January 18, 2021
State urges accelerating COVID-19 vaccine injections
SACRAMENTO (INT) State health officials have issued vaccine recommendations to local public health departments and providers aimed at accelerating the pace of COVID-19 vaccine injections.

The recommendations are aimed at reaching the highest priority groups, health departments and providers who may offer doses to lower priority groups when high-priority demand subsides, or when doses are about to expire.

Its recommended that COVID-19 vaccines should be immediately administered to individuals in all tiers of Phase 1a. In addition to frontline health care workers, this includes a wide range of people in health care settings such as community health care workers, public health field staff, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, laboratory workers, dental clinics and pharmacy staff.

For example, if a county has maximized use of the vaccine to administer individuals in Phase 1a, they should move to Tier 1 of Phase 1b while continuing to offer vaccines to those in higher priority groups.
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