Newsom welcomes SD vaccination efforts and hints at pending progress at Orange level
Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a COVID-19 vaccination site in City Heights on Friday, praising San Diego for paving the way for the administration of vaccine doses, especially in its efforts in hard-hit and underserved communities.
Newsom praised the city and county for “leading the way in the State of California in terms of doses administered, in terms of not only responding to the … broad lines on the issue of fairness, but demonstrating them by making the hard work to get into communities like this, working with trusted messengers, working with community organizations, partnering with people … to do the job of making sure we actually deliver on our promises. equity. “
The governor also referred to continued statewide efforts to provide vaccines to the most disadvantaged communities most affected by the pandemic, saying nearly 3.7 million doses have been administered in those areas. He said the state will hit 4 million by next week, “which will allow cities and counties like San Diego to get through those levels faster, eventually reaching a green level that we’ll talk about a lot more about.” next week.
San Diego County remains in the red level of the state’s action plan for a safer economy, which governs the reopening of businesses and recreational activities. The rate of new daily COVID-19 infections in the county is still too high to move to the least restrictive orange level. But when the state hits the milestone of 4 million vaccinations in low-income communities, it will change the threshold from the orange level, making it easier for the county to move forward – possibly as early as next week.
The orange upgrade would allow the county to lift capacity restrictions at retail stores, increase the capacity of businesses such as restaurants, cinemas and fitness centers, while increasing the number of authorized fans. to attend the Padre Games at Petco Park.
“We see a bright light, not just a light, we see a bright light at the end of this tunnel,” Newsom said. “We are now progressing through these levels. We had 13 counties this week move to less restrictive levels. We are seeing businesses reopen. Over 9,000 of our 11,000 schools have either reopened for in-person instruction or have announced a reopening date for in-person instruction.
“We committed over $ 2.5 billion… in grants, not loans, to small businesses – 77% of loans made in our first round went to women-owned businesses, community businesses underserved and to businesses represented by African American and Latino business leaders. We are committed to the cause … of advancing equity. “
But he also stressed the need for people to overcome vaccine hesitancy, preaching vaccine safety and the need for more people to sign up for their doses.
“If you are 50 and over, please go take the time, prepare to get vaccinated,” he said. “We’re not going to come up with collective immunity, we’re not going to get back to that semblance of normalcy unless we get more people vaccinated, unless we prepare over the next few weeks to get to this place,” we all look forward to it. We need everyone who is eligible and willing to participate. “
–City news service