Sacramento County officials could begin vaccination of teachers and child care workers as early as next week, the Twin Rivers Unified School District said.
“This is encouraging and will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 when school reopens,” a statement by school officials said.
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While Sacramento County remains in the most restrictive purple tier of California’s lockdown protocols, Twin Rivers Unified School District has not released an official date for reopening.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has donated $823 million to California to support the establishment of 104 coronavirus mass vaccination sites. The agency is providing a public assistance program that provides grants which can be used during disasters and emergencies.
The funds were set aside to be used during the vaccines’ distribution and administration, as well as announcing the process to the public. FEMA’s donation will also be used to support medical establishments across the state and provide for PPEs and facility costs.
California State Governor Gavin Newsom previously announced the opening of a coronavirus vaccine clinic in Natomas. On Twitter, the official said the Natomas High School vaccine site will prioritize lower-income residents but will only operate based on reserved appointments. In less than 24 hours of his announcement, Newsom said 1,000 vaccine appointments had been filed.
California revealed on Thursday that it had recorded a total of 3,371,556 positive coronavirus cases. The records also showed that there had been 461 new fatalities, bringing the total deaths up to 45,456.
A Johns Hopkins University survey on Thursday found that California has surpassed New York in the number of coronavirus cases. The state has also recorded more deaths than New York, which had a total of 45,312.
While California’s coronavirus statistics have begun to recover, with the state’s average seven-day positivity rate going down to 4.8%, the state has also observed a much lower number of daily infections, going down to less than 8,400 from December’s 53,000.
Solano County officials opened the region’s second mass coronavirus vaccine clinic, which will operate between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The clinic is located at Solano County Fairgrounds’ Exposition Hall, ABC10 reported.
Due to the lack of supply of COVID-19 vaccines, Los Angeles County officials decided to shut down the region’s five mass vaccination sites, including Dodger Stadium. City Mayor Eric Garcetti said their supply of Moderna vaccines would be used up by Thursday. The official said they only received 16,000 doses this week.