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State expects 1.1 million J&J vaccines in next 3 weeks | COVID-19 Updates

California's governor was in Fresno talking about the latest vaccination efforts for one of the state's most at-risk communities.
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A student wears a mask and face shield while arriving at Newhall Elementary School Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Elementary school students returned to school this week in the Newhall School District. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SACRAMENTO, Calif — ABC10 is following the latest coronavirus statistics and vaccine news for the Sacramento region and the state of California. 

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Updates from Feb. 25, can be found here.

Newsom provides updates on vaccines for farmworkers and increased supply

Gov. Newsom was joined by several legislators and community organizers, including actor and comedian George Lopez, during a press conference in the Central Valley on Friday. 

California State Senator Anna Caballero (D - District 12) was one of the speakers who touched on the need to vaccinate farm and agriculture workers amid the pandemic. 

"So, you know you went to the store and there was no toilet paper, and you went to the store there were no paper towels, and you went to the store and there was no hand sanitizer. But when you went to the store there was food. And there was fresh food," said

Newsom said that the state has reallocated roughly 34,000 vaccine doses to farmworkers specifically in the Central Valley. The state is expecting to receive 380,000 doses of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as early as next week, which could further open up opportunities to rural areas because that vaccine does not need refrigeration.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has fewer handling restrictions than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being used. Those vaccines require two doses to be fully effective and must be stored at extremely low temperatures.

The governor also said that though the state has set up a system that can administer about 2.7 million doses weekly and hopes to get to 4 million doses weekly, California is hindered by supply. However, the state would be upping its allocation of vaccines by an average of 58% for the Central Valley. 

"58% is average for the entire Valley. That includes many parts of the Valley. Let me be more specific: when we were in Arvin, we talked about Kern County's allocation being closer to 78%--certain parts of the Valley doing a little bit better than other parts of the Valley," Newsom said. 

Youth sports can resume in certain counties today

Starting today, all outdoor sports can resume in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000. The counties that qualify in our area include Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado who all met the threshold. On the other hand, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties will have to wait just a little while until their coronavirus numbers decrease. 

Now when it comes to indoor sports, like wrestling or basketball, they will have to wait their turn. They have not been given the greenlight to compete indoors, due to the possibility of high transmission rates.

According to local officials, the state of California may have benefitted from being one of the last states to be cleared for outdoor sports. 

"We've seen what has happened in other states," Will DeBoard, assistant commissioner with CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, said. "And yeah, there's been some outbreaks here and there, but it's not nearly been as bad as people anticipated. With California testing kids, if someone tests positive, they'll be able to shut that down real quick."

Now keep in mind that high contact sports like football, rugby, and water polo will test their athletes weekly and those test results must be available within 24 hours of competitions.

"It's an exciting thing,” DeBoard said. “People are really happy. It's baby steps. And we took a nice positive step on Friday to be able to have a lot more sports happening. Get kids back out there and be more active."

Governor's vaccine plan aims to reopen California classrooms

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is continuing his push to reopen more schools for in-class instruction with a plan broadly outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers. 

Last week, the Democratic governor announced that at least 10% of the state’s vaccine supply would go to education workers. That translates roughly to 75,000 doses a week. Newsom has come under increasing political pressure to get California’s public schools back open. The majority of the state’s 6 million K-12 public school students have not been inside a classroom since March 2020 due to the pandemic. 

California’s powerful teachers unions have repeatedly said that getting teachers vaccinated is key to reopening classrooms. Newsom and lawmakers disagree.

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