California coronavirus vaccine rollout lagging behind most states

California coronavirus vaccine rollout lagging behind most states

The

COVID-19
vaccine
rollout
in

California

the
most
populous
state
in
the
U.S.

is
proceeding
at
a
slower
pace
than
most,
if
not
all,
other
states.

Data
from
the
Centers
for
Disease
Control
and
Prevention
shows
that
California
has
received
4.7
million
doses
of
the
vaccine

but
it
has
only
administered
1.8
million
doses.

The
data
show it
is
doling
out
doses
at
a
rate
of
roughly
4,565
per
100,000
people,
which
is
slower
than
Texas,
New
York,
Florida,
Connecticut,
Michigan,
Georgia,
and
many
others.

Data
from

Bloomberg
ranks
California
dead-last
among all
50
U.S.
states
in
terms
of
the
percentage
of
shots
utilized
(37.3%).

The
CDC
data
suggests
a
slightly
higher
percent
utilization
rate
of
38.2%.

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HEALTH
EXPERTS
QUESTION
WHETHER
STATE’S
OUTDOOR
DINING
BAN
CONTRIBUTED
TO
CORONAVIRUS
SURGE 

About
3.4%
of
the
state’s
roughly
40
million
residents
have
received
a
dose,
according
to

The
Los
Angeles
Times,
ranking
it
51
out
of
59
states
and
U.S.
territories.
The
publication’s
data
shows
California
behind
just
Missouri,
Nevada
and
Alabama
in
terms
of
the
number
of
first
doses
distributed.

A
spokesperson
for
Newsom’s
office
did
not
return
Fox
News’
request
for
comment
on
the
pace
of
the
rollout.

As

previously
reported
by
Fox
News,
Newsom
recently
applauded
the
state
over
its
vaccine
program,
saying
it
had
administered
more
than
40%
of
its
vaccine
doses
to
frontline
workers
and
the
state’s
most
vulnerable
residents.

But
Rep.
Darrell
Issa,
R-Calif.,
characterized
Newsom’s
handling
of
the
vaccine
distribution
as
“inept”
during
an interview
with
Fox
News last
weekend.

“We
are
so
far
behind
in
dispensing
the
vaccine,
[Newsom]
hasn’t
been
forward-leading,”
Issa
said.
“The
vaccines
are
not
being
distributed
nearly
fast
enough
in
California,
there
are
freezers
full
of
vaccines
that
are
not
being
put
into
people’s
arms.”

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It
should
be
noted,
however,
that
California
is
currently dealing
with
one
of
the
most
severe
virus
outbreaks
in
the
U.S.
It
has
more
than
3
million
confirmed
cases
to
date.

In
response,
the
state
has
kept
strict
lockdown
guidance
in
place

a
controversial
choice
that
has
opened
Newsom’s
administration
up further
to
criticism.

Many
states
throughout
the
U.S. have
experienced
challenges
when
administering
the
vaccine.

In
the
U.S.
overall,
more
than
39.8
million
doses
have
been
distributed

and
19.1
million
administered,
according
to
data
from
the
CDC.
Only
about
2.7
million
people
have
received
the
required
two
doses
necessary
to
maximize
immunity.

President
Biden
has
pledged
to
accelerate
the
process

promising
to
distribute
100
million
doses
of
the
vaccine
in
100
days.

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