COVID-19 vaccines arrive in San Bernardino County, health care workers to receive first doses
Health care workers in San Bernardino County began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.
Five high-risk, front-line health care workers at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center are among the first in the Southern California county to receive the first doses.
The county received 15,600 initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which was federally approved for emergency use.
"The arrival of the vaccines provides hope among health care workers in their 24/7 efforts to help people get better and stay safe," officials said in a press release Wednesday morning.
Additional doses of the vaccine are being flown across the county and to rural areas by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's aviation team.
The county has reported 129,522 COVID-19 cases and 1,241 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began. Health care workers in the county represent 4,640 total positive cases.
Across the state, 60,297 health care workers have tested positive for the virus; 230 have died as of Monday.
More than 327,000 doses of the first COVID-19 vaccine have arrived or are in transit across California this week. Hospitals in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Eureka were the first to administer the vaccines on Monday.
Another 24 hospitals in the state were expected to receive vaccines on Tuesday, along with an additional five on Wednesday.
An additional 393,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive across the state next week.
California has nearly 1.4 million doses already committed for state health care workers this month. Gov. Gavin Newsom's goal is to exceed 2.1 million by the end of the year.
This is a developing story; check back for updates.
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