California Governor Gavin Newsom received the one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on the first day of eligibility for Californians 50 and older – Newsom is 53. The event took place at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center, where others were lined up to take their own photos.
You can watch Newsom’s vaccination video and the following press conference above, or read the highlights below.
NEWSOM GETS JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE
Newsom received the vaccination from his own health secretary, Dr Mark Ghaly. Newsom left for the 15-minute post-vaccination observation period and was then scheduled to speak to the press.
Newsom noted that all Californians 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine in two weeks: April 15. He said his wife, under 50, expects to be eligible in two weeks.
The governor said the state still faces constraints due to vaccine supply – while California administered more than 2.5 million doses last week, only 2.4 million doses arrive today. next week. Meanwhile, the state has the capacity to administer 5 million doses per week, Newsom said.
It shouldn’t be more than a few months before the state achieves collective immunity, Newsom said. So far, more than 18 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in California.
Newsom addressed the apparent manufacturing problem with 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccination coming from a factory in Baltimore. The news did not affect the state’s planned three-week offer of Johnson & Johnson, although Newsom noted that the state already expected to receive less than half the number of doses within two weeks. which will follow next week. Beyond that, the impact is an open question, Newsom said.
The governor hailed the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan as a unique opportunity.
THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TAKES OVER THE VAX SITE FROM CAL STATE
Newsom was joined by local officials, including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. He congratulated Newsom on his regular visits to Southern California. Garcetti said the city is starting to open up as vaccinations increase, including going to a shopping mall himself to fix his wife’s iPhone.
Garcetti said the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate is now 1.4%, the lowest since April 2020 (the state’s overall positivity is 1.9%Garcetti also spoke to people of color and those in low-income communities who are more likely to die from COVID-19, as well as the city’s efforts to get these communities vaccinated. .
Garcetti announced that the city is resuming operation of the state of California vaccination site in Los Angeles, with the federal and state governments taking over this operation. Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell also spoke, thanking the governor for coming and getting vaccinated in the community.