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COVID-19 vaccine clinic on UC Davis campus faces unpredictable distribution, health officials say
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic on the UC Davis campus has vaccinated more than 10,000 people but is having trouble keeping up due to a vaccine shortage.
The UC Davis vaccine clinic could vaccinate about 1,200 people per week if it had enough vaccines, but because of the lack of supply, it could only do about 600 per week before it runs out of doses.
Cindy Schorzman, medical director for Student Health and Counseling Services, described the vaccine supply as highly unpredictable.
"We are doing our best to prioritize appointments for UC Davis employees at the highest risk of exposure — mainly individuals working in person, on campus," Schorzman said. "Student EMTs in our UC Davis Fire Department stand ready to administer vaccine doses as they become available."
UC Davis Health, at one point, was vaccinating about 2,000 people a day, but it has since trickled down to 800 per day because of the limited supply. The medical center could administer about 5,000 vaccines a day if it enough shots.
Walgreens opening up vaccinations in California
As part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, 49,140 COVID-19 vaccinations will be delivered to Walgreens Pharmacies in California.
Vaccinations will begin in stores on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for eligible individuals.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Tuesday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,450,058 confirmed cases of COVID-19. California reported 225 new deaths from COVID, bringing the total to more than 49,563 since the start of the pandemic.
The state reported at least 7,581,560 vaccine doses had been administered to Californians.
Yolo, multiple Northern California counties move tiers
On Tuesday, numerous counties across Northern California received good news that they'll be moving from the purple to red tier, a less restrictive tier for California counties. Yolo, Marin, Humboldt, Shasta and San Mateo counties moved out of the purple tier and into the red tier Tuesday. Trinity County moved to a more restrictive tier, from the orange to the red.
There are now nine counties across the state in the red tier.
Newsom signs $7.6B Golden State relief package, which includes $600 stimulus
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package.
The new laws will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses.
Newsom signed the law as Congress is debating a much larger stimulus package for the nation. California's stimulus package will give up to $25,000 grants to small businesses with revenues between $1,000 and $2.5 million.
Most people will get the $600 payments by claiming the California earned income tax credit on their state tax returns.
Newsom pledges more vaccines for Central Valley farmworkers
Gov. Gavin Newsom says more vaccines are headed to California's vast Central Valley, an agricultural region that's been hit hard by coronavirus. In the small farming city of Arvin on Monday, Newsom said that 11 mobile clinics will open in the region later this week. The facilities are designed to vaccinate people, mostly farmworkers, who don't have transportation to larger vaccination sites or can't navigate the state's online signup portal. He says the state is also sending 34,000 extra vaccine doses there from a pharmacy that wasn't using them quickly enough.
The shift in allocations comes as California moves beyond inoculating health care workers to include food and farm workers and teachers.
Resources guide for California families
- San Joaquin County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Yolo County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Stanislaus County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Sacramento County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Where to find help in Placer County: A resource guide for struggling individuals and families
- Northern California Help: A resource guide for struggling Families and individuals
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