California is loosening its vaccine eligibility rules.
Tue, 01/12/2021 – 02:30
California is easing its COVID-19 immunization policy to avoid wasting its coronavirus vaccines. The state’s health department widened its definition of health care workers to include people who work at primary care clinics, specialty clinics, and dental clinics, as well as lab workers and pharmacy staff. The definition also includes community health care workers and public health field staff members. The state says if there are surplus vaccine doses or they are about to expire, people who work in education, child care, emergency services, and food agriculture are also eligible to be immunized. A New York Times database estimates that just 1.3% of California’s population, about 528,173 people, have received a dose. The state seeks to administer vaccines to 1 million more people over the next 10 days. The updated vaccine rules came in the wake of a freezer malfunctioning at a Northern California hospital with 830 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Hospital staff attempted to administer the doses before they expired without violating the state’s policy.