Morning Lookout: How to sign your kid up for the jab; Thanksgiving special eaters digest
Good Morning! It’s Friday, November 5 and it will be mostly sunny with a high of 66.
Some big national breaking news this morning for you: The Associated Press reports Pfizer is entering the med race and will seek authorization for its new antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 after the company said it cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% in high-risk adults. Meanwhile, vaccinations are opening up for kids ages 5-11 in Santa Cruz County and our Hillary Ojeda has how you can get your kiddos signed up to get the jab. And far fewer Californians are getting booster shots than originally anticipated, a cause for alarm for public health officials.
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How to sign up children ages 5 to 11 for the COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Cruz County
Parents and guardians started signing up their children ages 5 to 11 for the COVID-19 vaccine this week after a final panel of experts approved the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. County officials will launch their vaccine program for the age group Monday. Here’s what you need to know.
Health care organizations looks to strengthen services for low-income and homeless residents of the county to bolster...
Grieving relatives sue facilities over COVID-19 deaths. Nursing homes say they’re immune
Grieving relatives have sued nursing homes and other care facilities, accusing them of deadly failures amid COVID-19. Those facilities argue that they have immunity from such suits under a federal law — the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act — which provides protection against legal claims related to “countermeasures” during a public health emergency. Read more here.
Far fewer Californians getting COVID-19 booster shots than expected, bringing new alarms
Demand for COVID-19 booster shots in California has been slower than some health officials anticipated, sparking new concerns of at-risk populations losing immunity as the risky holiday season approaches. The alarm is particularly high for elderly people and those with compromised immune systems, groups who have the highest risk of suffering severe consequences or death from breakthrough inflections. Read more here.
As UN tackles twin climate threats, California struggles with them, too
UN nations have pledged to reduce climate-changing methane and forest destruction within 10 years. Both of these are major contributors to climate change that California has tried — yet struggled — to address. Read more here.
Here’s what California could do to fix the supply chain
Global supply chain problems have led to a massive backup at Southern California ports. At a hearing this week, California lawmakers talked with experts about what the state government could do to help, including locating temporary storage, growing the truck driving and warehouse workforces, suspending regulations, and creating a new inland port. Read more here.
READ ALSO: New study finds millions of California workers are ‘functionally unemployed’ (CalMatters)
Chancellor Cynthia Larive has been meeting regularly with local leaders to find ways to maximize the university’s...
LILY BELLI: Eaters Digest on Thanksgiving season, prime farmers market season & fizzy beat juice
In this week’s Eaters Digest, Lookout Food Correspondent Lily Belli has all the things you need to prep for the upcoming holiday from where to order turkeys, baked goods and more, plus the pick of the litter from farmers markets around Santa Cruz County. Read the whole thing here.
‘A little plant paradise’: Leaf & Vine plans jam-packed weekend celebration for its second anniversary
Santa Cruz urban plant store Leaf & Vine is celebrating its two-year anniversary, and the first anniversary of its move downtown, this weekend. The store, known for its accessibility to plants ranging from common to rare, is planning its biggest release of rare plants to date Saturday. Read more from Lookout contributor Haneen Zain here.
THIS WEEK’S BOLO Best Bets: First Friday, wearable art, sea glass and Cabrillo Gallery back in person (Team BOLO/ Lookout Santa Cruz)
DOWN THE LINE: All the biggest and best shows, gigs & events ahead in Santa Cruz County (Team BOLO / Lookout Santa Cruz)
Around the county...
PVUSD facing bus driver shortage (The Pajaronian)
Incentives help landlords rent to Santa Cruz County’s homeless (Santa Cruz Local)
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