As soon as Justin Perez left the vaccination clinic, his phone buzzed with a text message.
A former co-worker had heard a hot rumor about a clinic where anyone, even young people like them, could get a COVID-19 vaccine. The clinic was in Bakersfield.
“I am in Bakersfield,” texted Perez, a 35-year-old video designer from Sherman Oaks, confirming the rumor. “I got injected 20 minutes ago.”
Cal State Bakersfield has been the go-to vaccination site for the young and the healthy from Los Angeles County for more than a week, ever since word spread that the facility had more doses than patients — thousands more — and no restrictions on age, eligibility or county of residency. Some vaccine seekers have been writers, engineers and Hollywood actors, who said the site was welcoming Angelenos with open arms.
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