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A new statewide shift in COVID vaccination strategy is coming, at some point, as public health officials prepare for a statewide reopening in less than three weeks, when nearly all virus restrictions will be lifted. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom was set to announce “major new efforts” to vaccinate more people on Wednesday, ahead of the June 15 reopening.

“California estimates there are now 12 million people who are eligible and have not taken their shot to protect their health and the well-being of their communities,” reads Tuesday news release about the vaccine expansion. 

But there’s no details as of Wednesday because the afternoon new conference in Los Angeles was cancelled following a shooting in San Jose that killed eight people, according to various news reports. 

State officials didn’t answer questions about when the plan will be made public.

It’s unclear when the state’s new vaccination strategy will be rolled out as roughly 49% of all Californians have been fully vaccinated — far below the herd immunity threshold of at least 70%.

Locally, Orange County’s public health officials are moving to a neighborhood clinic approach to bolster vaccination rates. 

About 44% of OC’s residents are fully vaccinated, according to data from the county Heatlh Care Agency

The county is slated to close its vaccination supersites by June 6 following a steep drop in demand, although there’s been a recent uptick because children as young as 12 years old are now eligible for the shot. 

Orange County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau credited pediatricians for helping get children vaccinated. 

“I’m happy that our pediatricians in Orange County have stepped up,” Chau told OC Supervisors during Tuesday’s public meeting. 

Numerous health clinic leaders have recently told Voice of OC they’ve also seen an uptick in children getting vaccinated and say the reasons they hear from the kids range anywhere from Summer vacation plans to being able to hang out with their friends.



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