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"Vaccines Getting Closer: Governor Outlines Priorities for Who’s up First"

CalMatters interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about California’s plans for its initial allotment of 327,000 doses of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Californians will likely see the first doses of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine arrive between Dec. 12 and 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today as he unveiled the state’s distribution plans for its initial allotment of 327,000 doses.

The coveted first batch is reserved for health care workers directly caring for COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including psychiatric and prison hospitals, residents and staff in long-term care facilities, paramedics and other emergency medical responders, and workers in dialysis centers, according to priorities set by state and federal health officials.

Others also could be prioritized for early doses depending on their risk levels, including home health care workers, laboratory employees, pharmacy staff and workers in community clinics.