CALIFORNIA TO VACCINATE 1 MILLION MORE IN NEXT 10 DAYS
California plans to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 1 million more people in the state over the next 10 days by working with its partners, the acting state health officer at the California Department of Public Health said on Wednesday.
“I think we are clearly recognizing that we need to accelerate our administration of vaccines in California and nationwide,” Dr. Erica Pan said, according to a KCRA 3 News report
Pan’s update at the start of a virtual meeting of a state panel tasked with planning the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines came just before the state reported 530,376 vaccine doses had been administered in California, as of Wednesday.
More than 2 million doses have now been delivered to local health departments and health care systems, the CDPH also said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom also acknowledged this week the state’s slow pace in vaccinations after having initially promised to administer 2 million doses by the end of December.
California is now in Phase 1A of its prioritization program where it aims to inoculate about 3 million health care workers and long-term care residents before opening up vaccinations to other groups of people.
Health care workers are urged to contact their employer and long-term care residents their caretaker for more information on how to get vaccinated. CVS and Walgreens are helping in the effort to vaccinate people at long-term care facilities.
Dr. Robert Schechter with CDPH said during Wednesday’s virtual meeting of the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee that he expected an announcement “very soon” about when the next group of people would be vaccinated as part of the state’s next phase, 1B Tier One.
That group includes Californians who are 75 years and older, and people at risk of COVID-19 exposure who work in education, child care, emergency services, food and agriculture.
Meanwhile, the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee updated its prioritization guidance to include Californians ages 50 and above.
Added to the mix would be people ages 65 to 74 for Phase 1B Tier Two, and people 50 to 64 years old for the following phase, 1C.
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