COVID-19 Vaccine Resources - News and Information Archive

  • 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