First responders from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District have been on the front lines of helping East Bay residents receive coronavirus vaccines, and over the past weeks have supported inoculations for thousands of residents at COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
One high-profile volunteer who helped the SRVFPD at one of its vaccination clinics last Wednesday was State Assemblymember Rebeca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), who praised the district for its efforts to help vaccinate the most vulnerable residents in the San Ramon Valley and beyond.
"San Ramon Valley Fire stepped up and volunteered to do this before they were asked. I think they’re doing a great service to their communities and the least I can do is lend a hand," Bauer‐Kahan said in a statement.
"I cannot say enough regarding the assemblymember’s ongoing dedication and support of our fire district, and more specifically the community vaccination clinics we have been conducting," SRVFPD Fire Chief Paige Meyer added. "She has always been there for us whenever we’ve called on her for help, and now she has stepped up to help deliver much needed vaccinations to our first responders and elderly population."
The fire district has been hosting coronavirus vaccination clinics since December and according to district staff has administered doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to more than 6,000 first responders, firefighters and seniors (65 years old and above) throughout the East Bay.
In an effort to reach out to the district's most vulnerable and often immobile residents, the fire district has launched mobile vaccination clinics where district personnel travel to senior apartments throughout the county, providing vaccines to at-risk residents by bringing life saving doses right to their homes.
“We have been working around the clock since December to secure and see to it that the vaccine gets delivered into the arms of people as quickly and as equitably and as effectively as possible, and there is tremendous pride and satisfaction on our team for being part of the solution to the pandemic,” Meyer added.
Contra Costa County is currently vaccinating health care workers, first responders and residents over the age of 65.
According to Contra Costa Health Services, as of Thursday 238,955 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to residents throughout the county. Out of that total, 178,110 first round doses and 60,845 second round doses have been administered -- coronavirus vaccines require two doses in order to reach full effectiveness.
That means that 19.2% of Contra Costa County residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 6.6% have also received their second.
County officials say they have a goal of issuing 1 million vaccinations by July 4.
Residents can find out when they are eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine and where they can get it online at www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/vaccine.