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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 »
More Black Californians Taking COVID Shot as U.S. Reviews Vaccines for Younger Kids
October 28, 2021
Black Californians have joined Black Americans around the country in closing the COVID-19 vaccine equity gap. ... read more »
US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements
October 25, 2021
Two weeks before a new vaccination requirement kicks in for most foreign travelers to the U.S., the Biden administration detailed the new international COVID-19 air travel polices, including exemptions for kids, and new federal contact tracing requirements. Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding an aircraft to the U.S., with tightened restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated. ... read more »
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CDC Awards Money to Community Health Services Fighting COVID-19
September 9, 2021
Multiple organizations receive funding to help health workers in communities hard hit by COVID-19. ... read more »
US booster plan faces complications, some may miss Sept. 20
September 3, 2021
Even before Biden’s announcement last month, his administration had been preparing for months for the possibility that boosters would be required, maintaining America’s supply of doses and devising promotion plans with the same “intensity” that it brought to the initial vaccination campaign, Zients told reporters Thursday. ... read more »
Violence Towards Black Females Continues
August 26, 2021
Death is tragic, but when it is someone you know it is even more devastating. I along with many others are still in shock after hearing about the senseless murder of Michelle Avan.  This shining light and rising star was murdered. ... read more »
US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19
August 18, 2021
U.S. health officials Wednesday announced plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and signs that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. ... read more »
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Despite CDC Short-Term Rental Eviction Reprieve, No Permanent Solution Found
August 12, 2021
A month later in March, Ms. Chism again lost her job. Her legal aid attorney tried to negotiate repayments with the landlord over several weeks, including an updated proposal with higher numbers when another month’s rent was due. ... read more »
Alarming CDC Memo Reveals Vaccinated Individuals Spread Delta Variant as Much as the Unvaccinated
August 5, 2021
The virus is once again surging across the US — especially in areas where fewer people are “The number of cases we have now is higher than any number we had on any given day last summer,” Walensky told CNN. ... read more »
Black-Owned Businesses Look to the FDA to Protect Them
August 5, 2021
A year ago, in a quick fix reaction to the pandemic, the FDA released emergency guidance that lowered the standards for germ-fighting products like hand sanitizer in order to get more on the market. This led to an ongoing wave of hand sanitizers that both smell horrible and seem to do virtually nothing. Now, a year later, city streets are refilling, businesses are starting to operate at full capacity, and we have a more reliable supply of hand sanitizer. Yet, businesses are still providing questionable products, and we are even seeing reports of products with toxic carcinogens steadily pop up. ... read more »
Cal Top Educator Tony Thurmond Says Schools on Track for Safe Reopening
July 29, 2021
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond says school districts across the state are prepared to open safely in the fall even as COVID-19 cases surge in California and around the country. The new spike in COVID-19 positive rates across the state are driven by infections involving the more contagious Delta variant. ... read more »
FAQ: What You Need to Know About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Adolescents 12 to 15
June 3, 2021
As a vaccines advocate, I am excited The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to ages 12 to 15 and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine safety review panel and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommended that the vaccine is safe and effective in protecting this age group against severe illness, hospitalization and death. The Pfizer vaccine has already been safely administered to millions of California adults, including more than 30 percent of 16–17-year-olds.  ... read more »
Fully Vaccinated can drop the Masks, Skip Social Distancing
May 15, 2021
In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. ... read more »
California Weighing Issues Around New CDC Masking Guidelines
May 15, 2021
California's governor said Friday that his office is weighing issues of enforcement and workplace safety in considering whether and when to adopt the latest federal guidelines around masking. ... read more »
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