Scientific-Safety-Review-Workgroup Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

​To ensure the COVID-19 vaccine meets safety requirements, California formed the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup comprised of nationally recognized immunization, public health, academic and other subject matter experts. The workgroup stays informed about vaccine candidate(s) trials, evidence of safety and efficacy, and other information to independently provide recommendations to California leadership regarding vaccine planning efforts and to ensure public confidence in vaccine safety, efficacy, and implementation efforts.  In October, this group was expanded to include Western state partners.


Member List

Members:

  • Arthur Reingold, MD, Chair, UC Berkeley
  • Tomás Aragón, MD, DrPH, Director & State Health Officer, California Department of Public Health 
  • Oliver Brooks, MD, Watts Health
  • Eric Goosby, MD, UC San Francisco
  • Rodney Hood, MD, National Medical Association
  • Nicola Klein, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
  • Grace Lee, MD, Stanford Children’s Health
  • Yvonne Bonnie Maldonado, MD, Stanford University
  • Mark Sawyer, MD, UC San Diego
  • Rob Schechter, MD, California Department of Public Health
  • Peter Szilagyi, MD, UC Los Angeles
  • Matt Zahn, MD, Orange County Health Care Agency

Western States Partners Representatives:

Washington State:

  • Edgar Marcuse, MD, University of Washington
  • John Dunn, MD, Kaiser Permanente Washington

Oregon:

  • Louis Picker, MD, OHSU

  • Laura Byerly, MD, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Nevada:

  • Ihsan Azzam, MD, State of Nevada
  • Candice McDaniel, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services