Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CDPH Issues Advisory on Heart Conditions in Adolescents, Young Adults After Receiving mRNA Vaccine

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has posted a health advisory about some cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in young adults and adolescents after receipt of the

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the reports. There has not been a similar pattern of reports following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Symptoms of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) can include chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations. For the cases reported after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, most who presented to medical care have responded well to medications and rest. The CDC has issued guidance for clinicians in its Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults.

The CDPH advisory notes that COVID-19 immunization is still recommended for ages 12 and older, and that all cases of myocarditis following the receipt of COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other adverse events following vaccination, should be reported promptly to the CDC/FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

HRSA Announces Funding for COVID-19 Uninsured Program Reimbursements

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that it will devote $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program, which reimburses eligible providers for claims attributed to COVID-19 testing, treatment, or vaccination for uninsured individuals. Additional information about the program is available on the HRSA website.  

Coronavirus Response Wraps Up June 8

Corresponding with the state’s plan for a full reopening on June 15 and as hospitals continue to move toward post-pandemic operations, CHA will send the final issue of Coronavirus Response on June 8. We will continue to provide key information and resources through CHA News, published every Monday and Thursday. Look for coronavirus-related updates under the “COVID-19” subheading in CHA News.

Next CDPH Office Hours: June 4

CDPH will hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Office Hours webinar for hospitals on June 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. (PT). To participate, visit this link.

Next CDPH Call for Health Care Facilities: June 8 at 9 a.m. (PT)  

Dial: (844) 721-7239  
Passcode: 7993227 

Summary of May 25 CDPH Call

CDPH has provided a summary of its May 25 call with health care facilities.

Sign Up to Receive CDPH Meeting Summaries Post-June 8

As a reminder, you can sign up to receive these meeting summaries directly. Given that this Coronavirus Response publication will wrap up June 8, we encourage you to sign up now to receive these meeting summaries ongoing. 

To do so, email [email protected] to request to subscribe to the CDPH Weekly Facility COVID-19 Update Call meeting summaries.  Include your first and last name, work email, position title or role, department or organization name, work location facility type, work address, phone number, and county. 

Media Coverage

In case you missed them, here are recent stories that might be of interest:

Data Resources

  • State Resources: Monitor ICU capacity by region or by county.
  • CHA Resources: Hospitals can access county dashboards through the CHA COVID-19 Tracking Tool, which includes hospital-specific data on ICU capacity.