California officials said they expect to be able to meet their goal of administering three million vaccinations per week starting on March 1, with more than 1.3 million doses being administered last week, the California Department of Public Health said.
“While supply is still extremely limited, we need to prepare now for a time in the near future when supply increases and hopefully dramatically. We are well on our way to hitting our 3 million doses per week capacity goal, and by the end of April, our goal is to create the capacity to administer 4 million shots per week,” Government Operations Agency Secretary Yolanda Richardson said.
Authorities included vaccinations from health care providers who receive state-distributed vaccines and those who receive federal government-distributed vaccines in the three million milestone.
Officials are optimistic they would be able to provide easier access to vaccinations as more counties opt to use MyTurn as a notification and scheduling tool for residents wanting to get inoculated.
California will require all counties to follow state eligibility protocols when vaccinating starting on Monday instead of on a county-to-county basis. Final dose allocations will also be the responsibility of the state in coordination with Blue Shield to provide vaccines across the region.
There have been a total of 3,470,877 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California on Saturday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has recorded more than 51,821 coronavirus-related deaths, 439 of which being announced on Saturday.
The state has been able to use about 76% of its available vaccine dose supply to administer at least 8,491,076 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.