Newsom Declares Oakland State Vaccination Charge and Encourages Extra to Get Vaccinated – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (BCN) – California Governor Gavin Newsom visited Oakland on Tuesday and encouraged more residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The state is making strides in fighting the deadly virus, with 48 million doses of the vaccine so far, 18 million more than Texas, which has given the second highest number of vaccinations in the United States, Newsom said.
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More than 80 percent of eligible California residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, a milestone Newsom commended.
“We still have a lot to do,” he told reporters Tuesday morning at La Clinica de La Raza, a medical clinic in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, where the press conference was taking place.
“There’s nothing more momentous than what got me here (Oakland) today,” said Newsom.
The governor is about to be dismissed and ballots will be cast before election day on September 14th. Newsom said at least one Republican candidate would end their masked mandate if elected.
The governor announced California’s COVID-19 test positive rate, which is the seventh lowest in the country at 4.6.
“That’s because we are leaders in science,” Newsom said.
He also added that COVID-19 hospital stays in the state have plateaued.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan praised the governor’s leadership in fighting the pandemic.
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She added that Alameda County does even better than the state when it comes to vaccinating residents. More than 88 percent of the county’s eligible residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Still, more needs to be done to vaccinate people in black and Latin American communities, Chan said.
The district contacts the residents directly to have them vaccinated. Workers made 20,000 house calls and spoke to 6,000 people, Chan said.
Residents can call (510) 208-4VAX for information about vaccination.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf also praised Newsom’s pandemic leadership. Like Alameda County, Oakland has a higher vaccination rate than the state, with 86 percent of residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
To further protect the community, Oakland City officials are demanding that city workers get vaccinated or obtain an exemption.
“This policy is official,” said Schaaf on Tuesday morning.
“We just want to encourage everyone out there to get the chance,” said Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clinica de La Raza.
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