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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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California to Open Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccination Appointments for 12-15 Age Group
May 15, 2021
California to Open Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccination Appointments for 12-15 Age Group Experts recommend the vaccine as safe and effective at protecting young people 12+ California parents and legal guardians can schedule appointments for young people in their families aged 12+ to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine using the statewide booking system starting Thursday morning. ... read more »
CDC Small Business Finance Program Brings Business Banking Opportunities Directly to the People
April 8, 2021
Robert Villarreal is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles Branch of the CDC Small Business and Finance Program.  Villareal is unapologetic about his passion for creating financial opportunities to local businesses and people in communities of color.  ... read more »
Vaccinate, Wear a Mask and a Little More Social Distancing
April 1, 2021
As Los Angeles opens back up, experts warn not to get too comfortable in order to avoid a fourth surge There has been much debate within the African American community – vaccinate or don’t vaccinate?  Trust the science or don’t trust the science?  In fact, it really could simply be stated as trust Biden or don’t trust Trump? ... read more »
CDC Director has Feeling of ‘Impending Doom’ Amid New Spike
March 30, 2021
Speaking during a virtual White House briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky grew emotional as she reflected on her experience treating COVID-19 patients who are alone at the end of their lives. ... read more »
How Cedars-Sinai Builds Community Trust in the Vaccine
March 25, 2021
Gena Smith-Woods, a registered nurse with Cedars-Sinai, worked as one of the front-line professionals administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare staff and community members. She recalled how honored she was to take part in the Southern California non-profit hospital’s first drive-thru clinic at Beverly Grove, supporting the community vulnerable to the Coronavirus. ... read more »
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Kyle Kuzma Says There is Mistrust with Vaccines in the Black Community
March 11, 2021
According to Kuzma they have spoken with team doctors about the vaccines, but they don’t know much about them. They haven’t talked about it as a team. He discussed the mistrust with doctors in the Black community. ... read more »
At this crucial time PMBs can help lower the cost for the venerable
March 10, 2021
Co-Pastor Christ Liberation Ministries, William Smart Jr., dissects the functionality of Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and how they negotiate on our behalf to reduce the cost and burden caused by pricey medications and they are doing this all day every day. ... read more »
Two Masks Better Than One? CDC Revises Guidance For COVID Face Coverings
February 12, 2021
Residents in the Southland and across the country have been urged for nearly a year to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID- 19, but federal health authorities today said people should consider wearing two. ... read more »
CDC Director: Schools Can Open Before Teachers Get COVID Vaccines
February 5, 2021
Despite the insistence of Los Angeles Unified's superintendent and the teachers' union that all educators and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 before schools reopen, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today vaccinations should not be a prerequisite for returning students to campus. ... read more »
COVID-19 Vaccine: Guard Yourself with the Facts Not Influence
December 31, 2020
The subject of vaccination ignites a fire of controversy, branding another line of division through the nation. Recorded history reflects a healthcare system failing to be inclusive; intentional gaps in resources for proper medical care have been wide enough to allow generations to fall through the cracks. COVID-19 illuminated the imbalance in health and medical resources among people of color. Black communities have suffered at a different rate and at polarizing levels than any other demographic. ... read more »
LA Public Health Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
December 24, 2020
In a recent virtual town hall led by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, experts address the development of the vaccination, what to expect, distribution timeline, myths, traveling safety, and the difference between the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines.  ... read more »
BLM L.A. Discusses African American “Distrust” of the COVID-19 Vaccine
December 24, 2020
Now that both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and are beginning to roll out, hesitancy is growing among Americans about receiving them. ... read more »
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