COVID-19 Milestone: CA Administers 5 Million Vaccines

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California hits another coronavirus milestone, but this time in a celebrated way; Governor Newsom announced the state has vaccinated 5 million people.

Newom believes hope is on the way as 1 in 10 people have now been vaccinated in California.

In January, Newsom announced California’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon after, San Francisco began opening three high-volume COVID-19 vaccination sites located at City College’s Main Campus on Ocean Avenue, the Moscone Center, and the SF Produce Market in the Bayview. City College aims to administer 10,000 vaccines daily and Moscone Center aims to administer 7,000 vaccines daily.

Last week, Newsom shared California joined with the federal government to open two new vaccination centers as test areas for President Biden’s effort to create 100 mass vaccination sites nationwide in 100 days. Oakland Coliseum serves as one of the 2 first-in-the-nation vaccination pilot sites with the ability to administer 6,000 vaccinations per day.

Days later, Levi’s Stadium to become largest COVID-19 vaccination site in California with the ability to administer 15,000 vaccinations per day.

“The only way we are going to get through this pandemic is together, which is why I am pleased to see this collaborative approach to get our residents vaccinated at scale,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “Our County has a history of leading and opening California’s largest vaccination site in partnership with the 49ers is just another example of this.”

In addition to the high volume sites, San Francisco is working toward neighborhood sites as well.

“We’re ready to administer 10,000 doses per day, but ensuring equitable distribution requires meeting people where they are, especially in the communities that have been hardest hit. In SF, Latinos are 15% of the population but make up 42% of COVID-19 cases.” San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted, “That’s why having neighborhood access sites, mobile sites, and community clinics is so important. Every day we get more people vaccinated is another step forward in our city’s recovery. Hope is on the horizon.”

Furthermore, in Southern California, the vaccination site at Dodgers Stadium can vaccinate 12,000 individuals per day.

Newsom shared statistics explaining coronavirus cases continue to decrease.

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