Press Releases

November 3, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA –Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician, state senator and author of California’s vaccine laws, made the following statement today as the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is approved for young children and becomes available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, school vaccine clinics and other sites:

November 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As anti-vaccine extremists are escalating their tactics to disrupt and stop vaccine efforts, a federal court says that preventing contagious diseases through vaccination is in the public interest and rules against anti-vaccine extremists who attempt to obstruct and interfere with vaccine delivery.   

 

While federal, state and local governments are doing better each day distributing COVID-19 vaccines and educating the public, anti-vaccine extremists are escalating their tactics to disrupt and stop these efforts

October 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 742 on Friday, a bill authored 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 the vaccine.  

October 5, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 306 into law which would strengthen California’s public health infrastructure and provide greater testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI).  Authored by Senator Dr. Richard Pan, SB 306 will expand access to STI testing remotely at home and in the community, increase access to STI treatment for patients and their partners, and update state law to boost congenital syphilis screening in the face of alarming increases in maternal-child transmission.

October 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician, state senator and author of California’s vaccine laws, made the following statement today regarding the Governor’s announcement creating a COVID-19 vaccine school mandate:

“As a pediatrician and parent, I applaud the Governor for requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students and teachers when the vaccines receive FDA approval for students aged 12 to 15.

September 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – California state lawmakers, Dr. Richard Pan, Senator Scott Wiener, Senator Sydney K. Kamlagar, Assemblymember Evan Low, Dr. Akilah Weber, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks sent a letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) expressing support for their decision today to require the Covid-19 vaccine for all eligible students. 

September 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA— California State Senator, Richard Pan, MD, FAAP, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the 2021 recipient of their prestigious Child Health Advocate Award.

August 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – In a zoom press conference Dr. Richard Pan joined students from across the nation as they announced ProtectUS’ “Student Health Ambassador” program to support teens demanding school officials and community take precautions that have been proven to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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: