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Shasta County working on plans to distribute newly received Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Shasta County Public Health has now received 1,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, now they are planning how to distribute it.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 6:39 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2021 7:05 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County Public Health has now received its doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

This week, the county received about 1400 doses, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine option for the county.

Public Health is still working out how it will distribute that vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-shot vaccine and doesn't have strict storage requirements.

“We are working with our vaccine provide partners, to determine the best use of that vaccine,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom, the county’s public health officer.

Public Health said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be ideal for people who are homebound or lack transportation.

Even though people are getting vaccinated, Public Health continues to urge people to continue wearing masks, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings.

Meanwhile, with the numbers down, some in Shasta County are ready for more leeway to get back to normal.

Public Health said the county could be in the orange in several weeks, but that's only if the numbers keep going down.

In order to get to the orange, Shasta County's case rate needs to be below four per 100,000 and it needs to stay that way for two weeks before shifting into the orange.

“It's a matter of whether our case rates continue to decrease, versus when these more infectious variants arrive and push those case rates back up,” said Robin Schurig, the Public Health Branch Director.

On Tuesday, the county reported that its rate went down from 10 to 5.9 per 100,000

Back in February, Shasta County landed back in the red tier.

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