COVID-19 Vaccine Resources - News and Information Archive

  • Healthline, 8/25/21. Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19: Effectiveness, Cost and More. Lab-grown antibodies can help the immune system fight the coronavirus, but they’re no substitute for COVID-19 vaccination.  READ MORE
     
  • Becker’s Health It, 8/24/21, Hospitals try to stamp down COVID-19 misinformation as it grows globally: 6 things to know.  A top official at the World Health Organization said misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines has gotten worse in recent weeks. Meanwhile, hospitals navigate vaccine hesitancy and attempt to halt the spread of incorrect medical information, according to an Aug. 24 CNBC report. READ MORE
     
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Press Release, 8/23/21, FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.  READ MORE
     
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8/20/21, The CDC Recommends a 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine dose for Moderately and Severely Immunocompromised People. What You Need to Know: 1) People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. 2) People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. 3) People who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 8/19/21, County of Orange Health Officer Issues Strong Vaccination Recommendation for Healthcare Workers. To help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the County of Orange Health Officer issued a revised health order on August 17, 2021, that incorporates the recent orders and guidance by the California State Public Health Officer and California Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements and status verification, testing, and face covering. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 8/12/21, State Issues New Health Order, OC Health Care Agency Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Engagement Program. On August 11, the California State Public Health Officer issued a new health order that all public and private schools serving students in transitional kindergarten through grade 12 must verify COVID-19 vaccine status of all workers. On August 10, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the launch of the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Vaccine Equity Engagement Program. READ MORE
     
  • Tampa Bay Times, 8/10/21, What we now know about how to fight the delta variant of COVID. An expert explains why vaccines — and masks — are so important, and why delta is different and more dangerous. READ MORE
     
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Press Release, 8/6/21,Schools Can Safely Open Despite Delta Variant. With the 2021-22 school year starting, many parents are wondering about their children's safety as they hear more and more about the COVID-19 Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California health officials have been tracking the Delta variant carefully, watching to ensure the safety and health of our students and schools. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 8/6/21, Orange County Health Officers Inform Health Care Workers on State Vaccine Mandate and Encourage the Community on Full Vaccinations Against COVID-19 Delta Variant. On August 5, 2021, the State Health Officer issued two new health orders impacting workers in all health care settings. READ MORE
     
  • Becker’s Healthcare, 7/30/21, 'War has changed' against COVID-19, CDC says - 7 things to know. The delta coronavirus variant, first detected in India, appears to be as contagious as chickenpox and appears to cause more severe illness than earlier strains, according to an internal CDC slide presentation obtained by The Washington Post. The internal report, dated July 29, says next steps for health officials include to "acknowledge the war has changed" against COVID-19. READ MORE
     
  • Becker's Healthcare, 7/29/21, Physicians who post COVID-19 vaccine misinformation may lose license, medical panel says. The Federation of State Medical Boards warned July 29 that physicians and other healthcare professionals could be at risk of losing their medical licenses if they spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on social media, online and in the media. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency, Press Release 7/29/21, California Updates Mask Guidance and Health Care Facilities Requirements in Response to Rising COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for Face Coverings, in response to new CDC guidance recommending mask use for public indoor settings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the delta variant. The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) advises all residents to refer to the CDPH’s guidance regarding masks and requirements for high-risk health care facilities. READ MORE
     
  • US News.com, 7/27/21, Employers Have LegalRight to Mandate COVID Shots. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state of California. New York City. Hospitals and nursing homes. Colleges and universities. Employers are putting COVID-19 vaccine mandates into place and it's getting attention. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said a requirement is under consideration for all federal employees. But what happens if workers refuse?

    Federal legal guidance out this week suggests the law is on the side of employers. Vaccination can be considered a “condition of employment,” akin to a job qualification. READ MORE
     
  • Willitsnews.com, 7/26/21, No more need to 'wait and see'. The time towait and see has passed. It is time to get your COVID-19 vaccine. A message from the Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers (RANCHO), addressing common myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. As the second summer of the pandemic unfolds, our region faces unique concerns. Some of our counties have among the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. Our region has consistently shown a lower rate of COVID-19 antibodies, meaning more residents are susceptible to the virus. In sum: we are vulnerable. We are entering a summer season that will be affected by the more contagious and more threatening delta variant. And, it is summer with tourism in full force both between counties in our region and travelers from all over the world. READ MORE
     
  • Press Release, Office of Governor Newsom, 7/26/21, California Implements First-in-the-Nation Measures to Encourage State Employees and Health Care Workers to Get Vaccinated. Today, the State of California is taking decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities – implementing a first-in-the-nation standard to require all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week, and encourage all local government and other employers to adopt a similar protocol. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency, Press Release 7/23/21, OC Health Care Agency Officials Encourage Residents to Stay Safe to Keep County Open. As Orange County continues to experience increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) leadership are encouraging residents to stay vigilant with COVID-19 prevention measures, testing and vaccinations in order to keep our residents safe and businesses open. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency, Press Release 7/16/21, - Public health officials at the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) are encouraging residents to take adequate safety precautions in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in the county. Currently, there are no plans to implement a new mask mandate in Orange County; however, those who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing a mask indoors in accordance with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. READ MORE
     
  • The Conversation 7/1/21, - The symptoms of the Delta variant appear to differ from traditional COVID symptoms. Here’s what to look out for: We’ve been living in a COVID world for more than 18 months now. At the outset of the pandemic, government agencies and health authorities scrambled to inform people on how to identify symptoms of the virus. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency, Press Release 6/30/21, Public health officials at the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) have announced that, as of June 27, 2021, 70% of Orange County residents age 18 and older have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, reaching a huge milestone for the County.
    “Vaccination has proven to be a vital component in reducing test positivity rates in our county over the last several months,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, HCA Director and County Health Officer. “Since the reopening of our state on June 15, with many people no longer wearing masks or physically distancing, we’ve seen a slight increase in our seven-day positivity rate from 0.9% to 1.1% in the lowest HPI quartile areas. READ MORE
     
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), 6/23/21, Statement Following CDC ACIP Meeting from Nation’s Leading Doctors, Nurses and Public Health Leaders on Benefits of Vaccination. The following statement has been co-signed by HHS, CDC, AFFP…"As physicians, nurses, public health and health care professionals, and, for many of us, parents, we understand the significant interest many Americans have in the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, especially for younger people. Today, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss the latest data on reports of mild cases of inflammation of the heart muscle and surrounding tissue called myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination among younger people. The facts are clear: this is an extremely rare side effect, and only an exceedingly small number of people will experience it after vaccination. Importantly, for the young people who do, most cases are mild, and individuals recover often on their own or with minimal treatment. In addition, we know that myocarditis and pericarditis are much more common if you get COVID-19, and the risks to the heart from COVID-19 infection can be more severe." READ MORE
     
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH), 6/18/21, California Launches New Digital Tool Giving Residents Convenient Access to Their COVID-19 Vaccine Record. Today, the California Department of Public Health and California Department of Technology announced a new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record for Californians, available at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov READ MORE
     
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH), 6/18/21, California Partners with McDonald’s Franchisees Across the State for COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics. As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines more convenient for Californians, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a new partnership under its Vaccinate ALL 58 effort with McDonald’s Franchisees to set up pop-up clinics at more than 70 locations across the state. READ MORE
     
  • New York Times, 6/15/21, Many Post-COVID Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds. An analysis of health insurance records of almost two million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter – including those whose COVID infection was mild or asymptomatic. READ MORE
     
  • Public Health Instititute, 6/15/21, Video Series: Promising Practices for Equitable Vaccine Distribution. This video series, from PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California Showcases community-informed and equity-centered practices that reach disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color. READ MORE
     
  • NPR, 6/8/21, The Highly Contagious Delta Variant Is On The Rise In The U.S. The Delta variant, which was first detected in India, now accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this highly transmissible variant may be responsible for more than 18% of cases in some Western U.S. states. READ MORE
     
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6/7/21 - CDPH Urges Public to Report Vaccine Incentive Scammers. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is asking Californians to be aware of and to quickly report any indications of possible fraudulent or other questionable activities by individuals attempting to take advantage of the state's recently announced COVID-19 vaccination incentive programs. READ MORE
     
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6/7/21 - CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People. Vaccination Makes Illness Milder, Shorter for the Few Vaccinated People Who Do Get COVID-19. A new CDC study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. READ MORE
     
  • CNBC, 6/1/21 - Moderna applies for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine. Moderna on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration for full U.S. approval of its Covid-19 vaccine — the second drugmaker in the U.S. to seek a biologics license that will allow it to market the shots directly to consumers. READ MORE
     
  • MyHealthyClick, 6/1/21 - COVID Vaccine, Social Distancing, Wearing Masks: Q&As, In the United States, more and more people are getting fully vaccinated – thanks to the federal efforts that are boosting the vaccination rates. However, most people still wonder when their life will return to normal even after getting fully vaccinated. READ MORE
     
  • OC Health Care Agency (HCA), 5/28/21, County of Orange’s Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) Sites Will Administer First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Next WeekIncreased demand in COVID-19 vaccines anticipated after State announced their “Vax for the Win” Program. READ MORE
     
  • Office of Governor GAVIN NEWSOM, 5/27/21, Governor Newsom Announces Historic “Vax for the Win” Program to Get More Californians Vaccinated by June 15. Governor Gavin Newsom today launched Vax for the Win,” a new multi-faceted vaccine incentive program designed to motivate Californians to get their vaccination leading up to the state’s reopening on June 15. READ MORE
     
  • Public Health Alliance of Southern California, 5/21/21, COVID-19 Vaccine Series Translated Into Indigenous Languages. Resources shared by the County of Ventura include a series of videos about COVID-19 vaccines developed by the MIxteco Indigena Organizing Project which are translated into three indigenous language and variants: Mixteco, Zapotec and Purepecha. Visit to view the collection: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_6RXh2Okc-JqdzQVHTAmA
     
  • California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS), 5/17/21, Statement from CHHS Secretary Ddr. Mark Ghaly on Mask Guidance. California has made amazing progress in our fight against COVID-19. With more than 34 million vaccines administered, we now have among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation. READ MORE

 

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH), 5/12, California to Open Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccination Appointments for 12-15 Age Group. Following FDA Authorization, Federal and State Safety Review Experts Recommend the Vaccine as Safe and Effective at Protecting Young People 12+. READ MORE

 

  • Associated Press (AP), 5/4, US parents excited over prospects of virus shots for children. After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. READ MORE

 

  • The Atlantic, 5/4/21, The Era of Mass Vaccinations Is Ending. To reach the remaining holdouts, America’s approach to vaccine distribution is going hyperlocal. READ MORE

 

  • NPR KPCC, 5/1/21, COVID ‘Doesn’t Discriminate by Age’: Serious Cases on the Rise In Younger Adults. After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in COVID-19 hospital wards. READ MORE

 

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines, 4/27/21, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. READ MORE

 

  • Beckers Hospital Review, 4/22/21, Daily vaccination rate has dropped 11% in last week. The pace of daily COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. has slowed significantly in the last week for the first time since February, The Washington Post reported April 21. READ MORE

 

  • Endpoints News, 4/21/21, As fears mount over J&J and As­traZeneca, No­vavax en­ters a shaky spot­light. As concerns rise around the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines, global attention is increasingly turning to the little, 33-year-old, productless, bankruptcy-flirting biotech that could: Novavax. READ MORE

 

  • Voice of OC, 4/19/21, Orange County and State Health Officials Gearing Up for more Neighborhood Vaccination Clinics to Hardest Hit Areas. Orange County’s public health officials, hospitals and community clinics are gearing up to vaccinate more residents as state and local officials are pushing to host more coronavirus vaccination clinics in neighborhoods most impacted by the virus.  READ MORE

 

  • ABC7.com, 4/16/21, 50% of Californians 16 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. California on Friday reached an encouraging milestone in the pandemic, with officials announcing that half of residents 16 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. READ MORE

 

  • CDPH , 4/13/21, State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts. Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including updated data and tiers for reducing COVID-19 in the state under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. READ MORE

 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4/13/21, Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine. As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. READ MORE

 

  • CHOC Children’s Hospital Media, 4/13/21, COVID-19 Update from a Pediatric Infectious Disease Doctor, Dr. Singh, on educational messages for teachers, community leaders, and the community. SEE VIDEO

 

  • CDC, Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine, 4/12/21, COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. READ MORE

 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4/2/21, When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 4/2/21, Fully vaccinated people can travel: CDC revises guidelines. Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel "at low risk to themselves," both within the U.S. and internationally, but must still continue social distancing and mask-wearing, according to new CDC guidance. READ MORE

 

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations and FAQs, 4/1/21, The COVID-19 vaccine is our best hope for ending the current pandemic. While the goal will be to administer vaccine to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, vaccine supply will be limited initially. As a new vaccine, there are many questions that pediatricians and patients/families have. Below are answers to some of the most common questions. READ MORE

 

  • CNN News, 4/1/21, Ongoing trial shows Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine remains highly effective after six months. Protection likely lasts even longer than that, vaccine experts say, but they say having data showing good protection six months after people were vaccinated is good news.

    The vaccine remains more than 91% effective against disease with any symptoms for six months, the companies said in a statement. And it appeared to be fully effective against the worrying B.1.351 variant of the virus, which is the dominant strain circulating in South Africa and which researchers feared had evolved to evade the protection of vaccines, the companies said. READ MORE

 

  • NPR News, 3/25/21, Few Facts, Millions of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online.  The odds of dying after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are virtually nonexistent. According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck by lightning. READ MORE

 

  • Cal OES News, 3/25/21, State Expands Vaccine Eligibility to 50+ Californians Starting April 1 and All Individuals 16+ on April 15 Based on Expected Supply Increases. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15. READ MORE

 

  • CDPH Fact Sheet, 3/11/21, Vaccines for People with High-Risk Medical Conditions or Disabilities. On March 15, people with certain significant, high-risk medical conditions or disabilities will become eligible for vaccines statewide, to help save the lives of people who are at high-risk of death and severe complications from COVID-19. READ MORE

 

  • CDC, 3/8/21, CDC issues first Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume. READ MORE

 

  • CDC Newsroom, 2/28/21, Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Signing the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Recommendation to Use Janssen’s COVID-19 Vaccine in People 18 and Older. Today, I signed CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)’s COVID-19 vaccine and its use in people age 18 and older. READ MORE

 

  • FDA U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 2/27/21, FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine, Today, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. READ MORE

 

  • APNews.com, 2/25/21, Governor’s Vaccine Plan Aims to Reopen California Classrooms, California released a new plan Thursday outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers as Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to push to reopen more schools to in-person instruction. READ MORE

 

  • AP News, 2/24/21, FDA Says Single-dose Shot from J&J Prevents Severe COVID. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. READ MORE

 

  • Stat-Health, 2/24/21, Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Performs As Well in the Real World as in Clinical Trials, New Study Concludes. Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine performed as well in the real world as it did in the clinical trial that led to its use, a large study conducted in Israel concluded. READ MORE

 

  • PBS News Hour, 2/24/21, FDA Says Johnson & Johnson’s Single-dose Shot Protects Against COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 2/23/21, 3 Reasons COVId-19 Vaccines Remain in Short Supply, Though the U.S. has invested billions of dollars in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and invoked the Defense Production Act to boost supplies needed to make the vaccines, there are still not enough doses to meet demand, Kaiser Health News reported Feb. 23. READ MORE

 

  • KHN News, 2/23/21, After Billions of Dollars and Dozens of Wartime Declarations, Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply? The U.S. government has invested billions of dollars in manufacturing, used a wartime act dozens of times to boost supplies and yet there’s still not enough Covid vaccine on the way to meet demand — or even the government’s own goals for national immunization. READ MORE

 

  • ENDPOINT News, 2/21/21, FDA Issues New Recommendations to Take on COVID-19 Variants, The FDA on Monday unveiled recommendations for vaccine, drug and diagnostic test developers to address the impact of Covid-19 variants on the efficacy and performance of their products. READ MORE

 

  • PBS News, 2/17/21, How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity for COVID-19? Health officials around the world are racing to vaccinate enough people to stop the spread of COVID-19, but what qualifies as “enough” is still an open question. READ MORE

 

  • NPR News, 2/16/21, Winter Storm Disrupts COVID-19 Vaccinations, Closing Clinics And Delaying Shipments. The massive storm sweeping across the country isn't only bringing subzero temperatures and widespread power outages to much of the U.S., it's also putting a freeze on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in several states and cities. READ MORE

 

  • NPR News, 2/8/21, White House COVID-19 Adviser Andy Slavitt Says There Are No Vaccine ‘Silver Bullets.” The U.S. is currently administering about 1.4 million vaccination shots a day. About 9.5% of people in the U.S. have already gotten one dose. READ MORE

 

  • Harvard Health Publishing, 2/8/21, COVID-19 Vaccines: Safety, Side Effects – and Coincidence. As the pandemic rages on. It’s increasingly clear that widespread vaccination is essential to help contain it.  READ MORE

 

  • Town Hall, 2/4/21, From COVID to Independence Meeting #3. Hear the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine, sponsored by the OC Health Care Agency and the City of Huntington Beach. Watch here: https://youtu.be/RqLvaWczupM

 

  • The Atlantic, 2/2/21, The Second COVID-19 Shot Is a Rude Reawakening for Immune Cells. Side effects are just a sign that protection is kickng in as it should.  READ MORE

 

  • The White House Briefing Room, 2/2/21, President Biden Announces Increased Vaccine Supply, Initial Launch of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, and Expansion of FEMA Reimbursement to States. READ MORE

 

  • NPR News, 1/29/21, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is 66% Effective In Preventing Moderate To Severe COVID-19. A global study of nearly 44,000 found that the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe disease. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/27/21, States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered as of 1/27.  North Dakota has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker. READ MORE NOTE: AS OF THIS PUBLISHED DATE, ORANGE COUNTY HAS ADMINISTERED OVER 80% OF VACCINES RECEIVED HERE.

 

  • Cal OES News, 1/26/21, Newsom Administration Supplements Vaccine Delivery System: Announces Creation of Statement Vaccine Delivery Network to Simplify and Standardize Vaccination Process With Equity as a Core Focus. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/25/21, California hospital sanctioned after school district skips vaccine line. Santa Clara County has barred a California hospital from receiving more COVID-19 vaccine doses, after the facility offered school district staff the ability to obtain appointments and shots ahead of higher priority groups, according to a letter shared with Becker's Hospital Review. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/25/21, CVS says it has completed first-round COVID-19 shots for skilled nursing facilities. CVS has finished giving first-round shots of COVID-19 vaccines to all skilled nursing facilities participating in its federal program, the retail pharmacy giant said January 25. READ MORE

 

  • Huntington Beach Townhall, 1/21/21 – The City of Huntington Beach hosts “From COVID-19… To Independence” Candid Conversations about COVID-19. Video recording: https://youtu.be/NOW-LS2Kg_k. Presentation Materials - PDF

 

  • County of Orange Press Release, 1/20/21, County of Orange Adds Second Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD Site. The County of Orange is opening its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23, 2021, starting at 8:00 am. READ MORE

 

  • CDPH Press Release, 1/20/21, California State Epidemiologist Issues Update on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Providers that Paused Use of Moderna Lot 41L20A COVID-19 Vaccine Can Immediately Resume Administering Doses READ MORE

 

  • CDPH, 1/17/21, California State Epidemiologist Statement Recommending Providers Pause Administration of Single Lot of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan issued the following statement today recommending providers pause the administration of lot 41L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions that are under investigation.

    "Our goal is to provide the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly and equitably," said Dr. Pan. "A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic. Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours. READ MORE

 

  • OC Register, 1/15/21, Why can’t I get an appointment in OC? And more questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. READ MORE

 

  • Kaiser Health News, 1/15/21, J&J Forecasts March Approval For Its Single-Dose Vaccine. While J&J expects to release trial results in the next two weeks, the vaccine maker also says that it is behind in its promised production schedule. READ MORE

 

  • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT SUPER POD SITE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, 1/12/21, Individuals without appointments, even if they are within an eligible group, are urged not to come to the Disneyland Resort Super POD vaccination site without an appointment. READ MORE

 

  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 1/12/21, County Health Officer Opens COVID-19 Vaccine to Residents Ages 65 and Older. READ MORE

 

  • County of Orange Press Release, 1/11/21, County of Orange Announces First Regional COVID-19 Super POD at Disneyland Resort. In a vital step to help battle the spread of COVID-19, the County of Orange has established the first large Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site to provide covid-19 vaccines to residents at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. READ MORE

 

  • California Department of Public Health Press Release, 1/7/21, State Issues Recommendations to Local Health Departments and Provider to Accelerate Safe Vaccine Administration Statement. READ MORE

 

  • County of Orange Press Release, 1/7/21, County of Orange Activates Incident Management Team, Plans for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Supersites. The County of Orange is proactively leading Orange County’s response to COVID-19. The next critical phase is providing the vaccine to residents in a phased, tiered approach. READ MORE

 

  • NPR, 1/1/21, Why the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Has Gotten Off To A Slow Start, The campaign to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 is getting off to a slower start than officials had hoped - much slower. Here's a key number - in recent weeks, about 3 million people received their first shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. But that's far short of what officials had forecast - that 20 million Americans would be vaccinated by now. READ MORE

 

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 12/31/20, Pfizer vs. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What’s the Same  What’s Different. Two COVID-19 vaccines, one from Moderna and one from Pfizer, have been given emergency approval from the FDA. The two vaccines are similar in the technology they use, and the timeline of their development, but also differ in several ways. READ MORE

 

  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 12/31/20, State Announces Partnership with CVS and Walgreens to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines to Residents, Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities. Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that California has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership. At no cost to the state or local government, CVS and Walgreens will administer the Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. READ MORE

 

  • APNews, 12/29/20, Will COIVD-19 Vaccines Work on the New Coronavirus Variant? Experts believe so, but they’re working to confirm that. A coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom has caused alarm because of the possibility that it might spread more easily. But even if that turns out to be true, experts say the COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out will likely still work on the variant. READ MORE

 

  • Office of the Governor, 12/28/20, Governor Newsom Announces Partnership with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Residents and Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities. READ MORE

 

  • PBS News Hour, 12/22/20, Can Employers make COVID-19 Vaccination Mandatory? Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory? Yes, with some exceptions. Experts say employers can require employees to take safety measures, including vaccination. That doesn’t necessarily mean you would get fired if you refuse, but you might need to sign a waiver or agree to work under specific conditions to limit any risk you might pose to yourself or others. READ MORE

 

  • Reuters, 12/21/20, BioNTech Confident COVID-19 Vaccine Effective Against New UK Mutation. BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin said on Monday he was confident a COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by his company would be effective against a variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain. READ MORE

 

  • Washington Post, 12/21/20, Why Many Bosses Won’t Require Workers to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Some of America’s largest businesses say they will encourage—but not mandate—employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, using a mix of incentives and consequences to ensure as many workers as possible are inoculated. READ MORE

 

  • OC Breeze, 12/21/20 – CalOptima to Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations. CalOptima joins the broader health care community in welcoming the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations in Orange County this week. Frontline hospital staff who serve CalOptima members and CalOptima members residing in long-term care facilities will be among the first recipients of the FDA-authorized vaccine. READ MORE

 

  • Forbes, 12/20/20, Surgeon General: Undocumented Residents Shouldn’t Fear Getting Coronavirus Vaccine. Seeking to quell fear among the undocumented population about any potential legal repercussions of getting the coronavirus vaccine, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said during a Sunday interview that he’s been “assured” that it’s safe for everyone—regardless of immigration status. READ MORE

 

  • Office of Governew Newsom, 12/20/20, Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Recommends Moderna Vaccine,Confirms it is Safe and Efficacious. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington this morning, making the Moderna vaccine the second COVID-19 vaccine supported for use in these states. Shipments are expected early this week. READ MORE

 

  • Washington Post, 12/20/20, Shipments of Second Coronavirus Vaccine Rolls Out as Officials Warn About Christmas Surge in Cases. The latest leg of a massive vaccinationeffort took place in a distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. There, vials with the nation’s second coronavirus vaccine were loaded into boxes, ready to head out across the country to help states gripped by the surging pandemic READ MORE

 

  • Endpoints News, 12/18/20, It’s a Big Day For Moderna – and the world – as the FDA stamps an EUA on their vaccine. And there are some important lessons to remember. READ MORE

 

  • NASDAQ, 12/18/2020, Moderna’s (MRNA) COVID-19 Vaccine Gets FDA Panel’s Backing. “Moderna, Inc. MRNA announced that the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has voted in favor of FDA granting an emergency use authorization (EUA) to its mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273. From the panel, 20 members voted in support of providing the EUA, while there was no vote against it. The same committee had voted 17-4 recommending Pfizer PFE/BioNTech’s BNTX mRNA-based vaccine, BNT162b2. One member abstained during both advisory committee meetings.” READ MORE

 

  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Expert Insights, 12/17/20, Side Effects and COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Expect. It’s totally normal to experience side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s what you need to know. READ MORE

 

  • Reuters, 12/17/20, FDA Expert Panel Reviews Modern Conoravirus Vaccine Ahead of Expected Endorsement, “The FDA advisory committee is likely to discuss Moderna’s reports of side effects from its 30,000-person trial, which were more frequent than those reported by Pfizer. These were primarily relatively short-lived reactions to the vaccination rather than serious adverse events.” READ MORE

 

  • JAMA NETWORK, 12/17/20, covid-19 As the Leading Cause of Death in the  United States, “By October 2020 COVID-19 had become the third leading cause of death for persons aged 45 through 84 years and the second leading cause of death for those aged 85 years or older. Adults 45 years or older were more likely to die from COVID-19 during those months than from chronic lower respiratory disease, transport accidents (eg, motor vehicle fatalities), drug overdoses, suicide, or homicide. In contrast, for individuals younger than age 45 years, other causes of death, such as drug overdoses, suicide, transport accidents, cancer, and homicide exceeded those from COVID-19.” READ MORE

 

  • Gov. Newsom Press Release, 12/14/20, Governor Newsome Launches “Vaccinate All 58” Campaign based on Safety and Equity as First Vaccines Arrive to California. Front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care settings first to be vaccinated as first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in California. READ MORE

 

  • FDA Press Release, 12/11/20, On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. READ MORE

 

  • CDPH Issues Allocation Guidelines, 12/5/20, During Phase 1a of allocation, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to the following persons in California, broken into three tiers. READ MORE

 

  • NY Times, 12/5/20, 'Natural Immunity' From Covid Is Not Safe Than A Vaccine. On the heels of last month’s news of stunning results from Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental Covid-19 vaccines, Senator Rand Paul tweeted a provocative comparison. READ MORE

    "As we learn more about the importance of vaccines to opening our economy sooner and safer, an important question to the discussion is whether one still needs to take a vaccine when they've had Covid. Here's a thoughtful piece concluding that the answer is 'yes.' I commend it for your review." -- Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council

 

  • Press Release, 12/8/20, OC Health Care Agency, County of Orange health officials were notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on December 1, 2020 that the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) should make preparations to receive 25,350 doses of Pfizer-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine on December 15, 2020. READ MORE: https://mailchi.mp/ochca/occovid19vaccine

 

  • Press Release, 12/3/20, Diocese of Orange Bishops, California Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Care Ministries and Catholic Charities Suport COVID-19 Vaccinations. Following is a statement from the bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, regarding COVID-19 vaccines. “The Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange fully support the California Catholic Conference’s statement on the COVID-19 vaccinations. After thorough research and reviewing the statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life, we find the vaccines morally acceptable and imperative in the ongoing effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: https://www.rcbo.org/california-catholic-conference-catholic-health-care-ministries-andcatholic- charities-support-covid-19-vaccinations

 

  • BBC News, COVID-19 Oxford University Vaccine is highly effective by James Gallagher. The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing COVID-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose. The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection. READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55040635

 

  • Medical News, 9/3/2020, COVID-19 and mRNA Vaccines – First Large Test for a New Approach, by Jennifer Abbasi. On January 10, Chinese researchers posted the novel coronavirus’ RNA sequence on a preprint server. Immediately, scientists who study genetic vaccines turned their efforts to the emerging pathogen that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They knew that rapid response genetic platforms could shave off precious weeks to months of development, crucial during a pandemic. READ MORE: https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.16866

 

  • Nature Editorial, 11/24/2020, The COVID-19 vaccine challenges that lie ahead. As positive results emerge at last, researchers must help the world to address vaccine hesitancy, supply logistics and pricing. READ MORE: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03334-w