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California Is (Slowly) Rolling Out A One-Stop Shop For COVID-19 Vaccination Sign-Ups

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National Guard members and medical personnel administer COVID vaccines to health care workers at a drive-through distribution site at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Jan. 21, 2021. (Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
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State officials largely have left the on-the-ground logistics of vaccine distribution to local health departments that have partnered with local health providers.

As a result, Californians have had to navigate numerous online registration or notification systems managed by county and city governments, hospitals, and even supermarkets. They have spent hours on screens and on the phone, fruitlessly searching for appointments. Some online platforms have buckled under the strain, going dark for hours at a time.

"It's been frustrating," said Diane Mendoza, a school transportation manager from Visalia. Earlier this week, she spent hours online and on the phone to get a vaccine appointment for her 82-year-old mother.

That could finally be changing, as the state introduces a website called MyTurn (myturn.ca.gov), where residents should be able to learn when they are eligible to receive the vaccine and schedule appointments.

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But the online registry has not yet been widely promoted and still is a work in progress.

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