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Gov. Newsom criticized the new vaccine bill. Anti-vaccine activists are celebrating.

Gov. Newsom criticized the new vaccine bill. Anti-vaccine activists are celebrating.

Gov. Gavin Newsom thrust himself into a debate over one of California’s most controversial legislative proposals by suggesting he did not agree with a bill to tighten vaccine exemptions because it would create an immunization bureaucracy. Opponents of the bill immediately , with anti-vaccination advocate the governor Monday for “his wise and sober opposition to a draconian proposal.” Advertisement The problem is that Newsom, who raised his concerns during a question-and-answer session with reporters at the California Democratic Party’s convention last weekend, did not say he opposed the...

June 5, 2019
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Blue Shield vows to dramatically speed up California vaccine distribution with new plan

Blue Shield vows to dramatically speed up California vaccine distribution with new plan

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementBlue Shield of California will create an algorithm to determine where to allocate COVID-19 vaccines statewide with the goal of being able to administer 3 million shots a week by March 1, according to that grants the insurance giant far-reaching powers in overseeing the state’s distribution of doses.The company will attempt to drastically scale up the number of daily doses, but that goal will largely depend on the supply sent to the state. California received a little more than 1 million vaccine doses in the last week from the federal...

Feb 16
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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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Don't expect fast rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for elderly as California faces logistical woes

Don't expect fast rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for elderly as California faces logistical woes

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |Breaking NewsAdvertisementIn many areas of California, it is going to take time and patience before have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.Many cheered on Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the age group was now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Previously, only healthcare workers and residents and staff in long-term care settings qualified for the vaccine.Wait times for vaccines still could last weeks as counties struggle to keep up with demand.More CoverageBut shortly after Newsom’s announcement, some county health officials began...

Jan 14
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#FreeBritney movement prompts lawmakers to consider changing conservatorship laws

#FreeBritney movement prompts lawmakers to consider changing conservatorship laws

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementA new spotlight on Britney Spears’ conservatorship that has her legions of fans calling for reforms has prompted California lawmakers to consider changes that could affect the pop singer’s protracted legal case in Los Angeles.The high-profile conservatorship has been the focus of intense speculation since Spears was first placed under the legal arrangement 13 years ago, but public scrutiny of the court-ordered guardianship has exploded with the #FreeBritney movement backed by fans turned activists and the recent New York Times...

Mar 26
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When can I get my COVID-19 vaccine? California trying to ramp up distribution

When can I get my COVID-19 vaccine? California trying to ramp up distribution

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementAfter a slow and at times California is trying to ramp up vaccine distribution.For now, the vaccine is still supposed to go to medical personnel and first responders. But officials expect to provide details soon about who will next be eligible.On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to vaccinate against COVID-19 over the next nine days, though details of how he would do it were unclear. Though California has received more than 2.1 million doses of vaccines, as of Friday about a third had been administered to and residents at nursing homes...

Jan 11
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Californians shouldn't trick-or-treat this Halloween, state health officials say

Californians shouldn't trick-or-treat this Halloween, state health officials say

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementState health officials recommend residents skip trick-or-treating this year but stop short of prohibiting the activity.State health officials are advising Californians to skip trick-or-treating this Halloween, though their new guidelines, released Tuesday, stop short of prohibiting the activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. come as trick-or-treaters ready their costumes for Oct. 31, which this year falls on a Saturday, increasing the likelihood of gatherings.Health officials voiced concerns that it’s not possible to practice social...

Oct 13
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Newsom vetoes bill to provide rehiring protections for workers laid off amid COVID-19 pandemic

Newsom vetoes bill to provide rehiring protections for workers laid off amid COVID-19 pandemic

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have provided sweeping new labor protections for workers laid off during the pandemic by requiring hotel, airport and janitorial employers to rehire based on seniority.Assembly Bill 3216 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) called for employers in those industries to first rehire workers they laid off during a state of emergency, including in cases in which a new owner takes over a business. The protections pushed by labor groups targeted businesses, including event centers and...

Oct 1
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California allows residents 65 and older to get COVID-19 vaccine, but doses remain limited

California allows residents 65 and older to get COVID-19 vaccine, but doses remain limited

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGov. Gavin Newson announced Wednesday that people 65 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, but the sudden addition of roughly 6 million people to an already strained distribution network could still leave many waiting weeks for inoculations.The major expansion of vaccination guidelines, which broadens the priority list beyond healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staffers, has been pushed by some health officials and experts as a way to boost access amid surging caseloads. Newsom and others said it was a...

Jan 13
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