Adventist Health Sonora

Adventist Health Sonora erected a triage tent in late November outside of its emergency department to provide room for additional patients as part of a COVID-19 surge plan.

Adventist Health Sonora announced plans on Wednesday to host a COVID-19 immunization clinic roughly 550 people who were overbooked for one last weekend due to overwhelming website traffic that crashed the hospital’s online scheduling system, but the timing and quantity of future vaccine shipments remained unclear.

The hospital put out a news release announcing the clinic for those whose appointments were cancelled last weekend due to overbooking will be hosted on Feb. 20 and 21 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on Southgate Drive in Sonora.

Meanwhile, the hospital said it’s waiting for updates from the state about when and how many doses it can expect to receive in the future to host additional community clinics. The state recently announced a contract with Blue Shield of California to act as a third-party administrator for vaccine distribution in partnership with Kaiser Permanente.

Clinics have been held only on weekends because they are staffed volunteers from the hospital and community who are donating their time on top of their regular clinical responsibilities and daily lives, the news release clarified.

“We want to vaccinate our community as much as our community wants to be vaccinated,” Michelle Fuentes, the hospital’s president, said in the news release. “Every volunteer is putting their whole heart into these vaccination clinics so that we can put an end to this pandemic for our community.”

To date, the hospital has provided 1,100 first doses of the vaccine and 680 second doses to health care workers and first responded. An additional 2,700 county residents have also been vaccinated at the hospital’s clinics over the last three weeks.

More information about Adventist Health Sonora’s second dose clinics for those who have already received their first is available at www.adventisthealthsonora.org/COVIDvaccine or by calling (209) 536-5165.

Due to a lack of steady supply of vaccine, the hospital recommends that anyone who would like to be vaccinated register at https://myturn.ca.gov, which provides updates and appointments for state-run vaccination sites.

The county Public Health Department also continues to identify people on its waiting list who are currently eligible for vaccination and is scheduling them for weekday clinics. People can fill out the county’s vaccine interest form to be put on a list for those clinics at http://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine.

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