13 Mar COVID Testing and Vaccination Sites Closing in March
(Samantha Laurey / Bay City News)
By Richmond Pulse Editors
Several COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites are closing this month Richmond city officials announced late last week. The closures are in response to emergency declarations ending. State and county-level emergency public health declarations ended Feb. 28. The federal emergency declaration ends May 11.
“The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division would like to inform Richmond Residents of Contra Costa Health transition to its COVID Response as local, state and federal public health emergencies come to an end,” the officials said.
“While official health emergencies are going away, we recognize that COVID is not,” Contra Costa Health officials said. “We will still be addressing COVID as part of its regular departmental operations in the future with a focus on equity.”
The two remaining state test-to-treat sites in Pleasant Hill and Antioch closed March 4. But CCH continues to offer free home test kits to anyone who needs them through CCH’s online form or via its call center, 1-833-829-2626. Home test kits are also available free online via the federal government and at several locations throughout the community, including health centers and county-run libraries.
The three county-run mass vaccination sites in Antioch, Concord and Richmond will close March 31. People can still get vaccines through regular healthcare providers and pharmacies. Uninsured and Medi-Cal patients will still be able to access free COVID vaccines at CCH’s health centers, pop-up vaccine clinics and CCH’s weekly immunization-only clinics. The clinics will soon offer evening hours to provide better access.