Appointments no longer needed at Contra Costa COVID vaccination sites

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Appointments no longer needed at Contra Costa COVID vaccination sites
Inside the registration area of the COVID-19 vaccination site at Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, March 29., 2021 (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

An appointment is no longer necessary to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at county-run vaccination sites, according to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). Those age 16 or older can also receive a vaccination in Contra Costa County whether or not they reside here and they can also choose whether they want a one-dose or two-dose vaccine at county sites.

“We are doing everything we can to remove barriers and make it as convenient and easy as possible for people to get vaccinated,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “Vaccines don’t just protect your health—they give peace of mind and let us be with our friend and families without worrying.”

Per CCHS, it operates more than a dozen vaccination clinic sites countywide, including some offering weekend and evening hours. Community members preferring to make an advance appointment can still do so at covidvaccine.cchealth.org or by calling 833-829-2626.

As of this writing, more than 70 percent of those eligible in Contra Costa County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which surpasses President Biden’s July 4 vaccination goal for the U.S.

“We’ve made great progress, but we still have more work to do. I strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated so we can finish the job and end the pandemic,” said Burgis.

Want to check out up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination statistics in Contra Costa County? Visit CCHS’ online dashboard.