SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Governor Gavin Newsom assured East Bay residents Tuesday that a mass vaccination site at Oakland Coliseum will remain open after federal officials ended their attendance on April 11.
The location changes from a state-of-state partnership to a regional partnership between the counties of California, Alameda, and Contra Costa. FEMA will continue to be involved but will no longer supply vaccines.
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“Both sites will remain operational – both the Oakland site, the Alameda County site and the Cal State, LA site,” Newsom said at the morning press conference. “The only change is that we don’t get the direct allocation of vaccines from the federal government. That’s the only change. Otherwise the public will not change noticeably. “
Each site was set up to vaccinate 6,000 people a day, but they administered up to 7,500 shots a day, according to the state Emergency Services Bureau. Newsom said it was too early to say if those numbers will go down without the federal pipeline.
“Again, the problem is constraint, the problem is supply,” he said. “So we’re working with the county, and in the case of Northern California. We’re working with two counties – Alameda County and Contra Costa County – and are forming a regional partnership with FEMA, CalOES.”
“We will match the allocations from these two counties with the state allocations for vaccines,” added Newsom.
On Saturday, acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton denied a request from Newsom to extend federal COVID-19 vaccine shipments to the bulk vaccine sites beyond the April 11 deadline.
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“We did not succeed in renewing the commitment made by the federal government – and that commitment was the first in the United States, by the way, so we are very grateful to the Biden administration,” he said. “You made that commitment … you kept your word, and now we will at least take over the vaccine supply component and coordinate it with the counties.”
When asked by Cal-OES, Fenton said, “FEMA has shipped all of the promised vaccine to the state of California, plus a few extra doses of Pfizer. And with the approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we were able to vaccinate tens of thousands more people with one product. “
“On Sunday, April 11th, the eight week CVC mission will be completed. But that doesn’t mean the vaccinations will end. Cal OES is working with local health authorities on a transition plan to transfer management of CVCs to local organizations. “
Fenton said when the two states opened, California was receiving approximately 1.5 million doses of vaccine a week. This number has been increasing for several weeks.
“Going forward, California is expected to receive at least 2 million doses a week for the next three weeks,” said Fenton. “On Thursday April 1, the state said it is expected to receive up to 3 million doses per week by the end of April. In addition, pharmacies are to receive an increase of 500,000 vaccines per week. “
He said federal funding for the two locations would continue through October 30.
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“FEMA stands ready to leave any field-hired staff in place if the facilities are relocated,” he said. “We are also ready to leave the three mobile units assigned to each CVC.”