TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021 PHYSICIANS: The California Medical Association (CMA) held its annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting virtually on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Close to 600 delegates representing the component medical societies, specialty societies, and CMA sections and forums gathered. The Delegates received critical updates and provided feedback on important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year’s major issues were Racism and Other Barriers to Health Equity and the Corporatization of Health Care . I am particularly pleased to announce that former SDCMS President Robert E. Wailes, MD was installed as CMA President. Congratulations Dr. Wailes! The SDCMS Nominations Committee has announced the annual call for nominations to the SDCMS board and officer positions . The committee will meet in December and prepare a slate of candidates for approval by the board next year and election in the spring. To be eligible for service on the SDCMS Board of Directors, physicians must have been active members of SDCMS for at least two years as of the date of assumption of duties: June 2022. Additionally, for Geographic Directors, physicians must have their primary practice located within the geographic district. To see the list of positions available for nomination and for more information CLICK HERE . On October 20 th , the FDA amended the EUA for COVID–19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose as follows : The use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID–19 Vaccine that may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals: 65 years of age and older 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID–19 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS–CoV–2 The use of a single booster dose of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID–19 Vaccine may be administered at least 2 months after completion of the single–dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older. The use of each of the available COVID–19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID–19 vaccine. To clarify that a single booster dose of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID–19 Vaccine may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS–CoV–2. For additional resources, see the Public Health Communications Collaborative Booster Dose Toolkit . A final reminder that the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS), in partnership with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties (HASD&IC), will be hosting our next COVID–19 Clinical Town Hall Webinar this Thursday , November 4 , 2021 from 6:00 — 7:30 PM . The meeting this week will feature a COVID–19 Update , Treatment Update , Vaccines , Boosters , plus Vaccines in Children as dialogue for discussion. CLICK HERE to join the meeting. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … County Reports 549 New COVID–19 Cases, 9 More Deaths ? CLICK HERE California Cases Tick Up; More Details on Sacramento’s Child Vaccine Rollout ? CLICK HERE FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of the Pfizer COVID–19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 Through 11 ? CLICK HERE California Officials Fear COVID Case Decline Has Stopped as Holidays Approach ? CLICK HERE ‘On the Verge of Catastrophe’: Vaccine Hesitancy Fuels a COVID Spike in Eastern Europe ? CLICK HERE US Marks 200M COVID–19 Shots Shared With World ? CLICK HERE ERs Are Now Swamped with Seriously Ill Patients — but Many Don't Even Have COVID ? CLICK HERE After Months of Decline, Coronavirus Cases Plateau in California. Can We Avoid a Surge? ? CLICK HERE Long COVID: What to Know About Lingering Symptoms of a COVID–19 Infection ? CLICK HERE Moderna Data Shows COVID–19 Vaccine Produced Strong Immune Response in 6– to 11–Year–Olds ? CLICK HERE Has the Virus Infected Huge Numbers of Younger Children? ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … NOV 2-5, 2021 : 2021 Western States Virtual Marijuana/Opioid/Stimulant Summit, Topics Include Prevention, Public Health and Public Safety as a Community Response to End Overdoses, Innovations in Safe Prescribing and Pathways to Treatment in the Decriminalization Era, CME Credits Available for Some Sessions ? CLICK HERE NOV 9, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘Spotlight on COVID–19 Vaccines’, Erica Pan, MD, CA’s State Epidemiologist will Update About the State of COVID–19 in California, Progress on Vaccines and Vaccination Efforts, and on the Status of California Schools, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in Partnership with CA HHSA, CAPA & OPSC ? CLICK HERE NOV 10, 2021 : 6–7:30pm, FREE Webinar ‘Is Your Practice Ready for 2022?’, Learn About the 2022 California Ballot Initiative to Increase the MICRA Cap on Non–economic Damages in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Understand CA Regulatory Changes for e–prescribing [Effective Jan 1, 2022], 1.5 CME Credits, Hosted by The Doctors Company & Orange County Medical Association ? CLICK HERE NOV 17, 2021 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient From Your Practice’, Learn to Educate Staff & Colleagues on Reasons You May Need to Dismiss a Patient, How to Develop an Action Plan if Patient Dismissal is Necessary and Ways to Decrease the Need for Potential Patient Dismissals, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by The Doctors Company ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Biden Social–Spending ‘Framework’ Pulls Back on Key Health Pledges ? LISTEN HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: What is Value–Based Care and What Does it Mean for My Practice? ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Discussion on COVID–19 Vaccine Mandate and Workplace Issues ? WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Physician Wellness ? WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape ? WATCH HERE SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation ? WATCH HERE COVID –19 CLINICAL TOWN HALL THIS THURSDAY 6:00 — 7:30 PM CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!