Alameda County passes 2M COVID-19 vaccine milestone

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As of Thursday, the COVID-19 vaccine has had 2 million doses administered to Alameda County Residents. (Pixabay License: No Attribution Required.)

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Alameda County announced Thursday that it had administered 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, urging unvaccinated residents to seek out resources.

About 79% of all eligible residents older than the age of 12 have received at least one dose, while 66.2% are fully vaccinated, according to a press release from the Alameda County Public Health Department. The press release notes that there are still eligible residents in the county who have not yet been vaccinated.

For chronically ill residents and residents who are homebound or unable to travel, the county offers in-home vaccine resources, the press release adds.

“Currently, California is leading the way with its homebound vaccination efforts,” the press release reads.

For residents able to leave their homes, the press release notes that the county has numerous community distribution sites in neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19.

In the press release, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson said the 2 million doses administered in Alameda County represented months of effort to provide equal access to the vaccine across the county.

The county much work even harder to reach individuals who require more information about or access to the vaccine, Carson added.

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla noted that Alameda County is currently accepting proposals through the Community Coalition request for proposal in an effort to fund community-led coalitions for vaccination and post-COVID-19 recovery and resilience work.

“As California and Alameda County move ‘Beyond the Blueprint’ and more local businesses reopen and many capacity businesses are removed, residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and healthy and safe habits,” the press release reads.

Tarunika Kapoor is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected], and follow them on Twitter at @tkapoor_dc.