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COVID vaccinations lag for people on Medi-Cal

Original post made on Aug 1, 2021

In all California counties, Medi-Cal enrollees have been vaccinated at substantially lower rates than the overall population. Experts point to several factors for this economic divide.

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Posted by Cassie Verdugo
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 1, 2021 at 10:09 am

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Simple solution...just go into these low-vax neighborhoods with a mobile innoculation center on weekends and during off-hours.

Something along the lines of bookmobile except with vaccines and nurses.

Next question?

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2021 at 11:53 am

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A mobile vaccine unit makes sense. It's time to get creative and do something that will increase the vaccination rates. If you lack access to transportation, bribing people with cash incentives -- people see through the manipulation. If blood drives can be done, you can do vaccine drives. They're doing them in Alberta, Canada at work sites, rural areas, etc. No wonder Canada is ahead of all countries. Some people are confused, and answering questions and educating people is a more effective approach.

Posted by Cam Willard
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 1, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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Another approach...notify all local Medi-Cal recipients that they have 30 days to provide proof of vaccination or they will lose their health benefits and be relegated to Valley-Med in the event of a medical emergency or required medical treatments.

Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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Cam Willard's response above smacks of arrogance, condescension, and blaming Medi-Cal recipients for their own fate.

As a former recipient of Medi-Cal, I can assure you that people can lose their private health insurance and go on public insurance for a wide variety of reasons. My three post-secondary degrees did not prevent me from two major illnesses leading to the loss of my own private health insurance for several years.

We are not unruly children who need to be threatened with deadlines lest we be "stuck" with public hospitals. First of all, Valley Med is affiliated with Stanford and also provides some kinds of innovative care not offered elsewhere. Second of all, many private providers do accept Medi-Cal. I suggest you examine your conscience before making such ugly assumptions about your fellow citizens.

Posted by Henry Beamon
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2021 at 4:11 pm

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Reluctance to get vaccinated might also be culturally or intellectually related.

Of the many Central American refugees detained at the southern U.S. border, nearly 2/3 of them have declined Covid-19 innoculations even if it assured them of an eventual and scheduled asylum appointment with immigration services.

How dumb is that?

Posted by Bethany Giftos
a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 2, 2021 at 4:38 pm

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- "How dumb is that?"

Perhaps more along the lines of distrustful...America has never been known to instill the public's trust in its legal system, the police, or its politicians.

Posted by Marcie Hanson
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2021 at 5:12 pm

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2021 at 6:43 pm

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Simple solution: Just tell them "Your overly generous MediCal benefits will be canceled soon if you and all of your immediate family don't get fully vaccinated. After all, we're giving you this free medical care."
In response we have two demands. Get everyone near you fully vaxed and SHOW PROOF. And BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY, no matter how irresponsible you are. This is called a quid pro quo, but I don't expect any of you to understand that simple phrase, or even that simple concept.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2021 at 6:45 pm

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no, please tell them where they can go to get their $100.

you guys want to help, that will do more than scolding them, and
FAR more than masking the already vaxxed (which won't convince the unvaxxed to vax AT ALL).

Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 2, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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1. “One challenge is the mixed messaging. People are hearing about the delta variant, about increasing hospitalizations, but at the same time, we've reopened businesses, and I think people have genuine confusion… they're trying to decide what's the right thing to do, so they're doing nothing."

I don’t buy into this premise of “mixed messaging” at all. The vaccine has been widely available for months now and we have all been suffering through this pandemic for about 18 months. The fact that people are that confused and “doing nothing” seems implausible and seems like an excuse, but if it actually is true then it’s just sad. The only questions anyone should have right now potentially, are questions about the vaccines themselves if they have any concerns. Wake up please! This scenario is actually why Biden wanted to start literally going door to door to get vaccinations done and answer any questions.

2. “This is called a quid pro quo, but I don't expect any of you to understand that simple phrase, or even that simple concept.”

Agreed. This concept is too difficult for many of these simpletons. Great point!

3. “No, please tell them where they can go to get their $100.”

I’m not criticizing your post(this time), I just think it’s sad in a general sense that we have to pay people $100 to you know, potentially save their own lives or lives of their family members. Especially, when many poorer nations won’t have access to any vaccine until 2023 at the earliest.
American elitism at its finest.

4. FAR more than masking the already vaxxed (which won't convince the unvaxxed to vax AT ALL).

Just to inform you (as you seem really stuck on this point based on previous posts), the CDC announced the new masking guidance for those vaccinated to mask up because they found vaccinated people can spread the Delta to others. Delta has changed the equation and people will have to adjust. Finally, this isn’t about “individual freedoms.” It’s about public health.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2021 at 8:48 am

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Everything the CDC has announced has not been equally based on good science. Perhaps Delta changed the equation, but I don't see why punishing the fully vaxxed really promotes getting the un-vaxxed vaxxed. It instead seems to inspire the opposite, as we as a society are changing our minds, and now making allowances and adjustments for the powerful unvaxxed. So, in this case, I disagree with the conclusion that "It's about public health." Clearly, that's not all that it's about. It's also sometimes about counter-productive pose.

Posted by Bob Hernandez
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 3, 2021 at 9:03 am

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Another simple solution...

No proof of vaccination > NO ENTRY.

NYC has recently implemented this rule for gyms and restaurants.

It should also be applied regionally to sports arenas, churches and all public gatherings throughout the country.

This is how you will get more folks law.

And the only resistance will come from red states where the people aren't too bright.