Fresno firefighters to be trained to administer COVID-19 vaccine

  • Source: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
  • Published: 01/11/2021 11:37 PM

In an effort to get more COVID-19 doses out of the freezers and into patients, California Governor Gavin Newsom says it's all hands on deck. State officials are expanding the list of people who can vaccinate, which will include dentists, pharmacists, and 15 National Guard strike teams. Firefighters could be next. Fresno City fire officials say there are ongoing discussions, but they would need additional training. "Fresno fire is a BLS, which is 'basic life support'. We don't have paramedic certifications on our trucks. Our personnel would have to receive additional training... I don't think it'd be tough to train our personnel," says Shane Brown with Fresno City Fire. Lorraine Smith, the dean of the Allied Health Programs at Fresno City College, says they're working with Fresno County Public Health to hopefully get several of their nursing students ready to assist.



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