COVID 2021

COVID PM: J&J situation doesn’t dim local optimism; big Lookout event Wednesday night

It was a newsy Tuesday in the world of vaccination, and one that ultimately points toward a good outcome locally and in California as a whole.

To that end we begin by promoting our big Wednesday night event which will cover the area’s “Grand Reopening” as a tourist and activity destination — and what that means for you, your family and the region’s economy. The deets:

WHEN: Wednesday at 6 p.m.
WHO: Lookout’s Wallace Baine and Tulsi Kamath will talk to Visit Santa Cruz County Communications Director Christina Glynn, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk communications chief Kris Reyes, Coast Redwoods Hospitality CEO Bijal Patel and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Robb Woulfe.
REGISTER: Sign up now for this free Zoom event

Santa Cruz Is Open event.
(Event Santa Cruz)

Now back to our regularly scheduled COVID programming, which includes much news on the Johnson & Johnson situation and more.

Straight to the headlines we go ...

Santa Cruz County ‘should be fine’ even with J&J issues

Protesters face a group of mounted police officers Sunday in Huntington Beach. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
(Kevin Painchaud/Lookout Santa Cruz)

VACCINE WATCH: Despite the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being put on pause indefinitely while health officials investigate six reports of blood clots in patients, Santa Cruz County deputy health officer Dr. David Ghilarducci today told Lookout that the county is on track to offer a vaccine to everyone 16 and older in Santa Cruz County by late July. Here’s what Dr. G told our Mallory Pickett.

Thursday is vax day, so where do I find it?

Vaccine

VACCINE WATCH: Normally, Thursday, April 15, would be tax day. This year, in California, it’s vax day. That’s when every Californian 16-and-up becomes eligible to receive the vaccination. The Johnson & Johnson situation has complicated matters but Lookout is committed to breaking down all the places a person might go to get vaccinated — along with some other potential resources. Go here for our guide to the hunt.

California remains optimistic on COVID-19 recovery despite pausing J&J vaccine use (LA Times)
Only one county left in purple tier as California’s COVID-19 reopenings continue (LA Times)
COVID Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants (Kaiser Health News)
Redfield Joins Big Ass Fans, Which Promotes Controversial Covid-Killing Technology (Kaiser Health News)

More from here & elsewhere

More colleges make COVID vaccines mandatory for students (CNBC)
Reduce risk of severe COVID with regular activity, study says (CNN)
Here’s the impact the Johnson & Johnson pause might have on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout (CNN)
If you’ve recently had the J&J vaccine, watch for these rare symptoms, CDC says (CNN)
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Blood Clots: What You Need To Know (NPR)
These couples may struggle the most as the pandemic ends and we return to normal (USA Today)
UCSF experts answer questions about Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause (SF Gate)
Vaccine supply is limited in California as millions on verge of eligibility: Here are the numbers (SF Gate)

Until tomorrow.

Mark Conley
Deputy Managing Editor