Patterson vaccine clinic Friday

Stanislaus County Public Health will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all available doses have been administered) at Creekside Middle School in Patterson.

The first-come, first-served clinic is for the first dose of the vaccine only.

The clinic is open to Stanislaus County residents identified in Phase 1A and county residents aged 65 or older. Residents of other counties who are employed in Stanislaus County and identified in Phase 1A may also be eligible for vaccination, according to the county Health Services Agency website. Proof of employment or residency in Stanislaus County will be required.

The school is located at the corner of American Eagle and Peregrine Drive in Patterson.

Merced County pauses vaccine clinics

The Merced County Department of Public Health has paused COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week due to a shortage of vaccines.

The county announced Saturday that no clinics would be held this week. All available vaccine doses will be dedicated to providing the second dose required to complete the series for those who have already received their initial dose.

As soon as county health officials are able to confirm enough vaccine allocation to host additional clinics, further announcements will be made, a news release stated.

The county is strongly encouraging those who would like to receive a vaccination to sign up at to be notified of future availability and appointment options.

Those without internet access can call 381-1180 to request an appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. Vaccination appointments are prioritized based on state criteria and are handled in the order submitted. Eligible individuals are currently being vaccinated by appointment only.

No takers for ambulance board seat

The Zone 1 seat on the West Side Community Health Care District Board of Directors, which oversees operations of West Side Community Ambulance, remains vacant after no candidates applied to the board for appointment.

Roberta Casteel, the district’s administrative services manager, said time frame during which the ambulance board could make the appointment locally has now expired and the matter will go to the county level. Casteel reported that the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has 30 days (starting Feb. 2) to fill the vacancy by appointment, or the seat will remain open.

Applicants must reside in the zone, which encompasses portions of the northern, western and southern edges of the city of Newman west of Highway 33 as well as the Stanislaus County area of the healthcare district west of the city and Highway 33.

Qualified candidates must be registered voters. A zone map is posted on the healthcare district website.

The board typically meets monthly. Directors receive a monthly stipend of $100.

For more information about seeking appointment to the seat, contact the clerk of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at 525-4494.