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COVID-19 Vaccine Disparity

Population size and eligibility are contributing to why some people in smaller counties are having to wait so long to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Mar 1, 2021 6:29 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - People in smaller counties are still waiting on when it will be their turn to get the vaccine.

Kerri Schuette from Shasta County Health explained how counties order vaccines week by week.

“We submit our allocation request to the state,” Kerri said, “And then the state sends us the vaccine that we have been approved to receive.”

Shasta County Public Health said the state decides how many doses will be sent to each county by looking at population size and who is eligible at the time.

Lorainne Johnson, who lives in Red Bluff, is going to have to wait until the end of the month before she can even get her first dose of the vaccine.

“I am sure it is causing it to take longer for us,” Johnson said. “Because we are a small town.”

Many of these smaller counties only have a few options for where you can get vaccinated.

Still others in these counties have been able to get their vaccines in a timely manner.

“It was so easy for me,” Diana Domingo, who lives in Orland, said. “Other than I had a friend who had gotten it and she passed the phone number along to me.”

Tehama and Glenn County Public Health were not available to speak with Action News Now today.

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