By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Fourteen-year-old Keonte Johnson of San Bernardino became the one millionth San Bernardino County resident to get a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, helping our county reach an important milestone in the pandemic.
Keonte and his mom went to the vaccination clinic at Middle College High School and were thankful to get him vaccinated and to be part of the experience of being the 1 millionth resident served.
“This was really cool,” he said.
“This is going to be an experience he remembers for the rest of his life,” said his mom, Keisha Johnson, who thanked County Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez and the Public Health staff for presenting Keonte with balloons, a custom T-shirt and a cupcake with a gold No. 1 on it.
“This one-millionth Shot for Hope is a testament to our community’s commitment and resiliency,” Hernandez said. “This is also a testament to the dedication of the entire County Government workforce, especially those who work in Public Health. Getting vaccinated is how we end the pandemic and bring our communities fully back to life.”
San Bernardino County residents are nearly 50 percent fully vaccinated with a goal of 70 percent, or just 180,000 residents left to vaccinate to get to what we hope will be herd immunity.
Lisa Matus, a licensed vocation nurse with the Department of Public Health, administered Keonte’s shot. Matus has vaccinated more than 5,000 residents against COVID-19. Hernandez presented her with a card and a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her heroic efforts.
“I want to thank our Public Health staff for working so hard to get our residents vaccinated,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “They have saved lives and saved our health care systems from being overburdened. Their commitment to this work has allowed many of us to get back to business, our favorite activities and visiting the people we love.”