By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The County of San Bernardino and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) are committed to implementing a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 vaccination process based on guidelines established by the CDC, California Department of Public Health and the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force.
To help keep our county residents informed and up-to-date, we will be sharing breaking news on the rollout of the vaccine through this County Update and on a dedicated page on the County website. Launching today are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that share what we know now about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations and phased rollout.
The FAQs cover the following topics:
- Vaccine testing process and current vaccinations under development (or available)
- Timing of vaccine availability and phases of vaccine allocation
- Safety of the vaccine and administering of shots
- Links to information resources
The FAQs can be found through the dedicated link on the https://sbcovid19.com/ webpage and will be updated as new information becomes available.
“There is no bigger news right now in our fight against COVID-19 than the arrival and successful delivery of these vaccines to all San Bernardino County residents,” said Board of Supervisor Chairman Curt Hagman. “Throughout this pandemic, we’ve prioritized sharing information as we get it with our residents and businesses, and the rollout of the vaccine will be no different.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting on December 10 at which time it is anticipated that they will approve the first vaccine, which will be from Pfizer-BioNTech. Pre-positioned vaccines are scheduled to arrive in California on December 15 or 16. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is a committee within the CDC that provides advice and guidance on effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases, will meet in an emergency meeting on December 11 and 13 and is expected to recommend use of the first COVID-19 vaccine. On December 17, the FDA is meeting and is anticipated to approve the second vaccine, which will be from Moderna Inc. These first doses of the vaccine are intended to go to frontline healthcare workers in our County hospitals.