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California’s rocky COVID-19 vaccine rollout dogged by poor communication, forecasting

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California is failing to provide crucial information about COVID-19 vaccine supply levels to local officials, complicating efforts to schedule appointments and contributing to temporary closures of vaccination sites.

Officials running local vaccination programs in multiple counties say they are not being told how many doses they will receive over the next three weeks, which is key data they need to keep vaccine sites open and running smoothly.

President Biden promised last month that his administration would provide a “reliable three-week supply look-ahead” in an effort to improve the transparency and efficiency of the country’s rocky vaccine rollout.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he learns every Tuesday morning how many doses the Golden State will receive over the next three weeks. But state officials have yet to share those numbers with many local, city and county leaders, making it difficult to create appointments and plan for the administration of second doses.

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California’s new vaccine delivery system launches in parts of state, including in SoCal

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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021, file photo, motorists wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a federally-run vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines goes live Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, for 7 million people in a handful of counties as Gov. Gavin Newsom attempts to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply.

Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust data to ensure vaccines are distributed equitably and reach low-income communities, largely Latino and Black, disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

An initial list provided by the state showed 10 counties in the inland sections of central and Southern California chosen to be the first to make the transition to the Blue Shield system this week.

Counties in the initial group include Riverside, Kings, Imperial, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Fresno and Kern counties. Starting March 3, another group that includes Los Angeles, which has 10 million of California’s nearly 40 million residents, will be added.

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‘That’s not right’ | Stanislaus, San Joaquin say they’re getting short end of vaccine allocation

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif — Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties say they’re ready to vaccinate thousands of people every day, but like many others in California, they just need the vaccine. However, unlike some of the other counties, some believe they are on the short end of the vaccine allocation.

“I can tell you that it’s not a claim. It’s real,” said Vito Chiesa, Stanislaus County Supervisor. “When you look at the statistics on vaccinations per 100,000, you have areas of the state that have been more successful. They receive more vaccines than we have.”

In an earlier Board of Supervisors meeting, Chiesa vented some frustration over the vaccinations per 100,000 in the county as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The LA Times vaccination tracker had places like Stanislaus and San Joaquin County on the lower half of their ranks. Chiesa said the ranking is not a lack of effort on the county’s part because they’re putting vaccines in arms as fast as they can.

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More chances for Stanislaus County residents to get COVID-19 vaccine this week

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MODESTO, Calif. — People in Stanislaus County will have another chance to get their COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

The county is reopening two clinics for people in Phase 1A and older adults, ages 65 and up. Vaccine recipients must also be Stanislaus County residents.

An outdoor clinic space set up at Modesto Centre Plaza, which replaces the vaccine clinic that had been operating at the county public health building on Scenic Drive, will accommodate as many people as possible this week.

Another clinic will be held on the Stanislaus State University campus in Turlock.

The county explained why pulling off clinics like this is a complex process.

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Stanislaus County reopens COVID vaccine clinics. When, where shots will be available

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Clinics for the coronavirus vaccine will reopen in Modesto and Turlock this week to members of the public in the first phase of allocation, and those over 65 years old. Phase 1A is mainly health care workers.

The clinics, located at Modesto Centre Plaza and California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, operated last week before being closed due to a short supply of the vaccine. They reopened on Thursday but were closed on Friday.

Friday evening, county officials announced on the StanEmergency Facebook page when the clinics will operate this week. Some days at the Modesto site are reserved for those who need the second dose of the two-shot vaccine.

Modesto Centre Plaza: Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, first doses will be administered; Tuesday and Wednesday are for those needing second doses. Thursday and Friday, both first and second doses will be administered. 1000 L St, Modesto. Parking will be available at the Modesto Centre Plaza, and at city-operated garages on 10th Street and Ninth Street.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics To Reopen In Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County Public Health will re-open the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Thursday, Jan. 21. The clinics are located at Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto and California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock. Both clinics will be vaccinating Stanislaus County residents who are prioritized under Phase 1A and individuals 65 years and older as prioritized by California Department of Public Health.

These Vaccination Clinics each have the capacity to administer at least 2000 doses of the vaccines per day. However, due to limited availability of vaccines, the clinics will only be able to provide 1,000 doses at each site on Thursday. The sites will stay open until they are out of doses. The summary of events is listed below:

• CSU Stanislaus: 1 University Circle, Turlock, California 95382. Specifically located at Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock, this clinic will operate from 8:00am-8:00pm, or until all doses are used. Entrance to the site is through Geer Road.

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‘I Don’t Care How Long I Have To Stay In Line’: Clinics See Big Response After California Opens Vaccines To People 65 And Older

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MODESTO (CBS13) — The state’s last-minute announcement yesterday to open up vaccination to those 65 and older spread quickly across the region.

At a public vaccination site in Stanislaus County on Thursday, the change prompted such a response that authorities had to shut it down almost as soon as it opened.

As the clinic’s doors opened, there were cheers from those who have lived in fear.

“I don’t care how long I have to stay in line,” said Roman Moniz.

Moniz has stayed inside her house for a year due to issues. During that time, two grandchildren were born. For her the vaccine means freedom.

“Total freedom to get out and see my family in a way I want to. I haven’t held any of the babies. I’ve seen them on Skype,” she said.

Hundreds lined up in the early morning hours outside the Stanislaus County services building in Modesto, including 68-year-old Mike Fultz— a veteran who showed up at 3:45 a.m. to be first in line.

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COVID-19 vaccine in Stanislaus County: Where to find the latest info

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — As more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available, the California Department of Public Health says that each county is in charge of its own vaccination rollout and residents should be looking to their local county health departments for information.

In Stanislaus County, vaccine administration is now underway for health care workers, people at long-term care facilities, dental, lab, pharmacy staff and more members of the state’s Phase 1A tier for prioritization.

The county, which is home to an estimated 75,000 seniors, is also now vaccinating people age 65 and above.

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Local fire departments begin administering COVID-19 vaccine to first responders

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Firefighters and paramedics wait outside LAC + USC Medical Center during a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 27, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California's vaccine distribution rolls out, firefighters across the state are receiving their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

Several local fire departments recently began administering their first doses. According to Fire Chief of Sacramento Fire Department Gary Loesch, some in his department started getting their first round of vaccines Thursday morning.

"Myself and a couple other members of Sacramento Fire have gotten their first shot today, and that was the Moderna shot," Chief Loesch said in a conversation with ABC10.

Firefighters are part of Phase 1A in California's vaccine rollout plan because they work on the frontlines, with the public, and often in a medical capacity, said Loesch. Sacramento fire personnel that are scheduled as 1A for the coronavirus vaccine have some type of medical training.

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New state coalition aims to make sure eventual COVID-19 vaccine is accessible to all

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MERCED, California (KGPE) — Scientists worldwide are working around the clock to create a COVID-19 vaccine. Locally, there’s work being done to make sure everyone has access to it when one is approved.

Right now, there are a number of human trials underway. While it’ll still be some time before we see a fully approved vaccine, health leaders around the country are already making sure they’re prepared for distribution.

In Fresno County, interim health officer Dr. Rais Vohra said the public health department is looking at how to store the vaccine — knowing it’ll need to be kept cold.

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