News Update: Needles, CA: Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine quickly filled up during a mobile clinic held at the Needles Recreation Center. 

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: San Bernardino County Aging and Adult Services Deputy Director Christopher Tarr and San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Paul Cook (Information):

Needles, California: Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine quickly filled up during a mobile clinic held on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at the Needles Recreation Center.

The mobile clinic was announced by the San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Paul Cook as well as the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and welcomed residents under Phase 1A, Phase 1B (Emergency Services, Education, Childcare, Food/Agriculture), and people 65 and older to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

ZachNews spoke to Christopher Tarr, Deputy Director for the San Bernardino County Aging and Adult Services, about the mobile clinic to give out the COVID-19 vaccines in the community.

This is one of our vaccination clinics that we’ve been rolling out to the hard to reach areas of San Bernardino County trying to primarily target our senior population and have open it up to other tiers today to fill up our slots. We have I understand 150 doses. Things are going really smooth today. We have several staff from our department, but we’re primarily here supporting public health in this endeavor, and we not only rolling out to Needles, we’ll be rolling out to other small communities in the county trying to get people vaccinated and get the word out,” said Christopher Tarr.

Just a day before the mobile clinic, officials from the City of Needles said Tuesday that there were more COVID-19 vaccine doses than appointments for Wednesday, but that changed as lots of people came out to get their vaccine when they opened.

We initially had very few appointments lined up but once they opened up to the agricultural workers, food service workers, education workers, all of the appointments fill up really really quickly,” said Christopher Tarr.

Earlier, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels stopped by the mobile clinic to welcome everybody to the community, and thanked them for what they were doing for the community.

Christopher Tarr told ZachNews that they were given out the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today, and those who got their first dose will be able to get their second does in a few weeks.

You can find out more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines by visiting: https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/

During the interview, Christopher Tarr spoke to ZachNews about the COVID-19 numbers in the county are coming down and how has the turnout for people getting their vaccines, which the latest numbers as of today from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is: Positive Cases: 288,135; Recovered Projected: 283,151; and Deaths: 3,198.

For the community of Needles, California, the latest numbers as of today from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is: Confirmed: Total Cases: 337; Outbreak Cases: 2; Community Cases: 335; Total Deaths: 3; and Tests: 2,573.

Christopher Tarr reminds everybody in the county that the County of San Bernardino has the latest information regarding COVID-19 cases in the county as well as resources related to COVID-19 on their website: https://sbcovid19.com/ and by calling: 1 (909) 387-3911.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Needles, California and San Bernardino County, California.

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