Blue Shield of California tapped to run state vaccine system

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:17:14-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's health agency announced health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state’s coronavirus vaccine system.

The state has lagged in getting vaccines into its nearly 40 million residents, with counties and hospital systems operating separate programs.

The contract with Blue Shield is still being finalized but its task is to “create, contract with and manage a statewide vaccine administration network.” It will also allocate doses directly to county public health departments, hospitals and pharmacies.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday abruptly announced a more streamlined vaccination system in which the state would play a more centralized role.