Stanislaus County vaccine eligibility

Stanislaus County this week has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include those at higher risk due to health conditions, disabilities, illness or work environments.

Healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at high risk due to a variety of conditions, including cancer, chronic kidney or pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, solid organ transplant recipients, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, heart conditions, severe obesity or Type 2 diabetes.

Individuals with these conditions are strongly encouraged to consult with their health care provider and first seek vaccination with their primary provider, according to the StanEmergency Facebook page.

Those 65 and over, as well as those 16 and older in the sectors of education and child care, food and agriculture and emergency services are also eligible for the vaccine.

Visit or call 209-558-7535 to find out who can get vaccinated in Stanislaus County. 

Recipients must live or work in the county.

Vaccine clinics this week include a Friday, March 19 clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or until supply runs out) at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. First doses of the Moderna vaccine will be administered. No appointment is needed.

Newman Fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 29 calls for service from March 5-11.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said calls included 18 emergency medical aid responses, three motor vehicle collisions, two fire department assists, one trash fire, two illegal burns, one natural gas leak, one vehicle fire and one “other” type incident.

The responses included a March 9 two-vehicle collision at Merced and Q streets resulting in minor injuries to both occupants, who Bowen said were cleared by emergency medical personnel at the scene.

Bowen said firefighters also responded to a March 8 report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian in the 1900 block of N Street. Bowen said crews arrived to find an adult male sitting on a curb in the parking lot who reported that he had been struck by a truck. Bowen said the individual was treated at the scene for minor injuries but declined to be transported.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for the past week. Information for the previous 24-hour period is recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, March 8: 69/40

Tuesday, March 9: 63/40

Wednesday, March 10: 58/42, with .30 inches of rain

Thursday, March 11: 61/37, with .05 inches of rain

Friday, March 12: 69/35

Saturday, March 13: 73/35

Sunday, March 14: 64/36