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KNBC (City News Service), Dec. 16, 2020 (Video)
Orange County Gets First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine With Health Workers First to Get Shots
UC Irvine also received about 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday morning and began administering shots. The plan is to vaccinate 2,000 front line healthcare workers by Sunday. UCI is expecting to receive the first doses of Moderna vaccine by next week if it is approved as expected this week.

Orange County Register, Dec. 16, 2020 (updated)
First COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Orange County
Dr. Susan Huang, UC Irvine’s medical director of epidemiology, said it will be important for health experts to explain that the unprecedented speed in developing COVID-19 vaccines was made possible not by forgoing normal protocols, but by money, which sped up patient recruitment for trials and helped increase manufacturing and distribution capabilities. In the U.S., “we do not skip safety steps,” she said. Within two days, more than 2,500 UCI Health workers signed up to get the vaccine, Huang said.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2020 (Slideshow)
COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Southern California
The COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out throughout Southern California. At least three more hospitals began vaccine distribution Wednesday, including UC Irvine Health …. [Caption] Jose Mayorga, right, medical doctor UCI Health, gives a thumbs up after receiving a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Dec. 16, 2020
California reports record virus death count as cases spiral
Also in Southern California’s Orange County, UCI Health is planning to add a 50-bed mobile field unit by Christmas. The goal is to keep up with anticipated demand due to the rising number of virus cases, said Dr. Nasim Afsar, chief operating officer at UCI Health. “Every day we work through and we discharge the appropriate number of people and by the next day all of those beds are again filled up,” she said. “We can easily see over the next several weeks we are not going to have any capacity for patients.”

Good Housekeeping, Dec. 16, 2020
Is It Safe to Party This New Year’s Eve? Understanding COVID-19 Risks at Any Event
As she works with teams to roll out vaccinations to patients, Shruti Gohil, M.D., a medical director as well as a professor within the University of California Irvine’s Health System, wishes that the likelihood of COVID-19 spread associated with parties was somehow lower. But the data is increasingly clear: Indoor parties aren’t safe. “This virus doesn’t have any opinions, it doesn’t care if you’re gathering for a holiday,” Dr. Gohil says. “All it’s looking for are pathways to spread itself.” … Below, Dr. Gohil reviews other concerns around New Year’s festivities raised by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and why you should really stay home with your family this year.

Verywell Health, Dec. 16, 2020
Will COVID-19 Vaccines Be Required In Schools?
Dan Cooper, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Irvine, contrasts this with something like polio, which had dramatic and visible effects during the first half of the 20th century. “Polio could cripple children and required assisted ventilation,” Copper tells Verywell. “So the idea of finding a vaccine would prevent that, when you think about the risk to benefit ratio, was very different than for COVID-19.”

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