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Gov. Newsom breaks down beginning plans for state vaccine distribution

Posted at 1:49 PM, Dec 03, 2020

In a press conference Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will be receiving 327,000 doses of the new Pfizer COVID19 vaccine in mid December.

The Drafting Guidelines Workgroup & Community Advisory Committee have now finalized recommendations for who will receive the initial doses.

Those recommendations are prioritized into the following three tiers:
Tier 1:

  • Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable
  • Paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services
  • Dialysis centers

Tier 2:

  • Intermediate care facilities
  • Home healthcare & supportive services
  • Community health workers
  • Public health field staff
  • Primary Care clinics, including Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics and urgent care clinics

Tier 3: Other settings and health care workers, including:

  • Specialty clinics
  • Laboratory workers
  • Dental / oral health clinics
  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

Gov. Newsom also said the doses will be distributed through six regions in the state. Below is a breakdown of the doses per region:

  • Region 1: 126,750
  • Region 2: 80,497
  • Region 3: 8,592
  • Region 4: 35,145
  • Region 5: 16,706
  • Region 6: 59,910

On Friday these regions will make orders based on prioritizations of the 3 tiers listed above.

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