In California, Caregivers of People With Disabilities Are Being Turned Away at COVID Vaccine Sites

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In California, confusion and botched communication has caused some eligible parents and family caregivers of people with disabilities to be turned away at covid vaccination sites.

Oscar Madrigal is one of those caregivers. His two sons are on the autism spectrum and his youngest requires almost constant care.

Rural Americans In Pharmacy Deserts Hurting For COVID Vaccines

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As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots.

recent analysis by the Rural Policy Research Institute found that 111 rural counties, mostly between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, have no pharmacy that can give the vaccines.

When Will Nursing Homes Reopen To Visitors? State Officials Won’t Say

Mar 2, 2021
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Before the pandemic, Nancy Klein would spend up to seven hours a day at a nursing home in Riverside County, caring for her 53-year-old son, who was left unable to speak and move his limbs after a massive brain hemorrhage. She would suction his tracheotomy tube and massage his neck, arms and legs. 

But Klein has watched her son deteriorate in the past year. He was hospitalized with pneumonia in May as pandemic rules largely locked down most of California’s nursing homes.

Redding Rodeo

Shasta County was able to loosen some restrictions on businesses last week due to declining coronavirus cases.


The county is now in the red tier under the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Despite the move to a less restrictive tier, it's too soon to say how many spring and summer events will be able to take place. 


Redding’s classic car show, Kool April Nites, was canceled for the second year in a row. The Redding Rodeo on the other hand is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 14 and 15.

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Nearly half of Butte County residents aged 65 years or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


Lisa Almaguer, communications manager at Butte County Public Health, said Thursday that amounts to about 19,800 people, or 49 percent.

As Blue Shield Takes Control Of California Vaccine Rollout, Some Counties Worry About Distribution

Feb 26, 2021
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As health care giant Blue Shield of California gets set to take over the state’s distribution network for COVID-19 vaccines, public health officials say the state is on track to begin administering 3 million weekly doses.

Meeting that goal will depend on two things: vaccine supply and Blue Shield’s handling of distribution logistics. But the latter is already facing some scrutiny from county health officials who are speaking out about delays in the system. 

COVID Vaccine Websites Violate Disability Laws, Create Inequity for the Blind

Feb 25, 2021



Many covid vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine, a KHN investigation has found.

Across the country, people who use special software to make the web accessible have been unable to sign up for the vaccines or obtain vital information about covid-19 because many government websites lack required accessibility features. At least 7.6 million people in the U.S. over age 16 have a visual disability.

Shasta County To See Fewer COVID-19 Restrictions

Feb 23, 2021
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State health officials announced Tuesday that five California counties will move from the state’s most restrictive purple tier to the red tier under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The purple tier indicates the virus is widespread while the red tier indicates spread is substantial.

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Updated at 3:46 p.m.

Millions of low-income and undocumented Californians will get $600 relief payments after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping stimulus package to aid those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses. 

Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters

Do the Californians who have been vaccinated to ward off COVID-19 reflect the state’s racial and ethnic diversity? It’s too soon to tell. County data provided by state officials is incomplete.

Yet the existing data does give us a snapshot of who has been vaccinated first: White people have received the largest percentage of doses in nearly all counties. Included are those — such as Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Fresno, Madera, Monterey, San Joaquin and Kern counties — with large Latino populations.