Newsom sends thousands door to door to do vaccine compliance checks
Right now, thousands of people are out knocking on doors in order to get as many Californians vaccinated as possible.
The state of California has kicked in $10 million to fund the effort, which is being led by Healthy Future California and UCLA, in partnership with 70 community-based organizations.
There are an estimated 2,000 people who are employed “to make peer-to-peer appeals and provide support to help overcome barriers to vaccinations,” according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.
These door-to-door efforts are taking place in Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties.
In California, 39% of residents are fully vaccinated, while another 12% are partially vaccinated, according to the California Department of Public Health. Public health officials have said that at least 70% of the population must be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity.
Newsom in a statement acknowledged that “it’s going to take some new approaches” to reach those people who have yet to be vaccinated.