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Gov. Newsom Warns of Slow Vaccine Rollouts Once Available

Imminent theme park reopening guidelines also hinted by Newsom

By Evan Symon, October 19, 2020 3:13 pm

On Monday, Governor Newsom announced that COVID-19 vaccine dispersal in California will be limited once the vaccines become available either later this year or next year.

Newsom said that Moderna and Pfizer were closing in on vaccines, with the earliest the earliest availability coming in November or December. However, the Governor reiterated that, no matter the timeline, it would take time for a large rollout to occur within the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

“The bottom line is the first phases of the vaccine will be limited in terms of availability,” said the Governor on Monday. “In the best case scenario, those two companies will have a combined total of 45 million doses for the whole country by the end of the year.”

The Governor added that the vaccines will require two doses to be effective, making the real amount of vaccines initially available, of only 22.5 million nationwide. Then the vaccines would be distributed around the country. Newsom noted that California would only likely receive between 1.5 million and 2 million initial vaccine doses.

“We have more people in our healthcare delivery system than that,” continued Governor Newsom. “Healthcare workers and first responders will be among those prioritized to receive the vaccine, as will other essential workers, those in skilled nursing facilities, incarcerated people, the elderly, and racial minorities.

“Don’t anticipate or expect you can go down to the local pharmacy and get your vaccination anytime in this calendar year. We don’t expect mass availability until 2021. The question for all of us is: Is it going to be the first, second or third quarter?”

Health experts responses, new theme park reopening guidelines

Many health experts had mixed responses to the Governor’s plan on Monday.

“I do agree that California would likely only initially get a few million vaccines,” said Stuart Schaeffer, a sourcing specialist for several hospitals in central California. “We’ve seen that kind of slow rollout before with other new vaccines, but that was on a much smaller scale.

“And I do agree that a vaccine won’t be widespread until next year. Obviously we want it as soon as possible, but we need to make sure  it really, really works too.

“However, the way he wants to ration out initial vaccines is flawed. Healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers who have to face high risk of exposure or have the potential to spread it to vulnerable people each day should get it. What the Governor is doing is focusing on vulnerable people as well, but that can be an issue. If people in prison get it first, you’re going to see a huge outcry from people asking why the criminal deserves it rather than their mom or dad or spouse. It wouldn’t bode well for Newsom or the state.

“And elderly and the minorities. They both do face higher than normal exposure rates, but they also need to take the proper precautions. That means masks and other ways to protect themselves. I’ve been in charge of vaccine shipments before, especially flu shots. While giving elderly better access is benign and does help in the long run, favoring different races is a whole different thing. This was suggested with a limited flu shot shipment a few years ago at a hospital I used to work for. When some doctor said they should focus on giving minorities shots, lawyers screaming about it being unconstitutional were all over the hospital in a matter of hours.

“That likely would happen again this time around again if Governor Newsom sticks with his overall plan.”

In addition to the vaccine news, the Governor also noted that theme park and team sport guidelines would be coming out tomorrow.

The announcement, which would come after months of the theme park industry begging to reopen and Newsom subsequently refusing to issue any new guidelines, was hinted by Newsom to follow a more staggered type of reopening.

“We are going to break up the theme parks,” said the Governor on Monday. “Not just one or two brands, it is many different parts of the theme park industry.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly is expected to release the new guidelines during a press conference tomorrow.

Evan Symon
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10 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Warns of Slow Vaccine Rollouts Once Available

    1. Amen!! The guy is a moron and does not care about saving lives! He wouldn’t have put sick people in nursing homes and killed off all the people there. Half of the deaths in California and the country are directly related to Dem mayors and Governors putting sick people in to nursing homes. They should be prosectued.

  1. Noisome will drag out the shutdown for years if allowed. Then he will find a new “emergency” to grant himself permanent dictatorship over this state.

  2. See??.
    Every single move is calculated in reaction to developments to re-open the economy..
    He’s talking about stalling the re-opening of the economy for ANOTHER YEAR, people!!!

    Everything he says & does is designed to create fear & uncertainty for a virus that has proven itself to be statistically no different than the annual flu…

    Newsom is a political terrorist….

      1. November 7th is the deadline to get petitions in. I’m working on the RECALL. Go to Balboa Island every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm to sign the petition in person!! Thanks!

    1. We can open back anytime we want,we just have to do it. They can’t do a dam thing if we do,but one person can’t do it.This state belongs to the tax paying citizens who live here, not Gavin Newsom..You saw what happened when the Jews didn’t fight back.

  3. Current Covid-19
    Death Rate in the USA:
    0.7 persons per 1,000,000 people or a death rate of 0.000680%; and 98% of the deaths are people over the age of 70. There is no successful Coronavirus vaccine for any of the previous Coronavirus illnesses – SARS CoV-1; MERS, etc. The seasonal Flu is a Coronavirus and the vaccines for it do NOT prevent flu, they reduce the symptoms for about 30% of the people who get the vaccine. This whole vaccine nonsense is nothing but a gambit they are tossing out to make people stay locked down and under control.

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