Blue Shield of California President and CEO Paul Markovich discussed Blue Shield of California’s role as the state of California’s third party administrator (TPA) to manage the enhanced provider vaccination Network. Here are highlights from his interview.
"How do we make sure we supply them in an appropriate way? How do we make sure they have predictable supply so they can make appointments and honor them going forward? It's really a logistical and coordination effort. We are not actually doing the vaccinating or creating the vaccine. But if we can get the system to run at optimal efficiency and smoothly it means we will the maximum vaccine to Californian's and get the right people vaccinated in the right order," said Markovich.
Markovich says they are prioritizing their vaccine allocation plan based on several factors including, "What is the infection rate for COVID-19 as a percentage of the population? What is the death rate for COVID-19 as a percentage of the population in each region? The Central Valley will be first in line, followed by Southern California and some Bay Area Counties. The entire Bay Area will be part of the third and final wave.
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