California Blue Shield Tapped to Speed Up State Vaccines
The California health agency has announced that health insurance giant Blue Shield, California, will become an outside administrator on a mission to strengthen the state’s coronavirus vaccine system.
The state has separate programs run by the county and hospital systems, lagging behind in vaccination of approximately 40 million inhabitants. The contract with Blue Shield is still final, but its mission is to “create, contract and manage a state-wide vaccination network.” It also assigns doses directly to the county’s public health departments, hospitals and pharmacies.
Governor Gavin Newsom suddenly announced on Monday a more streamlined vaccination system in which the state plays a more centralized role.
California will end immunization of essential workers such as healthcare workers, people over the age of 65, teachers and agricultural workers before moving to a new approach.
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