The State of California is now looking to health insurance giant Blue Shield of California to run the state’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery system, following a month of fumbling and bungling on the part of state government agencies.
Blue Shield, along with Kaiser Permanente, will serve as outside administrators to help in the effort to deliver vaccines efficiently and equitably across the Golden State.
The health plan provider will be tasked with creating and managing a statewide vaccine administration network and allocating doses directly to providers.
As of January 27th 2021, California has received a total of 4,728,850 Covid-19 vaccine doses, have been shipped to local and county health departments and health care systems that have facilities in multiple counties.
As of Wednesday January 27th 2021, providers have reported administering a total of 2,730,262 vaccine doses statewide.
The other 2 million vaccine doses are still in cold storage warehouses, bogged down under ineptitude and bureaucratic red tape.
FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state’s coronavirus vaccine delivery system, which to date has been slow, stilted and plagued by confusion, the state health agency said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)