SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco is the youngest city in California to have a mass vaccination site temporarily closed for lack of vaccines. Along with Los Angeles, vaccinations were suspended due to a national shortage, even as new vaccination centers opened in the states.
The Mayor of Los Angeles said Monday the city would give priority to people in need of second shots after closing its mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium and other locations last week when it received only 16,000 doses, far fewer than usual.
In San Francisco, mass vaccinations at the Moscone Convention Center will be suspended for a week until supply rises, officials said on Sunday. They also said that vaccinations at San Francisco City College will stop and then start again on Friday, but only for appointments with the second dose.
“I’m frustrated because we’ve shown that SF can manage recordings as soon as they come in,” Mayor London Breed said on social media. “We hope to receive more information in the next few days. We’ll keep enough doses to give people second shots on schedule. “
The news of restricted first doses comes as California prepares to open two new large-scale mass vaccination sites in Oakland and East Los Angeles on Tuesday, as part of a partnership between the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The federal government will supply the vaccine, which can be up to 6,000 shots per day at each location.
The locations at the Oakland Coliseum and Cal State LA were chosen with justice in mind, Governor Gavin Newsom said, and slots will be reserved for those in the area. Residents can register and make appointments with “My Turn”, a new nationwide tool.
Each site is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and starts delivering 4,000 doses Tuesday before delivering up to 6,000 per day, said Brian Ferguson, spokesman for Cal OES. Mobile clinics will also start operating.
The state also released details of its $ 15 million contract with insurer Blue Shield, which has been selected to operate California’s new centralized vaccine delivery system. Blue Shield will be responsible for developing supplier incentive payment criteria and algorithms for assigning vaccines and prioritizing appointments.
Its job is to manage the provider network in such a way that certain benchmarks are achieved, e.g. B. Ensure that 95% of people receive vaccines within half an hour’s drive in urban areas and an hour’s drive in rural areas.
It is also charged with achieving a monthly vaccination percentage – which is set by the state – for people in populations with limited resources. The contract calls for 4 million doses to be administered each week nationwide through the end of April, though that includes federal vaccinations and is subject to delivery.
Blue Shield is not reimbursed for staff time, but the $ 15 million is expected for expenses that the insurer may incur, such as travel expenses. B. for consultants, equipment and lawyers. The full list of reimbursable costs is still being worked out according to the contract.
In California, the rate of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations remains lower, although deaths are falling more slowly. The state reported an additional 200 deaths on Monday, bringing the number to over 47,000 since the outbreak began – the highest in the nation. The state also reported nearly 6,500 new cases, bringing the total number of registered coronavirus infections to 3.4 million.
Many cities and counties in California are demanding more vaccines and claiming they can distribute them to residents. They are struggling to maintain the doses for large-scale sites and to get vaccines for more severely affected neighborhoods, which are largely working-class and heavily black and Latino.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city expects to receive 58,000 cans this week and will give priority to people who need a second shot. About 4,600 first doses will be provided to people in vulnerable communities, he said.
San Francisco plans to open a third high-volume vaccination site in the hardest-hit Bayview neighborhood, but will do so with fewer appointments. Officials said they provided at least half of city residents 65 and over with at least one dose.
The bulk vaccination site at the Moscone Center opened less than two weeks ago with the great hope of being able to vaccinate up to 10,000 people a day. First aid was provided by Kaiser Permanente, who was hired by the governor to deliver 85,000 doses in Moscone and Cal Poly Pomona from unused shipments that had gone to CVS Pharmacy, Kaiser said.
More than 6 million doses have been given across California, with at least 1 million people receiving both doses. The state receives approximately 1 million doses a week, with a significant portion reserved for second shots, Newsom said.