Latest California Healthline Stories
California's 'Variant Of Concern' Can Reduce Effect Of Vaccines, Study Finds: California’s more infectious strain of the covid-19 virus is now the dominant variant in the state and has been proved to thwart protective antibodies used in vaccines and therapeutics, according to a new UC San Francisco study. Read more from the Bay Area News Group.
Solano County Allows Inoculations For Those 50 And Older: Solano County began allowing individuals ages 50 and older to receive coronavirus vaccinations Monday in an effort to fill appointment slots that were going unused, county officials said. Solano County is believed to be the first Bay Area county to open up that far. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
More Californians Eligible For Shots — If They Can Find Them: California opened up vaccine eligibility to roughly 4.4 million younger residents with disabilities and underlying medical conditions such as obesity on Monday, but access to appointments remained spotty for some. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, Deadline and KQED. Continued coverage, below.
Many Businesses Reopen For First Time In Months: San Bernardino and Orange counties on Sunday exited the purple tier, clearing the way for restaurants to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity. Los Angeles County will join them Monday. Some businesses reported a quick rebound. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and San Francisco Chronicle.
More Businesses Reopening This Weekend: Breweries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open for outdoor service starting Saturday, according to new guidance released Thursday by the California Department of Public Health, which is also allowing bars to reopen in some counties. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Bay Area News Group.
Thursday’s roundup of health policy news covers California’s share of the stimulus bill, marking a year of covid, vaccinations and more.
In Speech, Governor Defends Pandemic Response: During his annual State of the State address from an empty Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged for the first time the threat of a “partisan political power grab” that he decried as a distraction from the battle against covid. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, CalMatters and AP.
Some Vaccine Recipients Didn’t Receive The Full Dose: California officials on Monday said that people who received a coronavirus vaccine at the Oakland Coliseum on Feb. 28 and March 1 likely received less than what the CDC recommends for a single dose — confirming what a TV station reported last week. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Disneyland, Other Theme Parks Allowed To Reopen April 1 — With Conditions: California has announced that theme parks can reopen April 1 under updated guidelines from the state’s health department following a year of coronavirus closures that cost the parks billions. Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks can reopen once the counties they are located in reach the red/substantial tier 2 risk status. Theme park attendance will be limited to California residents. Read more from the Orange County Register, CNN and USA Today.