As eligibility expands, vaccine shortages in California persist

16 March 2021

Millions more Californians made the eligibility list for vaccinations Monday but continued shortages will make access difficult if not impossible.

Not only are many seniors still waiting, but the state also set aside 40% of its supply for underserved areas and 10% for teachers.

So supplies in most counties are flat, at best.

“We have a plan in place to get all groups vaccinated if we had the vaccine,” said  Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase.

It’s a big “if” for every Bay Area county.

Stanford Health Care on Monday evening announced it is suspending new vaccination appointments due to “supply disruptions.”

An email to patients referred to the wider eligibility criteria and said suppliers for Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties are “receiving a fraction of their expected shipments.”

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