COVID-19 Timeline of Events:
(In reverse order, most recent events at the top)
June 17, 2022:
February 7, 2022: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues new Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings requiring only unvaccinated individuals wear face masks in all indoor public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks but are recommended to continue indoor masking when the risk may be high.
January 31, 2022: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved the Moderna Vaccine from emergency use approval to full approval for those ages 18 and older. The vaccine, known as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, will now be named Spikevax.
January 5, 2022: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, until February 15, 2022. Face Coverings Q&A
December 13, 2021: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues new Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021, through January 15, 2022). Face Coverings Q&A
November 3, 2021: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Department of Public Health have authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for young children ages 5 to 11.
August 23, 2021: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved the Pfizer vaccine from emergency use approval to full approval for those ages 16 and older. The vaccine, known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will now be named Comirnaty (koe-mir'-na-tee). The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
August 18, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended additional COVID-19 doses or booster shots for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. For additional information on who should receive the additional dose and to view frequently asked questions, visit sbcovid19.com/boosters. The CDC also announced a plan to widen eligibility for a third shot eight months after a second dose to all Americans who received Pfizer and Moderna vaccines beginning the week of September 20.
June 15, 2021: The State of California moves Beyond the Blueprint to fully and safely reopen. California Governor Gavin Newsom terminated the Stay-at-Home Order that was implemented early in the pandemic and has retired the Blueprint for a Safer Economy which lifts restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits, and the county colored tier system effective June 15. A copy of the order terminating the Stay-at-Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy can be found here. A copy of the order rolling back additional pandemic order provisions can be found here.
June 9, 2021: The State of California released new guidance for the use of face coverings that will take effect on June 15, 2021. The purpose of this guidance is to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and provide information about higher risk settings where masks are required or recommended to prevent transmission to persons with higher risk of infection.