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Senate Republicans demand Newsom improve State’s vaccine distribution efforts

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and several members of the California Senate Republican Caucus recently delivered a letter to Governor Newsom demanding that he set the state’s vaccine distribution as a priority. The California Department of Public Health says California has received more than 2.4 million vaccines, yet according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, California has administered less than 25% of doses received, or 2.07 doses per 100 people. California lags the national average of 3.03 doses per 100 people. Media can read the letter here.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove released the following statement:

“The governor and his team have had ten months to plan for this moment, yet the rollout of the vaccine distribution has been an absolute failure. With the vaccine serving as a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for 40 million Californians, solving these problems must be an absolute priority for the governor’s administration. Healthcare workers, frontline employees, elderly and at-risk citizens, and the residents of the Golden State deserve nothing less than immediate action.”

This article was released by the CA State Senate Republican Caucus.

2 Comments

  1. I am an eighty year old with diabetes and hypertension and a touch of COPD. I am a resident of East Long Beach California who wants to get the vaccine and have been getting the run around form the City Health trying to get an appointment or even a place to go to get it. can you help?

    1. Charles,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Orange County Breeze has no pull with the City of Long Beach.

      California State Senators have very little pull with the State of California.

      The mess-up with delivery of the vaccine should be laid at the feet of the State of California, in the person of Gavin Newsom; of the Counties that should have been ready to handle huge demand; and the federal government in not creating a more smoothly functioning distribution system.

      It is my understanding that there are doses of the vaccine in the hands of the State of California that have simply not been distributed. The number of doses in State hands is not large enough to meet current demand, but nobody is helped in the least by not getting those doses into somebody’s arm.

      I regret that we cannot help you. Send email to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, to Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, to your State Assembly representative, and to Governor Newsom. An email campaign probably won’t get you an inch closer to being vaccinated, but at least the politicians will be on notice.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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