County hands rural vaccinations to local partners

Family Healthcare Network, Sierra View Medical Center, Curative will begin administering vaccinations in more rural parts of county

TULARE COUNTY – Vaccinations have reached a point where Tulare County Public Health can rely on their more traditional partners to administer them in the county’s most rural areas.

Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced last week they will transition several of their community vaccination clinics to Family Healthcare Network (FHCN), Curative and Sierra View Hospital.

Effective last Wednesday, May 12, FHCN began serving the community of Woodlake. Curative began serving Dinuba on May 5, and will begin serving Earlimart tomorrow, May 20. Sierra View Hospital along with Imperial Ambulance began serving Porterville effective May 13.

“Through these partnerships we are looking to make vaccines accessible in these rural and underserved areas of the county, working together with local health care providers that our communities already know and trust to provide their health care services,” Timothy Lutz, Tulare County HHSA Director said.

The Family HealthCare Network in Woodlake, located at 145 N. Magnolia Street, Woodlake, CA 93286, is accepting registration through My Turn California (myturn.ca.gov) or by phone at (833) 422-4255. Hours of operation are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m.

Accepting registration through My Turn California (myturn.ca.gov), Curative will offer vaccines at the Dinuba Memorial Building which is located at 249 S. Alta Avenue, Dinuba, CA 93618. Hours of operation are Wednesday–Sunday from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Curative will also offer vaccines at the Earlimart Veterans Memorial Building, located at 712 E. Washington Street, Earlimart, CA 93219. Open on Thursdays only, the hours of operation are 12 p.m. through 7 p.m.

Sierra View Hospital will be offering both vaccines and testing at the Porterville Veterans Memorial Building, located at 1900 W. Olive Ave., Porterville, CA 93257. Again, vaccination registration is available through My Turn California (myturn.ca.gov), and hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tulare County residents who need assistance in scheduling appointments can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 559-685-2260. The call center, which is bilingual, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m.

Vaccinations are provided at no cost, regardless of immigration status or health conditions, and are open to those age 16 and older. The COVID-19 vaccines are validated by top medical experts to be safe and effective against illness from COVID-19.

For the latest Tulare County vaccination information, please visit covid19.tularecounty.ca.gov.

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