October 25, 2021
Virtual BCHD Board of Directors Meeting October 27

The BCHD Board will review the proposed Healthy Living Campus project and alternatives that were analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in order to consider selecting a project at their Wednesday, October 27 meeting.

Wednesday, October 27
6:30 p.m.
Meeting information, board packet and staff report are available at

The BCHD Board of Directors voted to certify that the Final EIR for the District’s Healthy Living Campus Master Plan complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The vote was taken during the Board Meeting on Sept. 8 and was 5-0 in favor of certification, coming after two and a half hours of presentations, public comments and deliberations. More than 300 public comments and responses were included in the 1,778-page Final EIR.

The proposed project and alternatives are a direct reflection of community discourse beginning in 2017, with design and planning documents revised in response to public input. Public input resulted in the addition of open space, proposed structures were redesigned and shifted away from neighbors, and construction time was drastically reduced.

To learn more about the Healthy Living Campus, visit bchdcampus.org.
Virtual Social Hour with BCHD Care Manager Charlotte Barnett
With many senior centers closed and many older adults unable to socialize, we want to provide a space for people to talk, ask questions and share their experience during COVID-19. Join us if you want to learn more about community resources or BCHD, or if you just want to connect! Open to all.
First & Third Tuesday of the Month
(November 2 & 16)
11 a.m.  12 p.m.
Virtual Safe in the South Bay Series: The Latest on COVID-19 Vaccines & Best Practices for Staying Safe
With COVID-19 vaccine boosters and the anticipated release of COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 years old, an esteemed panel will share the latest science, safety and considerations for these eligible groups. Learn the best practices to keep you and your loved ones safe while getting back to enjoying the company of colleagues, friends and family, resuming travel and returning to school and work.
Wednesday, November 3
 6:15 p.m.
Virtual Mindfulness Drop-In
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques. The guided session will be led by a trained Beach Cities Health District instructor. First Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday, November 3
 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Happiness Chats
This is a casual discussion group with light-hearted activities to spark conversation. Share ideas, tips, resources, jokes, quotes – anything that supports our happiness!
Second Tuesday of the Month
(November 9)
12:30  1 p.m.
Virtual Families Connected Parent Chat
A free parent support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center held in partnership with South Bay Families Connected. Open to all parents.
Now on Tuesdays
10 – 11 a.m.
October 26 Event Will Focus on Red Ribbon Week & Substance Use Prevention
CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

On October 21, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Read the CDC’s statement here.
Preparing for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 year olds

When is authorization expected?
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) is scheduled to meet on October 26. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet on November 2 and 3. (These dates are subject to change.) Vaccinations can begin after the pending FDA authorization, CDC recommendations and review by the Western States Scientific and Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW).

Will the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 years old differ from the current product for adolescents and adults?
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds will be a new product with new packaging, new product configuration (10-dose vial), different dosage and injection volume, and have a new National Drug Code (NDC). Current product for adults and adolescents cannot be used in children under 12 years of age.
Need Help?
If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs help with health-related information and referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426, and press option 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit us online at bchd.org/resources.