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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

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The state has also launched a new vaccine information system, myturn.ca.gov, that can be used to schedule vaccinations. It is being piloted in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties but will soon expand to other jurisdictions.  The local public health department may have additional information.
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| Categories: Vaccine, Patient Concerns

Can physician practices enroll in CalVax?

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As of January 25, 2021, the following providers were invited to enroll in the state’s COVID vaccinate program:  A site that has received an invitation code from their Local Health Department. General Acute Care Hospitals invited by the California Department of Public Health.As the vaccine supply increases, additional providers will be able to enroll. More information will be shared when enrollment is expanded.
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As the State of California moves to speed up the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, that will help expand the state's vaccination administration capacity by safeguarding physicians and other health care professionals who administer vaccinations.The order, which was sought by CMA, confirms that all COVID-19 vaccination efforts, whether administered through a private practice or public effort...
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| Categories: Vaccine, Liability, Professional Liability
Physicians are prioritized for vaccination in Phase 1a of the state’s vaccination program. Currently, due to the limited vaccine supply, the vaccine is only being distributed to a limited number of entities. Some physicians received or are receiving the vaccine through their affiliations (e.g., medical staff membership) with hospitals with whom they have an affiliation, based upon the state’s prioritization guidance. Local health departments are currently managing the rollout of vacc...
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What is COVIDreadi?

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COVIDreadi was the portal to apply for enrollment in the federal COVID vaccination program. This system has been retired. CalVax is the new provider enrollment platform.
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What is CalVax?

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CalVax is a state-wide centralized system for health care providers enrolled or interested in participating in the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program. It provides a system to manage vaccine enrollment, ordering, inventory, administration, reporting and data analytics.
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Who is eligible for vaccination now?

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As of January 24, 2021, the state is continuing to focus on vaccinating the 65 and older population, health care workers, and is prioritizing emergency services, food and agriculture workers, teachers and school staff.  From there, the state will transition to age-based eligibility. Access to a vaccine for eligible groups is dependent on available vaccine supply.For more information:  California expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to anyone age 65 and older
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With regard to medical staffs (many of whom are not hospital employees), in non-pandemic times, the medical staff can (and many do) adopt a policy to require testing and vaccination for infectious diseases as a condition of medical staff membership and privileging.  (See AMA Policy H-225.959, Medical Staff Testing.) For example, some hospitals have adopted policies to require influenza vaccines for medical staff members. Similarly, some local health jurisdictions mandate that health care pe...
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| Categories: Hospital and Medical Staff, Vaccine
To date, there are no current federal or state laws or regulations mandating that health care workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.CMA will continue to monitor for any legislative or regulatory developments in this area, and provide guidance as necessary. For more information on state laws regarding vaccine requirements for health care workers, see CMA Health Law Library document #3211.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel, Vaccine
Although pregnancy itself is not a disability under the ADA, the EEOC further advises employers to be mindful that certain pregnancy-related medical conditions can constitute a disability under the ADA, thus requiring reasonable accommodation and the direct-threat analysis outlined above. Furthermore, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act "specifically requires that women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions be treated the same as others who are similar in their abil...
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