COVID: Santa Clara County cancels thousands more vaccine appointments amid ‘continuing insufficient’ supply – The Mercury News

SANTA CLARA COUNTY– Health authorities in Santa Clara County say the “continuing inadequate” coronavirus vaccine supply they are getting from the state may not enhance considerably for “a few weeks,” forcing them to cancel thousands more first-dose appointments throughout the region.
“All we need to significantly broaden access to vaccinations is more vaccine, and we are all set and awaiting it,” said County Executive Jeff Smith in a declaration Thursday.
County officials have continued to bristle at the states vaccine rollout, after loudly pressing back against strategies to have insurance coverage giant Blue Shield run the states vaccination program.
Millions more Californians became eligible for shots Monday, and the inadequate vaccine supply implies much of them may not be able to arrange an appointment for weeks.
The county on Thursday said it again alerted “a number of thousand” Kaiser clients their vaccine consultations scheduled at county vaccine sites between March 22 and March 28 will be canceled.
Those clients will be moved back to Kaiser, which the state has guaranteed will have adequate dosages for its members, according to the county statement. The county likewise had to cancel countless Kaiser patient appointments previously this month.
“The absence of sufficient supply from the state has been annoying for everybody, particularly those who are qualified for the vaccine, and desire to be immunized, but have been unable to register,” stated Marty Fenstersheib, the countys head of testing and vaccine, in a declaration.
The county expects vaccine supply to “increase substantially statewide in a few weeks,” reinforced by additional deliveries of the one-dose Johnson & & Johnson vaccine. The state vowed previously this month that a reputable circulation of vaccines will get here in early April, however information about the most likely distribution for those doses are thin.
“We want to see the significant capacity we have actually built in full usage, and we anticipate opening first-dose consultation capacity more broadly as quickly as vaccine supply enables,” Smith said.
In spite of the existing lack, the county said it is focusing on utilizing its limited supply of first-dose shots to vaccinate the “most disproportionately affected neighborhoods” in the area, such as food service employees and farmworkers in South County.
The county said it vaccinated food and agricultural laborers at Lusamerica Foods and Kawahara Nursery in Morgan Hill today. On Friday, it will operate a center in partnership with Olam Spices and the United Farm Workers Foundation in Gilroy, which will be open to employees from other farms.
“These vaccination occasions in South County at food production centers and farms are vital to reaching our front-line employees most at danger,” stated Deputy County Executive Rocio Luna.
A special four-month examination by this news organization found that Latinos in 6 Bay Area counties have case rates more than 4 times those of White citizens, and big disparities in screening and vaccination are continuing.
“The county will continue to do everything we can to guarantee fair access to vaccination and to focus on neighborhoods at biggest threat,” Luna stated.
Minimal first-dose vaccine shots are likewise being provided through community-based sites in East San Jose and at the Eastridge Mall in combination with Stanford Health Care, the county stated. Preparations are likewise underway for drive-through vaccinations at Gilroy High School, where a walk-in site is currently running.
When and where you can get a vaccine in the county is offered at sccFreeVax.org, info about.