California plans ambitious effort to vaccinate young children
State officials are preparing to offer COVID vaccine doses to California's 3.5 million children ages 5 to 11 as soon as the end of next week. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

COVID-19 risks in kids are small, but vaccines can still save lives, experts say
The overall risk for kids is small, but COVID has become a leading cause of death for children, making vaccination as important as ever, experts say. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

A second Northern California In-N-Out is forced to close for violating COVID-19 rules
An In-N-Out Burger in Pleasant Hill was ordered to close Tuesday by Contra Costa County public health officials after refusing to comply with rules requiring restaurants to check indoor dining patrons for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gregory Yee Source Type: news

San Diego student sues, objecting to school vaccine mandate for religious reasons
The 16-year-old is represented by a religious rights law firm. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deborah Sullivan Brennan Source Type: news

Which COVID-19 vaccine booster shot should I get? Here's how to choose
Federal health officials aren't giving any specific recommendations, but there are options for COVID-19 boosters, and it's OK if you mix vaccines. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

Podcast: Stuck for days in L.A.'s biggest traffic jam
Sailors on cargo ships spend months at sea. Now, a shipping bottleneck and lack of access to COVID vaccines have them stuck on their vessels. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Three of 10 student athletes could get kicked off team for missing LAUSD vaccine deadline
Students in extracurricular activities face an Oct. 31 deadline for getting both vaccine doses. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eric Sondheimer, Howard Blume, Ben Welsh Source Type: news

Thousands of state workers are unvaccinated. California isn't testing half of them for COVID as required
The state's struggle to implement Newsom's mandate comes as workplaces across the nation are imposing deadlines for workers to provide proof of vaccination or risk losing their jobs. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Gutierrez Source Type: news

For Dudamel, the trauma of COVID-19 turned personal: 'I am not the Gustavo of 2010'
The loss of loved ones to the pandemic has given Gustavo Dudamel a fresh outlook on the L.A. Phil, his new post in Paris, and his life with his wife and son. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Swed Source Type: news

Column: The problem with pandemic Halloween is that I no longer understand the rules
Should I open my doors on Halloween or hide guiltily inside? Is it safe to face the crowds of hundreds of children who show up on my street? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Goldberg Source Type: news

San Diego scientists work on a vaccine against all coronaviruses. Yes, all of them
Scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology received $2.6 million as part of a larger effort to develop protective shots against past, present and future coronaviruses. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Wosen Source Type: news

Column: What In-N-Out's vaccine standoff reveals about the California dream
In-N-Out's surprisingly outspoken anti-vaccine mandate move is a surprise, but it takes a delusional Californian to think In-N-Out was anything more than what it is -- a fantasy of apolitical niceness. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gustavo Arellano Source Type: news

It's OK to mix and match COVID-19 booster shoots. Which one should I get?
The FDA and CDC say it's OK to mix and match COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, and in some cases it's preferred. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

San Diego wanted to share unused COVID-19 vaccine with Mexico, but U.S. government said no
The plan was blocked by the White House Vaccine Task Force, exasperating San Diego healthcare providers. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Sisson, Wendy Fry Source Type: news

California's job growth took a hit as the Delta variant spread
California's job growth slowed last month and its unemployment rate remained high as the state struggled to recover economic momentum. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Margot Roosevelt Source Type: news

Millions more Californians are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster
Booster shots for eligible residents are expected to be widely available starting Saturday. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Pandemic spurs young families to leave big cities for the heartland. Will they stay?
New telework opportunities could slow exodus from rural America, but housing and lifestyle challenges abound. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Don Lee Source Type: news

Who needs COVID boosters? Experts must decide with incomplete data
Scientists are trying to decide who should be eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, but they're missing key data that would help them. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

In-N-Out calls California vaccine mandate 'offensive.' Will others join battle?
As more communities across California require proof of vaccination for public venues, the battle over enforcement of the new rules is just beginning to heat up. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Gregory Yee, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Coronavirus closes first campus in L.A. County, prompting remote learning, football fallout
View Park Preparatory High School has switched to remote learning for a week, and the Crenshaw football team was sidelined after a game with View Park. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

With the federal eviction moratorium over, many call Las Vegas' Desert Moon Motel home
The Desert Moon Motel in Las Vegas is home to people evicted during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kurtis Lee Source Type: news

Appeals court tosses order aimed at protecting immigration detainees from COVID-19
A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has overturned a requirement for ICE detainees at risk of COVID-19 to be monitored and possibly released. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

Studies confirm COVID-19 vaccine's effectiveness in teens, even against Delta
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine greatly reduced the risk of coronavirus infection and COVID-19 in teens despite the Delta variant's rise. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Here's what you need to know about the White House plan to vaccinate children
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5 could be available by early November at pharmacies and pediatrician's offices. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin B. Logan Source Type: news

In-N-Out Burger's fight over COVID vaccination rules could be start of bigger battle
As more California cities require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in public places, a cherished burger chain has become an unlikely flashpoint. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gregory Yee, Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

For the vaccinated, how risky could holiday gatherings be?
Officials say it's possible to safely participate in many holiday activities if everyone is vaccinated for COVID. But extra precautions may be needed. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

90 L.A. arts groups got $36 million in pandemic relief. Here's how some are spending it
For a Black theater, a Latino orchestra, a Valley cultural center and a writing mentorship program for teen girls, the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund is a lifeline. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica Gelt Source Type: news

San Francisco In-N-Out temporarily closed over city's proof of COVID-19 vaccine requirement
The restaurant posted signs about vaccine requirements, but city officials said employees should demand proof of vaccination from customers, the company said. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gregory Yee Source Type: news

What Colin Powell's death tells us — and doesn't — about COVID-19 and vaccines
Experts say his death should not be interpreted as a failure of COVID-19 vaccines in the broader population. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Unvaccinated L.A. city employees could get until mid-December to get their shots
City workers who aren't vaccinated for COVID-19 or declared they'll seek an exemption can have more time to get the shots under L.A. officials' plan. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Alpert Reyes Source Type: news

Confronted with losing their jobs, 99% of LAUSD teachers meet COVID-19 vaccine requirements
In some schools, teachers and other workers suddenly disappear, leaving voids, but there are no massive disruptions after vaccination deadline. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume, Melissa Gomez Source Type: news

Colin Powell, America's first Black secretary of State, dies at 84
Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dies of COVID-19 complications after bout with blood cancer. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tracy Wilkinson Source Type: news

Parents in California protest student COVID-19 vaccine mandate, keep kids home
On Monday, some parents kept their children home from school to protest the pending statewide student vaccination mandate. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Gomez, Howard Blume Source Type: news

What sways homeless people to get COVID-19 shots? It could be other homeless people
In L.A. County, health officials are enlisting people living in tents, RVs and makeshift shelters to help get unhoused people vaccinated. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Alpert Reyes Source Type: news

Second Opinion: Refrigeration alone can't solve the 'last mile' problem for COVID vaccines
Humanitarian aid groups have experience countering myths and misinformation to overcome vaccine hesitancy in low-income countries. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nancy A. Aossey Source Type: news

Column: The clock is ticking on those unvaccinated L.A. city workers. Will they come around?
COVID vaccine mandate deadline is fast approaching, and L.A. officials weigh discipline options. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steve Lopez Source Type: news

L.A. County health inspectors enforce new vaccine mandates with training, not tickets
Visits to businesses by L.A. County health inspectors Oct. 8-10 were focused primarily on education rather than heavy-handed enforcement. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

L.A. mandate looms, but fate of unvaccinated employees remains unclear
Los Angeles will soon require all city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. But it remains unclear what will happen to those who refuse. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dakota Smith, Emily Alpert Reyes Source Type: news

With 80% of eligible San Diegans fully vaccinated, county won't issue indoor vaccine mandate
The news comes a week after the Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 2 to require proof of full vaccination at indoor venues throughout the city. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Wosen Source Type: news

With 80% of eligible San Diegans vaccinated, county won't issue indoor vaccine mandate
The news comes a week after the Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 2 to require proof of full vaccination at indoor venues throughout the city. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Wosen Source Type: news

FDA panel endorses a booster shot for J & J's COVID-19 vaccine
U.S. health advisors unanimously endorsed Johnson & Johnson's request to offer a second dose to its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Officials fear a resurgent flu season as COVID-19 restrictions fade, schools reopen
Public health officials are recommending everyone get a flu shot now to stave off a potentially bad season. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

97% of LAUSD teachers, administrators meet COVID-19 vaccination deadline
Teachers and other staff have through Friday to obtain and document their first shot or they can't return to campus on Monday. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

The untold story of how a robot army waged war on COVID-19.
The untold story of how disruptors and biohackers behind this $1.8 billion robot company helped battle the pandemic and revolutionize America's diagnostics. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Column: Supply-chain surcharge? Sherwin-Williams is latest company to add a sneaky fee
Sherwin-Williams has quietly added a 4% 'supply chain charge' to its paint. It's the latest business to hide a price hike with extra fees. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Five things to know about the Biden administration's vaccine mandates
The Biden administration believes mandating COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to end the pandemic. Here's what you need to know. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin B. Logan Source Type: news

70,000 Californians have died from COVID-19
Statewide numbers of new coronavirus infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations have been falling for weeks, but daily death counts have remained high. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

What will it take to get out of the pandemic? California still has a long way to go
While not as potent as earlier in the year, COVID-19's presence looms large, especially heading into the colder fall and winter months. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

L.A., San Diego school districts are sued over student vaccination mandate
As expected, the state's two largest school systems face litigation over requiring COVID vaccinations as a condition for attending in-person classes. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume, Kristen Taketa Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Dishonest faith-based vaccine objections are misinformed and blasphemous
There is no connection between the current mRNA vaccines and abortions or fetuses. Some people are claiming a religious exemption based on a falsehood. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news