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Vaccination site coming to Ojai

By Ashley Bautista, County of Ventura Public information officer
Re: the Ojai Valley News’ Jan. 22 editorial, “Ojai Valley needs a vaccination site”:
The county of Ventura wants to make sure Ojai Valley residents are informed about preparations to launch a vaccine site in Ojai to best serve community members in the Ojai Valley. The county of Ventura is actively planning a vaccine site in Ojai, partnering with Community Memorial Hospital.
We do not have a specific date for the opening due to the lack of vaccine availability. There is also new information from the state on its process of vaccine distribution that could impact site rollout. It is anticipated that as soon as a supply of vaccine can be secured, we will ready the site and open it to the community consistent with the eligible tier authorized to receive the vaccine.
As of now, community members in Phase 1A and those 75 and older can register for vaccine appointments on the county website at www.venturacountyrecovers.org or by calling the registration phone number at 805-477-7161. 
The county is allocated vaccines on a weekly basis from the state. There are not enough vaccines to open multiple vaccination sites at this time. The county continues to prepare vaccine infrastructure, including additional sites and staffing, so that locations can open quickly once more vaccines are provided by the state. Appointments for vaccines open weekly.
If any older adult is in need of transportation to a vaccine appointment or to a COVID-19 testing site, the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging offers transportation. This includes the ability to transport a wheelchair or gurney. The team picks up, takes the individual, waits with the individual and then takes the individual home. An appointment for transportation to a vaccine appointment can only be made once an appointment for vaccination is secured. The phone number is 805-477-7300.
The COVID-19 pop up testing site at Sarzotti Park will continue through February. Ojai tests will be offered Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Community sign-ups are also an option. 
There have been testing events at school sites in Ojai this month. Testing is also offered at high-volume sites throughout the county seven days a week. Testing is free. Results are provided within three days. 
Stay informed about COVID-19 response efforts at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
Please continue to wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings during this time. 
Question? Please call 805-654-2640