Yuma County 39% Vaccinated – KYMA
County begins to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 – Arlette Yousif reports on News 11
YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Yuma County is making strides in the fight against COVID. Despite some concerns, many locals are still being vaccinated. Board members shared their excitement when they did not discuss any new deaths related to COVID-19. Every day this happens is a good indicator of the progress made.
The vast and unpredictable COVID battle seems to be in our favor almost a year and a half after our lives were turned upside down.
Diana Gomez, district director for public health services in Yuma County, says 39% of the local population is vaccinated against COVID. She says they will continue to hold vaccination clinics until the county is fully protected against coronavirus. She also announced that organizations can now order their COVID-19 vaccine directly instead of going across the county.
“To date, we’ve given over 160,000 doses in Yuma County, which means nearly 74,000 Yuma County’s residents have been fully vaccinated. This is roughly 39%,” said Diana Gomez, district director of public health in Yuma County.
Gomez says they will continue to hold vaccination clinics until the county is fully protected against coronavirus. She also announced that organizations can now order COVID-19 vaccines directly online.
“Most of the health care providers on board can now easily order the vaccine independently through the state ASIIS system. The medical providers offices can now place their own orders and they can adapt to their needs,” explains Gomez.
One thing is certain, the vaccine works.
“The good news is that the vaccine is working. It’s very effective. We’ve seen it work in real-world scenarios. So it’s very important to keep reminding people that this is available and free,” he says Gomez.
For those under the age of 12 or for those who are still deciding whether to get vaccinated against the virus, it is important to continue to be proactive.
“Testing is an important option for those who are unable to or have not captured the recordings,” said Tony Badilla, Yuma County’s Emergency Management Director.
The Yuma County Board of Supervisors is working to remove the mask mandate on-site in the coming weeks.
“The requirement that people wear a mask who come to or are able to work in county offices or county buildings will be removed,” said Tony Reyes, chairman of the Yuma County Board of Directors.
Even after the change by the district, the mask mandate remains in place in medical facilities, public transport and schools.