After months of waiting and hard work, the City of Lancaster, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, has announced the opening of a community COVID-19 vaccination site at AV Fairgrounds available to Antelope Valley residents.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all eligible residents regardless of insurance. In order to receive a vaccination, qualified residents will be required to make an appointment via kp.org/covidvaccine. For eligibility guidelines, visit kp.org/covidvaccine. Kaiser Permanente will expand vaccine eligibility based on vaccine availability and changing guidelines from the state.
“Residents will finally have a reliable, local source for getting vaccinated,” said Alison Segal, chief administrative officer, Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley. “We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to expand vaccine operations in the Antelope Valley. This is a much-needed service, and we couldn’t do it without our community partners.”
“We have been relentless in our pursuit of a vaccine site, and I personally have been questioning LA Public Health for months to provide answers as to why Lancaster has not received sufficient vaccination doses for its 157,000+ residents,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Finally, our efforts have paid off in this partnership with Kaiser Permanente. If we have to go door to door to help people sign up for the vaccination, that’s what we will do. We want to ensure that everyone in our City has access to this vaccine. Together we will continue to build resilience and overcome this pandemic.”
Local Kaiser Permanente medical staff, City staff, and City volunteers have offered their time to work the site.
“This means so much to me personally and professionally, having lost three family members to COVID-19, I know firsthand the importance of getting our community vaccinated quickly and efficiently,” said Kaiser Permanente Hospital Administrator Maybelle Liquigan. “We are proud to support this effort — it’s simply the right thing to do for the Antelope Valley.”
Capacity for appointments and doses of vaccinations will vary depending on vaccine availability. Kaiser Permanente personnel will be overseeing storage and administration of vaccines.
Lancaster encourages all of our residents to take advantage of this opportunity and help the City end this COVID-19 battle. Mayor Parris and the Lancaster City Council will continue to advocate for vaccination sites and notify residents as soon as more information becomes available.
For more information on COVID-19 resources in the City of Lancaster, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/coronavirus.