Amid the closure of the state’s largest Covid-19 vaccination site due to a sharp drop in supplies, California health officials announced on Friday that the state will soon allow 4 to 6 million residents to qualify for the vaccination. There are currently 13 million people in the state who are eligible to be vaccinated.
According to the “service provider’s leaflet” that the state sent to medical professionals on Friday:
Beginning March 15th, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 who are considered to be most at risk of morbidity and death from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions. “
These conditions include:
The Covid-19 vaccine shortage will continue in Los Angeles next week; The second shots are only at the county’s massive POD sites, health officials say
Cancer, with weak or weakened immune systems, chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or higher
Chronic oxygen-dependent lung disease
Impaired immunity (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplantation
Sickle cell disease
Heart disease, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy (excluding high blood pressure)
Severe obesity (BMI 40 kg / m2)
Type 2 diabetes with a hemoglobin A1c level higher than 7.5%
– If the individual is likely to develop a serious, life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
Acquiring COVID-19 will limit an individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival.
-If providing adequate and timely COVID care, it would be particularly difficult as a result of an individual’s disability
See provider brochure here.
The announcement comes on the same day that operations at Dodger Stadium – the state’s largest vaccination site – were closed due to a vaccine shortage. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said late Wednesday that the site has run out of vaccine because city allocations are down more than 80% week after week.
“This week we received only 16,000 new doses. It depends on the number of new doses we give each day,” he said. This is 90,000 lower than the previous week. this is unacceptable “.
Meanwhile, according to Fresno bee, The Fresno County allowance has doubled to 19,000 doses this week. Last week, the county got 8,000.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom was questioned this week about whether the new Fresno operation would dismantle the vaccine from other sites in the area, he replied: “Everything is dynamic. It depends on what California gets. Again, the state has no doses of vaccines. The federal government has those vaccines through its networks. “
It is a response the governor has provided time and time again, insisting that the state is not the middleman and that the distribution takes place directly from the federal government to service providers, as is the case with the seasonal flu vaccine. But what Garcetti was referring to is that pushing the country to rapidly expand vaccination sites is drying up a pool of vaccines that are already in short supply. Currently, all California residents over the age of 65 are eligible.
When asked more specifically whether the increasing prevalence of vaccination sites may have contributed to the drop in supplies, Garcetti notes, “It’s a small part of the Hunger Games out there. We’re doing kind of“ all of the above methods. ”I think part of that is that we are We went to many places without the width matching that, and you saw some basic places … like our sites and the huge sites in the county don’t have much supply. “
When asked on Friday about concerns about the vaccine supply versus order, administration officials said the hope is that supplies will increase by the time the eligibility pool and the distribution network also increase. It’s not farfetched given that President Joe Biden this week announced a deal this week for an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine.
The country is using a third-party entity to help centralize vaccine distribution. While this agreement has yet to be revealed, Newsom has promised to close it soon. On Friday, state director of health and human services Dr. Mark Galley said officials will announce “the next life cycle” when the third-party partner comes.
Regarding when all California residents will be eligible for vaccination, a timeframe for spring or early summer has been put forward, but given the unknowns about vaccine supplies, administration officials say the timing of such eligibility is “not really clear at this time.”