California is changing its vaccine delivery system to give the state more control over who gets doses amid growing frustration over a slow rollout that has forced people to wait hours, and months, for their shots.
Under the new system, state officials will work with third party administrators to allocate vaccines directly to providers, including county public health systems, pharmacies, health systems, public hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies and pop-up sites.
California will also launch a new online portal, called My Turn, where residents can make vaccine appointments and check their eligibility status.
Starting next month, health care workers, individuals 65 and older and people who work in education, child care, emergency services, food and agriculture will be eligible to start making appointments to receive the coronavirus vaccine, pending availability. Future groups will become eligible based on age.
“Our state and county public health leaders have done the important groundwork to get California’s vaccination plan up and running and we are grateful to them and will continue to partner with them,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “We have learned that to accelerate pace we need to dial up the scale of our efforts to ensure vaccine supply goes into arms as quickly as it arrives in the state.
— NBC News