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santa clara county. late word that it is expanding its vaccine eligibility. also here tonight, big news in berkeley. the city announces a timeline to reopen schools. it calls for educators to get vaccinated and in-person learning by the end of next month. plus, one teacher's success story. his education evolution egged on by the pandemic. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. tonight, reeling from the bumpy rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, 24 hours after fema opened its first mass site in oakland we're getting a better idea of the constraints and the confusion over trying to get an appointment. supply may be part of the problem. we now know 2,891 vaccinations were administered yesterday. that's less than half of the goal of 6,000. good evening. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. thank you for joining us. a lot of people have tried to get a shot at that site, especially those in san
francisco. that's because moscone center, the city's largest mass vaccination site, is on pause until monday due to a lack of vaccine supply. abc 7 news i-team reporter stephanie sierra is finding out that trying to access one site, stephanie, while another is closed is awfully complicated. >> yes, it is complicated, dan, but it doesn't have to be. the oakland coliseum site was launched with the premise of serving northern california, yet it's available to those eligible in alameda and san mateo counti counties. but not if you're in san francisco county. >> and he turned and said you can go in now. i almost fainted. >> reporter: mar yea tambarino is a 74-year-old uc berkeley professor eligible to get vaccinated under phase 1b. despite living in alameda county she was able to secure an appointment at the moscone center last week before it temporarily closed. >> before i knew it the shot was in my arm and i was in the waiting area. >> reporter: yet sheila ivlev's 85-year-old father, a san francisco resident, didn't have the same luxury. >> it was so chaotic.
it was so unorganized. >> reporter: she took her parents to kaiser in oakland to get the shot. no luck scheduling with the oakland coliseum site. >> there are so many things within the process that need to be improved. >> reporter: after being closed for eight days, the appointment backlog at the moscone center could climb to over 8,000. >> what about these poor people this week that have return appointments? >> reporter: yet teachers in san francisco can't go across the bridge to get vaccinated in alameda county like tambarino did. accord to the state's myturn site, if you work in the education and childcare industry in alameda, napa or san mateo counties you do qualify. but for teachers in san francisco county you don't qualify. >> i think it's wrong and it's unfair. they should be able to access the coliseum site. >> reporter: san francisco supervisor matt hady wants this to change. >> what went wrong here? >> one of the things that went wrong is each of the counties decided to move on at different times when really i think we should be making a decision collectively of when to expand
eligibility, particularly because we are all relying now increasingly on sites that are intended to serve the region. >> reporter: the moscone center mass vaccination site will reopen on monday after receiving additional doses from the state. the question is how long will the supply last? >> and what will happen if it's paused again? >> that's a good question. since it was made very clear that the oakland coliseum site was intended to serve northern california, we have reached out to cal o.e.s., which is managing the site with fema, to get more clarification, but we are still waiting to hear back at this point. stephanie sierra, abc 7 news. >> stephanie, any update on the supply san francisco county is expected to receive, what, next week? >> reporter: yes. at this point we know it will be enough to sustain the moscone site for at least the next week. we heard from the state's distribution task force that supply isn't expected to significantly ramp up until mid march. now, the biden administration is increasing doses with an additional 2.6 million for each
state, but we are told that won't have a significant impact here in the bay area. of course, as always we'll keep a close eye on it. >> okay. for sure. stephanie, thank you. in just the past hour health officials in santa clara county announced they're expanding vaccine eligibility. beginning february 28th, childcare and education workers, food and agriculture workers, and emergency service workers will be able to get vaccinated. >> this expansion of eligibility will help ensure that many of our essential workers, particularly those essential workers who are living in communities that have been hardest hit, will have access to vaccine. >> the county says to reach these essential workers they will be expanding some vaccine site hours and reaching out to businesses with eligible employees. dr. sarah cody says the goal for the next two weeks is to get more people age 65 and older vaccinated to make sure more appointments are open when that eligibility expands. alameda county now has two large
mass vaccination centers, one at the oakland coliseum and the other now open in the tri-valley area at the county fairgrounds in pleasanton. as abc 7 news reporter laura anthony explains, this one allows eligible people from a variety of health care providers to get vaccinated in one place. >> reporter: where once there were ferris wheels and carnival rides there are cars. at the pleasanton fairgrounds, the first day of a new mass vaccination site in alameda county. perhaps not as fun as a thrill ride but a huge relief for many. >> i'm happy. >> we are excited to be able to vaccinate our communities, get everyone healthy and be getting back to a new normal. >> reporter: those receiving shots were divided into lanes based on whether they signed up through their provider, sutter or stanford health, or the county's website. unlike it's been for many these days, for salonia williams the process of getting an appointment was relatively easy. >> i'm pleasantly surprised.
i was kind of apprehensive. but i just got online last night. i was surprised that i was able to get an appointment today. so that was good. and i thought, well, okay, go for it. >> reporter: like all of the mass vaccination centers we've seen here so far in california, this one could ramp up and do a lot more doses per day once they have the supply. >> as that supply grows and as that supply develops, we'll actually be able to scale this up in a pretty meaningful way. potentially up to 5,000 a day. >> reporter: at this point the supply is sufficient to ensure that those who receive their first dose here can come back and get their second in three weeks. in pleasanton laura anthony, abc 7 news. governor newsom says california's covid rate of positive tests is now 3.3%. one month ago it was 11.3%. the rate of infection is now at a very low .65 and 6.3 million
vaccines have been given out. the governor says he expects more than a million doses from the federal government next week. but there is a caveat. >> 1.3 million. that's good. but clearly on the basis of what we are administering on a daily basis it's not enough. we'll run through that supply in less than a week. it's official. berkeley public schools will begin reopening for in-person learning. the youngest children should be back in class beginning in late march. high schoolers are scheduled for mid april. abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez says the return hinges on getting teachers vaccinated. >> reporter: berkeley will have enough supply to begin vaccinating teachers who serve preschool through second grade. that's because berkeley is one of four cities in california with its own public health department. >> the city of berkeley through its public health department is able to acquire vaccines. >> reporter: those teachers with the youngest students will be first starting the week of
february 22nd. the rest of the elementary school teachers will be phased in beginning march 1st. secondary school teachers the week of march 8th. the city of berkeley is hoping to get more of the pfizer vaccine, which requires a shorter time period for full vaccination. this means teachers could start earlier. in the next few days teachers will receive a link from the berkeley unified school district, which will allow them to make appointments. the goal is to have the youngest kids, preschool through second grade, back in the classroom by march 29th. grades 3 through 5, 6 through 8, and 9th-graders would return the week of april 12th. 10th through 12th-graders are expected back on april 19th. students will return to campus in a hybrid mode. school will continue through the first week of june. >> the fact that we may have two full months to return to school before the end of the school year i think is an enormous win for our students and families. >> i didn't think it was real.
i was like are we really going back with only two months left? but then we got the e-mail and our parents did. i was happy, though. it's better than zoom and online school. >> we have so many kids at this school and we're like rubbing elbows in the hallway, and i don't know how it's going to work. >> reporter: so if all goes as planned, this will be the vaccination site for teachers. golden gate fields in berkeley. take i-80 and get off at the buchanan exit. lyanne melendez, abc 7 news, berkeley. the outcry by parents for public schools to reopen across the bay area has been strong. in rohnert park today abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman found a school that is physically ready and a teacher who has never left. >> reporter: it is not supposed to be a lonely place. rancho catadi high school in rohnert park. or any campus right now. empty benches. empty quads. and much too quiet at what would be lunchtime. >> it's kind of sad. but you know, it's reality. >> reporter: one unlike any challenge that john anderson has
dealt with in 35 years of teaching. have a great day, says the note in this classroom that has not seen kids since march. though even with distance learning john has been here behind his desk for them almost every day. >> i do everything i can to give them as much normalcy as i can. and being here is the best way i can do it. >> reporter: he says he's never worked as hard and surprisingly -- >> what happens is our failure rate is lower than in a regular year. >> reporter: instead of having kids take six classes all year long the school has them do a year's worth of work in three at a time. here's principal louis gancy. >> there's only three teachers to keep track of from a student's perspective and so it's a lot easier to focus. >> reporter: physically the district says this campus is ready for students to return. they'll be able to take temperatures before those kids walk through the door. they'll be able to test them for covid-19 every two weeks. in classrooms there are virus-killing air filtration systems and hand sanitizers.
only 14 desks to a classroom. socially distanced. all according to state guidelines. >> i don't think anyone would imagine the things that we've had to do in the last year in order to do what we're supposed to do. >> and that's the problem. everything has to be approved by the county health department and the state health department. >> reporter: when sonoma county enters the less risky red tier, they hope to see students here again. that big billboard paid for by parents on the highway nearby? they hear the message. >> it's fair to people are frustrated with what's going on. it is not fair to blame teachers for this. >> reporter: around here nobody wants a ghost town. at rancho catady high school in rohnert park, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> and one more note about covid-19 before we move on. new data from the cdc shows that among the first people in minnesota to be diagnosed with the uk variant three had traveled out of the country but three others appear to have contracted the virus on a trip to california. it is estimated the uk variant
could become the predominant variant in the country by next month. it is spreading quickly. a lot more to come as we continue. a big turnout for the dedication of a new street in oakland. this one honors the co-founder of the black panther party. find out how huey newton was not just a ♪ ♪ ♪ why do you build me up, build me up... ♪ ♪ buttercup... ♪ ♪ baby just to let me down! ♪ ♪ let me down! ♪ ♪ and mess me around... ♪ ♪ and worst of all, worst of all ♪ if you ride, you get it. geico motorcycle. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
today the city of oakland unveiled dr. huey p. newton way. it is named in memory of the man who co-founded the black panther party. >> the section of street is where newton took his last breath at 9th street and mandela parkway. it's been more than 30 years since newton was killed on that street corner. >> organizers tell abc 7 news race and culture reporter julian glover how newton was much more than a black panther. >> two, one! [ cheers ] >> reporter: on what would be his 79th birthday a three-block
stretch of 9th street in west oakland now bears the name of the revolutionary founder of the black panther party, dr. huey p. newton way. his widow fredericka newton filled with joy as she speaks with me one on one. >> overwhelmed. it's our first kind of tangible result of so much effort and not the last. >> there's a reason why we're renaming huey p. newton way so many years later after he died in '89. because his name was demonized by the immediate y. he created the most popular revolutionary organization of the 20th century. >> reporter: for decades the narrative of the black panther party founded in oakland in 1966 has centered around images like these. but what about the black panthers' breakfast program that became the blueprint for the federal government's school breakfast program? why were those positive images of the party's history largely non-existent until now? >> they only liked to show sinister videos or pictures of us carrying guns. that was not what the black
panther party was about. we fed them. we clothed them. we made sure they were healthy with free clinics. so that's based on love. and those were the positive things about the black panther party that the media never showed. >> revolutionary. >> i am! >> i am! >> a revolutionary! >> reporter: the street renaming honoring newton comes less than a week after the release of the film "judas and the black messiah" starring daniel kaluuya. he plays fred hampton, leader of the illinois chapter of the black panther party. here's kaluuya on gma talking about the push to rewrite the narrative on the party's legacy. >> it articulates what a lot of people are feeling in this current moment. in seeing the black panther party and chairman fred hampton had the ideas, the philosophies and the strategies in order to help the black community. >> the history of the black panther party is oakland history. >> yes. >> and for so long that's been denied. now it can't. >> no, we can't. >> what does that mean to you? >> it means everything to me.
now children will grow up to see images that look like them that give them hope to know they too can make a difference, that they too can make a change in their community. >> reporter: the renaming of a part of 9th street here in west oakland after dr. huey p. newton is only the first of many public tributes to the black panther party on october 24th a bronze bust of newton will be unveiled right here on this granite slab ensuring that black panther party history will be a part of oakland's history forever. reporting in west oakland, julian glover, abc 7 news. there are new developments in that coyote attack in moraga. the california department of fish and wildlife has confirmed that the animal that bit a 3-year-old girl yesterday is the same coyote responsible for three other attacks in the same area. the girl fortunately wasn't seriously hurt when she was bitten while walking with her mother on calle lamontmontmontmt
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during our presidents day sales event, ■s now through march 1st. new at 5:00, check out this flower bloom offighway 1 in santa cruz county. it's gorgeous. people took advantage of the nice weather to stop and take photos this afternoon including one couple who drove to the coast from the east bay. >> this is incredible. so beautiful. so vibrant. we saw all the cars stopped and thought it was a good chance to stop and take some pictures and breathe in the fresh air. >> oh, yeah. breathe it in. i mean, as long as you're not too allergic to any of that. you can see this bloom yourself off highway 1 just south of bonnie dune road. thatere the case.ng, dan, if but it's gorgeous. >> that is absolutely stunning. isn't it? and huge. what a vast field of flowers. >> it's awesome. let's turn to meteorologist sandhya patel. it is beginning to smell a little like spring out there,
sandhya. i know we've got a ways to go, but it's nice. >> yeah. and looking like it too out there. wiout a doubt. that was absolutely gorgeous. dan and ama, i want to show you another beautiful presunset view right now from our emeryville camera. yes, the■s clouds are beginng to increase ahead of our next system that is coming in, but overall just■g looking beautifu outside. live doppler 7 showing you a few clouds up around the north bay in parts of san francisco. temperatures today, they came "up" to 9 degrees warmer in san carlos. five degrees warmer novato. concord, livermore it was such a beautiful day. mostly 60s for highs. here's a lovely view from our golden gate bridge camera and it's a gentle breeze outside right now. 56 in the city. it is 65 in oakland. 61 degrees in san jose and 60 in morgan hill. check this out from our san jose camera. you're seeing the sun getting ready to set over the shark tank there. 59 in santa rosa. 62 napa, concord. and 60 degrees in livermore. temperatures first thing in the morning they're going to be dropping. i don't think it's going to be
nearly as cold as it was this morning because of the high cloud cover but don't get me wrong, it's still going to be chilly. mid 30s for our coldest inland valleys in the north bay. 34 in santa rosa, 36 napa. livermore 37 degrees. concord down to 38 in san jose and low to mid 40s for the bay and along the coast. now, tomorrow afternoon we will see a mix of sun and high clouds in the south bay. 66 san jose. gilroy. 63 in sunnyvale. on the peninsula you're looking at temperatures that will be in the upper 50s to the mid 60s. mountain view 64 degrees. 58 in half moon bay. around san francisco 60 degrees. daly city 58. north bay temperatures. 62 in santa rosa. 61 in san rafael. this is where the cloud cover will be the heaviest as you will get the rain first tomorrow night. in the east bay 63 in oakland, 64 hayward. head inland and it's going to be partly cloudy. 64 degrees in concord and livermore. level one system coming in tomorrow night for the north bay but for the rest of the bay area on friday that's when the showers will spread to all regions.
slippery conditions on the roadways. especially for friday and saturday morning. so tomorrow night you will notice the rain is around 10:00 in the north bay. you have to wait until early if i morning before you start seeing the showers spreading across the rest of the bay area. 8:00 a.m. the commute will be slow and slippery for parts of the bay area going into saturday morning. some scattered showers very early. but the rest of your weekend will be dry. in terms of rainfall totals not a lot. we're expecting a light system. so between thursday night and saturday .05 in san jose to about a quarter of an inch in places like san francisco. accuweather seven-day forecast tomorrow night the rain arrives in the north bay. scattered showers friday and saturday mornings followed by sunshine and look at those temperatures. they're trending higher. well above normal for this time of year with 70s showing up next week. ama and dan? >> wow. that is incredible. thank you, sandhya. >> mid 70s no less. well, here's a question. what's the difference between a diaper and a
for in giants camp, the return of star catcher buster posey, who opted out of last season to care for newborn twins. but don't fear. he found a way to keep in shape when his oldest son doesn't feel like helping. >> the fun thing with him is i'll change a diaper from a baby and ball it up real tight. he knows i'm about to fire it at him. so he'll go running. i'm keeping my arm in shape that way, firing diapers at him. >> that sounds awesome. but the a's also reported today pitcher frac pitcher frankie montas was not present because he tested positive for covid. catcher shawn murphy was also absent as recovers from a collapsed lung. but fortunately they are both expected to be good and ready to play for opening day. health comes first. >> right. ama, i hope that buster tightens, tapes that diaper down really tightly before he throws it around the house. >> yeah, yeah. you've really got to make sure it's wrapped up good. >> it could be unpleasant. >> "world news tonight" with
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