Lassen County opens COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 18 and older

The Lassen County COVID-19 public information team announced vaccinations would now be available to residents 18 years and older.

“Lassen County is now making COVID-19 vaccinations available to all Lassen County residents who are 18 years and older,” read a statement from the Lassen County COVID-19 Incident Command. “We will continue to work on scheduling people who are on our waiting list, but were not able to make it yesterday and will offer clinics to residents living in the outlying areas of Lassen County. To request a vaccination appointment, visit Lassencares.org and complete a vaccination appointment request or call 249-2628.”

In the statement, the Incident Command also noted Lassen County’s mass COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinic held Wednesday, March 17 “was an incredibly successful event.”

More than 1,000 first doses were provided Wednesday, and the Lassen County Public Health Department will contact everyone who received the vaccine to schedule the second dose prior to the second COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinic scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, at Lassen Community College. This will help reduce the wait time.

“A big thanks to everyone who took part in this momentous event, and to the agencies they represent,” read the statement. “You all are examples of why Lassen County is a testament to how strong partnerships make remarkable things happen. Our community collaboration not only allowed us to pull off a successful event, but (one that) was necessary to protect the citizens of Lassen.”

“We began vaccinating our most vulnerable populations Dec. 19, 2020. Since then, we have offered vaccinations to all the state-defined eligible populations. Through outreach we will continue to make vaccinating our vulnerable populations a top priority. We are asking that if you or a loved one falls into a priority category, contact us, and we will make vaccination arrangements.

“We are well on our way to population immunity! Population immunity is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through an earlier infection. We believe we can achieve this goal in Lassen County by the end of April.

“Remember that health experts are still learning about the health characteristics of COVID-19 and that vaccinations may not totally protect you from contracting or transmitting the virus; However, research shows that vaccinated individuals may have up to 95 percent protection or experience less severe symptoms from COVID-19 when completing the manufacturers’ recommended dosage.

“We ask that you continue to social distance and use face coverings when around people who are at-risk of COVID-19 or who have not been vaccinated.

The Incident Command thanked everyone who helped with the clinic, including Banner Lassen Medical Center; Banner Lassen Medical Clinics; California Department of Corrections; Diamond Mountain Golf Course, City of Susanville; Lassen Community College, Administration; Lassen Community College, Maintenance; Lassen Community College, Nursing Students; Lassen County Administration; Lassen County Fire Department; Janesville Fire Department; Susan River Fire Department; Lassen County Health and Social Services; Lassen County Office of Emergency Services; Lassen County Public Health; Lassen County Sheriff Department; Lassen News; SEMSA; Sierra Daily News; Susanville City Fire Department; Susanville Police Department; Susanvillestuff.com and all the very many community volunteers.

For more information, call the Lassen County Public Health Department at 251-8183.​