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Vaccines reach California!

The first COVID-19 vaccine in California was given to an ICU nurse named Helen Cordoba on Monday. Gov. Gavin Newsom was among the elected officials on hand at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Hollywood to watch Cordova’s inoculation. Moments later, he tweeted, “History made.” A handful of other Kaiser workers were also vaccinated as cameras rolled.

‘We’re not out of the woods’

Vaccines arrive in California, but ‘we’re not out of the woods’

But even with this new “light at the end of the tunnel,” as Newsom has called the vaccine, it’s going to take more than these initial doses to end the pandemic.

California officials have said they’re prioritizing health care workers with direct exposure to patients at acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals; workers at skilled nursing facilities; paramedics; and workers at dialysis centers. 

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