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Veronica Diaz-Gracida and John Tellez, pictured at Homebridge, are taking classes to become certified nurses.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Expanding in-home care as San Francisco’s population ages

‘There’s a huge need and a huge gap. It’s a really tough job’

Veronica Diaz-Gracida and John Tellez, pictured at Homebridge, are taking classes to become certified nurses.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Some San Francisco workers say they are not aware of standards being used to deny exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Shutterstock)
Some San Francisco workers say they are not aware of standards being used to deny exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Shutterstock)
As the deadline for all San Francisco city workers to get vaccinated gets closer, more and more holdouts are getting their COVID-19 shot. (Kevin Hume/Examiner file)
As the deadline for all San Francisco city workers to get vaccinated gets closer, more and more holdouts are getting their COVID-19 shot. (Kevin Hume/Examiner file)
Passengers wait to board a Muni bus on Market Street; more than 300 Muni drivers have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, threatening to create a major disruption to service. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to The Examiner)

Muni service disruptions anticipated as vaccine mandate approaches

‘This is a warning that you will be possibly disciplined or terminated’

Passengers wait to board a Muni bus on Market Street; more than 300 Muni drivers have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, threatening to create a major disruption to service. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to The Examiner)
Megan Rohrer, a transgender pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America working in San Francisco, was installed as a bishop in September. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco’s first trans bishop is here to heal our spirit

Megan Rohrer’s tenure with the church has been long, winding and complicated

Megan Rohrer, a transgender pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America working in San Francisco, was installed as a bishop in September. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco resident Greta Christina attends a NUHW protest on October 13, 2019 calling for increased mental health resources.

Long wait times for mental health care can be deadly. Will a policy solution help?

Access to mental health care is so difficult in San Franciscom that…

San Francisco resident Greta Christina attends a NUHW protest on October 13, 2019 calling for increased mental health resources.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all eligible students will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, making California the first state in the nation to do so. (Courtesy SFUSD)

California becomes the first state to require COVID-19 vaccines for eligible kids

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that all eligible students will be required…

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all eligible students will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, making California the first state in the nation to do so. (Courtesy SFUSD)
Between 2012-2018, The City lost 186 beds in residential care facilities for the elderly that serve under 15 people, according to city reports. (Courtesy RAMS Inc.)

Decline of assisted living facilities impacts S.F.’s aging homeless population

‘We need a much more aggressive strategy to provide beds for people’

Between 2012-2018, The City lost 186 beds in residential care facilities for the elderly that serve under 15 people, according to city reports. (Courtesy RAMS Inc.)
San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>

Kids 12 and under could soon be eligible for COVID-19 shots in San Francisco

Parents waiting anxiously for their children to get vaccinated might soon get…

San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>
The Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street was one of many hotels that took in homeless people as part of The City’s shelter-in-place hotel program during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Closing hotels could disconnect hundreds from critical health care services

‘That baseline of humanity and dignity goes a long way’

The Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street was one of many hotels that took in homeless people as part of The City’s shelter-in-place hotel program during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
People cheered as the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was declared a failure at an election night party at Manny’s in the Mission. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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Newsom’s hometown celebrates as recall votes roll in

SF supporters gather at Manny’s in the Mission

People cheered as the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was declared a failure at an election night party at Manny’s in the Mission. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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The San Francisco Unified School District is not enforcing a vaccine requirement for kids, even as other districts and workplaces move forward with a mandate. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District)</ins>

San Francisco schools head off vaccine requirements for kids

By Sydney Johnson and Ida Mojadad Examiner staff writers As vaccine mandates…

The San Francisco Unified School District is not enforcing a vaccine requirement for kids, even as other districts and workplaces move forward with a mandate. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District)</ins>
San Francisco supervisors are looking into why a shortage of hospital beds remains after requests for expanded treatment options were made. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>

Why SF hospitals still lack beds years after a promised increase

COVID prompted shift in public health priorities

San Francisco supervisors are looking into why a shortage of hospital beds remains after requests for expanded treatment options were made. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>
Left: The Recovery Incentives Act, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener, would legalize the substance use disorder treatment known as “contingency management” and authorize Medi-Cal to cover it.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

SF could expand program that pays drug users to stay clean

‘It’s clear that we need creative solutions for our addiction crisis’

Left: The Recovery Incentives Act, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener, would legalize the substance use disorder treatment known as “contingency management” and authorize Medi-Cal to cover it.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s mobile health testing services provide outreach in communities hard-hit during the pandemic.<ins> (Jessica Christian/Examiner file)</ins>
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s mobile health testing services provide outreach in communities hard-hit during the pandemic.<ins> (Jessica Christian/Examiner file)</ins>
Health experts say there’s “a lot of virus being thrown out into the air” at places like Outside Lands (pictured in 2019), where there are large crowds, singing, talking and yelling. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file )
Health experts say there’s “a lot of virus being thrown out into the air” at places like Outside Lands (pictured in 2019), where there are large crowds, singing, talking and yelling. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file )
People against COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallying at Civic Center Plaza on Friday cite health, religion and distrust of the goverment as reasons for rejecting inoculations.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

As vaccine mandates roll out across SF, skeptics voice opposition

‘In addition to this being a form of insensitive, bully-leadership, it is egregious and irresponsible’

People against COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallying at Civic Center Plaza on Friday cite health, religion and distrust of the goverment as reasons for rejecting inoculations.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Medical assistant Julrry Vaconcha draws a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the South of Market Health Center, which is providing boosters to certain people who have compromised immune systems. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Who is eligible for booster vaccine shots in San Francisco?

Health experts warn of widening inequity

Medical assistant Julrry Vaconcha draws a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the South of Market Health Center, which is providing boosters to certain people who have compromised immune systems. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Seventh grader Gianluca Potente, who has dyslexia, goes over some math preparatory work as mom Megan watches at their Richmond District home. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

‘Last year was devastating’: San Francisco’s special ed challenge

Observers are seeing impacts of trauma students experienced

Seventh grader Gianluca Potente, who has dyslexia, goes over some math preparatory work as mom Megan watches at their Richmond District home. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)