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Blue Shield of California tapped to speed up state vaccines

Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator in charge of increasing the state's coronavirus vaccine system.

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 9:25 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's health agency announced health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state's coronavirus vaccine system.

The state has lagged in getting vaccines into its nearly 40 million residents, with counties and hospital systems operating separate programs.

RELATED: California to take more control over slow vaccine delivery

The contract with Blue Shield is still being finalized but its task is to "create, contract with and manage a statewide vaccine administration network."

It will also allocate doses directly to county public health departments, hospitals and pharmacies. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday abruptly announced a more streamlined vaccination system in which the state would play a more centralized role.

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