Interview with Dr. Bessant Parker, Chief Medical Officer of Adventist Health in Mendocino County

Feb 22, 2021

February 22, 2021 — Adventist Health in Mendocino County has administered 10,875 doses of the covid-19 vaccine, four thousand of them second doses.

Vaccine shipments did not come in last week due to storms across the country. The hospital, which receives its own allocation of the vaccine, has been focusing on administering it to people over the age of 70. 

According to data from the California Dept of Public Health, 22,091 people in Mendocino County have been vaccinated. Healthy Mendocino puts the total population at 86,801.

Dr. Bessant Parker, the Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Health in Mendocino County, said that in a sample of 660 doses given by the hospital, 18% were administered to Latino people. On Friday, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said 13.6% of the vaccines in the county have been administered to Latino people. Healthy Mendocino reports that the Hispanic/Latino population is 27.18% of the overall population in the county.

Dr. Parker is expecting a supply of vaccines this week, but like all the other entities giving vaccinations, the hospital is having a hard time making appointments without information about exactly how many doses will arrive or when. He expects distribution to be streamlined once Blue Shield takes over the distribution of the vaccine. 

Six thousand people are in the Adventist Health database waiting to be contacted for an appointment to be vaccinated. You can sign up here.

Learn more in our interview with Dr. Parker, including the full-length version, recorded Friday, February 19.