Despite wavering vaccine supplies and glaring racial and geographic inequities plaguing Los Angeles County’s rollout, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday praised the region’s distribution efforts and touted the city of Long Beach as a model for the rest of the state.
Speaking from a vaccination site at the Long Beach Convention Center, Newsom vowed to press forward with plans to vaccinate educators, reopen schools and refocus on hard-hit communities.
Long Beach, which has its own public health department separate from L.A. County’s, began vaccinating teachers in January and has already announced plans to reopen schools for its youngest students March 29.
“I want to encourage that to be replicated all throughout the state of California,” Newsom said, noting that vaccinating teachers and getting kids back into schools is essential to reopening the economy.
On Friday, he announced that state is setting aside 10% of all first doses it receives for educators and childcare workers.
“We’re moving in that direction with clarity, with determination,” he said.
Currently, the state is averaging just shy of 200,000 doses administered each day and will be close to providing 7.5 million people with at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of Monday, the governor said.
But there is still not enough supply to vaccinate everyone who is eligible. California receives, on