNTY, CA—Following last week’s successful launch of four COVID-19 vaccination clinics, the Merced County Department of Public Health announced today that it will host two additional clinics this week. The clinics will be available on the east side and west side of the County.

To determine your eligibility and receive future vaccination notifications, please visit www.vaccinatemercedcounty.com. Anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer or internet can call the Public Health Information Line at 209-381-1180 starting on Monday, January 25th at 10a.m. on a first come, first served basis to request an appointment.

Eligible individuals who previously registered through the website will receive a notification email with appointment options, which will remain available until the schedule is full. Those who would like to receive a vaccination are strongly encouraged to sign up at www.vaccintemercedcounty.com in order to be notified of future availability and appointment options. Vaccination appointments are prioritized based on State eligibility criteria and are handled in order submitted.

Eligible individuals are currently being vaccinated by appointment only in order to administer the vaccine orderly and effectively. Additional vaccination sites and options are planned as the vaccine becomes more widely available. Those currently eligible to receive the vaccine include all categories in Phase 1A along with individuals 65 years and older.

Last week, 1,392 individuals were successfully vaccinated at Public Health’s vaccination clinics in Los Banos and Merced. A total of 800 doses will be split between the two sites this week, and additional allocations will be provided to eligible Merced County healthcare providers to administer. The State of California provided a smaller allocation of doses last week and County officials are currently advocating for a higher allocation of doses in coming weeks.

As a reminder, it is still a local and statewide mandate to wear a cloth face covering inside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space, or when unable to maintain six feet for social distancing. Merced County health officials strongly urge all residents to exercise the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol base when handwashing is not possible
  • Stay home and isolate, if you are feeling sick

For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccines in Merced County: www.vaccinatemercedcounty.com

Follow us on social media for more updates:

  • Facebook: Merced County Department of Public Health
    • Join Facebook Live Sessions, every other Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  The next session is scheduled for January 28, 2021.
  • Instagram: @mercedcountypublichealth

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