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Alaska House, Senate pass series of health-related bills

| May 13, 2022 | Alaska

With the 2022 legislative session scheduled to end next week, the Alaska House and Senate recently passed several bills related to health care.   The House passed legislation that would address dementia awareness, patient access to vaccines, people experiencing a mental health crisis, and access to telehealth services. The Senate...[ Read More ]

Legislators push bills on COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and misinformation

| Feb 25, 2022 | California

Sen. Richard Pan (D - Sacramento), along with members of the recently-formed legislative Vaccine Work Group, recently introduced key bills to address shortages in COVID-19 testing infrastructure and misinformation related to COVID-19.     The work group aims to “facilitate coordinated action to promote vaccines and science-based public health policy”...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Lorenzo Sierra on masks, vaccines

| Aug 17, 2021 | Arizona

Vaccination and mask regulations have been at the heart of recent political debate in Arizona. On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order prohibiting cities and counties from enacting their own vaccine mandates.      Last week, more than two dozen Arizona Senators signed a letter asking the Governor...[ Read More ]

California nursing homes lead nation in staff and resident vaccinations

| Aug 16, 2021 | California

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)’s COVID-19 Dashboard, California has the second highest rate of vaccinated nursing home staff in the country, behind only Hawaii. 79.5% of California nursing home staff are vaccinated as of July 18, compared to the lowest-ranked state, Louisiana, where 44% of staff...[ Read More ]

State community vaccination sites transition to local providers

| Jun 29, 2021 | Colorado

Colorado’s six community vaccine sites have played an important part in vaccinating many Coloradans, quickly. Twelve percent of all vaccine doses have been administered through the six state community vaccination sites with nearly 389,000 vaccine doses across the state. Now that Colorado is close to reaching 70 percent of adults...[ Read More ]

State's microbiologists provide genomic virus data to shape future pandemic response

| May 20, 2021 | Hawaii

A team of about a dozen microbiologists and other professionals has been on an important mission for more than a year: to collect and analyze data on the coronavirus to help epidemiologists determine how best to respond to the ongoing pandemic.     They’re part of a genomic surveillance project...[ Read More ]