News Briefs 11-4-2021

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

November 4, 2021

Advocate for Bikes in LO

Do you believe Los Osos could use some safer bike routes to get around town? Community members have been working diligently to advocate for bike paths to schools and community centers. Check out this recent report about active transportation and local voice on page 30 at slocogatp.org.
The next Bicycle Advisory Council meeting is November 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to slocounty.ca.gov and type bicycle advisory in the search bar.

SLO Veterans Museum Survey

The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) in San Luis Obispo wants feedback on how they can be more connected and relevant to the community in 2022. They ask folks, who have visited or have not visited the museum to complete an anonymous survey to help them in the planning process.
Take the community feedback survey at vetmuseum.org/community-feedback-survey.

Vaccine BoostersAvailable

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department has booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Moderna vaccines by appointment to eligible community members at public health clinics in Grover Beach, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo. Booster doses are also available from local pharmacies and healthcare providers.
“The most important dose of vaccine is still the first one, and I encourage everyone who has not yet started or completed their vaccine series to make an appointment today, ” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “We’re also happy to now offer this additional boost of protection, which is especially important for those most at risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19.”
All those who received the J&J vaccine (age 18+) are eligible to get a booster dose two months or more after receiving the initial vaccination. Those who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are eligible for a booster dose at six months or more after their initial series if they are:
• 65 years and older
• Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
• Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
• Age 18+ who are at an increased risk of social inequities
With this update, the FDA, CDC and Western States workgroup have also authorized “mix-and-match” (heterologous) booster shots, meaning those eligible for a booster dose may receive any type of vaccine. Public Health clinics will continue to schedule appointments by vaccine type, and residents may select their type of vaccine when scheduling an appointment. Walk-ins will be available as supply allows but may not offer a choice of vaccine type.
“It’s held true throughout this pandemic that the best vaccine is the one available to you and which you feel comfortable getting—and that is true with boosters, too, ” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “For those seeking guidance on vaccine type based on your personal health situation, I encourage you to talk with your doctor. Since most hospitalized persons who were fully vaccinated are over 65 years old, this group should prioritize getting a booster dose as soon as possible.”
Vaccines are available at no cost countywide at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, Public Health Department clinics, and mobile clinics. More than 72.3% of eligible San Luis Obispo County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 65.5% are fully vaccinated.
To get your COVID-19 vaccine at a public health clinic, go to myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255. See hours and pop-up clinics at www.RecoverSLO.org/Vaccine. To find other vaccine providers, visit myturn.ca.gov or VaccineFinder.org.

Shower the People Returns

Folks in need can take free showers with Shower the People.
After a short hiatus, the San Luis Obispo Library will again partner with the local non-profit on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.
The shower trailer is located between the library and parking structure. Toiletries are provided.

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