‘I’m just trying to find my place in line’: California’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution challenge – KCRA Sacramento

We are getting a lot of calls into the newsroom about when and where they can get COVID-19 vaccines, following the state’s announcement that people 65 and older are eligible once health care worker demand subsides. We have reached out to counties and health care providers in our area. So far, they are waiting to get official guidance from the state to change their vaccination procedures. “Definitely want to temper in the expectation that everybody that’s 65 and older will be able to get that vaccine as soon as the state makes that announcement,” Ryan Gruver with Nevada County Health and Human Services said. So, although the state says the rules will change — we don’t know when it will actually be put into practice.“I’m not trying to skip the line and trying to get ahead of where I should be. I’m just trying to find my place in line,” Rocklin resident Shane Edgecomb said. “My left kidney has died. So, I just got one kidney, my right kidney I’m working with now. That ended up causing high blood pressure problems.”Surrounding counties and providers are getting inundated with questions. Although it may vary slightly, they all are still ramping up. “A majority of vaccines are through the hospitals and clinics in Stanislaus County. However as of this week, public health did open one clinic,” Kamlesh Kaur with Stanislaus County Public Health said. “Once we have a solid number of providers signed up, we are going to start rolling it out.”The majority are still only vaccinating Phase 1A health care workers and long-term care residents, while a few—like UC Davis and Sutter Health—have expanded to patients 75 and older. “I’ve gotten a lot of questions about specific patients who are a certain age or have certain medical issues, and they really do, when are they in line? When can they expect to get the vaccine? They really want a date,” Dr. Brian Evans with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Nevada City said. “The challenge of this has been that the logistics of vaccine delivery here in the United States has been really challenging.”For example, in Nevada County vaccines are trickling in. “The vaccine allocation for Nevada County this week was 100 doses. It’s varied. We had weeks where we had no doses available,” Gruver said. “It’s going to take time before there is enough where it’s as simple as, ‘how do I make my appointment?’” Talk about a reality check in patience. “I don’t gather in large groups. I don’t see any friends,” Edgecomb said. “If I can get that (vaccine) two weeks sooner because of my condition, then I’d like to get it. Just on top of the fact that I don’t want to get this stuff.”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

We are getting a lot of calls into the newsroom about when and where they can get COVID-19 vaccines, following the state’s announcement that people 65 and older are eligible once health care worker demand subsides.

We have reached out to counties and health care providers in our area. So far, they are waiting to get official guidance from the state to change their vaccination procedures.

“Definitely want to temper in the expectation that everybody that’s 65 and older will be able to get that vaccine as soon as the state makes that announcement,” Ryan Gruver with Nevada County Health and Human Services said.

So, although the state says the rules will change — we don’t know when it will actually be put into practice.

“I’m not trying to skip the line and trying to get ahead of where I should be. I’m just trying to find my place in line,” Rocklin resident Shane Edgecomb said. “My left kidney has died. So, I just got one kidney, my right kidney I’m working with now. That ended up causing high blood pressure problems.”

Surrounding counties and providers are getting inundated with questions. Although it may vary slightly, they all are still ramping up.

“A majority of vaccines are through the hospitals and clinics in Stanislaus County. However as of this week, public health did open one clinic,” Kamlesh Kaur with Stanislaus County Public Health said. “Once we have a solid number of providers signed up, we are going to start rolling it out.”

The majority are still only vaccinating Phase 1A health care workers and long-term care residents, while a few—like UC Davis and Sutter Health—have expanded to patients 75 and older.

“I’ve gotten a lot of questions about specific patients who are a certain age or have certain medical issues, and they really do, when are they in line? When can they expect to get the vaccine? They really want a date,” Dr. Brian Evans with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Nevada City said. “The challenge of this has been that the logistics of vaccine delivery here in the United States has been really challenging.”

For example, in Nevada County vaccines are trickling in.

“The vaccine allocation for Nevada County this week was 100 doses. It’s varied. We had weeks where we had no doses available,” Gruver said. “It’s going to take time before there is enough where it’s as simple as, ‘how do I make my appointment?’”

Talk about a reality check in patience.

“I don’t gather in large groups. I don’t see any friends,” Edgecomb said. “If I can get that (vaccine) two weeks sooner because of my condition, then I’d like to get it. Just on top of the fact that I don’t want to get this stuff.”

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