FREMONT (KPIX) — California’s many efforts to get its vaccine provide into those that want it most is lastly beginning to speed up a bit. Considered one of them received rolling Saturday at a senior dwelling facility in Fremont.
It was a long-awaited second for about 240 residents and workers members at Aegis Assisted Residing. Their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine arrived Saturday.
“We’re obviously pretty excited to have the vaccinations going on,” stated Dave Pepper, Aegis Fremont basic supervisor.
“Our home office had contracted with CVS months out,” he added. “So we’re the first ones to get it rolling in Alameda County.”
This sort of on-site vaccination effort by means of a pharmacy companion is simply one of many methods California is delivering the vaccine. The state’s effort is scattered throughout some 2,500 vaccine distribution companions, massive and small. That many shifting components is one more reason it’s taking so lengthy to stand up to hurry.
“The process is not as simple as we think it is,” stated Stanford’s Dr. Bonnie Maldonado. “It’s not just a matter of coming to existing clinics. We’re layering on a brand new vaccine with brand new instructions.”
Maldonado says deployment is difficult, costly and the sort of factor that takes preparation.
“Billions of dollars were spent on developing these vaccines,” she says. “Billions of dollars were not spent on implementing vaccine administration rollout so counties and states have been doing vaccination programs with almost no additional resources.”
Even with the comparatively small quantity of vaccine obtainable proper now, it might solely be injected so quick.
“36,000 shots have been given so far,” Contra Costa County Dr. Ori Tzvieli stated Friday. “But I want to make it clear that the county is not just sitting on those other 36,000 doses. We have scheduled thousands of people to receive those doses in the coming days and weeks.”
Contra Costa County would like to have extra vaccine however it too is restricted by its personal capability to ship it. Dr. John Swartzberg of UC Berkeley says the crunch proper now’s on each provide and logistics.
“I think we will see the logistics getting better and better over the next few months,” Swartzberg stated. “Maybe a month, two months. By March it should be significantly better.”
Because the logistics enhance, we’ll more and more have one other drawback: much less vaccine than we wish to have. Getting distribution logistics aligned with sufficient provide won’t be achieved till Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is prepared a while in April or May.