When we started this newsletter, one of the purposes behind it was to help connect as many people as possible to the available vaccines.

Now in such a short time, we're seeing more vaccines than there are people lining up to get them. Large scale vaccination sites are shutting down almost as quickly as they've opened. County health departments are shifting their strategy, focusing on smaller venues closer to where people live.

But soon, we'll have an influx of young people seeking vaccinations. The Pfizer vaccine is expected to get emergency use authorization for adolescents 12 to 15 years old any day now.

Since my mom, my husband, my son and I have all been vaccinated, my 13-year-old daughter has been itching to get hers. She's had two battles with Kawasaki's Disease, but every expert I've asked, including her own doctors, have all said getting COVID-19 would be much worse for her so she needs the vaccine.

We used to complain about how few vaccines were available, now the complaints are about how few people are willing to get them. Slowly, but surely, some vaccine skeptics are turning into the vaccine ready. With large outbreaks abroad and the U.K. variant spreading here in the U.S., now is the time to act. Don't wait!

In hope and health,
- Denise Dador, ABC7 Circle of Health Reporter

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TRACKING THE VACCINE: California by the numbers


Note: We collected this data on the evening of May 4. Some data sources lag by about a day.

Los Angeles County
About 4.8 million people, or roughly 59% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 3. About 3.3 million people, or 40% were fully vaccinated.

In total, the county has administered about 7.7 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered about 1 million vaccine doses, a decrease of 27% from the roughly 1.4 million doses it administered two weeks before.

Orange County
About 1.5 million people, or roughly 61% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 3. About 1.1 million people, or 43% were fully vaccinated.

In total, the county has administered about 2.6 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered about 366,000 vaccine doses, a decrease of 22% from the roughly 467,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

Riverside County
About 916,000 people, or roughly 49% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 3. About 646,000 people, or 35% were fully vaccinated.

In total, the county has administered about 1.5 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered about 196,000 vaccine doses, a decrease of 24% from the roughly 259,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

San Bernardino County
About 740,000 people, or roughly 45% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 3. About 515,000 people, or 31% were fully vaccinated.

In total, the county has administered about 1.2 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered about 169,000 vaccine doses, a decrease of 23% from the roughly 220,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

Ventura County

About 414,000 people, or roughly 61% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 3. About 298,000 people, or 44% were fully vaccinated.

In total, the county has administered about 690,000 doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered about 93,000 vaccine doses, a decrease of 22% from the roughly 119,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

Nationwide and Statewide
In the United States, according to CDC data, about 147.9 million people, or roughly 56.1% of the over 16 population were at least partially vaccinated as of May. 4. About 106.2 million people, or 40.3% were fully vaccinated.

The same data shows about 19.7 million people, or roughly 63% of the over 16 population in California were at least partially vaccinated. About 12.7 million people, or 40.5% were fully vaccinated.

This puts California at rank number 10 in terms of the percent of people over 16 at least partially vaccinated, and at rank number 28 in terms of people fully vaccinated.

Sources: County-by-county data comes from the California Department of Public Health, state-by-state data comes from the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

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