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As COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Make Their Way Across The Country, A Look At Plans For Distribution in Southern California




SPC Angel Laureano holds a COVID-19 vaccine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.
SPC Angel Laureano holds a COVID-19 vaccine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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The United States reached a major milestone last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a COVID-19 vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner, biotechnology company BioNTech, for emergency use. Trucks stocked with the vaccine began rolling out of Pfizer’s facility on Sunday to begin transporting doses across the U.S. The CDC has recommended that frontline health care workers and people living in long-term care facilities be first in line  But getting clearance from federal regulators is just the beginning -- now states and counties across the country turn their focus to the challenge of how to safely, strategically and fairly distribute the vaccine

Today on AirTalk, we’ll look at the plan for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Southern California and hear about the challenges public health officials involved in the distribution are anticipating as the first doses are administered. Plus, we want to know whether you're planning to get vaccinated or not. Will you get it as soon as possible or are you holding off? What are you considering when making your decision? Do you still have questions about it? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

Guests:

Jackie Fortier, health reporter for KPCC & LAist covering the coronavirus; she tweets @JackieFortier

Claire Jarashow, director of L.A. County's Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., professor of psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health; he has served as a consultant on Covid response, ventilator triage, and vaccine allocation to the UC Office of the President, the California Department of Public Health, and the Orange County Department of Health; he is also a member of the Orange County COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force; he tweets @akheriaty

Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital