BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has officially touched down in California. It’s the first batch of vaccines to make its way to the Golden State after months of trials. Now the state is just one step closer to providing it to front-line workers. 23ABC’s Bayan Wang has a breakdown of the distribution plans here locally.

California is expecting at least 327,000 doses of the COVID vaccine as part of the first round of distribution this week. At least a portion of those vaccines arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Sunday night. Now Kern County medical facilities are expecting those doses to arrive.

The race to administer the vaccine has just begun in Kern County as health officials expect 5,850 doses of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine at any moment. Healthcare workers are the first in line to receive the vaccine but even then the first round of supply won’t match the amount of medical personnel, according to Dignity Health Dr. Hemmal Kothary.

“We’re anticipating a little over 2,000 vaccines and we have more than 2,000 staff employed and physicians. So what we are prioritizing who gets the vaccines. So we have to come up with a prioritization list.”

BREAKOUT: Below is a list Kern County Public Health provided about how many vaccines will be allocated to various medical facilities:

Adventist Health Bakersfield – 1045 dosesAdventist Health Delano – 305Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley – 240Bakersfield Heart Hospital – 275Bakersfield Memorial Hospital – 1040Good Samaritan Hospital – 140Kern Medical Center – 1125Kern Valley Healthcare District – 110Mercy Southwest Hospital – 430Mercy Hospital – 795Ridgecrest Regional Hospital – 345

That list would first consider the medical staff working in emergency rooms and ICUs who deal with the most covid patients. But as Kothary told 23ABC News a survey answered by some of their staff shows not all of them are willing to take the first round of the vaccine.

“Currently there are still a lot of people being a little nervous about it. So in general about 50 percent of our staff are willing to take the vaccine first round.”

The results were similar at Adventist Health Bakersfield. The hospital’s spokesman Kiyoshi Tomono said just over half of the 1,800 employees there participated in a similar survey.

“About 45 percent of the folks that responded are indicating that they are willing to get the vaccine, which I think is encouraging. There are additional folks who said that they are interested but not sure they want to be in the first round and I think a lot of that has to do with kind of the uncertainty being a brand new vaccine, this is a brand new process, people have some natural fears that they are expressing.”

While those facilities wait for the vaccine they are providing their staff with information that addresses fears and myths surrounding the vaccine.

The first round of the vaccine is expected any day at medical facilities in Kern County. It will not be enough for all medical staff however they expect an ample amount of vaccines to be distributed within the coming days and weeks.



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