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As health care professionals work to end the deadly pandemic by vaccinating Californians, anti-vaccine extremists have used intimidation tactics and physical obstruction at vaccine sites

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 742 by Dr. Richard Pan to give local officials the tools they need to keep extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting vaccinated, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee today. 

June 16, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement following the announcement that the former Sleep Train Arena will become the new home of California Northstate University:

Anti-science extremists use intimidation tactics and physical obstruction endangering patients and front-line workers at vaccine clinics

June 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 742 by Dr. Richard Pan to give local health officials the tools they need to keep extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting the vaccine, passed the State Senate today with 33 to 4.

May 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and Chair of the Senate Health Committee, made the following statement in support of the Governor’s recently announced vaccine-incentive program:

May 3, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statement against death threats made by local a podcaster that went on for months without consequence, that included, “That gal should be set up against a wall and shot after this is over”, “Somebody should just smash her car, bust her up, and send her out of town”, and “These people need to be taken out and shot – Fauci, Birx Phoung Luu – the whole bunch of them”.

Anti-science extremists, who are often unmasked and unvaccinated use intimidation tactics and physical obstruction endangering patients and front-line workers at vaccine clinics

April 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – As health providers tirelessly work to vaccinate Californians and put an end to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has already led to the death of 500,000 people in the United States alone, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 742 by Dr. Richard Pan to give public officials the tools they need to keep anti-science extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting the vaccine.  

Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Economic Equity, Energy Equity, Environmental Equity, Technology Equity

March 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic bringing racial inequities in California and throughout the U.S. into sharp relief, the California Legislature is considering a systematic approach to curbing racial inequity via SB 17, introduced in the California Senate by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento). SB 17,  which has now been referred to the Governmental Organization Committee and the Judiciary Committee, builds on the commitment Gov.

February 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region announced the introduction of Senate Bill 422, a measure that will amend the State Civil Services Act so that the State can expand healthcare services at state prisons and hospitals.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic there is an urgent need to improve accountability and continuity of care at California State facilities,” said Dr. Senator Richard Pan. “This best can be achieved by providing patients entrusted with state care greater access to the quality care provided by state physicians.”

February 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region made the following statement against the attack on Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s family and home:

“I wish to express my dismay and condemnation of the attack on Mayor Steinberg’s family and home that took place Saturday evening. It is unacceptable in our community to go to a person’s home to taunt and threaten their family, including their children, and damage their property, and the perpetrators should be held accountable.

February 5, 2021

SACRAMENTO,CA – As the United States is in the midst of a major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) epidemic that has broad-reaching impacts on the health of women, men and maternal-child health, Dr.