Kings County begins COVID-19 vaccinations for food/ag, education sectors

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HANFORD, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Kings County health officials on Sunday reported the state’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment system, called MyTurn, has expanded eligibility to the food and agriculture and education sectors.

The change allows the OptumServe site in Hanford to serve people who live or work in Kings County win these sectors to make an appointment locally, said spokesman Everardo Legaspi with the Kings County Department of Public Health. All sectors in Tier 1A and individuals 65 or older are still eligible for appointments and can visit MyTurn or contact the state’s call center at 1-833-422-4255 for assistance with booking an appointment.

Officials suggest the public access the MyTurn website using Google Chrome, instead of Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Many users had reported errors when trying to access the site using those web browsers.

Kings County pharmacies are also making vaccines available. A list of local pharmacies offering vaccine appointments can be found at https://vaccinefinder.org/. Additionally, health officials have also requested the local OptumServe vaccination site increase availability in the county.

Health officials said that county vaccine providers are working to continue vaccinating Phase 1A
and Phase 1B adults 65 and over, while expanding eligibility to the food and ag and education sectors in the coming days.

Additional appointments and events for high-risk groups within these sectors are planned for in the very near future, including services to be provided by the county Public Health Department, Adventist Health, Aria, Family Healthcare Network, Omni Family Health and United Healthcare.

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