Latest California Healthline Stories
Newsom: California Still On Track To Vaccinate, Reopen: California officials directed counties and other providers to temporarily to halt use of Johnson & Johnson's covid vaccine, per federal recommendation. Despite the pause, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the delay will "not materially impact" plans to open vaccinations to all residents 16 or older on April 15, or to begin reopening state businesses on June 15. He also voiced confidence in the safety of the J&J shot, which he received: “[Reported instances of blood clots] is quite literally one in a million,” he said. “These vaccines are extraordinarily safe and effective.” Read more coverage from AP, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, CapRadio and the Bay Area News Group.
California Suspends J&J Vaccinations: As the Food and Drug Administration investigates very rare reports of blood clots in six people who had the Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine, the FDA and CDC recommended that states halt its usage. California has since announced the it will temporarily pause the shots out of "an abundance of caution." Get more coverage from the Los Angeles Times, Stat, AP and CNBC.
Supreme Court Favors Religion Over Covid Restrictions In California: For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with religious adherents and against California's covid restrictions. This time, the court barred the state from enforcing a rule that limits both religious and non-religious gatherings in homes to no more than three households. Meanwhile, Bay Area religious leaders were waiting to see just how soon prayer groups would move from online to in-person. Read more from NPR, AP and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two Variants Identified In LA County For First Time: Two coronavirus variants thought to be more transmissible or resistant to vaccines than their predecessors have been found in Los Angeles County for the first time. Health officials identified one case of B.1.351, also referred to as the South African variant, and three cases of P.1, a mutation first identified in Brazil. Read more from the Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
Supply Of J&J Shots May Fall Significantly Next Week: California is expecting about 90% fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses next week, even as the state expands eligibility to any resident over age 16 on April 15. Read more from the Bay Area News Group.
California Will Fully Reopen June 15, With Caveats: Citing a rising tide of vaccinations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state will scrap its complicated tier system and fully reopen on June 15. California’s mask mandate will remain in place. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
Vice President Says Oakland Vaccination Site Will Stay Open: During her first trip to Oakland since she became vice president, Kamala Harris said the federal government plans to keep a mass vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum open beyond its scheduled closure Sunday, after local officials expressed concern about the planned shutdown just as demand for inoculations is about to explode. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Indoor Events Will Be Allowed Next Week In Some Counties: Beginning April 15, California will allow indoor live performances and events in counties outside the state's most-restrictive reopening tier, and the number of people allowed will increase if all attendees are tested or can provide a proof of vaccination. The events include conferences or seated live performances, including professional sports. Read more from CapRadio and AP.
Warning Signals From Silicon Valley? Santa Clara has been a bellwether of the coronavirus pandemic’s rampage for not just California, but across the United States. Now the county is warning that the number of cases of more contagious covid-19 variants is increasing to worrisome levels, Reuters reports. “The region’s progress in curbing the pandemic remains precarious,” its health department said. Get more from Sharon Bernstein with Reuters.
Day One Is Here: As of today, any Californian who is 50 or older can get the covid-19 vaccination -- if they can find one. News outlets report on the first of two planned eligibility expansions, as well as the challenges of getting an appointment: Los Angeles Times | LAist | CBSLA | Bay Area News Group | San Francisco Chronicle