This isn’t difficult to explain

Thursday’s problems didn’t come as a surprise. Despite its reputation as the world’s technology capital, California has struggled to develop a smooth process for Covid-19 vaccine sign-ups. At the top of Californians’ long list of complaints about vaccine distribution is My Turn, the website launched by the state as a hub for scheduling.

Since its launch in January, the system has struggled with glitches. The website often crashes, sometimes doesn’t show any appointments at all, lists appointments that do not actually exist, or at times allows users to sign up for a first vaccine dose but not for the second.

Getting government to do something often is less efficient than getting non-government to do something. Especially in California.

9 thoughts on “This isn’t difficult to explain”

  1. There are two reasons for the jab: protect the vulnerable; produce some measure of herd immunity.

    I assume the very vulnerable (70+, diabetic, etc) are now done. The rest can just get the jab ob a first come first served basis. No technology required.
    (OK, you need a database to stop loonies getting the jab more than twice. And a way for people to know the length of the queue at their local gallery would be nice.)

  2. Centralising the thing in a state of 40m people was the mistake. Distribute the problem to the smallest possible level and let them take care of it as best they can.

  3. Getting government to do something often is less efficient than getting non-government to do something.

    And the more government does, the less well and less efficiently it does all of it.

  4. Andrew M
    April 3, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Centralising the thing in a state of 40m people was the mistake. Distribute the problem to the smallest possible level and let them take care of it as best they can.

    This is California we’re talking about here.

    Its ironic that the Blue states got rich during times when government wasn’t that pervasive or powerful and people did their own things – and then the people who got rich promptly worked their arses off to force ‘best practices’ on everyone no matter what.

  5. Nope.. This is exactly what you expect from something cobbled together using AGILE as a development process..

  6. No social Health system so no obvious things like local health authorities to split the work up or who have access to records and resources…they are starting from behind a lot of people

  7. California very efficiently distributed $13B in unemployment payments to scammers, while very inefficiently distributed unemployment payment to those that earned it.

  8. ‘California very efficiently distributed $13B in unemployment payments to scammers, while very inefficiently distributed unemployment payment to those that earned it.’

    Fair enough. It’s the scammers profession, so they know how to rort the system. The unemployed don’t have a clue, so the system totally buggers them up.

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