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With COVID-19 vaccines still in short supply in California, there is growing debate about who should be given the next priority for the shots and how soon the state can ramp up efforts to better meet surging demand.

The state has launched a high-level task force to sort out logistics for how residents with disabilities and underlying health conditions will be prioritized next, state officials announced at Wednesday’s vaccine advisory committee meeting.

The group spent significant time discussing how those residents will be factored into the state’s priority guidance — a recommendation that could come as early as Friday.

“We are taking this incredibly seriously. This is the next priority group,” state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said.

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