The California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that it will make $40 million in grants available to help doctors' offices and small practices safely store and administer more COVID-19 vaccines.
With more than 74 percent of state residents age 12 and up at least partially vaccinated, the CDPH and its third-party vaccination administrator, Blue Shield of California, are focusing primarily on making vaccine doses widely accessible across the state, particularly in areas that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
The $40 million CalVaxGrant program will help them do so, according to state officials, by partially reimbursing small doctors' offices up to $55,000 for the staffing and infrastructure needed to set up small-scale vaccination clinics in their offices.
The state is making the grants available to health care practices with up to 200 physicians that apply at
"Californians must take action to protect themselves and those in our communities who cannot get vaccinated, including children under age 12," CDPH Director and State Public Health Office Dr. Tomas Aragon said in a statement. "COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and our best tool in stopping the spread and mutation of variants."
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The CDPH will also extend and expand its partnerships with nearly 500 community organizations across the state through October to combat vaccine misinformation and conduct outreach to vulnerable areas.
The state's "Get Out the Vaccine" door-knocking and phone banking outreach program has reached some 8 million residents and resulted in more than 875,000 vaccination appointments and referrals, according to the CDPH.
The efforts come as the state's rate of new cases has increased due to increased infections primarily among unvaccinated residents and the highly transmissible delta variant becoming the state's dominant COVID-19 strain.
"COVID-19 remains a very real threat to those who are unvaccinated," Aragon said in a statement. "It is imperative that we fight the disinformation that is leading Californians to be skeptical of this life-saving tool we now have."
California residents can inquire about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 by visiting
https://myturn.ca.gov/ or calling (833) 422-4255.
CDC Doubles Down on Mask Requirements, for Vaccinated Americans. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky reiterated that it is still safe for vaccinated Americans to go maskless in most public settings. If you are vaccinated, you are safe from the variants that are circulating here in the United States, Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, via 'The Hill'. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is thought to be responsible for COVID-19 surges occurring all over the world. Parts of the U.S. in which vaccination rates fall well below the national average are prepping for significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently amended its own mask guidance. suggesting that even those who are vaccinated should continue to wear masks in public. In the U.S., health officials in Los Angeles County similarly amended its mask guidance for vaccinated residents. CDC Director Walensky responded to questions regarding both instances. The WHO has to make guidelines and provide information to the world [...] there are places around the world that are surging, Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, via 'The Hill'. We have always said that local policymakers need to make policies for their local environment, Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, via 'The Hill'. A recent British study found that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine was 88 percent effective against the Delta variant
Photos of the month: A look at Napa Valley news in pictures, June 2021
Carnival standbys like the carousel, a staple of the annual Napa Town & Country Fair, are making their appearance this year at the Greatest Portable Theme Park that opened Wednesday afternoon.
John Robertson, the Napa County sheriff since 2012, retired Saturday after more than four decades in law enforcement and 30 years in the Sheriff's Office.
A Cal Fire firefighter gets the controlled burn going with a drip torch at Land Trust of Napa County’s Missimer Preserve on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
Simone Findlay, Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet and Jason Pleasants help install a new Rainbow Little Library at Seasons of Wonder preschool in Napa. To kick off LGBTQ Pride Month, Rainbow Action Network and First 5 Napa Network rolled out their Rainbow Little Libraries project over the first weekend in June.
Bob Swan looks at a photo of a 1950s themed mural he painted at Napa State Hospital. A psychiatric technician, Swan worked at the hospital from 1962 to 1995.
Margo Scarpulla of Vacaville displayed examples of her pottery to a visitor at Veterans Memorial Park during the Art, Sip & Stroll festival Saturday in Yountville.
Plaques installed by the city of Napa mark the downtown promenade overlooking the Napa River as the Harry T. Price Riverwalk, in memory of the developer who died in 2019. Price, who turned a once-industrial property into the Historic Napa Mill development, advocated for the creation of an unbroken walkway along the waterside as a central part of the Napa flood-control project.
A bidder raises his paddle during Saturday's Premiere Napa Valley auction.
Classic Ford Model T cars rolled into Calistoga and turned heads with their wooden wheels and brass fittings.
Graduating seniors at Justin-Siena High School were able to take the stage at their Napa campus to receive their diplomas Thursday evening, during the county's first in-person commencement since COVID-19 triggered the county's first stay-at-home orders in March 2020.
Kristen Guiterrez and her daughters Aubrie, 6 and Avery, 2 ½, proceed through Shenandoah Park, reading displays from "How Do You Wokka Wokka" by Elizabeth Blue.
Crews battled a small fire in the Coombsville area on June 7.
Inside Right On !!! Records, 2375 California Blvd. in Napa.
Napa's Vintage high school farm will eventually become a new housing development. Take a look at the area as it is today.
Napa Police report no major injury collisions during the first year of the triple roundabouts between Highway 29 and downtown as motorists learn new maneuvers.
Marianne Mangold of Carmel donned a straw-equipped mask to balance wine tasting with safety at Saturday's Art, Sip & Stroll festival in Yountville. Wine tastings took place at Veterans Memorial Park and indoors at the Community Center, just north on Washington Street.
Napa artist Chris Cammarata displayed a collection of his paintings in front of the Yountville Community Center, during Saturday's Art, Sip & Stroll festival. The art, wine and food fair, which was canceled in 2020 as Napa County imposed a stay-home order early in the coronavirus pandemic, drew one of Napa County's largest audiences since the emergency began.
A sign on southbound Soscol Avenue reminded drivers to respect the shoulder lane reserved for bicyclists on the four-lane route in Napa. City improvements to bike and pedestrian corridors expected to begin this year include "conflict lanes" along a section of Soscol, painted green to alert motorists at several intersections.
Family and friends of New Technology High School valedictorian Jacqueline Vega posed for a post-commencement photo while the new graduate sported a playful costume, which included a lei, single-serve cereal boxes and a doughnut-shaped pool float. Eighty-five seniors were honored Monday evening at Napa's Memorial Stadium, which this week is hosting graduation ceremonies after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Tuesday afternoon, American Canyon High School seniors graduated.
Sophie Grech and her daughter at Kayleigh's bench. Grech raised funds for the memorial bench for her niece Kayleigh Slusher, who died in 2014 at age 3. The bench is located at Camille Park, where Grech used to take her niece to play.
On Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, Napa High School's 124th class graduated.
Napa County Sheriff's Deputies guide a drowning bull to safety in Lake Berryessa, June 16. 2021.
The Vintage High School Class of 2021 walks into Memorial Stadium.
Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley, left, greets Lorenzo Ortona and Sergio Strozli, from the Italian consulate in San Francisco, who came to Napa to celebrate the new sister city partnership between Napa and Montalcino, Italy.
Peggy Smith of Expressions of Hope goes through a rack of donated outerwear. The Napa nonprofit offers free clothing and supplies of all kinds for foster youth, foster families and those in the child welfare service system. Expressions of Hope has a resource center and "store" located at the Napa Valley Life Church on Trower Avenue.
Left to right: CALFIRE/Napa County Fire Chief Geoff Belyea, volunteer firefighter Mitchell Wilms, Summit Bank Foundation board member Bill Wheeler, Yountville Mayor John Dunbar, Summit Bank CEO Tom Duryea, volunteer firefighters Rebecca-Brown-Dehner and Brandon North, and Summit Bank Controller Mani Ganesamurthy.
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