Catherine Ho
Catherine Ho
Health care reporter at @SFChronicle. Currently covering COVID-19 and vaccines.Source
San Francisco, CA
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California vaccine supply will fall 15% next week, just as demand is expected to surge

California vaccine supply will fall 15% next week, just as demand is expected to surge

California expects to receive fewer doses of coronavirus vaccine for the next two weeks, just as the state is slated to see a surge in demand from millions of newly eligible people starting April 15.The state said its vaccine allocation from the federal government will drop 15%, from 2.4 million doses this week to 2 million doses next week, and dip another 5% the week after that to 1.9 million doses.The shortfall, if it persists, could throw off the state’s plans to , the target date set by Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow almost all sectors of the economy to resume operations at or near...

Apr 9
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California says everyone 16 and older will be eligible for COVID vaccination starting April 15

California says everyone 16 and older will be eligible for COVID vaccination starting April 15

All Californians 50 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccination on April 1, and everyone age 16 and up can get their shots starting April 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.The move marks the latest and most dramatic expansion of the vaccination campaign in the nation’s most populous state, which until now had made vaccines available incrementally, largely based on residents’ age, job or underlying medical conditions. The April 15 target date for so-called vaccination open season is sooner than the projected timeline Newsom gave last week, when he predicted California would...

Mar 26
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Contra Costa becomes second Bay Area county to expand vaccine eligibility to people 50 and over

Contra Costa becomes second Bay Area county to expand vaccine eligibility to people 50 and over

Contra Costa County on Monday announced it is expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility to people 50 and older who live or work in the county, becoming the second Bay Area county after Solano to do so.California has not expanded eligibility to people 50 and older, but does plan to open up vaccinations to by the last week of April, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. The California Department of Public Health on Monday declined to say whether it will first expand eligibility to those 50 and older before opening it up to everyone else.If California goes the same route as New York and a number of...

Mar 22
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Blue Shield to take over California COVID-19 vaccine distribution campaign

Blue Shield to take over California COVID-19 vaccine distribution campaign

California will turn over its coronavirus vaccine distribution to the health insurance company Blue Shield in an effort to speed up what has been among the slowest vaccination rollouts in the country.The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the state will contract with the Oakland-based health plan provider to manage the state’s vaccine delivery network and that the transition will take place over the next few weeks.The state did not say how it selected Blue Shield of California nor how much it would pay the nonprofit organization to oversee vaccine delivery, although...

Jan 28
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California, Bay Area opening mass vaccination sites

California, Bay Area opening mass vaccination sites

State and local officials are starting to open mass vaccination centers to speed up coronavirus immunizations and to accommodate the millions of additional Californians now eligible for vaccines under the state’s new, looser guidelines. Vaccination sites are opening as soon as this week at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego and Cal Expo in Sacramento, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news briefing Monday. Some sites are also opening in the Bay Area, though for now they are for health care workers and by appointment only. But they are poised to open to members of the broader...

Jan 12
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SF's 49% surge in hospitalizations puts city on high alert

SF's 49% surge in hospitalizations puts city on high alert

On a day that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled additional restrictions for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, the city of San Francisco announced an alarming rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations that is putting new strain on an anxious health care system.Among other major developments Tuesday, the state recorded 7,820 new cases — its second highest tally in a 24-hour period — and surpassed 6,000 deaths from the coronavirus; New York, New Jersey and Connecticut imposed a 14-day quarantine on anyone arriving from California; and the nation’s top infectious disease official warned the U.S....

July 1, 2020
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