Editor,

People were more willing to accept sheltering, closing businesses, masking, testing and tracing in the first wave. But by the second wave people’s risk assessment changed because they knew very few who had died from it since 92% of COVID deaths were of people over 55. Government actions should have been more focused on sheltering those over 55 than closing schools and small businesses.

California government micromanagement has now slowed down the number of vaccinations with a ton of paperwork. The people who normally give vaccinations are fearful of getting caught up in the red tape, being fined or sued. It’s hard for them to assess, let alone certify, that each person who receives a shot is on the  appropriate list. The requirement that dentists take a three-hour course before giving the shot is ridiculous. They’re certainly able to read the instructions or look it up on the internet after three years of medical school.

Along with the scandal at EDD, this is just another reason to sign Newson’s recall petition.

Ed Kahl

Woodside

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(18) comments

Tafhdyd

A national emergency requires national leadership. Unfortunately there has been none in America for nearly four years.

Ray Fowler

Rather than trade political broadsides, let's get the vaccine to people who need it. That should be a non-partisan issue...

Tafhdyd

Good afternoon Ray,

I totally agree with your non-political position on the vaccine. Just get the job done!

It is also easier said than done with the anti-science, anti vaccine, conspiracy theory followers and those that spread the same, think DJT and those that follow him, think TY.

Ray Fowler

Tafhdydicus Maximus

Agreed. Keep the focus on the vaccine... see the target clearly.

Not the time or place but we can banter "and those that follow him," later.

Terence Y

Another of Taffy's Usual Rabid Diatribe. A state emergency requires state leadership. Poor Taffy is still clueless about responsibilities for public health, and as usual, steps in it.

Ray Fowler

Well, I'll be darned...

Just got a "no-reply" email from Sutter Health. The COVID vaccine rollout has started. They started vaccinating their workers this week, and they plan to start inoculations of patients over 75 next week. After that, they will continue vaccinations in accordance with California Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines...

Tommy Tee

👍

Terence Y

Agreed Mr. Kahl. Can we now accuse Governor Newsom of manslaughter or file civil suits against him? Per the LA Times, over two million doses were shipped, yet less than 600k have been administered. I wonder if he’ll now be known as Governor Grew-som?

Ray Fowler

Rather than trade political broadsides, let's get the vaccine to people who need it. That should be a non-partisan issue...

Tommy Tee

Agree 100% with you on this, Ray.

Ray Fowler

Thanks, buddy

Terence Y

Nice thought, Ray, but unfortunately just about everything is becoming political. When you have commenters who continually throw shade at their great President Trump due to their TDS, good luck in having non-partisan dialogues.

Mr. Kahl has written about delays and their causes. Another letter writer today, Mr. Ticehurst, has highlighted the lack of a plan by the Newsom administration. I agree we should get the vaccine to people who need it, but we elected the folks in charge and they’re failing us, so what would you have us do? I posit that it’s fair game to highlight the people that are failing, and if people feel it’s a partisan issue, then so be it.

Do you think if the “little people” suggested using 1 million expiring doses to senior and elder care homes, since they’re the most vulnerable, that anyone would listen? I would hope so, but per Mr. Kahl and Mr. Ticehurst’s letters, CA doesn’t appear to have their act together and as "little people" we're subject to the whims of our so-called leaders. As I commented on another letter, if you're really set upon getting a quick vaccination, you might be better off getting the vaccination through means other than waiting in line, whenever it forms.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Terence

Maybe we are taking different paths to the same mountain top...

I agree there is politicization of this issue, and like you said, it seems like "everything is becoming political." Personally, yes... I can say that Gavin has been a disappointment, but we cannot change horses in midstream at this time. So, let's get rolling on the vaccination issue with an eye on reducing the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in California. Once a workable plan is in place, if folks want to proceed with a recall, then those voices should be heard.

Terence Y

Hi Ray. We disagree on the timing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but is sounds like you’re saying that since a plan is not in place (possibly true, based on less than stellar results), we should have patience while one is drawn up. Mr. Ticehurst is highlighting that since we were aware a vaccine was coming, a plan should already have been in place to expedite distribution. Mr. Kahl is highlighting that if we know distribution should be expedited, red tape, if any, should have been minimized, but hasn’t. Since these are factors under Newsom’s administration which should have been addressed earlier, I’d agree that this scandal is well within reasons for a recall, and no waiting is necessary.

If we board your train and we’re looking for a workable plan, what do you consider an acceptable length of time? Another 3 months? 6 months? Whenever they get their act together? I’d assume that if states cannot use their doses effectively, then future doses will be shipped to other states that have effective vaccination plans. Of course, that could be a faulty assumption and expired doses will be destroyed instead of saving lives, or maybe sold at a discount on gray or black markets. Or maybe a state auction for individual doses – it’ll help with the state budget and delay inevitable future tax increases.

On another note, do you or any other reader know of anyone receiving a COVID vaccine? Which manufacturer and any side effects? I'm sure people are still on the fence as to whether to take the vaccine, or not, even if available. I'm not in a high risk category and currently do not plan on taking the vaccine (I'm not a new anything adopter, so...). Of course, I may already be immune, too.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Terence

A lot to unpack... most importantly... let's get vaccinations rolling out, now.

It's unlikely Sacramento didn't know doses were on the way, and just as unlikely that a distribution plan was ignored. What's the hold up? I don't know, but Gavin can push this issue, now. No waiting for three months or six months, now. Don't you think there's a folder in someone's desk down the hall from Gavin's office with a distribution plan? Pull it out... dust it off... get going. If Gavin can go on TV and announce lock downs to start in three days or so, then we can get moving on vaccinations right away. That's all assuming a roadmap of some sort is available. It can be tweaked along the way but it needs to be implemented, now.

That's assuming a plan is in place. Worst case scenario... there's no plan... none. If that is the case, the technology is available to develop a template for distribution. Get 'er done. This is not the Manhattan Project. It's getting vaccinations delivered through an extensive health care system already in place. Is there a state equivalent to the Defense Production Act? I don't know. If there is... invoke it and get those providers into the vaccination business. If not, get the state assembly and state senate together and make it happen.

Back to politics... no, we cannot auction doses or divert other states' allotments to California. But if Gavin owns the responsibility for the necessity of Herculean efforts to get vaccinations to Californians, then he should be held accountable... but not today... after folks are vaccinated. Let's see the target clearly.

Cindy Cornell

As to opening the economy during the second wave, and just protecting those over 55, my brother is likely dying of covid because his younger wife is an essential worker and was infected, unconsciously bringing the virus home with her after being extremely cautious for months on end. You cannot be serious that we somehow could have protected all those over 55.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Cindy

I think Ed is suggesting there should have been more emphasis on protecting folks in the age vulnerable group than shutting down businesses and schools. It's a balancing act. Part of protecting older Californians would be getting the vaccine to health care providers, and that does not appear to be happening in an efficient manner.

Ray Fowler

Sorry to hear about your brother.

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