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SLO County offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations; closing mass clinics in coming weeks

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Lauren Walike
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County Health Officer Doctor Penny Borenstein encourages residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the county's mass clinics in the next couple of weeks.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health announced May 5 it is now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations without an appointment at the vaccination clinics in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande.

Clinics are open this week through Friday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for one hour between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said anyone who wants a vaccine can get one.

“The best way to do this is to make an appointment, but the demand is such that we have open appointments consistently at our north and south county sites,” Borenstein said.

Appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine are still available at all three of the county’s mass vaccination sites in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande.

However, Borenstein said the mass vaccination sites are within weeks of closing. After that, people can get vaccinated at other places such as pharmacies and community health centers.

“It is a small number of weeks before we are at the point of diverting these clinics into other community settings as well as doing other vaccinations at our routine clinics,” Borenstein said.

The county is already decreasing the number of days they are open. Next week the county mass vaccination clinics will only be open two days a week, so Borenstein said now is the time to get a vaccine.

“If the only reason you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet is because you think that we will be there for many weeks to come, we will not, so please take advantage of these next few weeks,” Borenstein said.

Borenstein also said people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to get tested or quarantine. People are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

“We have seen plenty of individuals who have started the vaccination process and then come down with COVID because it does take a period of time for the immunity to take effect,” Borenstein said. “So if you are not at that post-two-weeks from your last dose, and you do have any symptoms or have been exposed, we still recommend that you get tested.

For more information on the clinic’s hours or to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit the County Public Health website.

Lauren Walike joined KCBX as its news manager in February 2021. In addition to her KCBX work, Lauren also serves as news director for KCPR-FM, Cal Poly’s student-run radio station, and digital director of Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly’s student-run news organization. She will graduate from Cal Poly’s Honors Program in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism with minors in Integrated Marketing Communications and Media Arts, Society and Technology.
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