Vaccines distribution tier changes may be coming to California

Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 14:28:46-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Right now in San Diego County vaccines are being given to health care workers, the people who live and work in long terms care facilities and those who are 65 years and older.

The question now is, who’s next in line?

The Los Angeles Times reported that the state may be looking at offering new guidelines for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, possibly changing who would be eligible to get it next. A state committee meeting proposed that those 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions or disabilities should be the next group in the vaccine rollout, according to the LA Times.

Current state guidelines have placed those who work in education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture all under the first tier of Phase 1B.

Here in San Diego County, vaccination clinics are still only focused on those in Phase 1A and individuals 65 and up. But, there are already many groups who want to be included in the next phase. Many groups have written to the state, laying out the reasons why they should be eligible to get vaccinated.

Among the group are janitors who work at the airport.

Genoveva Aguilar, with SEIU Union that represents the janitors, says, "the airport is really busy. And there are a lot of dangers. They are the ones cleaning the bathrooms, they clean the surfaces."

There’s also a push locally to get teachers vaccinated. San Diego Unified School Board President Richard Barrera is proposing changes to the county super station near Petco Park.

"We would like to see dedicated lanes for teachers to get appointments and get vaccinated," said Barrera.

All waiting to see how the state will move forward with its vaccination plan.