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There were also 637 deaths reported Thursday to Friday, bringing the state’s death total to 32,291.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Save Mart pharmacies now administering COVID-19 vaccine

Select Save Mart pharmacies in Stanislaus County will soon be equipped to administer coronavirus vaccine.

According to a press release, the pharmacies have already received their first shipment of the vaccine and they are working with the county to begin administering it to eligible Californians based on state and county guidelines.

“Save Mart pharmacists are trained to administer vaccines and are trusted vaccinators in their communities, providing seasonal flu and other routine vaccines as part of their established services,” a spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Each pharmacy is scheduling appointments for eligible individuals, which includes healthcare workers. Those eligible can call their local Save Mart pharmacy to schedule an appointment.”

Opening of Dodgers Stadium as mass vaccination site 

Gov. Newsom and local leaders in Los Angeles unveiled the mass vaccination site at LA’s Dodger Stadium today, streaming live on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Facebook page.

Gov. Newsom said California needs to speed up the pace of vaccination, not just at Dodger Stadium, but throughout the state, as well. He added that while we’re still battling the holiday surge, positivity rates, case rates, deaths and hospitalizations have all gone down. Newsom urged we as Californians still can’t let our guard down because we don’t want another surge.

Cal Expo is a much smaller site than Dodger Stadium but has the same mindset of trying to move as many people as possible, Newsom said. So far, 1.88 million doses have been administered in California.

State releases latest COVID-19 statistics 

On Friday, the state of California announced the state total of COVID-19 cases is now at 2,859,624. There were also 637 deaths reported Thursday to Friday, bringing the state’s death total to 32,291.

State urged to move inmates to front of vaccine line

Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state officials and a federal judge to advance about 1 of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccinations. They are lobbying to immediately vaccinate about 9,000 inmates who have underlying medical conditions. They say it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups. 

More than 4,000 of the state’s 95,000 inmates have active infections, including 1 of every 3 at a Central Coast men’s prison and 1 of every 10 at the state’s largest women’s facility where an advocacy group says officials bungled their response.

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