UC system may no longer receive vaccines as distribution shifts to county

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As California looks to Blue Shield to assist in the statewide distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, there is a chance that the UC system the university may no longer receive doses to vaccinate the campus communities.

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As California looks to Blue Shield to assist in the statewide distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the UC system is left wondering whether they will continue to receive doses.

The state’s decision indicated a shift to county-based mass vaccination programs, which may mean that the university will no longer receive doses to vaccinate the campus community, according to a campuswide email sent Friday.

Campuses are unlikely to acquire new doses for at least the next two weeks or until the vaccine is more widely available, the email notes. Those who received their first dose from UC Berkeley’s University Health Services, however, should be able to receive their second dose as well.

In the meantime, UC health officials have been and will continue to advocate for vaccine shipments to their campuses.

Though those working in higher education, including campus faculty and staff, may not be able to get vaccinated on-site, they are still eligible to be vaccinated the California Department of Public Health’s, or CDPH, guidelines. Campus recommends that they visit the CDPH “My Turn” website to receive notifications regarding vaccine eligibility and availability.

Veronica Roseborough is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @v_roseborough.