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Kaweah Health to host online COVID-19 town hall on Thursday, Sept. 2

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VISALIA, Calif. – With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Kaweah Health will host an online town hall on Thursday, Sept. 2, to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone with questions about the vaccine is encouraged to email them to

The online town hall will feature Dr. Monica Manga, Kaweah Health’s Chief of Staff and Dr. Ryan Gates, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist and Kaweah Health’s Vice President of Population Health Management. It will be streamed live from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at and on Kaweah Health’s Facebook and Instagram channels ( and @kaweahhealth on Instagram).

“Over 3 billion people across the world have received the COVID vaccine and every day the data just keeps pouring in of its safety and efficacy. We’re seeing that it’s working and it’s safe.” Dr. Gates said. “How are we going to get over COVID? The same we have overcome every other infectious disease in modern history like polio, smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, etc., with a vaccine. We will overcome this, but we can’t do it without the community’s help. We hope that we can convince those who are riding the fence of hesitation for one reason or another to receive it.”

More than a year and half into the pandemic, 39.2 percent of Tulare County residents are fully vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine first became available on December 11, 2020 and on Aug. 23, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine.

Kaweah Health continues to urge COVID-19 vaccinations, available at, and asks that the community to reach out to primary care doctors, day or night, for medical needs versus using the Emergency Department for non-life threatening issues or visit an urgent care center.

Kaweah Health Urgent Care site hours and locations are as follows:

-Kaweah Health Urgent Care (Court Street), 1633 S. Court St.

Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

-Kaweah Health Urgent Care (Demaree), 3600 W. Flagstaff Ave., Visalia

Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kaweah Health shares COVID-19 information and regular updates with the community on its website at and on its social media accounts.