Tag Archives: COVID Vaccine

Pennsylvania Moves Smokers To Vaccine Priority List

Pittsburgh’s CBS News affiliate reports: Smokers are now among a new group of Pennsylvanians at the front of the line to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pennsylvania Department of Health includes smoking on its list of qualifying conditions for those a part of Priority Group 1A. The department said in part: “Pennsylvania has chosen to follow the CDC’s recommendations and …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On COVID Response Plans

The Associated Press reports: Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority communities …

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Arnold Gets Vax: “Come With Me If You Want To Live”

Politico reports: Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, making him among the first residents 65 and older to get the shot in Los Angeles County. Schwarzenegger, 73, booked an appointment himself at one of the city’s large-scale vaccination sites Tuesday after county health officials announced that …

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CNN: Biden Inherited Nonexistent Vax Distrib Strategy

CNN reports: In the immediate hours following Biden being sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration’s Covid-related work told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, …

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Fauci: Biden Plan Could Achieve Herd Immunity By Fall

Axios reports: Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that if the coronavirus vaccine rollout by the incoming Biden administration goes as planned, the U.S. could start to see effects of herd immunity and normalcy by early-to-mid fall. “If we [vaccinate] efficiently in April, May, June, July, August, we should have that degree of protection that could get us …

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“Frustrated” Cuomo Seeks Direct Vax Deal With Pfizer

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo, fed up with the federal government’s frustratingly slow rollout of COVID vaccines, is going straight to the source. The governor penned a letter Monday to Pfizer asking if the pharmaceutical giant would cut out the middleman and sell doses directly to New York. “You no doubt understand the challenges New York and …

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Orthodox Rabbi Warns COVID Vax Turns People Gay

Israel Hayom reports: A popular rabbi urged his followers not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, warning them that doing so, it might “turn them” into homosexuals. Rabbi Daniel Asor’s assertion goes against decrees issued by leading rabbis in Israel and around the world, who have called on ultra-Orthodox society to take every precaution against the global pandemic, including getting …

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De Blasio: NYC Will Exhaust Vax Supply By Next Week

Gothamist reports: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine supplies by the end of next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Friday. The shortage would disrupt the mayor’s goal of administering 1 million doses across the five boroughs by the end of January, delaying the prospect of rapidly achieving herd immunity and reopening safely. “We will run …

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Biden To Deploy FEMA And National Guard In Move To Deliver 100 Million Vaccine Shots In His First 100 Days

CNBC reports: President-elect Joe Biden plans to use FEMA and the National Guard to build coronavirus vaccine clinics across the United States, according to new details of his Covid-19 vaccination plan released by his transition team on Friday. The Biden administration will also “quickly jumpstart” efforts to make the vaccines available at local pharmacies across the U.S., which should ensure …

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Trump Admin Waited Two Months On Vax Distrib Plan

The Wall Street Journal reports: Operation Warp Speed leaders waited more than two months to approve a plan to distribute and administer Covid-19 vaccines proposed by U.S. health officials, administration officials said, leaving states with little time to implement a mass-vaccination campaign amid a coronavirus surge. State and local officials had been clamoring for months for help preparing for the …

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Pope And Former Pope Get “Fetal” COVID Vaccine

The Christian Post reports: Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have both received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccination program at Vatican City began on Wednesday, with the current head of the Roman Catholic Church and his predecessor getting the shot. After a vaccine was developed for the coronavirus, some pro-life groups and others expressed concern …

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Disneyland To Serve As “Super” Site For COVID Vaccine

From the Orange County Board of Supervisors: In a vital step to help battle the spread of COVID-19, the County of Orange has established the first large Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site to provide COVID-19 vaccines to residents at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. “The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s …

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FL Scammers Sold Fake COVID Vaccine Appointments

The Hill reports: Eventbrite sites posing as local Florida health departments have reportedly targeted seniors in the state by charging money for fake vaccination appointments, prompting local health officials to issue warnings to residents Monday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order on Dec. 23 mandating that those 65 and older would be among the first people of …

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FDA On Vaccines: Don’t Mix And Match, No Half-Doses

Via press release from the FDA: We have been following the discussions and news reports about reducing the number of doses, extending the length of time between doses, changing the dose (half-dose), or mixing and matching vaccines in order to immunize more people against COVID-19. These are all reasonable questions to consider and evaluate in clinical trials. However, at this …

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NYC To Open 250 Vaccine Locations By End Of Month

The New York Daily News reports: The de Blasio administration is ramping up COVID vaccination efforts — with a goal of administering 400,000 doses per week by the end of the month — and calling on the state to authorize more groups of New Yorkers to get shots. The city will also provide vaccinations around the clock as the number …

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Israel Leads World In Percentage To Get COVID Vax

Axios reports: Israel has administered more COVID-19 vaccinations than any other nation, with over 1 million people receiving jabs — a rate of 12.59 doses per 100 people, new data from an Oxford University-run tracking site shows. As countries like the U.S. fall behind on immunization goals, Israel has given coronavirus doses to over 10% of its population of 9.2 …

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Officials Give Vax To Friends After Public Turned Away

Chattanooga’s NBC News affiliate reports: Hamilton County officials say miscalculations led to late-evening vaccinations in the Tennessee Riverpark on New Year’s Eve, long after people were turned away and told there were no more vaccines available. Acting on a tip, Channel 3 returned to the Riverpark after dark to find cars leaving the property. The people in those vehicles told …

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Florida’s Vaccine Rollout Is Going As You’d Expect

CNN reports: Florida’s county-by-county plan to vaccinate its elderly population has created a mass scramble for a limited number of doses, leading to hourslong lines at vaccination sites and overwhelmed county hotlines and websites. The first-come, first-serve plan led to huge lines forming overnight Tuesday as people camped out on lawn chairs and waited for hours. Bruce Scott told CNN …

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Romney Blasts Trump Admin’s “Inexcusable” Lack Of Vaccine Rollout Plan, Floats Own Distribution System

Via press release from Sen. Mitt Romney: That comprehensive vaccination plans have not been developed at the federal level and sent to the states as models is as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable. I have experience organizing a major logistical event but nothing on the scale of what is called for today. Nor do I have any relevant medical or …

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NYC Plans To Vaccinate 1M Residents In January

Politico reports: New York City will launch a campaign to vaccinate a million residents for the coronavirus in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “This city can do it,” the mayor said. “The amazing health care professionals of this city are ready. We’re going to set up new sites all over the city, on top of the many, many …

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