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Imperial County asking California for more vaccines

Imperial County says it needs way more vaccines than what it's received from the state

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Imperial County CEO Tony Rouhotas says the county is preparing to send out a letter as soon as Friday morning, asking the state of California for more vaccines.

In the first hour of announcing the latest vaccine clinic, 26,000 people called Imperial County to try and set up an appointment. Imperial County CEO Tony Rouhutas says this is just the latest sign that shows the community is eager for the vaccine.

“Within our letter, we talk about the inequities, and I think we’ve demonstrated and shown the proof of how hard Imperial County was hit, and the desire of ore vaccines and the ability to distribute more vaccines based on the clinic we did last week and clinic we’re doing tomorrow,” said Tony Rouhotas, Imperial County CEO. 

Coming up on Nightside at 10 p.m. (MST), News 11 Gianella Ghiglino will have the latest COVID-19 update from El Centro Regional Medical Center an Pioneer's Memorial Healthcare District.


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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”


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