Category: COVID-19


CDPH to Convene COVID-19 and Climate Crisis Webinar

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced it will convene the Public Health Workgroup of the California Climate Action Team (CAT-PHWG) for a meeting on lessons learned from COVID-19 equity actions and how they can be leveraged to strengthen climate action planning and community resilience. The meeting will occur on Tuesday, November 30…

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California Clarifies Expectations for Administering COVID-19 Boosters

This week, senior officials clarified the state’s expectations for local health jurisdictions and providers in administering COVID-19 vaccine boosters. In a letter from CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón, vaccine providers throughout the state are instructed to: Proactively outreach to patients who are age 65 and older, have underlying medical conditions,…

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Newsom Issues Executive Order to Support Health Facilities Ahead of Winter

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-21-21 extending provisions implemented to expand the state’s health care workforce during the pandemic, allowing health care workers from out-of-state to provide services in California, and enabling certain medical personnel to continue supporting the state’s COVID-19 response, including administering vaccines. The order additionally continues flexibility for health…

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Appeals Court Stays Federal Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers, Litigation Continues

Recall, last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard relative to COVID-19 protections and precautions for employers with 100 or more employees, including a requirement for employers to verify that employees are fully vaccinated or complete regular weekly testing. Shortly after the order was issued…

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Additional Investments in COVID-19 Response

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of new investments of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to continue support of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding announcement, according to the White House, is a direct response to the recommendations advanced by the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force which delivered its…

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HHS to Invest $650m in COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced it will invest $650 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to strengthen manufacturing capacity for quick, high-quality diagnostic testing through rapid point-of-care molecular tests. HHS notes as at-home testing increases, the need for follow-up testing in health care settings will also…

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FEMA Extends Full Reimbursement for COVID-19 Response

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the federal government’s 100 percent reimbursement of eligible COVID-19 emergency response costs incurred by states, tribes, and territories through April 1, 2022. The extension of FEMA reimbursement also includes 100 percent federal reimbursement for National Guard personnel deployed to…

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Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Approval for COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults

This week, Pfizer and BioNTech formally requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine booster to all adults ages 18 and older. According to the companies, the request is based on efficacy and safety data from a randomized, controlled trial with more than 10,000 participants, showing efficacy of 95…

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CDC, Western States Authorize Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleared the way for children 5 to 11 years old to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Following last week’s emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued…

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OSHA, CMS Issue Employer-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Rules

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced two significant regulatory rules aimed at increasing vaccination rates throughout the country, protecting workers, preventing hospitalization and death, and strengthening the economy. These rules include: Vaccination Requirement for Employers with 100 or More Employees – The Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing a…

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