Latest California Healthline Stories
Biden Issues New Vaccination Mandates — Are More Coming For California?: It’s going to get harder for the one in four eligible Americans — nearly 80 million — and one in five Californians yet to be vaccinated to avoid the shots. President Joe Biden ratcheted up pressure on the unvaccinated Thursday with expanded federal mandates. In California, such vaccine requirements are likely only to multiply. Read more from the Bay Area News Group. Comprehensive coverage of President Biden’s announcement continues below.
LA Schools Voting Today On Vaccine Requirement For Students: All Los Angeles public school children 12 and older would have to be fully vaccinated by January to enter campus — sooner for students involved in many extracurricular activities — under a proposal to be voted on Thursday by the Board of Education. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
California Bill Would Outlaw ‘Stealthing’: California lawmakers moved to make the state the first to outlaw “stealthing,” which is removing a condom without permission during intercourse. Legislators sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill on Tuesday adding the act to the state’s civil definition of sexual battery. It makes it illegal to remove the condom without obtaining verbal consent.
Mu Variant Found In LA County: A new coronavirus variant was detected in 167 people over the summer in Los Angeles County, officials said. The B.1.621 variant, known as mu, was mostly detected in July, according to analyses completed between June 19 and Aug. 21, the Department of Public Health said. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Is An Indoor Vaccine Mandate Next?: California Democrats are considering legislation to require people to prove they’re fully vaccinated before entering indoor public spaces like restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, hotels and stadiums. The proposal hasn’t been formally introduced in the Legislature, and the timeline for action is unclear. Read more from The Sacramento Bee, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles Times.
Thursday’s California health news covers abortion politics, hazardous air, school outbreaks, hospitalizations, vaccine mandates and more.
Wednesday’s summaries of California health news covers delta surge, vaccine mandates and efficacy, back to school, fires, housing and more.
Covid Cases May Be Leveling Off In California: After weeks of steady increases, the number of people hospitalized for covid-19 in Los Angeles County and the Bay Area appeared to be improving Monday. Read more from City News Service and the Bay Area News Group.
FDA Gives Full Approval To Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine: The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and up, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States. The decision will set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges, corporations and other organizations. Read more from The New York Times, The Washington Post, AP and NBC News.
Northern California Smothered In Smoke, Ash: Smoke from a dozen major wildfires is spreading across Northern California, darkening skies, dropping ash and creating health hazards from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco. Officials have issued air quality alerts that could last into the weekend. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee and The New York Times. Need a break from all that smoke? Here's where to go if you need some fresh air. More wildfire coverage, below.