The governor of California’s move is considered to be a crucial step as this state is cautiously reopening things to come out of the economic stifle that went on for a year due to the COVID-19 restrictions on various businesses.
California Moves To Vaccination For All.
There is not some light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, but there is a very bright light at the end of this tunnel, as said by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who stated this in a news conference on Thursday in Orange County.
Newsom had said that the state would be starting vaccinating people above 50 age and over within a week and afterwards anyone 16 or older from the 15th of April.
Within just two weeks time, they will start vaccination. There will be no such rules, no limitations, as this would be related to some ability for getting a vaccine shot administered as said by Newsom. The state would come back roaring. Newsom, aged 53, has also said that he is looking forward to receiving this vaccine himself.
Various State Governors have also expanded their eligibility for the vaccine shot as the supplies have increased tremendously. At the beginning of this month, Alaska has opened its eligibility for any resident above 16 years. Florida Governor has said on Thursday that it would be opening their eligibility to everyone over 18 years of age from the 5th of April, while Texas will start inoculating all adults next week.
President Joe Biden’s administration wants all the states for making every adult eligible for this vaccine shot by the 1st of May.
As of now, the vaccines are available only to people above 65 years or older or those who have certain specific medical conditions. Already several communities and counties has lowered their eligibility requirements, but most of the state’s 40 million residents have found themselves waiting for their turns anxiously.
California has been initially quite slow for rolling out various vaccines, but this has already ramped up their inoculations in previous weeks. This state also expects to receive around 2.5 million doses per week in the first fifteen days of this month and greater than 3 million per week in the second half of the month. There is a big jump from the current weekly supply of roughly 1.8 million doses.
California has so far administered around 15 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine shots. Initially, there are more affluent residents that might afford for spending hours scouring the complicated web portals. This had been snagging some more appointment slots, prompting their public health officials to take some measures aimed at getting some more of the doses. This is done to the underserved communities in a place in which the virus has hit the worst.
California is also counting on these mass vaccinations for helping the state from recovering from this pandemic which has shuttered various businesses, stopped most of the youngsters from the in-school instruction and had thrown millions out of work. The prohibitions have eased in recent few weeks, but as COVID-19 infections, deaths plummeted following and hospitalizations due to the winter surge and deadly fall.
Some of the county officials who were eager for vaccinating much more people than the other governor said that they were concerned and there would not be enough doses for keeping up with this rising demand.
Santa Clara, the Health Officer of the County and Dr Marty Fenstersheib, has said that the county will be getting around 58,000 doses in the next week.