New challenges arise for educator vaccines

8 March 2021

In a letter dated March 5, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) outlined the continuing and new challenges they are facing in their effort to vaccinate the county’s school employee workforce.

“As with so many things in the age of COVID-19, the vaccination rollout is complicated and subject to changes and setbacks. These delays are disappointing for all of us as we know that getting school employees vaccinated is a top priority in order to safely reopen our schools,” the letter begins.

According to the letter, the state of California’s recently announced transition to the management of vaccines from county health departments to Blue Shield with a system called MyTurn has created a “dramatic and sudden change in how vaccines are allocated. Because of this, as well as winter storms in the Midwest, the county of Sonoma has received dramatically reduced allocations and is prioritizing second doses over first doses. Therefore, SCOE has not received its requested vaccine supply for the last three weeks.”

SCOE had to shutter its vaccine operations last week, but had planned on reopening them this week. Unfortunately, virus allocation for the coming week have fallen far short of expectations.

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