California’s 65 and older vaccines may last until June, extending the timetable to others

California’s 65 and over vaccinations may take until June to complete, the state’s epidemiologist said Wednesday, raising new concerns about when other groups will be eligible for the vaccine and the rapidly decreasing COVID – 19 vaccines will underline stockpiles.

This timetable would push vaccine access to people on the priority list for at least four months, which was met at the vaccine advisory committee meeting by state epidemiologist Dr. Erica is based on Pan’s estimation. In addition to older residents, the current priority list includes employees and employees of the healthcare industry and residents of nursing homes.

Pan said that if the federal government increases the speed of shipments beyond the current rate of 300,000 to 500,000 doses every week, this pace may change. So far, the state has received approximately 4 million vaccine doses from the federal government.

“We don’t know when the supply will increase,” Pan said during a vaccine advisory committee on Wednesday, noting that the state is not on the vaccine. Assessment is based on dose levels for Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines, each requiring two doses for efficacy. If the allocation increases and the delivery speed increases, or a new single-dose vaccine is approved, the timing may change, she said.

In Los Angeles County, this photo was also lacking. Officials said more than 4 million doses are required to provide a two-dose vaccine protocol to all healthcare providers in the county – an estimated 800,000 people – along with 1.3 million residents 65 and older, officials said.

But to date, the county has received only 853,650 doses. After vaccinating those 2.2 million residents on the current priority list, there are another 8 million left – each of which will require two doses of current vaccines.

The county will receive 143,900 doses next week, but 106,000 of those doses, more than 70%, are to be used for health workers and others for a second dose. According to officials estimates, it will be only 37,900 for senior citizens and unlicensed health workers.

“Our ability to protect even more La County residents over the coming weeks and months is entirely dependent on the amount of vaccines we receive each week, and often, we do not move from one week to the next. Know how much dose will be allocated to LA County, ”Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Ferrer said the county actually has a strong network of more than 200 healthcare providers, including hospitals, healthcare plans and pharmacies, ready to vaccinate the public. “We have a lot of ability to be able to take out a lot of vaccines, but we don’t have a lot of vaccines to go out,” Ferrer said.

And in the short term, La County public officials have said that they do not anticipate the amount of vaccines the state will receive and allocate to the county an excessive increase.

The director of the LA County Health Public Department’s Department of Medical Affairs, Drs. Sira Kurien said Tuesday evening at a town hall that officials originally thought the federal government had a stock of vaccines that would be delivered to counties for supply when municipalities begin administering the second dose.

“But because it’s unclear whether any, if any, of those are available, it’s most likely that we won’t see a huge increase in the number of doses that come every week, but we’re hoping that Kurien said That vaccine supplements are still being received at current rates and current levels.

Counties across the state released reports of dwindling supplies. Fresno County officials had planned to have 30,000 vaccinations per week, but on Tuesday, Joe Prado, manager of the county’s Community Health Division, said he was forced to reduce that number to 8,000 to 10,000 per week.

The county asked the state for 20,000 more doses, but was told it would receive 5,100. Fresno County’s Interim Health Officer, Drs. Rais Vohra said, “If our allocation does not increase then we are going to get out of the vaccine.”

A similar situation is ongoing in San Francisco, where city officials warned on Tuesday that vaccine availability would cease by Thursday, as the city’s vaccine allocation had dropped significantly from a week earlier, and the doses to be dropped. Had to, they were not replaced.

San Francisco director of public health Drs. Grant Colfax told a news conference that the city received 12,000 doses a week ago and asked for the same number this week. Instead, the city received only 1,775 doses.

State epidemiologist Pan said that higher doses would be available after the state released its hold on a large batch of Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine. The state told healthcare providers on Sunday that it had temporarily stopped using 330,000 doses after the “higher than normal” number of allergic reactions.

Pan said the state is “able to potentially release that pause to prevent allergies” with input from allergists and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as a declaration on the decision following a review of the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup is pending. There were obvious allergic reactions at a clinic in San Diego.

“The important thing that happened in this situation is that the right protocols were in place and all the individuals are home and well,” Pan said.

Times staff writer Maurya Dolan contributed to this report.

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