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Doctor rewrites ‘Hamilton’s’ ‘My Shot’ to get word out about COVID-19 vaccines

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A California doctor is trying to make sure that no one misses their shot so he’s rewritten the lyrics to one of the songs from the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Hamilton.”

Dr. Andrew Liu who practices medicine in Vacaville, California, put his own spin on the song “My Shot,” rewriting it to tout the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, KVOR reported.

He and other medical professionals, who call themselves Vax in 8, sang and danced to the re-imagined song after he realized how many people were unwilling to get the vaccine, The Los Angeles Times reported.

After Liu had the idea for the song, he then asked others at his hospital not only to help brainstorm ideas, writing the song about four months ago, but also to appear in the production. The final edit was released earlier this month.

Dr. Tony Berger’s son made the animation used to illustrate how the vaccine works.

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Solano Co. 1st in Bay Area to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those over 50, here’s how

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SOLOANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — While some counties and vaccine sites in the Bay Area have had to cut back, or limit people to second doses, Solano County has been able to move in the opposite direction, suddenly announcing that the next age group, 50 to 64 is now eligible to make an appointment.

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61-year-old Melinda Nestlerode and her husband thought they’d have to wait weeks longer before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but instead she was able to make an appointment at the Solano County Fairgrounds just two days ago.

“A friend had sent me an email saying they just went to 50,” said Nestlerode. “We’ve been waiting for a long time. We feel like once we’re fully vaccinated, a weight will be lifted off of our shoulders and I can go see my mother at her senior living complex.”

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Sutter Health could cancel up to 90K vaccine appointments due to supply issues

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An RN scans a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine before inoculating a patient at a COVID-19 vaccination site at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Sutter Health could cancel up to 90,000 vaccine appointments across Northern California this week due to ongoing supply issues over the past few weeks, the company confirmed Tuesday.

The cancellations include both first and second dose appointments – a majority of which are impacting members in the Bay Area. Sutter Health confirms second dose cancellations will receive priority for rescheduling.

It’s the last thing 80-year-old Sean Sheik wanted to hear.

“We need to reschedule you,” said Sheik.

Sutter Health suddenly canceled his second dose vaccine appointment scheduled Tuesday morning – giving no opportunity to reschedule.

After showing up to the Sutter Health clinic in Santa Clara County, Sheik received a flyer and was told there weren’t enough vaccines.

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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?

Nope.

“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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Marin County to widen vaccine access to 65-plus bracket

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GREENBRAE CA - DECEMBER 17: Marin County Fire Department paramedic Kevin Stone prepares a syringe with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Continuing Care Retirement Community staff at The Tamalpais are among the first to get the coronavirus vaccines in Marin. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Marin County will expand the pool of people eligible for coronavirus vaccines to residents 65 and older beginning next week, the county’s public health officer said Monday.

The change represents the first time that many of the the roughly 33,000 Marin residents between the ages of 65 and 74 will be able to book appointments to get vaccinated. The county has so far reserved its limited supply of vaccine doses for residents age 75 and older, in addition to people living in senior care centers, health care workers and other occupational groups.

Appointments for vaccinations through the county’s public health department will open Thursdays at 12 p.m. at coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine. The number of appointments each week will be limited based on supply, according to Dr. Matt Willis, the public health officer.

Kaiser and Sutter Health patients must book appointments through their health care providers, Willis said. While Sutter expanded vaccine eligibility to patients 65 and older last week, Kaiser has not yet lowered the minimum age below 75 in Marin, a company spokesman said Monday.

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Yolo County opens vaccine clinic eligibility to seniors 65 and older | COVID-19 updates for Northern California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — ABC10 is following the latest coronavirus statistics and vaccine news for the Sacramento region and the state of California.

This blog will be updated throughout the day with the latest COVID-19 news. Click HERE to learn when and where you can sign-up to get the coronavirus vaccine near you.

Updates from Feb. 2 can be found here.

Cosumnes Fire Department to host small vaccination clinics

The Cosumnes Fire Department will host two small vaccination clinics to help Sacramento residents 65 and older.

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California’s new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days

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Getting the coronavirus vaccines into the arms of as many Californians as possible has become a race against time as COVID-19 cases continue to spiral upward and a more infectious variant of the virus takes root.

Many questions remain unanswered about how the next — and much larger — wave of Californians will be vaccinated, even as doctors and other health providers in the first priority group are complaining to state officials that they still can’t get access to the vaccines.

At a vaccine community advisory committee meeting on Jan. 6, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan announced an ambitious immunization goal, acknowledging widespread criticism that the state has moved too slowly to vaccinate its first priority group of frontline health care workers and nursing home residents.

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Bay Area ramps up COVID-19 vaccination effort

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Here in California, 2.4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been shipped.

Governor Newsom has set the goal of distributing one million more vaccinations by this weekend.

The state is expanding those that can distribute the vaccine to dentists, pharmacists, and the national guard.

The next round of people to get the vaccine will include individuals 50 to 64 and people with underlying health conditions between the ages of 16 and 64.

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Coronavirus Vaccine Sits Unused As CoCo Residents Die Of COVID-19

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CONCORD, CA —The final coronavirus tallies for December are still coming in as test results are pending for the last three days of the month, but it’s safe to declare that the numbers are grim. A total of 67 people died throughout Contra Costa County, while 16,845 people had newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, according to statistics updated by Contra Costa County on Tuesday.

A breakdown of stats for Concord in December is not available, but the total for the pandemic since March 2020 is 70 deaths and 5,217 infections. The county total since the start of the pandemic is 43,223 cases and 348 deaths.

As bad as things are here, the death toll is so out-of-control in Southern California that mortuaries cannot keep pace, forcing some to rent extra refrigeration units to store bodies.

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COVID-19 vaccine rollouts fall short: How delays impact Bay Area

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. U.K. researchers said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, they are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – President-elect Joe Biden coming down hard on operation warp speed after news that the program is falling far short of its goal of shipping 20 million vaccine doses by early January.

The CDC says that more than 11 million doses have been distributed to states so far and about 2 million doses have been administered.

Operation Warp Speed is turning out to be quite a bit slower than expected but vaccinations are continuing to roll out here in the Bay Area.

UCSF says so far they’ve given nearly 6,000 doses to their frontline health care workers since mid-December, which represents about 41% of their workers in phase one.

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