California received its first shipment of vaccine doses on Sunday. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom launched a new campaign named “Vaccinate All 58” with the goal to bring the vaccine in a “safe, fair and equitable” way for all 58 counties in the state.
The campaign acknowledges that initial supplies of the vaccine are very limited and first doses will be provided to frontline health care workers and workers in long-term care settings who are most vulnerable. Next will be essential workers and others at the highest risk of being exposed to COVID-19 or those at most risk of becoming severely ill.
A full breakdown of distribution guidelines is still in the works but the campaign promises to determine the guidelines “in an open and equitable fashion.”
“What impresses me most about this campaign is the awareness that we must focus on communities that have sometimes been neglected, whether the reasons involve race, language, ethnicity, or something else,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon in the statement announcing the campaign. “We can succeed only by sharing information with these communities and making them partners in the task of getting California vaccinated. The Legislature looks forward to partnering with community leaders as we spread the word about stopping the spread.”
Distribution will be determined by two workgroups.
The Drafting Guidelines Workgroup is in charge of developing the state-specific guidance for the prioritization and allocation of the vaccine while the Community Advisory Vaccine Committee will provide the input and feedback on those planning efforts. They will also be the ones to resolve any barriers to “equitable vaccine implementation.”
“Hope is here. As our first doses of vaccine arrive, the promise of ending the pandemic is on the horizon. By taking collective, inclusive action across all 58 counties to get people vaccinated, we can get through to a healthier future for all,” said Governor Newsom.
“This is a moment for hope, and it is also a time to remain vigilant as we face the most intense surge yet. While we have prepared for this surge with beds and equipment, staffing shortages are real and impact our medical system. There’s light at the end of the tunnel and I am calling on all Californians to do our part to get us through this – wear a mask, reduce mixing, stay home, stop the spread and save lives. Together we will get through this.”