Coronavirus: SLO Cuesta College Vaccination Clinic Has Jazz Music

COVID-19 vaccinations are offered at various locations in San Luis Obispo County, but only one location provides entertainment.

Call it improvisation and injections – or, jams and jabs.

Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, Cuesta College Jazz Students Rehearse on the porch of the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo as people line up in the plaza for scheduled immunization appointments. In other words, people who wait for doses get a free gig.

Musicians learn to play better when playing in groups, a skill lost in the age of video conferencing.

To solve this problem, the jazz students left the rehearsal room and went out.

Ron McCarley, Director of Jazz Studies at Cuesta College, said, “Because it’s safer when we have saxophones and things like that to rehearse outside, we’re here on the porch of CPAC. “

When Governor Gavin Newsom visited the county’s coronavirus vaccination clinic at Cuesta College, the sound of trumpets, drums and saxophone could be heard from two buildings away. Those waiting for the vaccinations had a better view as they waited their turn in a distant and masked line.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department also operates vaccination clinics at the Southern County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande and the Paso Robles Events Center.

Where to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine

As of Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has been administering coronavirus vaccines to health workers; residents and employees of long-term care facilities; education workers; educators; food service workers; emergency service responders and people 50 years of age and over, by appointment only. Some education workers are also eligible for vaccinations through their workplaces.

People eligible to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can register online or by phone for the San Luis Obispo County Vaccine Appointment Lottery.

To register for the lottery, go to www.RecoverSLO.org/VaccineAppointments and complete the registration form. Those who do not have internet access or are having difficulty with the online form can call 805-543-2444 or 805-781-4280 and an operator can help.

To sign up for email alerts, visit EmergencySLO.org/en/newsletter.aspx.

In addition to the San Luis Obispo County Vaccine Appointment Lottery, coronavirus vaccine appointments can be made through Dignity Health, Tenet Health Central Coast, and drugstore chains including CVS and Come on.

This story was originally published 23 March 2021 1:15 pm.

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David Middlecamp is a third generation photojournalist and Cal Poly graduate who has covered the Central Coast region since the 1980s. A career that began developing and printing black and white films now includes a pilot’s license from drone certified by the FAA. He also writes the historical chronicle “Photos of the safe”.

Ada J. Kenney