Category: COVID-19


Biden-Harris Administration Rolls Out Expanded COVID-19 Testing, Global Vaccination Efforts

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration detailed a series of actions intended to improve COVID-19 testing, support global COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and provide relief to impacted Americans. Below, these actions are summarized: Increased Weekly Supply: The Biden-Harris Administration announced it is increasing the weekly, minimum supply level of COVID-19 vaccines delivered to states, territories, and tribes…

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Budget & Policy Center Issues Report on Racism, COVID-19, and Health Equity

Recently, the California Budget & Policy Center issued its report, “Confronting Racism: Overcoming COVID-19 and Advancing Health Equity.” The report assesses the inequities unveiled during the COVID-19 pandemic, including racism’s impact on the health of children, families, and individuals, the COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, and pandemic-induced economic hardship. The report calls on…

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Legislature Examines State Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines, Considers Public Health Infrastructure Funding

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly convened several hearings to examine the state’s rollout and administration of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as consider investments for the state’s public health infrastructure. Below, we detail each of the hearings. Assembly Sub. 1 Assesses Vaccine Administration, Hears CHEAC Budget Requests On Monday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee…

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JLBC Approves $1.2 Billion in Funding for Continued LHD COVID-19 Response

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) notified the California Department of Finance (DOF) of its approval of the Newsom Administration’s proposal to allocate nearly $1.2 billion in unanticipated federal funds to local health departments to support ongoing response activities to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, approximately $1.7 billion in Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC)…

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Additional Vaccine Supply, FQHC Vaccine Program

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced several key developments in the federal government’s response efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we highlight these activities: Purchase of Additional Vaccines: On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) purchased an additional 100 million doses each of COVID-19…

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Newsom Announces Partnership with Biden-Harris Administration to Open Community Vaccine Sites in Alameda and Los Angeles Counties

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new partnership with the Biden-Harris Administration to launch a pilot project to establish two COVID-19 community vaccination sites in Alameda and Los Angeles counties. The pilot sites will be based at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and the California State University, Los Angeles and are part of the federal administration’s…

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Biden-Harris Administration Details Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts, Expands FEMA Reimbursement to States

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of actions intended to increase COVID-19 vaccine administration nationwide, as well as support other key COVID-19 response activities. This week’s activities include: Increased Vaccine Supply: The Biden-Harris Administration indicated overall, weekly vaccine supply to states, tribes, and territories will be 10.5 million doses nationwide beginning this week….

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DOF Notifies Legislature of Funding Transfer to Support LHD Pandemic Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) issued a letter to legislative leaders notifying them of a Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget adjustment to support continued COVID-19 pandemic response activities by local health departments statewide. The DOF notification specifies that 70 percent, or $1.2 billion, of the federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Enhancing Detection funds…

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State Public Health Officer Revokes Hospital Surge Order

This afternoon, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón revoked the state’s Hospital Surge Order which was issued on January 5, 2021, amid the urgent statewide crisis related to ICU capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was intended to spread the COVID-19 burden across hospitals and ensure all patients received…

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CDPH Issues Letter to COVID-19 Vaccine Providers

CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón on Wednesday issued a letter to all COVID-19 vaccine providers statewide clarifying vaccine guidance and urging providers to distribute doses as quickly as possible. The letter directs providers to manage vaccine inventory normally and report shots administered and inventory daily. CDPH additionally indicates the state…

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