Author: Madelyn Reese (Madelyn Reese)

Blue Shield, Santa Clara County argue over COVID vaccine shortage

The company running California’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts refused a request for more vaccines for Santa Clara County from Kaiser Permanente, county leaders said today. Kaiser is one of the region’s largest health care providers but has been given too few doses of the vaccine to cover its patients. That sparked the creation of the county’s “no...

San Jose to establish COVID-19 ‘Resiliency Corps,’ hire up to 500 youth

San Jose’s mayor hopes to create a jobs program to help bounce back from the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Resilience Corps” would hire up to 500 residents, mostly young adults, to focus on five specific areas of need, Mayor Sam Liccardo said, including pandemic response, environmental issues, education support, disaster preparedness...

South Bay education leaders: Teachers need vaccines faster

Santa Clara County education leaders are advocating for teachers to get vaccinated before they step foot inside a classroom — but not all teachers should get first dibs. A group of county educators Thursday said that vaccine priority should be given to teachers who are already working with students in person, followed by employees of...

Santa Clara County vaccine sites popping up: Find the closest to you

There are now 20 vaccination clinics across Santa Clara County, with several new sites opening within just the past week. San José Spotlight has created an interactive map to show where eligible residents can get their vaccines. Santa Clara County is continuing to open new sites in communities hardest hit by COVID-19, including Gilroy and East San Jose. Each...

Santa Clara County has an optimistic outlook post-COVID-19, board leader says

Despite the past year’s 1,700-plus COVID-19 deaths, gaping budget shortfalls and widespread job loss, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman sees light at the end of the tunnel. In his first State of the County address earlier this month, Wasserman called for unity and preparedness for a post-pandemic world and made an...

Good Samaritan Hospital CEO resigns following COVID-19 vaccine scandal

Weeks after a scandal involving inappropriate COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Good Samaritan Hospital’s top administrator is stepping down and leaving the hospital’s parent company, San José Spotlight has learned. The hospital’s CEO, Joe DeSchryver, submitted his resignation Tuesday morning, telling staff in an email that he would no longer be with the hospital’s parent company, HCA...

San Francisco 49ers consult medical experts to bring fans back to Levi’s Stadium

The San Francisco 49ers launched a medical advisory team aimed at reopening Levi’s Stadium to fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says the committee, made up of several prominent Bay Area health officials, will make safety recommendations that will allow for the return of fans to Levi’s Stadium. While the committee’s findings are right...