The Solano County Public Health Department on Wednesday reopened its mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Vallejo to provide booster shots and to encourage more people to get their first or second dose of the vaccine.
According to the county numbers, 67% of residents have been fully vaccinated, and 78% have received at least the first dose. By comparison, 82% of Contra Costa County residents are fully vaccinated and 87% received one shot; and in Alameda County, 79% of residents have had both shots, and 92% one shot.
Solano County would like to see the vaccination site at the county fairgrounds busy, but turnout was low on Wednesday.
"I would love to be in the thousands. I’m prepped up to do at least 4,000 here a day," said Benjamin Gammon with Solano County Emergency Medical Services.
There were only 50 vaccination appointments scheduled for Wednesday. The site is taking walk-ups and hoping word will spread soon.
"We’re anticipating higher crowds, but with a press release that just came out yesterday, it’s not too uncommon to not get the appointments that we were really looking for today," Gammon said.
Daniel Trumm was one of the few people who took advantage of the reopened vaccination site. As a flight attendant, he said it was a no-brainer to get not only his first two Pfizer shots but also the booster as soon as it was available.
"Work in the cabin with a lot of people, flights are full, people are flying all over the place," he said. "I just want to be as protected as I can."
Solano County is encouraging residents to get a booster shot, especially if they are immunocompromised, 65 or older or living in a long-term care facility.
People are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot six months after they received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The mass vaccination clinic will remain open for the next eight weeks, Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Thanksgiving week and the first week in December.