Riverside County is expected to begin the next phase of its coronavirus vaccination plan, which will include people over 74 years old, teachers and law enforcement “next week,” said Kim Saruwatari. The director of the Riverside County Department of Public Health said Tuesday, Jan. 12.
So far, at least 28,708 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Riverside County, Saruwatari told the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Under the state distribution plan, the Riverside and San Bernardino districts are taking the next phase – Phase 1b – starting with levels that include people aged 75 and over and the necessary staff at the front line. Law enforcement education, groceries, farms and emergency services.
Next up ̵1; Level 2 of Phase 1b – includes persons 65-74 and essential staff in the production, transportation, facilities and services, as well as the incarcerated and the homeless.
San Bernardino County is beginning to vaccinate residents of Phase 3 of Phase 1A, including specialized clinics and dental health clinics, before Phase 1B, spokesman David Worth said on Tuesday.
The district received the first 75,900 received and 38,770 drugs and is pursuing an additional 26,940 vaccinations by the end of this week, Wert said, receiving another 43,625 for the second dose.
“The next step will depend on the incoming supply, which is not predictable,” Wert said.
The number of Riverside County is likely to be higher than the thousands reported because health care providers have 72 hours to record that they had vaccinated someone, Saruwatari said.
Until now, the limiting factor in getting more people vaccinated is the availability of vaccines, she said. The county received Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from the state based on their population and was given enough to vaccinate residents in the same part as other counties in California, she said.
“Once we have enough vaccines to cover people in stage 1a, we will move on to stage 1b, even if everyone in stage 1a is not vaccinated,” Saruwatari said. Are still eligible to be vaccinated “
The county has issues with people arriving for vaccination appointments when they are not yet eligible for the vaccine, she said. Those people had to be sent off without shooting, she said.
“That led to their displeasure. But it also makes people unable to make an appointment as they should, ”Saruwatari said,“… We just ask people to register when they have the right, according to the Facebook details on the website. ”
You can see such details at https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine or https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/
However, timing won’t go away if there are people who are not eligible for an appointment, she said.
“We have a waiting list, so we get more vaccines than we have in our vaccination clinic,” Saruwatari said.
During the same update, Bruce Barton, the county’s director of emergency management, said the “unprecedented increase in hospitals” continued by the district hospitals. At 91% of the licensed production capacity and 6 hospitals in the district at or above 100% of the licensed capacity.
Intensive care units are 133% of the capacity, or 161% when only considering the use of an adult ICU, he said.
“Considering the numbers simply does not capture the current environment that our healthcare providers are facing,” he said. He remained steadfast in caring for residents and visitors, looking for new ways to expand his capabilities, and sometimes decided that neither of us as a medical provider or the people in it. ‘Taking care of people’s business’ who thinks we have to do it.