Public health officials in Southern California will vigorously promote this week to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination and provide on-demand vaccines quickly and widely.
In response to the slow pace of vaccination in the area, officials in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County are establishing “super venues” or “super tripods” (large and well-known venues such as Disneyland and Dodger Stadium) that may be in this area. Vaccination starts every week. In addition to the slow delivery of vaccines, Southern Californians also expressed frustration on social media because they lacked information on how, when and where to vaccinate.
Super site speeds up vaccination
Riverside County (Riverside County) formed an incident management team on Tuesday that will work to create multiple super sites that will enable them to manage the COVID-1
Riverside County Public Health Department spokesperson Jose Arballo Jr. said that, like bringing vaccines into people’s arms, obtaining this information has always been a challenge. He said that currently, the only way to get people into trouble is to pay close attention to the health department’s website and look for information. The department is working hard to communicate with community partners, such as non-profit organizations, businesses, homeowners associations, and other groups that can disseminate information to a wider audience.
Arballo said that the biggest challenge initially was the hesitation of vaccines, but now it has kept up with demand.
He said: “We have hundreds of people on the waiting list.” “We are trying to find appropriately qualified personnel. We are looking for nursing students, EMT and other students we can train, and then they can staff these super tripods. “
Satisfy most needs
Arballo said it would also help if those who are not in the current eligible class avoid making appointments or walking into these sites.
He said: “Compared with those who should be vaccinated immediately, it takes a lot of time and effort, and it also slows down the process,” he said.
In Los Angeles County, health officials are planning to open five super sites to speed up the vaccinations for health care workers. Officials expect that this expansion will allow them to complete 500,000 additional vaccinations by the end of January. Los Angeles County is expected to begin vaccinating people 65 years and older in early February, and vaccinating people over 50 years old and young people with underlying health conditions in late March. These levels will also include basic workers.
Dr. Clayton Chau, an Orange County health officer and head of the county health care agency, said that health officials face a challenge to come up with a system that can effectively and quickly distribute the vaccine to as many people as possible.
He said: “The infrastructure that provides vaccines is the same as the people responsible for caring for patients-the health care system,” he added, adding that the supersite will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to meet vaccination goals.
The county health officials were overwhelmed by the phone call asking when the vaccine would be available, but Chau believes that “this is a headache for us” because it means more people are willing to get the vaccine, which will ultimately help achieve herd immunity Power and reopen the economy.
As of Tuesday, San Bernardino County has not issued an announcement regarding the supersite. But spokesman David Wert said that the county’s progress so far is gratifying. He said the county has received 75,900 first doses of vaccines, of which 38,770 doses are described as “a very substantial ratio.” He said the county received 43,625 vaccines for the second time.
Wert said they did not face any significant challenges in vaccine distribution, but the county’s vaccination team is “discussing various strategies.”
County residents can call the COVID hotline 909-387-3911 or visit sbcovid19.com for more information, including details about vaccination locations and registration methods.
Frustration with the system
However, getting basic information about how, when and where to vaccinate has frustrated many people. Teri Pearlstein of Laguna Beach, 66, said she didn’t know where to register or who to contact for information.
She said: “We need advertisements on TV, highways and community road signs to tell us what to do in simple English.” “If I can get the vaccine now, I will drive to Long Beach, but I don’t know if I can Do it. This is simply frustrating.”
Even those who have been able to get the vaccine have talked about registration issues and have to wait several hours before getting the vaccine. Huntington Beach resident Sav Ridley (Sav Ridley) said that her elderly parents had to wait three hours and twenty minutes to get the vaccine at the local vaccination site. She said it took her five days to get these appointments.
She said that once the parents entered the house, they were forced to wait with about 40 other people in a smaller room, which caused people’s concerns about infection.
Ridley said: “My father said that he feels safer when waiting in line than when waiting indoors.” He added that the “acceleration” system is much safer, especially at super stations, where it can be more crowded.
Orange County health officials encouraged residents to register with the vaccine and test management app Othena, but there have been complaints on social media that the app is not working properly and the appointment schedule is still troublesome. This seems to be the only recommended method for scheduling appointments at the moment. Health officials say that only those who have a date can get vaccinated in super venues.
Public health officials are scrambling to set up a logistics system, because although billions of dollars are allocated to develop vaccines, only hundreds of millions of dollars are allocated to health departments across the country, which is not enough to prepare the infrastructure for vaccine distribution. University of California Said Shira Shafir, associate professor of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at Los Angeles.
She said: “The health department has been overworked.”
But Shafir said there is hope to see the larger health department announce the Super Site program to help speed up the process.
She said: “These places are like Disneyland. They are known to people. There are clear ways to bring people in and out.” “Once the health department has figured out their operations and added capacity, we will start to see. The situation has improved.”