California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at a joint state and federal COVID-19 vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Governor Newsom visited a mobile vaccination clinic Friday morning which will serve teachers and school staff in neighborhoods heavily impacted by coronavirus.
Newsom announced that California will set aside 10% of all vaccine doses for teachers and child care workers. The decision, starting March 1st, is a part of an effort to get kids back into in-person learning.
We’re taking steps toward getting life back to normal for CA kids.
We visited a site vaccinating teachers & school staff, making progress toward returning safely to in-person instruction, and, recognizing kids’ physical & mental health, announced new guidance for youth sports. pic.twitter.com/PZ6ElN6nRY
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) February 19, 2021
The system California has set up now, “Allows for the ability to distribute and administer well over two to four million vaccines every week…the only constraint now is manufactured supply…both of Moderna and Pfizer,” explained Newsom.
California Capitol Correspondent, Ashley Zavala provided more details on Newsom’s announcement.
NEW: Governor Newsom announces starting March 1st, the state will start setting aside vaccines for teachers/support staff starting with 10% of all first doses.
The state is starting at 75k every week for all counties.
35 counties in state are already are prioritizing teachers
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 19, 2021
Newsom also shared coronavirus numbers explaining, “6.9 million represents one of the highest numbers of vaccines administered not only of any state, but, all but 7 nations in the world.”
We’ve now administered 6.93 million vaccines.
One month ago we reported 24k cases. Today: 6,798 cases.
One month ago we reported 9.9% positivity rate. Today: 3.1%.
Hospitalizations are down 39%.
ICUs are down 35%.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 19, 2021
Newsom is pleased with the progress but said, “We still have work to do.”
Watch the full press conference here.