Newsom pledges more vaccines for Central Valley farmworkers

Plus: Golden State’s new COVID-19 cases down 32%, emaciated sea lions are showing up in Ventura County, and $600 state-issued stimulus checks approved for low-income households.

It’s the start of a new week, and I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you the latest headlines on this Monday.

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A COVID-19 vaccine update

Registered nurse Patrice Holley prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Riverside County run clinic in Indio, Calif., on February 10, 2021.

Let’s get this party started with some of Monday’s vaccination numbers: California has administered 7.3 million COVID-19 doses of the 8.8 million that have been delivered statewide. The state has shipped 9.3 million doses. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, about 2 million of the 6 million doses delayed by last week’s winter weather were delivered over the weekend. As for the rest, “We expect to rapidly catch up this week,” Psaki said on ABC.

Newsom pledges more shots for Central Valley farmworkers

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference in Coachella, Ca., February 17, 2021.

More vaccines are headed to California’s vast Central Valley, an agricultural region whose workers and residents have been hard hit by the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. 

The multi-county region, which includes the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield, will get significantly more vaccines this week dedicated to farmworkers. The governor has made equitable access to the coronavirus vaccine a priority, and the change in allocation formula comes as the state moves to inoculate others beyond health care employees in essential jobs, including food and farmworkers and teachers.

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