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Following Federal Approval, California Ready to Administer Booster Doses on Day One | California Governor

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly provides briefing on California’s Vaccine Action Plan, insight into how the state is prepared to distribute booster vaccines statewide SACRAMENTO – With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for boosters for those over the age of 65 and high-risk individuals, Governor Gavin Newsom today released a COVID-19 Vaccine Action Plan that outlines how the state will be able to immediately begin administering doses to eligible…

What COVID boosters mean for California’s health care worker vaccination mandate

Many of California’s 2.5 million health care workers will be among the first Americans who can get COVID-19 booster shots, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided early Friday to recommend a third Pfizer dose for them and other high-risk groups. The development followed an unusual but brief moment of disagreement between vaccine advisers at the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the two federal agencies that set U.S. COVID vaccine policy. Ultimately, both the FDA…

California Health Officials Ready To Roll Out COVID Booster Shots

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Health officials rolled out a COVID-19 vaccination plan Thursday, preparing for the avalanche of Californians 65 and older seeking a booster shot while also remaining laser-focused on getting the non-vaccinated in the state to get a shot. Currently, California has administered 50 million doses of the vaccine and has the lowest transmission rate of the virus of any state in the nation. READ MORE: UPDATE: Evacuations Expand As Fawn Fire Near Shasta Lake Grows To 1,200…

News, events & media | Veterans Affairs

The Public Affairs Office The Public Affairs Office for VA Northern California Health Care System is available to respond to local and national media inquiries and requests. On this page The Public Affairs Office at VA Northern California Health Care System can provide the following support and assistance to members of the news media: Subject matter experts Interview scheduling Fact sheets and statistical information Information about VA related special events For assistance in covering health and medical stories and to…

5 Things California: Keynote w/ AG Bonta, CalAIM’s power acronyms, Legislators talk health policy – State of Reform

Share this: We are very excited to be hosting our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference this Thursday. It’s a great group of just over 300 attendees who will be using our unique virtual conference platform to engage with one another, and wrestle with some of the biggest challenges in California health care. On Friday, we’ll host our Convening Panel for our 2021 Southern California Health Policy Conference. This is our event focused on the health system…

California should prioritize the mental health of children

As schools across California reopen – many for the first time in a year and a half—mental health professionals expect a groundswell in demand for students in need of assistance. It is normally a time when school staff identify children beset by psychological challenges. Now it is exacerbated by pandemic-caused anxieties, from having to catch up academically and socially to returning after long absences to in-person learning, according to a recent National Public Radio story. The NPR account also exposes…

California’s reboot of troubled Medi-Cal puts pressure on health plans to perform

When Denise Williams’ son was 2 months old, she became alarmed by a rattling sound in his lungs and took him to the emergency room. While undergoing treatment, he spiraled into a disabling neurological disorder. Now 2 years old, Markeano is attached to breathing and feeding tubes. He can’t walk or move his arms. “If I want him to sit up, I have to sit him up. If I want him to play with a car, I’ve got to put…

California to receive $19.2-million federal boost for maternal, child health programs

California’s home visiting programs for parents and children will receive a $19.2-million federal funding boost, U.S. officials announced Friday. The home visiting programs teach parenting skills, provide information on safe sleep positions, injury prevention and nutrition and screening young children for developmental delays. They also help refer parents for help with addiction, family violence and postpartum depression. The California Department of Public Health oversees 23 home visiting programs statewide, and during the 2018-19 fiscal year completed 29,626 home visits and…

Covered California director to step down in February

The director of Covered California says he will step down early next year By ADAM BEAM Associated Press September 16, 2021, 8:02 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The director of Covered California said Thursday he will step down early next year, prompting a national search for a new leader of the nation’s largest state-based health insurance marketplace. Peter Lee has been Covered California‘s only executive director in its nine-year history,…

Berkeley adds vaccination verification rules

BERKELEY — Starting Friday in Berkeley, patrons of restaurants, gyms and large indoor events will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A health order issued Wednesday by Berkeley’s health officer also requires, starting Oct. 15, that employees of those businesses and other specified facilities are vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus. The order covers settings where people remove a face mask to eat or drink or breathe more intensely to work out, in addition…