Even though California has reached an important milestone for the pandemic—opening COVID vaccine appointment services to everyone 50 years and older—Bay Area health officials still painted a shocking picture on Thursday, warning residents about the distressing The shortage of virus variants and vaccines continues to spread.
Middle-aged Californians who are newly qualified to take photos are scrambling to date, sometimes being turned away due to insufficient supplies. At the same time, experts warned of an alarming increase in COVID variant infections. Santa Clara County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, said this is “a competition between variants and vaccines.” However, in the entire Bay Area, due to lack of vaccines, team vaccines have been hampered.
Cody said: “In terms of our ability to contain this pandemic, we are back to an unstable place,”
Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) acknowledged the vaccine challenge because he filmed his own COVID on Thursday.
He said: “Even if we raise the qualifications, lower the age to 50, and within two weeks every person 16 years and older has received the vaccination, this does not mean that everyone wants to be vaccinated on April 16. Everyone who is vaccinated will be vaccinated,” he said. “It will take several months to reach this point.”
The media observed that Dr. Mark Ghaly, the Secretary of Health and Human Services of California, was injected with a single dose of Newsom’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a shopping center in Los Angeles that was converted into a vaccination site.
Newsom, 53, said: “It’s done.” Before Gary rolled up the governor’s sleeve and injected it into his right arm, he said. “I have been looking forward to it for many, many months.”
Not everyone is so lucky to get a vaccination appointment.
“I firmly believe this is an April Fool’s Day joke,” Jan Derrickson, 56, from Marin, wrote to the news organization.
“It’s not only frustrating, it’s irritating, and I think it’s the only good word I can use,” said Jane Goldbach of San Jose. She has been trying to book a date for her 55-year-old son, but this son has a learning disability and lives with her.
Santa Clara County health officials issued a warning on Thursday, warning residents to avoid travel, continue to wear masks and avoid indoor activities with others, even if the business continues to reopen. As of March 27, in the most populous counties in the Bay Area, there were 92 confirmed cases of the British variant, 3 confirmed cases of the South African variant, 1 confirmed case of the Brazilian variant, and more than 1,000 pairs of confirmed British variants. California or West Coast variant.
A study by the University of California, San Francisco showed that the West Coast variant is particularly disturbing because it has been shown to be more infectious and more resistant.
In addition, Santa Clara County (Santa Clara County) on Thursday reported the first two cases of two New York variants that are considered to have less threatening “interest variants.”
Although the number is still far below the surge level from December to January, the number of cases in some counties is climbing. San Mateo County reported an average of 7 days of new cases on Wednesday, with an average of 64 cases, compared with 30 cases in mid-March. The hospitalization rate has also increased this week. The county reported 30 confirmed COVID-19 patients on Wednesday and Tuesday, up from 12 at the beginning of this week.
Santa Clara County expects to receive more vaccines next week, totaling 71,900 doses, more than the 58,000 vaccines it received this week. But this is not enough, says Marty Fenstersheib, a testing and vaccine officer in Santa Clara County. Thursday’s expansion plan to include people over the age of 50 adds another 370,000 people to the county’s eligibility list.
After barely providing first-dose appointments for a month, Santa Clara County posted thousands of new jobs at locations where the county operates on Thursday.
Approximately one-third of eligible people in the county have received at least one dose of the usual two-dose vaccine regimen, making Santa Clara County one of the slowest vaccinations in the Bay Area.
Marin was the first area in the region to exceed the midway threshold, and 54% of residents aged 16 and over had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Napa is a close second, and as of Tuesday, about 48% of residents aged 16 and over had received at least one shot.
Contra Costa County has made great strides in vaccinating the oldest residents. Among them, at least 95% of residents 75% or older received partial vaccination. Now, the eligibility of the area has been expanded to For all adults, this is the first county in the region to achieve this goal. As of Tuesday, the county’s vaccination rate was 43%.
In San Francisco, approximately 80% of adults should receive an injection before mid-May. If the supply is in line with expectations, London Mayor Brad tweeted on Thursday.
After Newsom received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine the next day, the company said it had to discard 15 million doses of vaccine due to problems with a batch of medicines at the Baltimore plant. Newsom said this supply disruption will not affect the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s products in California for at least three weeks. He was told that California will receive 572,700 doses next week, 215,400 doses next week, and another 215,400 doses the following week.
“Besides, this is an open question,” Newsom said.
As the virus and its variants continue to spread, the pace of reopening of the area is worrying, including Goldbach.
She said: “I don’t like the idea of states and counties being open when we are still experiencing this big medical problem and there is no vaccination.”
Harriet Blair Rowan and Maggie Angst contributed to this article.