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KCBX News aims to provide our audience with the latest local and regional information and updates on the coronavirus and COVID-19. We will update this post as new information becomes available.Click on the link in the county name to find important public health resources in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey counties.Click HERE to view a COVID-19 case map of San Luis Obispo County.CLICK HERE TO SEE A TIMELINE ARCHIVE OF EARLIER CORONAVIRUS-RELATED INFORMATION.

Central Coast Voices: COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and answers to key questions

As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 400,000 people in the U.S. and while hope is on the arisen, with two vaccines currently being distributed, the virus is still considered to be “widespread” on the Central Coast, with hundreds of new infections reported daily. So, what should you do if you come down with the virus? Is it okay to go to the doctor? The hospital? How safe is the vaccine? And, how can you make an appointment to get vaccinated? 

Join Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Ann McDowell, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Public Health, Epidemiologist, and Michelle Shoresman, SLO County Health Agency Division Manager and Public Information Officer for the COVID-19 Response with San Luis Obispo County Public Health as they provide an update on SLO County’s COVID-19 response, including how the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is facilitating vaccine delivery. Kris will also talk with public health expert and emergency room physician Dr. Clint Slaughter who dispels some misinformation about pandemic treatments and will discuss when to seek treatment as well as how safe it is.

You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to

Broadcast date: 1/28/2021

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Information on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine in San Luis Obispo County:

Make an appointment for the SLO County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics online at  Appointments can also be made by phone by calling  (805) 543-2444. General vaccine information can be found at:

Keep up to date on vaccine availability: Subscribe to the County’s COVID-19 email updates