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Three Vending Machines Placed Throughout Stockton Loaded With Free Health Supplies


San Joaquin County Public Health Services placed three vending machines throughout Stockton last week stocked with free health products for the public, county officials said.

The machines were filled up with COVID-19 rapid testing kits, KN-95 masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
Locations include inside the lobby of the county’s Public Health Services administration office, on the first floor lobby of the county Human Services Agency and the Montezuma Fire Protection District station.

“When we examine the barriers that some people in our community have to obtaining rapid test kits and quality protective masks, accessibility and convenience come up consistently as reasons,” Dr. Maggie Park, San Joaquin County’s public health officer, said in a statement. “This is a creative solution for our agency to address this issue.”


David Cardoza, administrative captain with the Montezuma Fire Protection District, said as of last Thursday, five people had used the vending machine to obtain supplies.

“We think this a great resource, especially since our station is open to serve the community twenty-four hours a day,” Fire Chief Edward Martel said in a press release.

On Tuesday afternoon, the fire station located at 2405 S. B St., still had many of the products available with more people visiting for the COVID-19 tests.

A machine placed downtown at the county Human Services Agency office at 333 E. Washington St. had been cleared of the disinfecting wipes Tuesday and many hand sanitizers had also been taken by visitors.


“The Human Services Agency is a convenient location that is familiar to members of our community, and they can easily access this important free resource,” Christopher Woods, director of San Joaquin County’s Human Services Agency, said in a statement.

Public Health Services officials said the county has plans to install more of the same vending machines throughout the county.


Dr. Jellyfinger August 29, 2023 - 6:48 PM - 6:48 PM

All 3 will be empty by dawn.

whenwilltheylearn August 30, 2023 - 2:25 AM - 2:25 AM

by sunset…..

Ricardoh August 29, 2023 - 8:13 PM - 8:13 PM

Are there clean needles and pipes also? What is in them?

whenwilltheylearn August 30, 2023 - 2:26 AM - 2:26 AM

These will all be in next weeks yard sale.
Will Calif ever grow a brain?

whenwilltheylearn August 30, 2023 - 2:32 AM - 2:32 AM

California invites broke people from other states to come here because of all the”free” programs.
This stacks the deck against any Republican trying to run for office and they know it because Republicans want you to be responsible for yourself and pull your own weight.

whenwilltheylearn August 30, 2023 - 2:38 AM - 2:38 AM

After reading the contents,this is all pushing covid fear onto the low info areas.If its there it must be real they figure,and they have nothing to do anyway.
1st step towards a tainted election,mail in votes,all those machines must mean covid is back……….they want you to think

Fed Up August 30, 2023 - 9:08 AM - 9:08 AM

If it’s not really back, someone sure wants you to think “it’s back”. Just say no thank you to mRNA.

DOH September 1, 2023 - 11:54 AM - 11:54 AM

I caught it a month ago from an out of state visitor. Ask your doctor what he thinks.

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