Bakersfield College hosts mass vaccination drive-through

Bakersfield College’s first drive-through mass vaccination clinic on March 21.

Haley Duval, Editor-in-Chief

Bakersfield College was the first in Kern County to host a drive-through mass vaccination clinic on March 21.

The drive-through was organized by the Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center, Central Labor Council and the Latino COVID Task Force, and the Centric Foundation.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccines were given to over 885 eligible individuals who signed up to received the vaccine and meet the Kern County Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule.

“We had the maximum people register of one thousand but unfortunately people do not show up or cancel at the last minute, so we are able to take walk-ins,” said BC’s Director of Student Life, Nicky Damania.

Damania said overall BC’s drive-through vaccine clinic had about 80 volunteers.

“Many people are to thank for such a great day today at Bakersfield College. BC’s nursing students stepped up and volunteered to vaccinate hundreds of workers and residents throughout Kern County. We are so thankful for the allocation by Governor Newsom and to Central Labor Council for reaching out to partner with BC on this initiative. I am so delighted that today was a success and look forward to more vaccination clinics on campus,” said Damania.