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Gov. Newsom: Pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout 'not good enough'

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 09:34:48-05

(KGTV) — Only about 35% of California's 1.3 million coronavirus doses have been administered, as Gov. Gavin Newsom says the pace of vaccination is "not good enough."

In total, about 1% of the state's population has received a coronavirus vaccine. Monday, the governor acknowledged that the slow rollout needs to pick up as virus cases surge and strain hospitals.

"We are working aggressively to accelerate our pace, we've said this on day one," Newsom said Monday. "It's gone too slowly for many of us, all of us, want to see 100% of what's received administered into people's arms. So that's a challenge ... but that's not an excuse."

California is currently in Phase 1A of vaccinations, which includes healthcare works and congregate care facility residents and workers. That phase includes about 3 million people, according to Newsom.

Newsom said the state is working to increase the number of vaccination sites and who can administer the shot, bringing in dentists, pharmacy technicians, and National Guard personnel to help give vaccinations.

Newsom added that California is receiving another 611,500 vaccine doses this week.

San Diego County has been allocated ​194,025 doses, including both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as of last week, according to the state Department of Public Health. That doesn't include private pharmacies federally contracted to vaccinate individuals at nursing homes.

According to the county, it appears that a little more than 47,000 vaccinations have been administered — or about 24% of the doses the state says it allocated. The county says each system needs to enter their respective information into the vaccination registry, which has been a slow process.

The state's data also reveals how many doses have been administered via regions. San Diego County is included with Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties as "region six," which had recorded 75,235 vaccinations as of Sunday.