California Becomes First State to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination in Schools


California Becomes First State to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination in Schools

This morning, appearing at a San Francisco middle school, Governor Newsom announced that California would be requiring all school-aged children to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. The California Department of Public Health will add COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations for in-person instruction through the emergency rulemaking process. The vaccination requirement will apply to…

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Medi-Cal Vaccination Incentives Announced

This afternoon, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a new program to encourage vaccination among Medi-Cal beneficiaries. $350 million (half general fund and half federal funding) will be available to Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) to incentivize outreach programs and activities by the plans and their providers, particularly primary care providers and pharmacies,…

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CDC Announces Limited Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed an order placing a moratorium on evictions for sixty days in areas across the United States “experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2.” The previous CDC moratorium expired on July 31, 2021. Despite previous statements…

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California to Require Health Care Worker Vaccination; Also Issues Order for Health Care Facility Indoor Visits

On Thursday, CDPH Director and State Health Officer, Dr. Tomás Aragón issued the first in the nation public health order requiring all health care workers be vaccinated in the state, allowing for medical and religious exemptions, by September 30. Under this new state order, all employees who work or provide services in health care facilities…

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Bay Area Region Enacts Masking Mandate

On Monday, eight jurisdictions in the Bay Area, Alameda, Berkeley, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, issued local health officer orders requiring masks for all indoor public places regardless of vaccination status. In an effort to minimize the spread of the Delta variant, and consistent with Centers for Disease Control and…

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TFAH Report on Improving Health, Controlling Costs, and Creating Health Equity

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a report this week entitled “Leveraging Evidence-Based Policies to Improve Health, Control Costs, and Create Health Equity” that highlights evidence-based policies that can be implemented to address the root causes of disease. Policies that the report highlights include supporting access to high-quality health services; promoting economic mobility; ensuring…

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PHAB Awards Tulare County National Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Branch, was awarded accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on September 1, 2020. Tulare County becomes the 18th local health department awarded PHAB recognition in California, in addition to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)….

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