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Issa Challenges Newsom to Remake State’s Flawed Vaccine Scheduling

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (CA–50) sent a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom to urgently address California’s needlessly complex and inefficient appointment system for obtaining a COVID vaccine.

Issa said, “The Governor and I can surely agree on this: If you are eligible to get a COVID vaccine, it should not be next to impossible to schedule an appointment. California owes its citizens far better than they’ve been getting so far.”

Multiple media organizations have reported that Californians are struggling to schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccine. In some cases, individuals are logging on day after day without success. Entire extended families have been forced to operate as a team just to make a single appointment for an eligible relative. The process has also not been well-coordinated between state, county and local officials, leading to significant confusion. In his letter, Issa requested immediate corrective actions and asked the Governor to work with public and private entities to streamline the process – in addition to the recent contracting with insurance companies to take over this responsibility from the state.

Read the full letter here.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.