Colleen Shalby
Colleen Shalby
Colleen Shalby is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She previously worked at PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C. She’s a graduate of George Washington University and a native of Southern California.Source
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California to require masks at school, a cautious decision that treats all students the same

California to require masks at school, a cautious decision that treats all students the same

The new school year in California will start with students and teachers wearing masks, state officials announced Friday, staking out a cautious position on a day when new federal guidelines stressed the importance of fully reopening schools and recommended masks only for those who are not vaccinated. As part of a multilayered approach to limit the spread of COVID-19, those who are not vaccinated should wear masks indoors — and schools, health departments or states may continue to require masks on campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. California has opted for a...

Jul 10
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California's massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall

California's massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe University of California and California State University announced Thursday that they will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on campus properties this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval to the vaccines and supplies are sufficiently available. The directive is the largest of its kind in U.S. higher education, affecting more than 1 million members of the two public university systems. More than have already announced they will require vaccination for enrollment this fall,...

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Apr 22
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Vaccination appointments now open to all 16 and older in California

Vaccination appointments now open to all 16 and older in California

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementEveryone in California 16 and older can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments on the state’s . The changes to the system went into effect Wednesday night. In Southern California, residents of Orange and Ventura counties ages 16 and up became newly eligible to book vaccine appointments through My Turn. Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Imperial counties had already made everyone 16 and older eligible.Men are more likely to die from COVID-19, but less likely to get vaccinated. The...

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Apr 15
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All California adults will be eligible for vaccine April 15; 50 and older starting April 1

All California adults will be eligible for vaccine April 15; 50 and older starting April 1

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia is dramatically expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, offering the shots to virtually all residents 16 and over beginning next month, the state announced Thursday. Residents who are at least 50 years old can get vaccines starting April 1, and all Californians 16 and up will be eligible starting April 15.State officials said the dramatic move is based on expected increases in vaccine supply. “There’s not just light at the end of the tunnel; there’s bright light at the end of the tunnel,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said...

Mar 25
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California's vaccine eligibility is expanding — if you live in the right places

California's vaccine eligibility is expanding — if you live in the right places

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementIn parts of the Bay Area, anyone who is 50 or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine right away. In San Diego, health officials are vaccinating anyone with asthma or Type 1 diabetes. And in San Francisco, the shot is available to anyone who is HIV positive or is considered obese. As COVID-19 vaccine supplies increase, a growing number of California’s 61 health departments have broken with state health guidelines and made the shots available to potentially millions of additional people, sparking joy among locals, and frustration and envy...

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Mar 24
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California makes it easier for anyone to get COVID-19 vaccine by volunteering

California makes it easier for anyone to get COVID-19 vaccine by volunteering

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia is making it easier for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine by volunteering at .The state launched a volunteer page on its My Turn vaccination scheduling system last week to streamline the process for medical workers and the general public to volunteer. Counties across the state have already made the volunteering option available, but the move by the state is expected to make the process more accessible to people who would otherwise not be eligible for the vaccine.“A volunteer that completes a shift of four hours or more is...

Mar 9
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California to open COVID-19 vaccine to people with disabilities, underlying health problems

California to open COVID-19 vaccine to people with disabilities, underlying health problems

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia officials on Friday said that people between the ages of 16 and 64 who are disabled or at high risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning next month. The move comes after weeks of debate over who will get to the front of the line for precious doses, which remain in short supply. Officials estimate the move will make 4 million to 6 million more people eligible for the vaccine, bringing the total number of Californians eligible to between 17 million and 20 million, or about half...

Feb 12
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L.A. County faces severe limits in 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccines amid shortages

L.A. County faces severe limits in 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccines amid shortages

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe chance to get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be at a premium in Los Angeles County next week as a continuing supply crunch and a hefty queue of those needing a second shot will leave few opportunities for those looking to start their inoculations, a top health official said Friday.Most appointments offered at the major county-run vaccination sites will be needed for , according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. At the county’s five mega-PODs, or mass points of...

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Feb 6
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California will prioritize COVID-19 vaccine by age, not occupation, in next rounds

California will prioritize COVID-19 vaccine by age, not occupation, in next rounds

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementIn a significant reshuffling of vaccine eligibility guidelines, California officials said Monday they will be shifting who is prioritized in the next round of COVID-19 inoculations to focus on age rather than specific occupations considered higher risk.The modifications announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom leave unchanged the current priority list, which focuses on healthcare workers and residents 65 and older before expanding to teachers, farmworkers and first responders.But there will be shift in who gets the vaccine after them....

Jan 26
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Getting the COVID-19 vaccine in L.A.: Confusion, waiting, tears and triumph

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine in L.A.: Confusion, waiting, tears and triumph

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementPatricia Reber walked out of the vaccine clinic at L.A.’s Lincoln Park pumping her arms overhead like a champion. A friend told the 80-year-old she had waited four hours for a shot at Dodger Stadium, but Reber was in and out within 30 minutes.“This was wonderful,” Reber said from beneath a Kobe Bryant face mask. “I think they’ve done the best they can with the lack of federal help.”But in the , the triumphs were matched by heartbreaking disappointments and confusion as older residents struggled with appointment websites that crashed...

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Jan 22
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