State and local officials began to establish mass vaccination centers to expedite immunization against the coronavirus and accommodate the millions of other Californians who have now been vaccinated under the state’s new, relaxed guidelines qualifications.
Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) said at a press conference on Monday that vaccination venues will open this week at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego and Cal Expo in Sacramento. There are also places in the Bay Area that are open, although they are currently only available to medical staff and only by appointment. But they are ready to open to the general public in the coming weeks.
The opening of mass vaccination clinics marks the next phase of a historic immunization campaign that began only a month ago when the first batch of vaccines were injected into the arms of high-risk healthcare providers.
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Newsom said: “We recognize that the current strategy does not enable us to get where we need to go as quickly as possible.” “Therefore, we must not only speed up the management of priority groups, but also open large sites to speed up management.”
The state said that as of Sunday (the latest date for which data is available), of the 2.9 million doses of vaccine shipped to California counties and medical facilities, about 783,000 doses have entered people’s arms. This is equivalent to 1,981 doses per 100,000 people.
In contrast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Dakota and West Virginia had the highest vaccination rates, with 5,451 and 5,376 doses per 100,000 people, respectively.
Even though many health care workers can be vaccinated through their employers or health care providers, county officials hope that opening more venues will speed up the process. In addition, the Bay Area counties predict that within a few weeks, mass vaccination sites can begin to immunize the next stage 1b population, which includes approximately 15 million basic workers and people over 65 in California.
The loose state guidelines announced on Thursday allow counties and health care providers to now begin vaccinating people in stage 1b, as long as they have provided the vaccine to everyone in stage 1a. However, many Bay Area counties and providers are still working on Phase 1a and are not expected to fully enter Phase 1b until the end of January or early February.
In California, Phase 1a includes approximately 2.4 million healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The state’s unfinished phase 1b may be divided into two phases. The first category includes people working in education, emergency services, food and agriculture, and people over 75 years of age. The second tier includes people engaged in key manufacturing and transportation industries, as well as people 65 years and older, and people who are homeless or incarcerated.
“In the next two weeks, we will vaccinate the first group of people and start vaccinating the next group of people,” said Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Deputy Health Officer of Contra Costa County. “We are looking for people over 75 and basic workers such as teachers, childcare workers, police and grocery store workers. As more and more residents become more eligible for immunization, healthcare providers will let their members and The patient knows how to make a vaccine appointment.”
The county announced on Monday that Safeway stores will begin providing filming services this week, and Safeway and Rite Aid stores will open in the next two weeks. Contra Costa County refused to designate the location of Safeway because it currently only vaccinates Phase 1a health care workers by appointment. The county is informing people who may have been vaccinated there.
Zvili said that most residents of the county will be vaccinated by their own health care staff, rather than at county-level vaccination clinics. He said that large healthcare providers, such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter, will notify patients when they are eligible for vaccination appointments. Notification should start before the end of the month.
On Monday, San Mateo County opened a mass vaccination center in a location previously used for coronavirus testing. The San Mateo County Activity Center Vaccination Clinic is currently only open to medical staff. They must make an appointment online and fill out a certification form asking if they live in the county and working with patients personally, and advise them not to share or forward the link to others. Upon arrival, they will have to show a photo ID.
In San Francisco, most residents have private or public health insurance, and the public health department will help purchase vaccines from the remaining vulnerable residents who are not covered. Public health officials said they will cooperate with private medical institutions such as Kaiser to open larger vaccination sites.
Santa Clara County also vaccinates health care workers who are not patients in the large health care system by appointment. It plans to open a new site at El Camino Health in San Jose. The site is scheduled to start its online dating program on Tuesday and shoot it next week.
Catherine Ho (Catherine Ho) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Cat_Ho