California Dead Last in Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

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California was among the most aggressive states in locking down its residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the state is dead last in administering the vaccines that guard against it.

According to a report from SF Gate, California has used just 37.3% of its available shots, good for 50th place out of 50. That’s bad. California trails well behind the national rate of 48.6%.

As a nation, the rollout speed has been disappointing, falling well below expectations. But even so, no other state has failed like California has. It is not a size problem either because other large states are figuring it out:

  • Texas 56.1% (11th)
  • Florida 51.3% (22nd)
  • New York 56.5% (ninth)
  • Pennsylvania 47.8% (33rd)
  • Illinois 48.8% (28th)

California’s counties and health care providers have the final say on who gets the vaccine, though California Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature also share some of the blame.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, says that the counties and care providers can only go as fast as the state allows. Gandhi adds that Newsom’s announcement that residents 65 and older can get vaccinated is meaningless since he hasn’t distributed the necessary number of doses to make that happen.

Gandhi also says that California has not made it clear how much or when each provider will receive the vaccines.

“It’s up to the state to say clearly, ‘We’re going to ship out X number of doses to X number of counties on these dates.’ When you set up mass vaccination sites, you don’t want people sitting around without a supply.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has complained, saying, “We need more doses. We are asking for more doses. We can ramp up the minute we have these vaccines.”

SF Gate also notes that California’s guidelines are unnecessarily confusing and that the state lacks enough health care workers to administer the vaccine properly.

Leave it to Newsom and his crew to screw this up too. California is now last in another category.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. OK….let’s see….California was… going to solve homelessness (fail)……going to distribute Covid vaccines (fail)…..going to solve climate change (ongoing fail). Nothing to see here….everything is perfect with the state of California now raise my taxes please.

  2. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune today, Allegheny Health Network says they have allocated their entire current supply. They have administered 57% (35k over the past month) and have all remaining doses scheduled.

  3. wait for all the Fema vaccine tents across blue states … like Cali …

    Trump mobilized the entire Federal Government to get vaccines to states. Biden wants to slow all that down and use FEMA.

    then FEMA can be over-burdened when a disaster happens … and Biden can pump money into Fema … and then FEMA can eventually control all healthcare and disasters and Border security and Climate change …

    its like a very bad dream, but this is real …

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