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SLO County brings three mass COVID vaccine clinics to a close

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - Three mass vaccine clinics in San Luis Obispo County completed their final day of distributing shots on Friday.

The clinics located in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo were set up in December 2020 and January 2021 to help quickly and efficiently deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the SLO County community.

Since then, the county said these sites have distributed more than 162,000 vaccines to more then 87,000 people.

“This has been truly historic work and I extend my sincerest gratitude to the volunteers and staff who have made it possible,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “In the face of this tremendous challenge, I’m proud to say our community acted swiftly to provide this life-saving vaccine on a large scale as quickly as we received it.”

The clinics were staffed by 612 Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who served more than 28,000 volunteer hours, Disaster Service Workers from many county departments and state-funded workers who traveled from across the US to serve in SLO County.

The sites were set up with the support of the SLO County Incident Management Team.

“The impact of this work is monumental,” said Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director. “We’ve gone from facing thousands of active cases at a time to a few dozen, from planning for a surge that might overwhelm our hospitals to now seeing steady health care capacity. The results of this vaccination effort have been swift and dramatic, and we have many incredible men and women in our community to thank for that.”

The county said roughly 60% of its eligible residents have no received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Those who still need to finish getting their vaccines may still receive a free shot at the regular Public Health clinics in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover. Beach as well as at pop-up and mobile clinics throughout the county.

To make an appointment to get your first or second COVID-19 vaccine at one of the public health clinics, visit myturn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255. To find other local vaccine providers, visit myturn.ca.gov or go to VaccineFinder.org.


For more information, visit RecoverSLO.org/Vaccine.

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