CHICO, Calif. - The state of California is working on figuring out how to determine who gets the next round of the COVID-19 vaccine.
There have been new recommendations from the state about who will be included in the next round of vaccines. Two of them include teachers and food workers.
Front line healthcare workers made up most of the people who received the first round of some three million vaccines along with those living and working in long-term care facilities.
Right now, the state is currently dividing up this round of eight million doses and is hoping to provide 1.4 million of those for education and childcare providers.
Action News Now spoke with one teacher from Chico High School about getting the vaccine.
Lukas Kennedy, a science teacher at the high school, says he believes in the science, stating, “As a science teacher…our department…we have been really tracking the news and reading as much as we can and being informed citizens. There is always that one in a million chance of a side effect but the numbers are really strong. There is a really low chance. I feel very confident and I am proud of the scientific community for producing this vaccine. I look forward to taking it.”
Another 3.4 million vaccines will potentially be provided to those working in the food industry, including restaurant and grocery store workers.
Action News Now asked one restaurant employee, Janeth Ramos, about whether she would take the vaccine if it were provided to her.
She said, “I’m open to taking it myself. At first, I was kind of skeptical because I have heard that there were symptoms and that people were getting sick so that’s scary. At the same time, I feel like I’m open to it because I also heard from nurses that I know myself who have taken it and they have been okay with it.”
The state hopes to have everyone in these groups vaccinated by spring.