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New state dashboard tracks COVID-19 vaccines available, errors arise – KCRA Sacramento

A new statewide dashboard tracks who has COVID-19 vaccines and how many.The “Vaccines on Hand” dashboard was released this week but not without data issues. Upon its release, the dashboard reported Yolo County having tens of thousands more available doses of the vaccine on hand than reality.An error in categorizing the data, which a spokesperson for the California Department of Public Health said came from a misclassification, ended up showing Yolo County has more than 45,000 available doses of the vaccine. The county had a little over 2,300, according to county officials. Vaccines for FEMA sites are being stored at a warehouse in Yolo County and were inadvertently added to the county’s inventory, according to CDPH spokesperson Darrel Ng. FEMA has its own categorization on the Vaccines on Hand dashboard.According to an information window on the dashboard, non-California-based chains, like Safeway, aren’t including in the inventory. The state also said providers like Kaiser and Sutter are reported under their corporate names and are not included in county numbers.State officials said the data is received daily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine database, VaccineFinder. The site goes on to say while the numbers reflect vaccines on hand, it does not take into account those already planned for appointments.The state said it is working to make the dashboard more transparent and will update it accordingly.

A new statewide dashboard tracks who has COVID-19 vaccines and how many.

The “Vaccines on Hand” dashboard was released this week but not without data issues. Upon its release, the dashboard reported Yolo County having tens of thousands more available doses of the vaccine on hand than reality.

An error in categorizing the data, which a spokesperson for the California Department of Public Health said came from a misclassification, ended up showing Yolo County has more than 45,000 available doses of the vaccine. The county had a little over 2,300, according to county officials.

Vaccines for FEMA sites are being stored at a warehouse in Yolo County and were inadvertently added to the county’s inventory, according to CDPH spokesperson Darrel Ng. FEMA has its own categorization on the Vaccines on Hand dashboard.

According to an information window on the dashboard, non-California-based chains, like Safeway, aren’t including in the inventory. The state also said providers like Kaiser and Sutter are reported under their corporate names and are not included in county numbers.

State officials said the data is received daily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine database, VaccineFinder. The site goes on to say while the numbers reflect vaccines on hand, it does not take into account those already planned for appointments.

The state said it is working to make the dashboard more transparent and will update it accordingly.

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