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California Starts Makeover of Vaccine Plan Amid Mounting Frustrations with Rollout

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A few people in masks standing outside near a sign with information about vaccine distribution
People wait outside a COVID-19 vaccine distribution center at the Kedren Community Health Center on January 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The California Department of Public Health announced an updated COVID-19 vaccine delivery plan this week as the state faces growing criticism over a slow coronavirus vaccine rollout. But the plan, which prioritizes age over risk of infection, is receiving backlash from people with disabilities who may be immunocompromised and don’t yet meet the current age requirement. Currently, those 65 and older are eligible to be vaccinated, in addition to select groups of essential workers. Even eligible seniors, though, report long waits in the cold and trouble navigating appointment systems. Meanwhile, another coronavirus variant, different from the one originating in the U.K., is spreading across California. We’ll talk about the latest coronavirus news impacting Californians.

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Dr. Seema Yasmin, clinical assistant professor of medicine, Stanford University; epidemiologist; former officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; author, "Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them"

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