Gavin Newsom is likely to sign bills that would expand vaccine coverage in the state.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat who sponsored the bill that would increase vaccine coverage from 2,000 to 6,000 doses, said it’s time to move forward on a plan to expand vaccine availability.
“It is time to get it done,” she said.
“We need to go back to the drawing board and do it in a way that is not a partisan issue.”
The bill, which has bipartisan support, would expand coverage to 3,000 vaccinations for pregnant women, 1,000 for adults and 600 for children under the age of 12.
The governor is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of this month.
“This is a very difficult time,” Skinner said.
“I think we need to take a hard look at how we can get vaccines on the table for all Californians in a timely manner.”
Skinner said she was optimistic the bill would pass the state legislature, and she said the state’s governor was open to expanding the vaccine coverage for pregnant and nursing women.
She said she hopes to see some of the state funding for vaccinating pregnant women begin rolling out next month.
She added that while she believes the state can do more, it needs to focus on the children first.
“The priority is our children, so we need them vaccinated, but I think that is the most important thing to do,” Skinner told ABC News.
“They need to get vaccinated.”
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