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Merced College to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics


Merced County will host community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week at Merced College, with the possibility of more the following week.

Dignity Health-Mercy Medical Center, University of California Health, UC Merced, Merced College and other health practitioners and volunteers are partnering with the County to facilitate these clinics. These vaccine doses were made available through Dignity Health and University of California Health.

*   When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1pm – 6pm; Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8am – 6pm; Thursday, Feb. 11, 8am – 7pm

*   Where: Merced College – Main Campus Gymnasium, 3600 M Street, Merced CA 95348

These clinics are open to anyone 65 years or older or in Phase 1A of the County’s vaccine distribution plan, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or legal status. The age requirements are in accordance with the County’s phased eligibility tiers. There are enough vaccines to inoculate over 2,500 people. The goal of these clinics is to reach Merced’s most vulnerable populations to ensure they receive timely access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but we need your help.

As a trusted community partner, we ask that you please share this information with the individuals you serve that meet this criterion and help register them through if assistance is needed. Those who don’t have internet access can call the Merced County Public Health Information Line at 209-381-1180 for assistance (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Clinic details, how to register and what to bring:

*   Individuals MUST be registered online or by phone to reserve an appointment – there will be NO WALK-UP appointments.

*   2,700 doses will be provided at these clinics and appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, prioritizing previously registered individuals.

*   Those who receive vaccinations will be registered for their second follow-up dose at the time they are vaccinated.

*   Each person registered MUST bring some form of identification to verify their age AND a copy of their appointment confirmation that was emailed.

*   On-site parking is available (this is not a drive-through clinic).

*   Masks are required.

*   Participants should arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment time to check in and allow for 15-30 minutes following the vaccination to be observed for any potential adverse reactions.

*   In an effort to reduce the volume of people at the clinic, we ask that only the individual getting vaccinated plus one other person attend.

Additional information about upcoming vaccination clinics will be shared as it becomes available from the County. If you have questions about these clinics, please visit or call the Merced County Public Health Information Line at 209-381-1180.

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