Sacramento, CA - - On Friday, Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen was joined by eight fellow colleagues in writing a letter to Governor Newsom asking for more accountability in a failed COVID-19 vaccination distribution system.
As of January 17th, 3.2 million COVID-19 vaccines had been distributed to counties throughout California, yet only 40% of the vaccines have been administered. Counties have not been given any promises of funding or reimbursements to carry out vaccine distributions nor have they been given clear communication and directive on the number of incoming vaccines, proper planning or programs to expedite the certification of a number of health care professionals who may administer the vaccine.
"As representatives of California residents, solving COVID-19 and doing everything we can to distribute these vaccines as quickly and efficiently as possible is our number one priority," said Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen. "The health and safety of the people in our communities is important, we hope Governor Newsom will work with us to ensure a smooth distribution and help our counties achieve this daunting task."
Just last week, the Newsom administration announced vaccinations would be expanded to seniors 65 years and older without warning to counties and local public health officials who have not had the proper resources to vaccinate even those classified in Tier 1A.
Assemblywoman Nguyen's colleagues who also signed onto the letter offered the following statements:
“Despite being a national hub of innovation, California ranks at the bottom nationally in vaccine distribution,” Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (AD-06) said. “Every promise that was made to vaccinate Californians quickly has been broken. It is critical that we move to fix these distribution issues immediately. The lives of our residents depend on it."
“Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a disaster for California’s families. The methodology behind the distribution formula and process to vaccinate our State has not been transparent and I urge the administration to provide the facts for our constituents," said Assemblyman Thurston "Smitty" Smith (AD-33).
“It is unacceptable that California is nearly last in the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which is why we are urging Governor Newsom to take a number of steps to maximize the efficiency of this process going forward," Said Assemblyman Steven Choi (AD-68). "Central to this effort requires the state improving its communication and coordination with the counties, which are on the frontlines of delivering this vaccine to every Californian who wants it.”
“We have the opportunity to take a significant step towards defeating the pandemic now that vaccines are becoming available for distribution,” Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) said. “I hope the Governor considers our common sense suggestions to ensure the efficient and effective administering of the vaccines," said Assemblyman Tom Lackey (AD-36).
“I’m happy to have the support of my colleagues as we encourage the Governor to work with us on this important matter.” Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen said. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on getting these vaccines into the arms of Californians' as quickly and efficiently as possible so we can work to harness this virus.”
You can access the letter to Governor Newsom HERE.