Santa Cruz County will close one of its COVID-19 vaccination sites in the coming days at the old Watsonville City Hall building, the county said Tuesday.
Vaccinations will be administered at the old City Hall, located at 250 Main St., through Sunday, according to the county.
More than 20,000 vaccine doses have been administered at the clinic since it opened in February 2021.
The county originally opened the clinic in partnership with the city of Watsonville and OptumServe Federal Health Services. In recent months, staff members with the county’s Health Services Agency have operated the clinic.
“We are so thankful to our community partners,” Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said. “They have been integral in getting the community vaccinated, outreaching to those most vulnerable and always keeping equity in the forefront.”
The clinic’s closure is part of the county’s effort to shift the burden of COVID testing and vaccination to local health care systems rather than the Health Services Agency, county spokeswoman Corinne Hyland said.
Demand for vaccinations at the clinic has also fallen since the peak of the omicron variant surge, when hundreds of residents got vaccinated each weekend, according to Hyland.
Residents in south Santa Cruz County are encouraged to get vaccinated at local pharmacies, their health care provider or the Watsonville Farmers’ Market, which offer vaccinations each Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vaccination appointments can also be scheduled at the Watsonville Health Center by calling (831) 763-8185 and the Salud Para La Gente medical clinic by texting “VAX” to (831) 728-2222.
A full list of the county’s vaccination clinic locations can be found at https://bit.ly/3IybR1E.
According to county data, nearly 90 percent of vaccine-eligible residents in Watsonville have received at least one dose.
Countywide, 80 percent of all county residents have gotten at least one vaccine dose.