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California’s new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days

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Getting the coronavirus vaccines into the arms of as many Californians as possible has become a race against time as COVID-19 cases continue to spiral upward and a more infectious variant of the virus takes root.

Many questions remain unanswered about how the next — and much larger — wave of Californians will be vaccinated, even as doctors and other health providers in the first priority group are complaining to state officials that they still can’t get access to the vaccines.

At a vaccine community advisory committee meeting on Jan. 6, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan announced an ambitious immunization goal, acknowledging widespread criticism that the state has moved too slowly to vaccinate its first priority group of frontline health care workers and nursing home residents.

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Bay Area ramps up COVID-19 vaccination effort

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Here in California, 2.4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been shipped.

Governor Newsom has set the goal of distributing one million more vaccinations by this weekend.

The state is expanding those that can distribute the vaccine to dentists, pharmacists, and the national guard.

The next round of people to get the vaccine will include individuals 50 to 64 and people with underlying health conditions between the ages of 16 and 64.

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Coronavirus Vaccine Sits Unused As CoCo Residents Die Of COVID-19

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CONCORD, CA —The final coronavirus tallies for December are still coming in as test results are pending for the last three days of the month, but it’s safe to declare that the numbers are grim. A total of 67 people died throughout Contra Costa County, while 16,845 people had newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, according to statistics updated by Contra Costa County on Tuesday.

A breakdown of stats for Concord in December is not available, but the total for the pandemic since March 2020 is 70 deaths and 5,217 infections. The county total since the start of the pandemic is 43,223 cases and 348 deaths.

As bad as things are here, the death toll is so out-of-control in Southern California that mortuaries cannot keep pace, forcing some to rent extra refrigeration units to store bodies.

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COVID-19 vaccine rollouts fall short: How delays impact Bay Area

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. U.K. researchers said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, they are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – President-elect Joe Biden coming down hard on operation warp speed after news that the program is falling far short of its goal of shipping 20 million vaccine doses by early January.

The CDC says that more than 11 million doses have been distributed to states so far and about 2 million doses have been administered.

Operation Warp Speed is turning out to be quite a bit slower than expected but vaccinations are continuing to roll out here in the Bay Area.

UCSF says so far they’ve given nearly 6,000 doses to their frontline health care workers since mid-December, which represents about 41% of their workers in phase one.

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Sacramento Area Selected For COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento has been selected to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that could lead to a widely available vaccine by the end of the year.

UC Davis Health announced Wednesday that it hopes to enroll as many as 200 people from the greater Sacramento metropolitan area in the clinical trial that involves roughly 30,000 people worldwide. The trial is in partnership Pfizer and BioNTech, who have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The Sacramento area was selected, in part, because of UC Davis Health’s ability to reach minority communities quickly. Sacramento is the third most ethnically diverse city in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. Stockton is number one.

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