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California's New Goal: Vaccinate A Million People In 10 Days

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Kathy Ferris (2L) and Holly Longmuir (R) talk with frontline workers before administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center on December 15, 2020 in Martinez, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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California now aims to immunize 1 million people within the next 10 days, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan announced this week.

Officials are recruiting dentists and other health professionals to become vaccinators, and Gov. Gavin Newsom asked state lawmakers to approve $300 million to support the vaccination push.

Here's Pan:

"We do need to move faster, especially in the middle of this surge."

Pan's announcement, made Wednesday at a vaccine community advisory committee
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meeting, came as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge and as a more infectious variant of the virus takes root. It was also an acknowledgment of the widespread criticism that the state has moved too slowly to vaccinate its first priority group of frontline health care workers and nursing home residents.

But many questions remain unanswered about how the next — and much larger — wave of Californians will be vaccinated, even as doctors and other health providers in the first priority group are complaining to state officials that they still can't get access to the vaccines.

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