A California woman in her 30s who said she's a Disney employee said she got the coronavirus vaccine, when the state is being overwhelmed by a surge in patients

  • A woman who said she is a Disney employee in her early 30s claimed in a Facebook post that she received a vaccine from a California hospital with the help of family connections, The Orange County Register reported.
  • The hospital said in a statement to Insider that "several doses were administered to non-front line healthcare workers so that valuable vaccine would not be thrown away."
  • Healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents have been the first to receive their coronavirus vaccines, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee has recommended.
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A woman who said she works for Disney claimed she received a coronavirus vaccine from a hospital in California, according to local reports, while the state is struggling with an overwhelming surge of coronavirus cases.

The woman in her early 30s said in a Facebook post that she received a vaccine from Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California with the help of family connections, The Orange County Register reported. The Register did not name the woman and reported that she has since taken down the Facebook post.

The hospital said in a statement to Insider that "there were several doses left" after frontline staff was given the vaccines, and "because the reconstituted Pfizer vaccine must be used within hours or be disposed of, several doses were administered to non-front line healthcare workers so that valuable vaccine would not be thrown away."

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee has recommended that healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents be the first to receive their coronavirus vaccines. People who are above the age of 75 and frontline essential workers should be the next population to receive the vaccines, the advisory committee determined.

But these CDC recommendations are merely guidelines: states can, and do, decide who is next in line for these vaccines. Business Insider's Aylin Woodward reported that Florida and Texas are vaccinating people who are above the age of 65 over young frontline essential workers, which splits from the CDC's recommendation. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, seven states "depart" from the CDC's recommendation for the first phase of vaccinations.

Meanwhile, California is seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. At least 30,000 new cases have been added daily over the past 10 days in California, according to The COVID Tracking project. Hospitals in California are setting up tents to take in more patients because they are running out of space.

The state has recorded more than 2 million coronavirus cases and at least 24,419 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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