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Long lines continue to form for vaccinations at Civic Center


Hundreds of residents have made their way to the Merced Civic Center over the past weeks to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. The ongoing mass clinic is offering both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Led by local physician Dr. Asadi and the City of Merced, the vaccination clinic in downtown Merced allows residents to make appointments in advance by going online to and selecting the day’s clinic they would like to go to.

By making an appointment in advance, residents are able to ensure that a vaccine is earmarked for them, according to City Manager Stephanie Dietz.

“We do have walk-ins but no guarantees” said Dietz. “We encourage reserving a shot to ensure vaccine. Dr. Asadi is good about not turning people away, but on busy days, she may run out. Appointments are ready to help to ensure we have enough vaccine.”

Dietz went on to say that the city is monitoring the need for vaccines and opens up additional time as needed. “We’re committed to making sure no one goes without access,” Dietz said.

Throughout the clinic on Monday, that ran from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., nearly 600 vaccinations were able to be given out to residents. In total, the clinics have helped over 4,000 residents stay healthy. To date, Dr. Asadi has vaccinated over 5,000 people.

“It’s been so good to see residents come through,” Dietz said. “From seniors to high school students, there are so many that we haven’t physically seen in almost a year. Everyone is so excited to be able to see family and give hugs again. It’s amazing to see people so grateful and hopeful all at the same time. Not a single upset person in line, and all so grateful and hopeful.”

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