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As Omicron Variant Looms, County Urges Vaccinations Against COVID-19
November 30, 2021
 Again claiming the numbers are proof of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness, Los Angeles County health officials reported in its latest data a sharp decline in the number of virus infections among residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities, where inoculations and booster shots have been widely administered. ... read more »
FDA: Merck COVID Pill Effective, Experts will Review Safety
November 29, 2021
Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. ... read more »
In Omicron Hot Spot, Somber Mood as S Africa Faces Variant
November 29, 2021
The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa's latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new restrictions. ... read more »
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EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant
November 29, 2021
 South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. ... read more »
California Health Officials Watching For Omicron Variant of Coronavirus
November 29, 2021
The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals increased slightly, rising from 565 Saturday to 568, according to the latest state figures. The number of those patients in intensive care rose from 155 to 157. ... read more »
Calif. Officials: Get Booster Shot; Celebrate Thanksgiving Holiday Safely
November 25, 2021
On Saturday, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup  completed a separate review of the federal government’s approval process for the booster shots and also recommended that “individuals 18 or older who have completed their primary vaccination series,” take the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna boosters. ... read more »
U.S. Advisory Panel to Consider Expanding Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots
November 18, 2021
An influential U.S. advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available nationwide as early as this weekend. ... read more »
Racial Disparities in Kids’ Vaccinations are Hard to Track
November 16, 2021
In Michigan, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., white children got vaccinated at much higher rates than their Black counterparts. But in New York City, white children between 13 and 17 are vaccinated at lower rates than Black, Latino and Asian kids. ... read more »
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COVID Hospitalizations Tick Upward Again in LA County
November 16, 2021
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County ticked upward again in the latest data as health officials encouraged people to get vaccinated, and warning that unvaccinated residents are far more susceptible to becoming severely ill or dying if they get infected. ... read more »
COVID Hospitalizations Drop to 600 in Los Angeles County
November 15, 2021
The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has dropped to an even 600, falling from 604 on Saturday, according to the latest state figures. Of those patients, 163 were in intensive care, down from 170 the previous day. ... read more »
LA City Council OKs Changes to Proof-of-Vaccination Ordinance
November 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council today approved enforcement measures and modifications for its new law requiring Angelenos patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. ... read more »
LA Firefighters Union Denied TRO Against Vaccine Mandate
November 12, 2021
A judge today denied an application by the Los Angeles city firefighters' union for a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of a mandate requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID- 19, saying there was no evidence of immediate harm. ... read more »
LA City Council OKs Changes to Proof-of-Vaccination Ordinance
November 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council today approved enforcement measures and modifications for its new law requiring Angelenos patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. ... read more »
TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE
November 11, 2021
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Pandemic has been a challenge to every business.  But the challenges that are facing African American-owned businesses are an even greater one.  Not only for the business owner but for the employees and the customers they serve. ... read more »
Black Pediatricians Discuss Vaccinations for Children
November 11, 2021
Vaccinating children who are ages 5 and older can help protect kids and slow the spread of COVID-19 and is another step in getting this pandemic under control. ... read more »
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