By Kathleen Raune, The Associated Press
Sacramento, California (AP) – Distribution hiccups and logistic challenges have slowed the initial coronavirus vaccine rollout California“The pace is not good enough”, said Gov. Gavin Newsome.
The Democratic governor said the state is trying to implement a massive vaccination campaign, “with the urgency and urgency that people demand”, but so far only 1% of California’s 40 million residents Has been vaccinated, the Democratic governor said.
According to California’s Department of Public Health, 454,000 doses of the vaccine, which has so far exceeded nearly 1.3 million received in the state, represent only a third.
Across the country, immunization has slowed down in all states and counties due to logistic constraints and differing approaches. On Monday, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention said about 4.6 million shots had been removed.
Newsom’s remarks came on Monday as the death toll in the state exceeded 26,500 and close to 2.4 million cases were confirmed after the epidemic began. The Department of Public Health said that there are more than 22,000 coronovirus patients in about 4,700 intensive care units in the state’s swampy hospitals.
Even when he acknowledged that the state should do better, Newsom sought to assume some responsibility for the slow rollout, noting that “vaccines do not magically come into some state facility.”
Secretary of California Health and Human Services Agency Drs. Mark Gali said the state provides the number of doses that local health courts receive after receiving an allocation from the federal government. The vaccine is then sent directly to institutions such as hospitals or local public health offices. According to the news, Pfizer distributes its vaccines directly, while Modern Pharmaceutical Company uses McKesson as an intermediary, which initially slowed down communications.
California is working to expand the list of sites where vaccines can be distributed to include pharmacies, clinics and dental offices. Officials are also completing a survey of health care workers to find out how many of them do not want to take the vaccine, which is in response to prior evidence that some are refusing it.
While the state wants to make sure no one is moving in line, Newsom said it wants to give providers flexibility to distribute the dose to people on the priority list if there is a risk of the dose becoming useless.
“We’re working hard to make sure that 100% of what we get, we get out as soon as possible,” Ghee said.
Meanwhile, the majority of the state’s population remains in a broad living order as ICU capacity decreases. In hard-hit Los Angeles County, the total COVID-19 death toll has reached 10,850 and confirmed cases are above 818,000. The county hospitalized more than 7,700 people, including 21% of ICUs.
County health officials fear the coming Christmas and New Year boom. Additional cases of Thanksgiving have devastated hospitals, forcing them to treat patients in hallways, ambulances and gift shops, and oxygen shortages. The California National Guard is contributing freezer trucks to help store the carcasses as hospitals run out of space.
Hospitals are so overwhelmed that last week the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued instructions that ambulances should stop transporting patients to hospitals if they have no chance of survival, including those with heart and breathing. Are closed and those who cannot be revived are allies.
The agency also released a directing ambulance crew on Monday to manage low oxygen. The supply has been disrupted due to the epidemic.
Some older hospitals in Southern California have oxygen systems that cannot handle demand, and the state is contracting with the Army Corps of Engineers to upgrade the system. Massive oxygen containers can also be placed in hospital parking as a back up.
The county is also working to place more vaccines in skilled nursing facilities. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said 206 facilities have received their vaccine supplements and will manage the shots themselves and 60 more people have sought help with the doses.
Among the more than 300 such facilities in the county, there are a handful of others, however, who have not yet raised their allocations or delivered their shipments. Ferrer said those facilities needed to begin the process immediately.
“We need vaccinations to get into people’s hands in very fast clips,” she said. “It’s not an easy process.”
Elsewhere, organizations representing actors, commercial advertisers, advertising agencies and independent film and television producers recommended a hold on in-person production in Southern California.
According to a statement from the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Joint Policy Committee, the event will run until mid-January, representing commercial advertisers and advertising agencies. The Producers Guild of America made a similar argument.
The major studios are already at a production hiatus by the middle of this month.
Associated Press writers Christopher Weber, John Antacus and Stephanie Dazio in Los Angeles and Adam Beam in Sacramento contributed.
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