Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) remains committed to supporting consumers, licensees, applicants, and stakeholders throughout the pandemic by maintaining the delivery of our programs and services. DCA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and as California continues to respond, while coordinating with state and local agencies, and our partners to protect the health of all Californians.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands Statewide in April

Vaccinations opening for all Californians aged 50 and up April 1st, and 16 and up April 15th.

California is allocating COVID-19 vaccines as they become available to ensure equitable distribution. Vaccinations are prioritized according to risk and age.

Healthcare workers and long-term care residents (Phase 1A) Now vaccinating
People with a high chance of exposure and those 65 or older (Phase 1B)
Sector populations with high chance of exposure:
  • Agriculture and food
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services
Now vaccinating
Individuals age 16 or older at higher risk
People with certain significant high-risk:
  • Medical conditions
  • Disabilities
  • Illnesses
  • Living spaces
  • Work environments
Now vaccinating
Individuals 50 or older Now vaccinating
Every Californian 16 or older

Vaccination of people younger than 16 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them
Starts April 15, 2021

For further details, please review the California Department of Public Health’s Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines and Provider Bulletin. California’s COVID-19 vaccine website with additional information and resources is available here.

Every Californian can verify their eligibility or schedule with My Turn by signing up at myturn.ca.gov or calling (833) 422-4255.

Continuing Education Relief

COVID-19 as impacted numerous professionals as they are unable to satisfy continuing education requirements due to the cancellation of courses, resulting in their inability to satisfy professional licensing requirements that then subsequently prevent them from providing necessary assistance to the public. Under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-39-20, the DCA director waives the continuing education requirements for the boards listed in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. Under Executive Order N-40-20, the director of the Department of Consumer Affairs may waive any of the continuing education requirements in Divisions 2 and 3 of the Business and Professions Code and any accompanying regulations.

Health Care Workforce Development

During this state of emergency, there may be a shortage of qualified health care practitioners who can aid individuals affected by COVID-19. Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-39-20 authorizes the DCA director to waive any of the professional licensing requirements that govern health care professionals in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code and the associated regulations. These professionals include doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals.

To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, the governor is calling on health care providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today. Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, and certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up to help California respond to the outbreak.

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