Blue Shield vows to dramatically speed up California vaccine distribution with new plan

Blue Shield of California will create an algorithm to determine where to allocate COVID-19 vaccines statewide with the goal of being able to administer 3 million shots a week by March 1, according to a contract made public Monday that grants the insurance giant far-reaching powers in overseeing the state’s distribution of doses.

The contract will create a vaccine network in three “geographical waves,” although the areas and timelines for that plan were not included in the contract.

Sources provided The Times with a tentative timeline confirmed by the California Department of Public Health in which Central Valley counties such as Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin and Stanislaus are in the first wave that will begin Feb. 21.
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