Weideman Group COVID-19 Update
February 26, 2021

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Central Valley Gets a Shot in the Arm  

This week, Governor Newsom focused on bringing additional support to the Central Valley’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has opened 11 additional vaccination sites in the Valley and is increasing allocations by 58%. The state has partnered with 137 community based organizations for vaccination outreach to farm and agricultural workers in the Valley. To date, 8,240,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide. 1.4 million vaccines are being administered on a weekly basis as the state ramps up toward a goal of administering 4 million vaccines per week. While supply continues to be the largest impediment, allocation from the federal government is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Teachers Prioritized for Vaccinations

In a sign that the Newsom administration is desperately looking for a way to reopen California’s public schools, they agreed to set aside 10% of vaccines for educators and childcare workers. This set aside is designed to get educators back in the classroom so schools can reopen statewide. County offices of education will act as the intermediary between districts and the state, distributing vaccine codes to districts based on qualifying criteria. Districts, charter, and private schools will then distribute these codes to staff.  The plan for school vaccinations can be found here.
 

Legislators Introduce Bills Ahead of Deadline, Bonds take Center Stage 

Over 2,300 bills were introduced ahead of last Friday’s introduction deadline. The legislature focused on the pandemic and other measures designed to advance health care in the state, while also seeking to advance California’s climate change goals. One area of interest for new introductions is bond measures designed to raise funds for specific projects. Noteworthy bonds introduced this session include: SB 45 (Portantino), a $5.51 billion Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act;  AB 1500 (E. Garcia), a $6.7 billion Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Floor Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act; AB 411 (Irwin), a $600 million Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Bond Act; AB 75 (O’Donnell), a Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Act;  SB 22 (Glazer), a $15 billion Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act; and, AB 34 (Muratsuchi), a Broadband for All Act.