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State earmarks funds for Santa Clara, San Mateo counties to punch up vaccine access

Original post made on Apr 1, 2021

As California anticipates a massive expansion in COVID-19 vaccine supply, the state will provide $7.6 million to nine Bay Area counties to build out vaccination sites in some of their hardest-hit communities.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

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Getting more vaccines for everyone at any one existing site should be the aim. With the rise in eligibility even more waiting and eventual postponed appointments will occur unless the supply is guaranteed. Only then can we get the poorer served communities their vaccinations, with free shuttles and extended hours at the existing sites.

Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2021 at 1:52 pm

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I don’t necessarily understand why it will cost this much but it’s not my money and I am happy the state is doing whatever it can to improve vaccine access and distribution. For anyone that ever listened to “the former guy” and copied him by downplaying the effects of this virus it’s just laughable. This is not the flu. We are all currently living through the greatest public health crisis in 100 years. We need to vaccinate quickly here in California so we don’t see the same surge with the UK variant that is going on currently in Michigan. I’m optimistic that we may all be a lot safer by July locally. But since it’s a global pandemic, I see mini surges continuing in the United States into the fall and winter with us all being totally past this pandemic in February or March of 2022.

Posted by chini
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm

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>> a massive expansion in COVID-19 vaccine supply starting in May
In May? End of May?

I visited nearby Walgreens and CVS - relaxed, no crowd, no one getting vaccinated. Asked why, and was told appointments for the day ended at 1pm. Didn't get a sense of urgency.

And, they could not book an appointment or tell me the next appointment as those things are not done face-to-face anymore but use high-tech applications, I mean, "apps".

Should they be throwing money at the problem or throwing vaccines at the problem to expand vaccinations to more people?

Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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Today they have dozens of people clogging the entrance to the CVS store on University with dozens more milling around outside on University.

Who thought it was a good idea to send 50 people to a little CVS at one time?

The big Stanford operation on campus had fewer people when I was there Sunday. They could handle 50 people in less than 30 minutes, but not a smalll CVS store.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm

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Oddly, today I got a notice from the state's MyTurn system giving me my code for vaccine access. I registered for it in early February during that massive shortfall where Sutter scheduled 2d appointments, cancelled them and rescheduled them.

Friends are reporting massive problems where they drive to their appointments in far-away Gilroy and Gonzalez only to find their codes are messed up and workers are trying to turn them away.

Spending on education is fine but having reliable systems that are updated more often than every 2 months would be better.

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