Category: COVID-19


CDPH Reports COVID-19 Vaccination Progress in Hard-to-Reach Communities, Continues to Promote Vaccines

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to promote COVID-19 vaccinations statewide amid increases in cases and hospitalizations, as well as increasing presence of COVID-19 virus variants. CDPH continues to focus on vaccinating the remaining population and maintaining vaccine accessibility through data-driven approaches that prioritize communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Communication and outreach…

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Blue Shield Transitions Out of TPA Role for COVID-19 Vaccines

This week, the State of California and Blue Shield of California announced a joint agreement for Blue Shield of California to transition out of its role as the state’s third-party administrator (TPA) for COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution activities. Recall, the Newsom Administration in January 2021 announced the selection of Blue Shield of California as…

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GAO Issues Report on Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response

On Monday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s watchdog agency, issued a nearly 500-page report on the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The GAO report outlines a series of recommendations intended to bring an end to the pandemic and strengthen national preparedness for future health emergencies. The report emphasizes…

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CDPH Issues Updated K-12 Schools Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year

Following last week’s issuance of updated K-12 schools guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Monday released the state’s schools guidance for the 2021-22 school year. The CDPH guidance aligns California school policy with the CDC’s guidance, and CDPH has acknowledged the priority…

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CDC Issues Updated K-12 Schools Guidance, CDPH Anticipated to Issue California’s Early Next Week

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools nationwide. The long-anticipated guidance will inform education planning activities ahead of this coming fall, and the CDC’s updated guidance prioritizes returning students to in-person instruction. Under the updated guidance, the CDC encourages a multi-layer strategy for…

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Pfizer Mulls COVID-19 Booster EUA Request, Federal Government Reassures Vaccine Efficacy

This week, COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Pfizer and BioNTech released an update on the firms’ COVID-19 booster vaccine strategy, indicating continued booster trials have provided additional protection against the COVID-19 virus, particularly amid increased presence of virus variants. Pfizer and BioNTech point to recent studies regarding vaccine efficacy six- and 12-months post-vaccination and suggest a third…

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CDPH Holds Final “Vax for the Win” Incentive Drawing

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hosted a Dream Vacations Giveaway as the final drawing in the state’s “Vax for the Win” Incentive Program to encourage more state residents to receive a vaccine against COVID-19. According to CDPH, the incentive program continues to have a positive impact on the rate of vaccinations since…

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White House Issues COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration issued the U.S. COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework to establish a set of objectives and delineate activities of U.S. departments in responding to the global pandemic. The U.S. Government will pursue five objectives within the framework related to vaccinations, health systems, acute social needs, economic systems, and international health security….

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CDC Extends Nationwide Eviction Moratorium for 30 Days

On Thursday, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued an extension of the nationwide eviction moratorium, preventing the eviction of residential tenants who are unable to make rental payments. Recall, the CDC last fall issued the nationwide eviction moratorium as a way to keep people in their homes and…

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U.S. Medicaid Enrollment Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this week unveiled a record high number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) within the past year. Over 80 million Americans now have health insurance coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, and nearly 10 million…

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