California Counties Expect Demand To Outpace Supply Of COVID Vaccine

As more groups of people become eligible to get the COVID vaccine in April, demand for the vaccine is expected to exceed supply, leading to longer wait times.

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- To our coronaviruses coverage now on this Monday. The state adding more than 2,000 positive cases from Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in California to more than 3 and 1/2 million.

- Within the next couple of weeks, every Californian over the age of 16 will be eligible to get the vaccine. But as more people become eligible, most counties expect far more demand than supply. According to state data, there are about 5.5 million unvaccinated Californians between the ages of 50 and 64 who will be eligible starting on April 1. California expects to get about five million doses in the next two weeks. Now, in theory, that might cover the newly eligible who want a vaccine. But counties warn those doses are not evenly distributed. And there's already a backlog.

JENNY TRAN: But we honestly don't have enough to vaccinate all the current eligible groups in addition to this new group of 50 and older. If it was [INAUDIBLE] slow before, it is going to be much worse unless we can get more doses from the state.

- Counties are only notified one week in advance of just how many doses they will receive. So they can't say and can't predict how long it will take. For instance, in Yolo County, they expect 119,000 unvaccinated people to be eligible within two weeks. But so far, they only know that they'll get 1,400 doses this week.