California’s Governor announced a new Stay-At-Home order for the state. He followed it by also sharing details of California’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans.
The first batch of vaccines received by the state will be divided into three priority groups. The State will also be divided into 6 vaccine regions. These regions will be distinct from the 5 safer-at-home regions that the governor had mentioned earlier. California is set to receive a first batch of 327,000 vaccines from Pfizer.
The first group consists of acute care workers, workers in skilled nursing homes, paramedics and those who work in dialysis centers.
The second group consists of workers in intermediate care facilities, home health care and community workers and public health field staff. Workers in primary health care clinics including rural health centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics will also be included.
The third group will include workers at specialty clinics, laboratory workers, workers with jobs at dental/oral health clinics and pharmacy workers not working in settings at higher tiers.
It is unclear which areas of California correspond with each vaccine region. However, Governor Newsom said, “Tomorrow the regions will be making direct orders direct to Pfizer.”
A state official said that the doses were expected in the state “in the middle of the month.”