CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Pfizer Vaccine Booster

On Sept. 24, the CDC issued updated interim guidance allowing certain people at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (now marketed as Comirnaty) booster shot. Specifically, the CDC endorsed the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for booster shots. The CDC recommends the following individuals should receive a booster shot […]

Executive Order Extends Protections for Telehealth Services

On Sept. 27, Gov. Newsom signed Executive Order N-16-21 , which extends protections for health care providers that experience a privacy breach during the good faith provision of telehealth services. These protections were originally instituted in Executive Order N-43-20, which was set to expire on Sept. 30, but will now remain in place for the […]

New Vaccine Mandate Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors

On Sept. 24, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF) issued guidance on President Biden’s executive order mandating that federal contractors and subcontractors must ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. The SFWTF is led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the General Services Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. Specifically, the guidance clarifies […]

CDPH Announces Limited Exceptions to Vaccine Mandate

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Sept. 28 that it will allow unvaccinated health care workers to continue to work if a facility is experiencing a critical staffing shortage. CDPH will release an All Facilities Letter (AFL) — perhaps as early as Sept. 29 — clarifying the state public health officer order that […]

FDA Panel Endorses Limited Use of Pfizer Booster Shot

On Sept. 17, a key advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a limited endorsement of Pfizer vaccine boosters. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to endorse a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination for two categories of people: those 65 and older, and those […]

CDPH Vaccine Capacity Survey Due to CDPH on Sept. 21

Hospitals and health systems participating in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 Vaccination Program should have received a letter from Tomas Aragon, MD, DrPH, director and state public health officer, outlining CDPH’s need to prepare for the increased vaccine demand volume for COVID-19 boosters and likely expansion of initial vaccines to include children […]