Gov. Newsom Announces Improvements to State Vaccination Plan

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday a series of improvements to the state’s vaccination plan — including steps designed to make it easier for people to know both when they are eligible for vaccination and how to make an appointment.

For example, the state has developed a new website (myturn.ca.gov) that will enable residents to determine their eligibility to be vaccinated and to sign up to be notified when they do become eligible, so they can then schedule an appointment. The new site also provides a mechanism to easily track vaccination data and enables providers to automatically share data on vaccines received and administered with the state.

The site is currently being tested in Los Angeles and San Diego counties and is expected to be available for San Bernardino County residents in early February. San Bernardino County residents aged 65 and up also have a local , additional option to register themselves on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine page (https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/65plus/#load) to receive email or text notifications for updates on vaccination opportunities.

The state is also working to transition future phases of the vaccination rollout to age-based eligibility, ensuring vaccine goes to disproportionately impacted communities. Age-based phases will not occur until after the current Phase of persons aged 65 and over, health care workers, and certain essential workers).

County waiting for more doses

“While we welcome any steps from the state to improve the vaccine distribution process, our greatest need is simply to obtain more doses,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Thus far we have received a total of 152,600 doses and have concentrated on getting them into the arms of eligible residents.”

Hagman noted that the County has made excellent progress on its efforts to vaccinate healthcare workers and long-term care residents, and is now concentrating on reaching first responders as well as residents aged 65 and older.

“We’re on track to vaccinate more than 21,000 San Bernardino County residents this week alone, and will be able to expand that pace as we receive additional supplies,” said Hagman.

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