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October 22, 2021

Booster shots available in San Benito County

A third Covid-19 booster shot is available for certain individuals in San Benito County who are previously vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Those previously vaccinated with Pfizer should receive a booster shot if they are: age 65 and older; long-term care residents; or age...

‘White flag’ display a tribute to 67 locals who died of Covid-19

John Bocanegra—a well-known member of the Hollister community who connected countless people with employment opportunities as the manager of Infinity Staffing—would probably be alive today if the Covid-19 vaccine had been available to him, according to his daughter, Gail Hernandez-Muhilly. Bocanegra died of Covid-19 Jan....

Hazel Hawkins receives grant for rural vaccination efforts

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has received a federal grant to “promote vaccine confidence and awareness” in San Benito County, says a press release from the Hollister-based hospital. Specifically, the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go to HHMH’s rural health...

Covid-19 test site moves to HHMH Community Health Center

The local OptumServe Covid-19 testing site will move to the Hazel Hawkins Community Health Center as of Sept. 12, according to San Benito County officials. The testing site’s new address is 930 Sunset Drive, Building 2, Suite B, directly across the street from Hazel Hawkins...

County offers cash, gift cards as vaccination incentives

San Benito County is offering gift cards and cash to eligible residents and county employees who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.  The incentives include $200 in cash for those who have completed a full series of Covid-19 vaccination shots since Aug. 10, and $25 gift...

Tensions flare at vaccination meeting

A tense meeting that drew many opponents of a proposed vaccination policy for county employees digressed into a shouting match after Supervisor Bea Gonzales ordered the chambers to clear following repeated interruptions from audience members. Sheriff’s deputies escorted some members of the public out of...

San Benito library closes after anti-mask protest

The San Benito County Free Library is closed until next week because a group of protesters refused to wear face coverings inside the building, in violation of state law, according to county officials. The unmasked protesters entered the library, 470 Fifth Street, on the morning...

Covid, grades, climate change among top concerns for CA teens

From academics to pandemics, California teenagers are seeking out more help from friends, parents and teachers to cope with their situation, according to a survey released Thursday by Blue Shield of California.  Between July and August, Blue Shield of California asked 500 California students aged...

San Benito County orders all EMS, fire employees to get vaccinated

Coming off the heels of a Covid-19 outbreak within the Hollister Fire Department, interim San Benito County Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci issued a new vaccination order for public safety workers on Wednesday morning.  It states that all San Benito County, City of Hollister...

Third vaccine dose available for immunocompromised

Federal authorities have approved a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for certain immunocompromised individuals. As a result, San Benito County Public Health Services is recommending that local medical providers use updated guidance from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)...