Healthcare workers administering COVID-19 vaccinations are wrapping up their visits to the city’s long-term healthcare facilities.
“By Wednesday, we believe that every long-term healthcare facility will have been visited or have staff and residents vaccinated at least initially by CVS or Walgreens at an MPOD (medical point of dispensing), or by staff,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director of the city’s Health Department.
The city has been ramping up its efforts to roll out the vaccine. This week, health officials are expected to double the number of doses given so far and meet those demands by using the same infrastructure employed every year during flu season.
According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, 783,436 doses of vaccine have been administered, or 31.6% of the 2.5 million doses California has received from suppliers. However, that’s below the national rate of 36%.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced there would be changes to the vaccine distribution. City officials said they would comply with the changes.
California officials have announced a major expansion of vaccination eligibility guidelines, allowing all residents 65 and older to qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Healthcare providers have had the opportunity to sign up online to distribute the vaccine. Pasadena Health has been in contact with many of these doctors.
However getting vaccines in their hands is contingent upon the city receiving its allotments.
“There have been delays receiving the allotments and by CVS who committed to specific dates to vaccinate in long term care facilities and then canceled at the last minute so PPHD [ Pasadena Public Health Department] had to supplement in several cases,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.
So far, healthcare workers, seniors living in assisted living facilities, and some frontline workers have received the vaccine.
About 70 percent of the city’s firefighters have taken the vaccine, which is optional.
On Tuesday, the city reported 195 new cases of the virus and eight additional deaths. Since the pandemic began, city officials have reported 8,708 infections and 184 fatalities.
Currently, Huntington Hospital is treating 196 patients battling the virus. Forty of those patients are in the intensive care unit.
More than 3,000 people have been vaccinated at Huntington Hospital in Tier 1A and the hospital is now starting on their second doses.
“We are incredibly fortunate to be in this position where we have a safe and effective vaccine in the United States,” Goh said. “At the same time that we are battling the worst of the pandemic, we are also entering into the very beginning of this new phase filled with hope. The Health Department and city has been and will continue to shift resources to this top priority.”