State Reaches One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

On Tuesday, California reached its one-year anniversary of administering its first vaccine against COVID-19. Since beginning administration on December 14, 2020, California local health departments and providers have administered more than 62 million doses to residents, leading the nation in vaccination efforts.

To mark the occasion, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) held a “December Week of Action” this week to strongly urge Californians to take necessary steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the winter holiday season, including by receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or booster and following the state’s recently announced indoor masking and testing requirements. The CDPH Vaccinate All 58 Campaign and local partners hosted a series of events and activities in vulnerable communities throughout the week to promote the state’s public health measures, harm reduction best practices, and whole family vaccinations.

Similarly, Governor Gavin Newsom, on the state’s one-year anniversary, penned a column urging Californians to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, particularly ahead of the winter holidays. The Governor highlighted several of his Administration’s efforts in reaching residents with COVID-19 vaccines, returning students to in-person instruction, and protecting workers from the virus.

Additional information from CDPH is available here.