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"Berkeley mobile clinic offers COVID-19 vaccines at shelters, People’s Park", March 12, 2021

Several people who received a single-dose vaccine Thursday at People’s Park said they felt relieved to be fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, a mobile clinic run by the city went to People’s Park to offer vaccines to people there. File photo: Emilie Raguso

Several residents of Berkeley homeless shelters and People’s Park received COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, beginning the city’s rollout to groups that are prioritized in the state’s equity goals for vaccine distribution.

Unhoused residents were originally included in the state’s tier-based vaccination program in Tier 1B, but were removed from the tier, along with incarcerated individuals, after the state reorganized the system in response to complaints that the rollout was too slow.

Berkeley Public Health officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez requested authorization to vaccinate the group in mid-February and received approval from newly appointed state Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón soon after. Berkeley also got permission to vaccinate people in “special high-risk circumstances,” like the workers at Golden Gate Fields who were impacted by an outbreak of over 200 cases. (Starting on Monday, new groups will become eligible for the vaccine in Alameda County, including >> read more

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