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Medical Director Says Clinic has 900 Vaccines as CDC Guidelines are Lowered for Vaccinated

By Joe Morey

News Editor


The LCO Community Health Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Steve Miszkiewicz, reported on Monday, March 8th, the clinic has a supply of over 900 first doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations available. He stated the mass vaccination event for Wednesday, March 10th, still has over 100 appointment times available.


The mass Wednesday events have been ongoing for the past few weeks and will soon move into the 2nd dose phases. The clinic gives 240 vaccinations on those Wednesdays. The clinic is also available to give vaccines on other dates by calling and making an appointment time.


In response to some members of the community questioning the clinic’s intention to share vaccines with Hayward School District staff, Dr. Miszkiewicz said it is the responsible thing to do. He noted we all work and live our daily lives together in this small community, and protecting the teachers and staff who teach our children is essential.”


Also on Monday, the CDC issued new guideline recommendations for wearing masks stating it is now safe for fully vaccinated people to be around other fully vaccinated people without masks.


The CDC Report states fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask; gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19; If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.


The report goes on to state, “We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.”