The move puts older people in line for emergency workers, teachers, childcare providers and food and agriculture workers, even when counties complain they no longer have enough doses to go around.
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“There is no higher priority than the effective and even distribution of these vaccines as quickly as possible to those facing the worst consequences,” Governor Gavin Newsum said in a statement. For those who do not yet qualify for vaccines, your turn comes. We are doing everything possible to bring more vaccines into the country. “
While health workers and those in nursing homes and other public housing facilities can still be vaccinated, civil servants are extending the program to those over 65 because they are at greatest risk of hospitalization and death.
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California has seen cases of viruses and hospitalizations explode since Thanksgiving, although the number has smoothed out in recent days.
“Because our hospitals are crowded and the intensive care units are full, we need to focus on vaccinating Californians who are most at risk of being hospitalized to relieve stress on our health facilities,” said Dr. Thomas Aragon. , director of the California Department of Public Health, the public health officer. Prioritizing people aged 65 and over will reduce hospitalizations and save lives. “
The move follows Tuesday’s recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But this comes after members of a state advisory committee worried on Tuesday that adding older people would inevitably delay vaccines for others.
Anthony Wright, executive director of the Health Access California consumer care group, said he usually prefers to vaccinate elderly residents, the group most likely to be hospitalized and die from the coronavirus. But he was among those who said enlargement could further strain the country’s delayed release of scarce vaccines.
“It’s a very difficult conversation to compromise,” he said.
The addition of aging does not mean that we are abandoning our commitment “to ready-made vaccines,” said the panel’s co-chair, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. “We are working together to address many challenges simultaneously.”
Newsom also announced a new system to let people know if they are eligible for the vaccine to start next week.
If residents still do not meet the conditions, the system will allow them to register for a text or email notification when they are.
Phase Two ”of this system will help counties and cities that have started mass inoculation centers at sports stadiums and fairgrounds, allowing eligible members of the public to schedule their meetings at mass vaccination events.
Newsom set a goal last week to deliver 1 million doses by Friday, more than approximately 480,000 administered last week.
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