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Across the country, growing numbers of transplant programs have chosen to either bar patients who refuse to take the widely available covid vaccines from receiving transplants, or give them lower priority on crowded organ waitlists. Other programs, however, say they plan no such restrictions — for now.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health officials have identified more than 200 coronavirus outbreaks at police or fire agencies throughout Los Angel…
Kings County, the Family Healthcare Network, the Central Valley Food Bank and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development are teaming up to bring a vaccine clinic and food drive to Hanford Wednesday.
The largest increases in COVID cases over the last week have been in children 0-11, followed by those 12-15 and 16-19, which was expected with schools going back to in-person learning, according to officials.
Booster doses of mRNA COVID vaccines are available for immunocompromised individuals in Kings County as of Monday, according to a Public Health Department press release.
While COVID cases in the county are increasing, vaccine rates are also slowly ticking up, but some areas are lagging.
What about all the people — a number estimated to be in the millions — who now possess some degree of immunity because they recovered from covid-19? The CDC recommends that everyone — vaccinated, recovered or otherwise — wear a mask in public.
THOMAS ELIAS The bottom line: It should have been simple to get vaccinated, especially in California, whose governor has spent years preaching equal opportunity.
“We appreciate our communities’ eagerness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are just as eager to help protect our communities, so we can bring an end to this pandemic,” Dr. Raul Ayala, Ambulatory Services medical director for Adventist Health in the Central Valley, said.
THOMAS ELIAS If the lives of people in nursing homes have value – and California’s newly-set priorities suggest some think they don’t – they must get the new shots before anyone other than front line medical workers.