Costa Visits Winton Vaccination Site, Commends Efforts to Protect Rural Communities
(WINTON) Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after attending a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Winton which saw nearly 300 people receive their first vaccine dose. Winton is one of the hardest hit communities of the pandemic and the clinic was a collaboration between Merced County and Rite Aid to ensure residents of this rural area had equal access to vaccinations:
“While the growing number of people being vaccinated in the valley and throughout the state is good news, our rural communities need more attention,” said Costa. “To truly defeat this virus, we need to ensure that every single person who wants a vaccine has easy access to one. Today’s partnership between Rite Aid and the County of Merced brought vaccines to the community and I’m hopeful we can continue working together to get all of Merced County vaccinated.”
“We’re working hard to ensure all of our residents continue to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Chairman Daron McDaniel of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. “We look forward to getting our residents immunized and moving back into our pre-pandemic lifestyle.”
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with Congressman Costa to support health equity by expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president and chief pharmacy officer, Rite Aid. “Events like this represent an important opportunity to educate the community and build confidence in the vaccine. Going directly into the communities we serve helps us combat vaccine hesitance and reach COVID-19 vaccine recipients where they are most comfortable getting vaccinated.”
Passed in March, the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan included a coordinated national COVID-19 vaccination program to distribute vaccines to all Americans quickly and equitably through community vaccination centers. More than 24% of Merced County residents are already fully vaccinated.