CSA News

COVID-19 Vaccination of LA County Physicians and other Healthcare Workers

LAC DPH is collaborating with county, city, community, and healthcare partners to vaccinate HCWs in LA County who are not affiliated with an acute care hospital, skilled nursing facility, or other long-term care facility. Information on how to access vaccination is available on the COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers webpage.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations in California

Rollout continues across California of the COVID-19 vaccines, which are being distributed in accordance with the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A: Recommendations. Because the amount of vaccine available is expected to be insufficient for the number of people in prioritized populations during Phase 1-A, the guidelines recommend that local health departments sub-prioritize the doses allocated to them as needed to match the level of available supplies.

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Statement on Early Access to COVID-19 Vaccination for Anesthesia Professionals

Patient safety is at the core of ASA’s vision and values. Therefore, the American Society of Anesthesiologists believes that as vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) become available that are recommended by the scientific community and FDA-approved, early access to vaccination should be provided to people at greatest risk for severe illness. This subdivision of the population, documented by multiple studies identifying risk factors for mortality following infection with SARS-CoV-2, needs to be protected as urgently as possible.

Headlines Don’t Capture the Horror We Saw

You likely know that the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is surging across the country. But headlines from distant states do not capture the horror of a hospital without enough intensive-care beds. I was an anesthesiology resident in a large academic medical center at the peak of the pandemic in New York City this spring.