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Newsom rolls out new quarantine guidelines, update to vaccine distribution

Posted at 6:08 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 21:08:42-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When it comes to the vaccine, Governor Newsom gave a more detailed update on how the state plans to distribute the vaccinations.

"As you know, we not only put together a scientific advisory committee on Oct. 19, but we also established two additional committees. We established the drafting guidelines work group, and we established a community advisory work group. The guidelines work group and the advisory work group are all about equity and distribution-- the nuances-- the details-- the specificity of where these vaccines go, how they are distributed, and how we can guarantee you with the type of transparency you can expect that they truly are being delivered to those most in need with a prioritization."

On Tuesday, Newsom also expanded upon his previous mention of a tiered distribution plan.

Tier one represents people who will get the vaccine first because they are at the greatest risk, this includes people in skilled nursing facilities, paramedics, and those in dialysis centers.

Tiers two and three include other health care workers and people in other high-risk settings.

And new today, Governor Newsom rolled out new quarantine guidelines for Californians. If someone tested positive for coronavirus, typically they'd be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Now, that requirement is reduced to 10 days for asymptomatic people.

As cases rise, health care workers are at an increased demand.

If nurses or doctors get sick, they are subject to a 7-day quarantine.

They must also test negative after five days before returning to work.