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Most of California will reopen as vaccine rights expand

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Most of California’s 40 million people will be able to enjoy limited indoor activities until midnight, such as watching a meal indoors or in a movie theater, as coronavirus rates remain low.

Officials said 13 states, including Los Angeles, would be able to open restaurants, gyms and museums with disabilities on Sunday, in a bid to hit the state with 2 million shares of equity targeting lower-income communities with fewer vaccines. Another 13 states are expected to open on Wednesday under a different standard.

Next week, the state also expands the availability of vaccines that are still scarce.


Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that he would provide 40 percent of the vaccine to residents of some 400 ZIP codes that the state considers most vulnerable in terms of family income, health care and education.

The point is to reopen standards to ensure that people most affected by the epidemic are protected from the virus. When the state reaches the 2 million quota governed by those ZIP codes, which it did on Friday, the threshold to go beyond the more restrictive level of the color-coded, four-tier system will rest in August.

In the past, counties could go from purple to red, based on measurements that include the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day for several weeks. The threshold for entering the red level now exceeds 100 cases per 10 cases out of 7 cases per 10 cases.

Areas eligible for reopening within 48 hours on Sunday include the San Francisco Bay Area և Los Angeles Contra Costa և Sonoma. San Bernardino և Orange said they would do so on Sunday, although Los Angeles County officials said they would wait until Monday.


San Diego, Sacramento, Riverside և Ventura are among the 13 additional counties that are expected to reopen on Wednesday through the normal transformation process that takes place every Tuesday.

San Joaquin and Santa Barbara fall into this category. The affected areas of Kern-Fresno in the Central Valley remain the most restricted.


The state is vaccinating 4.4 million people with disabilities aged 16-64 for certain health conditions, including severe obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease stage 4 or more, and Down syndrome.

California guidelines do not require medical documentation. instead, people have to prove that they are eligible. This reduces barriers to entry but also opens the window for line flights.

San Francisco is one step ahead of the state in vaccinating, expanding the categories to include: deaf, HIV-positive or people with behavioral health problems, including severe mental health or substance use disorders.

Dr. Paul Simon, director general of science in La County, said people would be asked to sign an attestation if they could not submit documents. “We, of course, hope that people will not try to take advantage of the situation, they will be honest,” said Simon.

The state also expands the powers of transit workers, residents of homeless shelters, prisons and jails. They join teachers, food և agricultural workers, health և health workers բարձր 65: seniors eligible for vaccines.

What is the status of the new California vaccine system?

In late January, Newsom announced that Blue Shield Insurer would set up a new vaccine delivery system. The 58 counties in the state must use the state’s “My Turn” system to designate three cities with public health departments.

The Blue Shield is expected to take control by March 31. But the Santa Clara County has refused to contract with an insurer, saying it could better vaccinate its residents with an appointment system that goes beyond the state system.

Blue Shield CEO Paul Markovich said on Friday that more than half of the local health authority had passed “My Turn” or would soon change.

For my part, it is good for scheduling appointments at mass vaccination sites, but it is not so good for carving casinos for vulnerable populations in small clinics, said Prado, head of the Fresno District Community Health Department. He expects the state online portal to improve.

“We will live a little longer with these two systems,” he said.


Associated Press writer Stephanie Dazio has contributed from Los Angeles.


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