Meanwhile, West Virginia is outpacing the rest of the country: It has completed a first round of shots at all its long-term care facilities and has delivered the vaccine to health workers. Now, the state is administering second doses and moving on to other populations, including teachers 50 and older.
Los Angeles Times: California OKs Expansion Of Who Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine To Avoid Doses Going To Waste
In an effort to avoid wasting COVID-19 vaccine and help speed up the vaccine rollout, the state is instructing local health departments and providers to expand vaccine prioritization to community healthcare workers, public health field staff, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, laboratory workers, dental clinics and pharmacy staff. The state has also told officials that if a surplus remains even after all those eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine under expanded criteria have been granted access, they should move to Tier 1 of the next phase of distribution, which has not yet officially taken effect. (Shalby, 1/7)
Des Moines Register: Polk County Offers COVID Shots To Expanded List Of Health Care Workers
The Polk County Health Department on Thursday released a list of professions whose members will be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations starting Monday. A department news release said shots would be available for people who have direct contact with patients or infectious materials and who are in one of these categories: Blood bank staff; chiropractors; clinical lab staff; dental professionals; dialysis