Winters has lowest vaccination rate in Yolo

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The city of Winters continues to have one of the lower vaccination rates in Yolo County, with 55.7 percent of residents fully vaccinated as of this week.

Data from the county shows 68.2 percent of Winters residents have received at least one dose while 31.8 percent remain unvaccinated.

More than 140 Winters residents received their first dose in the last week, likely including many children ages 5 to 11 who are newly eligible.

A total of 3,285 children ages 5 to 11 countywide have received their first dose since they became eligible 10 days ago, according to the county’s public information officer, John Fout.

Elsewhere in the county, more than one in three West Sacramento residents (35 percent) remain unvaccinated along with nearly one in four Woodland residents. Just over 15 percent of Davis residents are unvaccinated.

The small town of Yolo boasts a vaccination rate of over 98 percent — the best in the county — while the town of Rumsey has a vaccination rate below 30 percent, the lowest in the county.

Pediatric vaccine clinics have been held throughout the county over the last 10 days with many parents taking advantage of them to get their booster shots while their children got their first Pfizer doses.

In Woodland on Saturday, First 5 Yolo and the county partnered on a vaccine clinic at the Yolo County Office of Education where 100 children received their first vaccine dose and 290 people received booster doses.

Every child vaccinated received a teddy bear thanks to First 5 Yolo.

“First 5 Yolo was proud to partner with (Yolo County Office of Education) for such an important cause,” said First 5 Yolo Executive Director Gina Daleiden. “We hope that the teddy bears bring comfort and joy to the children.”

In addition to scheduled school-based vaccine clinics, the county will also hold clinics at the Health and Human Services Agency in Woodland on Thursday and Saturday.

Pediatric, first, second and booster doses will be available. Thursday’s clinic is from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday’s from noon to 4 p.m. at 137 N Cottonwood St. No appointments are necessary.

In other news, Yolo County hit a milestone on Tuesday, surpassing 20,000 total cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

That translates to nearly one in 10 county residents having tested positive for the virus, though the actual percentage is likely higher given the limited amount of testing done early in the pandemic and lower testing rates in some parts of the county.

Also on Tuesday, the county reported two more COVID-19 deaths — residents of Woodland and West Sacramento.

Since the pandemic began, Woodland has reported 119 COVID-19 deaths and West Sacramento 73. The city of Winters has lost 12 residents to the virus.

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