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State moving away from mass vaccination sites and focusing on hard-to-reach communities

The state will also begin an at-home vaccination program to cater to homebound Californians and offer free transportation to appointments.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has passed 30 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered. 

To capitalize on the state's success, Gov. Newsom is rolling out new initiatives to help vaccinate those in the state's hard-to-reach communities.

To help reach those areas, the state is moving away from mass vaccination sites to a targeted outreach approach with smaller vaccination clinics in communities with the highest disease burden. 

"These enhanced initiatives build on the community-based approach the state has taken throughout this crisis, in order to ensure vaccines are easily within reach of more people," Newsom said in a press release.

The state will also begin an at-home vaccination program to cater to homebound Californians in hard-to-reach communities and offer free transportation to vaccination appointments. Residents can call 833-422-4255 for more information about these programs. 

Additional actions that the state will implement include:

  • More transparency - "The state's covid19.ca.gov website now displays data on California's progress in vaccinating groups and communities with the most urgent need"
  • More outreach - "Modeled after successful ground-level campaigns, a new state "Get Out the Vaccine" effort coordinates with 70 community-based organizations to employ callers and door-knockers to help Californians make a plan to get vaccinated." The program is expected to employ roughly 2,000 people.
  • Grants - "The state is now making available an additional $34.2 million in funding for underserved and high-risk communities throughout California's other counties. This funding will be directed by local health jurisdictions to support back-end operations and expand vaccine distribution to enhance targeted outreach in communities and ZIP codes most impacted by COVID-19."

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