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Doctors rewrite ‘Hamilton’ song to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KOVR) – A doctor in California and his colleagues found some Broadway inspiration, using a song from “Hamilton” to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Andrew Liu, who has a specialty in hospital medicine, and six of his fellow physicians wrote their own rendition of “My Shot” from the hit musical “Hamilton” to encourage people not to throw away their shot when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The real struggle is the hearts and minds of people to convince them that you don’t have to be afraid,” Liu said.

The doctors released a music video to showcase their song and message. Liu hopes it shows others that their doctors are getting the vaccine and people should follow their example.

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When Can I Get A COVID-19 Vaccine? How Will I Find Out? Answers To Your California Vaccine Questions.

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While California started vaccinating health care workers and other high-risk residents in December, there are still a lot of questions about who will get vaccinated when as the state’s rollout continues to expand.

Over time, California has shifted the groups eligible to receive the vaccine and when, with many potential ways for residents to sign up for a dose. The process has been frustrating for many.

Below, find our best answers to how the state is handling the roll-out (see the state’s vaccine website here) but know that the details are changing. We will continue to update this page as new information comes out.

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Vacaville Barber Plans To Sell Shop After Licenses Get Revoked

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Juan Desmarais, the owner of Primo’s Barbershop in Vacaville, is just weeks away from being banned from cutting hair in the state of California.

“I don’t know how the suspension turned into revocation but it did,” Desmarais said.

The Solano County small business owner says he got a letter in the mail from the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology last month, telling him both his establishment and barber licenses will be revoked, effective March 25th.

Desmarais has been vocal about staying open defying public health orders over the past several months, keeping his shop open for his barbers to keep their jobs and provide for their families.

He says he’s even gone to court to try to keep his licenses but lost.

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Several Box Trucks Involved In Crash On WB I-80 Near Vacaville

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Crews have cleaned up after a crash along Interstate 80 near Vacaville involving several box trucks.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday along the westbound side of the freeway near Cherry Glen Road.

Exactly what led up to the crash is unclear, but at least three box trucks were involved.

One person was taken to the hospital, authorities said. Their condition was not stated.

The crash caused a significant delay as Caltrans crews worked to clean up the scene, but the debris was cleared by the early morning commute hours. Residual delays had dissipated by 7 a.m.

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State Revokes Vacaville Barber’s License After He Broke Health Orders in Protest

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A local barber at the center of a high-profile fight over COVID-19 restrictions has just had his license suspended by the state — and says he would take the same stand all over again.

Juan Desmarais, owner of Primo’s Barbershop in Vacaville, said the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology sent him a letter saying that both his barber and establishment licenses have been permanently revoked, effective March 25.

The state says the move comes after he repeatedly defied a public health order in the spring by staying open when his shop should have been shut down. NBC Bay Area spoke with him several times as his fight unfolded.

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After half a century, Vacaville road-trip restaurant the Black Oak closes for good

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The Black Oak, a sentimental favorite along Interstate 80 in Vacaville for locals and travelers alike, has shut down permanently. (Black Oak Restaurant photo)

For many families, a drive between the Bay Area and Sacramento/Tahoe over the decades often meant a stop at one of the three legendary road-trip restaurants with gift shops off Interstate 80 in Vacaville.

But the original Nut Tree shut down years ago. Then the Coffee Tree closed, leaving the Black Oak as the restaurant of choice for fans of large, homestyle breakfasts and lunches served with a side of nostalgia.

Now the last of the trio is gone. The owners announced this week that the restaurant won’t reopen when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“It is with a very heavy heart and a saddened spirit that we must inform you that the Black Oak Restaurant will be closing permanently,” the owners posted in a farewell note on the Facebook page. “There have been so many wonderful memories and friendships formed at this restaurant that we are thankful for. … Words cannot express how much we have appreciated all of the support you and our staff have given us. We will miss all of you!”

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2021 Best Maternity Hospitals list mentions 4 Greater Sacramento facilities

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Greater Sacramento region won four mentions in a 2021 list of Best Maternity Hospitals.

Of those four hospitals, two of them are in Sacramento: UC Davis Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. The other two hospitals, which are also part of Kaiser Permanente, are in Roseville and Vacaville.

The list released by Newsweek, along with The Leapfrog Group, says hospitals were mentioned if they met “Leapfrog’s high standards for safety and quality of maternity care.”

Nationally, about 700 women die every year as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In California, maternal mortality rates have decreased. Between 2006 to 2013, California’s rate of maternal mortality dropped by 55%.

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AHA News: What’s Safe Once You’ve Had Your COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Carl Bradford’s life got upended by the pandemic.

The Vacaville, California, artist lost chances to exhibit at galleries. He’s been unable to see his far-flung family or go to the gym. The 65-year-old steps out to volunteer with his church’s food pantry but stays carefully masked and distanced.

He’s also just had his second COVID-19 vaccine dose. So is he ready to resume his old life, maybe hop on a plane to see his children and grandchildren?


“Everybody’s trying to stay smart,” he said. The family made a pact: They won’t get together until they get the official all-clear from health experts.

And the official word is: Once you’re vaccinated, sit tight a while longer. Things will be better soon, experts say. But vaccination is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.

“It would be lovely to think that that was the case,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist, epidemiologist and chair of the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “But unfortunately, we’re not at the state in the science to understand that we can turn people loose after they’ve gotten both of their vaccinations.”

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Vacaville police chief to retire after 32 years at department

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Vacaville Police Chief John Carli will retire this spring after 32 years with the department.

Carli announced Friday that he’ll officially leave the force on Aril 16 but will stop working on Tuesday, when he’ll start using up some of his accumulated leave time.

Captain Ian Schmutzler will take over for Carli until an interim police chief is selected, police officials said.

Carli started his career with the department in 1989 as a patrol officer working with a K-9 partner.

Over the years, he was promoted through the ranks and has worked as a field training officer, detective and a supervisor for patrol teams, the Critical Incident Negotiation Team, the K9 Unit, firearms instructors and the Office of Professional Standards.

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Vacaville Museum gearing up for Nut Tree centennial exhibit

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Jeri Inman, Vacaville Museum volunteer, puts bulbs into a sign that was on display at the original Nut Tree Restaurant for an exhibit on the landmark eatery and roadster's 100th anniversary. The sign will hang above an original booth from the restaurant. The exhibit will open after Solano County is out of the red tier. (Nick Sestanovich -- The Reporter)

The year 2021 is going to mark a lot of significant milestones. For Vacaville residents, one of those will be the 100th anniversary of a local and state institution: the original Nut Tree.

What began as a fruit stand gave way to an iconic restaurant that pioneered California cuisine and an amusement center that brought joy to residents and road trip travelers alike and now is the home to a sprawling retail center. The Vacaville Museum is commemorating the anniversary of the original Nut Tree by showcasing the artifacts associated with it.

The exhibit will open once Solano County moves into the red tier — as indoor museums are not currently open to the public under current COVID-19 restrictions — but volunteers and museum staff are hard at work putting the items in place, which range from one of the original booths to artwork that was on display in the restaurant to the large stuffed animals on display in the original toy shop.

“What we’re doing is we’re recreating the Nut Tree experience here,” Museum Director Joanie Erickson said.

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