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Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics hopes to have 22,000 patients fully vaccinated by June

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Scott Sheahen / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to see COVID-19 vaccine ramp up. He announced Wednesday he wants the state to immediately allow residents 65 and older to get vaccinated.

Santa Barbara Neighbor Clinics is working to vaccinate all of their 22,000 patients. Once they finish vaccinating their staff they plan to move to 65 and older then to the rest of public.

Dr. Charles Fenzi, who is the CEO of Santa Barbara Neighbor Clinics, said, they expect to get another 1,000 dose of the Moderna vaccine next week. And they will begin to vaccinate 1,000 patients after they finish giving their staff their second dose of the vaccine.

Those doses are for 1,000 patients and they will get their second dose when another Moderna shipment comes in. This week clinic workers are finalizing how they will administer the vaccine and they have an important message when it comes to ending the pandemic.

"Everybody in the community, every resident needs to get the vaccine," said Dr. Fenzy. "The way we're going to get passed this pandemic is to get as many people vaccinated as possible."

Dr. Fenzi said they plan to announce how patients can signup after their Wednesday conference call.

Coronavirus / Health / Santa Barbara - South County
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Scott Sheahen

Scott Sheahen is a reporter for NewsChannel 3-12. To learn more about Scott, click here.

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