As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the country, some states are handling the vaccine rollout with efficiency and some states are completely botching the process.
According to Breitbart, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his state of California definitely fall into the second category, as the Golden State is officially “dead last” in administering vaccines, which is especially critical given the record surge of cases that the state has experienced recently.
The Stats Don’t Lie
Even after marking a 10-point increase in usage rate, going from 27.5% last week to 37.3% this week, California literally ranks 50th out of 50 states, dropping down one notch from last week when Alabama held the undesirable record.
California’s slow rollout pales in comparison to other “large” states, like New York, Texas and Florida, all of which have numbers near or over 50 percent, according to data compiled by the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. California is the only large state to be under the 40 percent mark.
Many are curious as to how that could happen, given that California had some of the highest outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus in the nation and presumably plenty of resources to begin an aggressive vaccination plan, which was fully expected for the state with the most robust economy in the country.
Some have blamed the botched rollout on a shortage of healthcare workers and as SFGate reported, “unnecessarily confusing guidelines” as to how the vaccine would be administered to the state’s nearly 40 million residents.
The problem is definitely not a result of a lack of funds, as the state is expected to have a massive surplus of $15 billion, which is so huge that it could trigger a law that requires the state to send a refund to residents. In other words, Newsom’s handling of the vaccination program for his state has apparently been grossly mismanaged, so far.
What Will He Do About It?
According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom recently announced an initiative to transform Dodgers stadium into a high-capacity vaccination site, suggesting that some 12,000 vaccinations per day could happen there when it’s fully operational.
Though that sounds like a good idea on paper, new problems are arising that could ironically make vaccinating residents of California even more difficult, as Dodgers Stadium was previously a COVID-19 testing site. But when it was converted to a vaccination site, another major testing center was closed in order to staff the new project, which, in turn, means Californians waiting to be tested could be severely delayed, which will likely lead to infected people spreading the virus to even more people.
Overall, roughly one-third of government-administered testing sites in Los Angeles County — the county with the most cases by far — was reassigned to the new vaccination program, with nobody coming in behind them to fill the vacancies.
With Newsom being caught violating his own harsh and inconsistent COVID-19 restrictions and absolutely fumbling the vaccine rollouts (among other failures), the current recall effort’s chances of success are rising by the day as Californians increasingly become more aggravated.
What’s more concerning is that President Joe Biden is reportedly looking to California for inspiration for his administration’s agenda for the nation.