December 17, 2020 Emergency room nurses and doctors as well as other high-risk frontline healthcare workers received the first of two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in California this week. The state received approximately 33,000 doses of the vaccine and is scheduled to receive an additional 393,900 doses next week. The USCCB released a statement last week calling vaccination “an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” The California Conference of Catholic Bishops in association with Catholic Charities and the Catholic healthcare systems in the state has also endorsed the current vaccine, and the likely next to be approved manufactured by Moderna. Governor Newsom held a press conference earlier this week, where he reminded Californias that while the vaccines are the start of the end of the war with COVID-19, “There is light at the end of the tunnel—but we are still in the tunnel. This is probably the most intense and urgent moment since the beginning of this pandemic.” The daily number of cases has grown dramatically—the 7-day average is now 32,523 – with more than 50,000 cases reported on Wednesday. These are historically high numbers. In addition, the number of available ICU beds and the number of healthcare professionals available to treat patients is of grave concern in most of the state.