By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: County of San Bernardino (Information):
Picture: County of San Bernardino (Courtesy):
San Bernardino County, California: The County of San Bernardino has established a vaccination task force and phases for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a press release, the County has established the SB County Vaccination Task Force and produced a COVID-19 Standard Operating Guide to ensure our ability to distribute the vaccine as efficiently and effectively as possible. The guide largely follows guidelines established by the CDC, the California Department of Public Health and the County Department of Public Health.
San Bernardino County has launched a vaccine-specific information website at: https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/ that shares up-to-date information where we are in the different phases of the vaccine distribution, as well as critical FAQs and other resource links.
Because the initial batches of doses are being rationed, the vaccine is being initially administered to front-line healthcare personnel, followed by residents and staff of long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. First responders will also be among the first people in the county to receive the vaccine.
In Phase 2, distribution of the vaccine will be expanded to include K-12 teachers and staff, childcare workers, critical workers in essential and high-risk industries, residents with comorbidity/underlying conditions, staff and residents of group facilities, and older adults not included in Phase 1.
Phase 3 adds young adults, children and workers in industries and occupations not already included, and Phase 4 includes everyone not already inoculated.
Pfizer has shipped three million doses in this first wave, of which California is initially receiving 327,000 doses; 15,600 have arrived in San Bernardino County.
Subsequent shipments of the vaccine are expected to continue arriving on a weekly basis, and a second vaccine from Moderna is only days away from FDA approval.