LANCASTER – After five months of administering tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to Lancaster residents, the city of Lancaster closed its two mass-vaccination sites at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on July 23. Lancaster residents are still able to get vaccinations at other local distribution sites or through healthcare providers. While the mass site has closed, Lancaster is shifting efforts into phase 2 of vaccination, focusing on smaller more accessible clinics within the neighborhoods.
“Closing our mass-vaccination sites marks an important and long-awaited milestone for our community,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Over 50% of Lancaster residents have been vaccinated, which allows us to move away from the immediate need for mass-vaccination and focus on a grassroots effort within the neighborhoods. We could not have reached this achievement without the assistance and support of all of our partners, as well as the medical staff and volunteers who helped run the vaccination sites.”
Lancaster city officials thanked the organizations that helped manage the vaccination sites, including:
- High Desert Medical Group
- Kaiser Permanente
- Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley
- Antelope Valley College
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Career Care Institute
- Antelope Valley Hospital
- Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
- Interact Club – Lancaster High School
- IMPACT – City of Lancaster
Unvaccinated Lancaster residents can still receive free vaccines, regardless of immigration or healthcare status. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all residents 12 years of age or older and are readily available through healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other local community sites. Residents can visit MyTurn.CA.gov for more information or to find a local vaccine appointment.
[Information via news release from the city of Lancaster.]