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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that residents 65 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.He aims to administer an additional 1 million doses by the end of the week, the California Department of Health said.
On Wednesday, California had already vaccinated about 890,000 doses of 3.43 million doses of the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The state has set up a number of vaccination facilities in stadiums and fairgrounds to speed up distribution. In addition, 36,000 dentists have been added to the staff members authorized to vaccinate.
We are putting a lot of effort into getting vaccinated.
One way is through bulk distribution sites for priority groups, another way is by adding eligible groups – we’re announcing that 65+ Californians are the next group eligible for the # COVID19 #EndThePandemic pic. twitter.com/LU7rFPzvFd
– California Governor’s Office (@CAg Governor) January 13, 2021
“We are significantly increasing efforts to get these vaccines out of the freezer and into people’s bosom,” Newsom said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday. All we can do is increase the number of people eligible … get vaccinated, and that’s what we’re doing today by announcing it to everyone 65 and older – roughly 6.6 million in California. to The degree to which there will be vaccines “
About 90 percent of Californians are still subject to the Newsom regional home order that took effect in early December. The state recorded fewer than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases and 3,510 deaths last week. However, these numbers have appeared to have plummeted in recent days.
Health workers and long-term caregivers remain the top priority when receiving vaccines. But the demand for vaccines outweighs the supply.
“As our hospital is crowded and the ICU is crowded, we need to focus on vaccinating Californians who are at the highest risk of hospitalization to relieve stress in our healthcare facilities. We, ”said Dr. Toma Aragon, director of the California Department of Public Health and the state of the state. Health workers. “Prioritizing people over the age of 65 will reduce hospital stay and save lives.”
Florida and Georgia are on the short list of states that have reduced their age to 65, with the CDC initially advising them to be 75 or older.