Yesterday the Outpost reported that more than 50 employees of the Humboldt County Superior Court managed to get vaccinated at a local clinic despite the fact that they’re not yet qualified under California’s multi-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
We reported that Court Administrative Officer Kim Bartleson disagrees with Public Health Director Michele Stephens, who has held close to those state guidelines by refusing to move court staff higher on the vaccine priority list.
Since that story was published, the Outpost has received emails through a California Public Records Act request that show Stephens has also been pressured by Joyce D. Hinrichs, the presiding judge of the Humboldt County Superior Court.
In an email sent Tuesday, Hinrichs told Stephens she believes court staff and their justice partners should be moved up in line:
I know the issue of vaccination priority is challenging without clear guidance from the State Public Health.
Although some of our staff has been vaccinated, I continue to believe that any Court Staff that have not been
vaccinated and our justice partners should be designated to be in Tier 1B for vaccination priority at the
earliest possible time. Both Los Angeles and San Diego—the two largest judicial systems in the state—have
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