COVID-19 Vaccinations

The County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) has been assigned by our Public Health Official, Dr. Penny Borenstein to manage the delivery of what is estimated to be some 150,000 vaccinations to the SLO County Residents. Following Federal Guidelines the IMT has worked diligently the last couple of weeks to develop a plan, which Dr. Borenstein has approved and is now in operation. Given the limited number of vaccines issued to the county, inoculations are currently restricted to Group 1A (Medical Workers – Primary Care). These are being delivered out of the Public Health Department in SLO on Sierra Way. On Monday, January 18 the first of a series of Points of Distribution (PODs) was operated out of Paso Robles distributing some 400 shots and estimating that delivering 1500 shots/daily was attainable. This POD is open daily for those individuals 75+. Go to READYSLO.org for more information and for those 75+ to make an appointment.

Two more PODs are planned, one in South County and one at Cuesta College. The priority of CERT members in Group 1B is at Tier 11, probably some 14 – 21 days out. The Pfizer vaccine is currently in use in SLO County.

A POD, as designed by the IMT, requires 116 people to operate. Thirty-six of the 116 are classified as support, requiring only very minimal, non-medical training. The IMT is requesting the assistance of CERT members to assist with POD support. Should you be interested in assisting please contact your local CERT program manager.

Please note that the best place for local current information is READYSLO.org

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