By Kathy Chouteau
John Muir Health and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are providing free, drive thru Mobile Clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in Richmond and San Pablo over the next two Saturdays. The vaccines will be available by appointment to Contra Costa County residents age 65 or over.
Starting at 9 a.m., the Mobile Clinics will roll into Richmond High School, 1250 23rd St. in Richmond on Sat., Feb. 27 and MacArthur Baptist Church, 2301 Rumrill Blvd. on Sat., March 6.
Vaccinations at these Mobile Clinics are available by appointment-only and preregistration is required. Per John Muir Health and Contra Costa Health Services, health insurance, immigration papers and payment is not required to receive the free vaccine. Since the Mobile Clinics are drive thru, a car is required, as is, again, Contra Costa County residency, meeting the 65 or over age requirement and an appointment. Service will be available in English and Spanish and other languages by request.
“The goal of this County partnership with John Muir is to close the vaccine equity gap and ensure that seniors in the hardest hit communities are vaccinated at the same rate as those in higher income neighborhoods,” said Sup. John Gioia in a statement.
According to Richmond native and John Muir Health Consumer and Employee Experience Manager Fritzic Allen, who tipped The Standard off about the Mobile Clinics, “two weeks ago the COVID-19 vaccine Clinic was located on Vale Avenue, whereby close to 200 community members received their first dose of their vaccine. The beauty of this day was the ability to serve and increase the awareness of vaccine availability…”
To make an appointment for one of the Mobile Clinics, contact Kate Rauch in the office of County Supervisor John Gioia at [email protected] or at 510-334-0885. Sup. Gioia’s office will connect with John Muir Health, which will then reach out to County residents to schedule specific appointments.