After weeks of lagging behind in its distribution of coronavirus vaccines to seniors, Kaiser Permanente is seeking to make up some floor beginning this week.
Kaiser CEO Greg Adams introduced late Saturday that California officers had elevated the healthcare large’s vaccine allotment to extra precisely match its giant share of the state’s healthcare market.
As a outcome, Kaiser is beginning to schedule appointments a number of weeks out and eventually starting to supply vaccine appointments to members who’re 65 and older.
“This will make it simpler so that you can get an appointment and plan forward in your vaccination,” Adams stated within the assertion.
California divvies up its vaccine provide every week amongst 58 California counties and 9 multi-county healthcare networks, together with Kaiser Permanente. But Kaiser officers for weeks had complained that it was receiving a disproportionately small share of vaccines.
In an announcement final month, Adams stated that Kaiser, which serves almost 1 / 4 of Californians, was receiving roughly 40,000 vaccine doses per week however had the capability to manage greater than 200,000. The firm’s solely limitation, he stated, was the supply of and entry to the vaccine.
After advocating for the state to extend its vaccine provide, Kaiser this week is scheduled to obtain 20% of California’s vaccine provide and enhance its capability to ship greater than 600,000 vaccine doses every week throughout California, in accordance with an organization assertion.
Unlike Sutter Health and UCSF Health, which have supplied vaccinations to folks over age 65 for weeks, Kaiser is simply now starting to ebook appointments for members between the age of 65 and 75.
Kaiser is initially reaching out to folks over the age of 65 and who’re on the highest threat of publicity or issues from COVID-19 because of components, reminiscent of underlying medical situations and high-risk professions.
Kaiser members nonetheless can not electronic mail or name the corporate to ebook an appointment however should look forward to the healthcare supplier to contact them and inform them that they’re eligible for a vaccine appointment.
As of Saturday, Kaiser has vaccinated greater than 666,000 Californians, together with greater than 125,000 well being care employees and a whole bunch of hundreds of seniors who’re 75 and older.
“With vaccine provide steadily rising, we sit up for the day when all our members and communities could be vaccinated,” Adams stated in an announcement Saturday. “In the meantime, we stay dedicated to working in partnership with the state of California, different well being care suppliers, and companies to vaccinate everybody we will utilizing each accessible useful resource.”
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