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    (CNN)New survey results published Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that 43% of parents of children under 5 in the US say they will not get their child vaccinated against Covid-19, the highest percentage in the year that KFF's Vaccine Monitor survey has been asking the question. The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Covid-19 vaccinations in children as young as 6 months in mid-June. According to the KFF data, only 17% of parents of children between 6 months and 5 years old say their child has been vaccinated or will be as soon as possible. Another 27% say they will wait and see how well the shots work in other kids, and 13% said they will vaccinate their child only if required to do so for school or child care. Im an anxious new mom. Heres why Ive decided to vaccinate my babyAlthough the percentage of parents unwilling to vaccinate children in this age group is high, it is not much lower in other age groups. According to the survey, 37% of parents of a child 5...
    (CNN)US children under 5 are getting closer to authorized Covid-19 vaccines, but most parents may be reluctant to actually get them when they become available, a new survey found.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's Vaccine Monitor survey, published Wednesday, only 18% of parents of children under 5 said they would vaccinate their child against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine was available.Nearly 40% of parents of young children said they would "wait and see" before vaccinating their child, 11% said they would get the vaccine only if required, and 27% said they would "definitely not" vaccinate their child against Covid-19. Moderna seeks emergency use authorization for Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 yearsMore than half of parents in this age group said they "don't have enough information about the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines for children in this age group," compared with 34% of parents of children ages 5-11 and 25% of parents of children ages 12-17. About 13% of parents of young children said the US Food and Drug Administration's delay in authorizing a vaccine...
    Prince Charles put on his military uniform to attend a parade for RAF graduate who didn't get a graduation ceremony in 2020 because of covis-19 restrictions.  The heir-to-the-throne, 73, headed to RAFC Cranwell this morning, where he met with recent graduates from Cranwell and RAF Halton.  The officers present today graduated with no guests in attendance during the pandemic, due to the health crisis and restrictions put in place.  Charles, who is Marshal of the Royal Air Force, appeared in great spirits as he arrived for the event this morning.   The heir-to-the-throne, 73, headed to RAFC Cranwell this morning, where he met with recent graduates from Cranwell and RAF Halton Decked in his uniform, the Prince of Wales reviewed the officers stood to attention during the event.  He spoke to a few of them for a moment, as they finally got to enjoy their graduation after it was delayed due to Covid-19.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Prince Harry knew 'incendiary' comments on US TV about his... A day out at Great-Granny's! Kate Middleton is...
    A YouTube ad featuring former President Donald Trump urging supporters to get vaccinated gave flagging inoculation numbers a shot in the arm, according to a working paper published this week. A 27-second advertisement encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 that ran on more than 1,000 YouTube channels in late October 2021 led to 104,036 more shots being administered, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. "I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly," Trump told Fox's Maria Bartiromo in a segment of the advertisement. IVANKA TRUMP TO MEET WITH JAN. 6 COMMITTEE VIRTUALLY The ad also includes a photo of the former president's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump getting her COVID-19 shot and a clip saying that Trump and his wife, Melania, privately received theirs at the White House. The ad was seen by millions of people from over 1,000 U.S. counties between Oct. 14 and Oct....
    MORE than 600,000 Brits will be invited to get their spring Covid booster jabs next week. Eligible over-75s, care home residents and those aged 12 with weaker immune systems will receive texts and letters from the NHS as the next wave of appointments become available. 1Thousands more Brits will be offered their spring Covid booster in the week beginning March 28Credit: Alamy Around 5.5million people in England qualify for the extra shot - pegged as the key to getting life back to normal. And since rolling out spring boosters on March 21, more than 470,000 people have come forward, NHS England said. The dishing out of slots is being staggered to prevent health workers from being overwhelmed. But at least five million people will have been summoned for a dose of either Pfizer or Moderna before the summer. READ MORE ON COVIDSTAY IN SCHOOL Major change to school hours revealed as kids catch up after CovidVIRUS RISE One in 16 Brits infected with Covid as new variant sweeps through Britain Over-50s are expected to be offered another top-up...
    NOVAK Djokovic has said he would rather miss out on future tennis titles than get jabbed. The 20-time Grand Slam winner insists that he is not an antivaxxer - but believes in the individual's right to choose. 1The tennis ace said losing out on titles is a 'price' he is willing to payCredit: AFP Djokovic, 24, told the BBC that losing out on future sports victories is "the price I'm willing to pay".
    As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, some still refuse to vaccinate despite the effectiveness of vaccines at stopping the spread and infection rate of the coronavirus. Outside of potentially harming those who come into contact with them, these antivaxxer individuals are harming themselves the most. Many are risking their lives with their refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite the number of pre-death COVID tales consumed with regret for not getting vaccinated, some won’t budge—even those in desperate need of medical aid. Hospitals across the country are refusing unvaccinated patients for transplants because like other immunizations, including a flu shot and hepatitis B vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is required for them. In the most recent incident to make news, a North Carolina man whose kidney is now only operating at about 4% has been refused a transplant due to his unvaccinated status, WSOC-TV reported. The man, identified as Chad Carswell, told local news outlets having dialysis three times a week keeps him going, but it’s only a temporary solution until he is able to get a transplant. “Without (a kidney transplant) there’s no...
    A majority of Americans now believe it is time to accept that COVID will stick around and we should move on with our lives amid declining COVID cases - as the number of people who think President Joe Biden is doing a good job handling the pandemic continues to decline. A Monmouth University poll released on Monday found that a whopping 70 percent of Americans agree with the sentiment that 'COVID is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives,' including 78 percent of those who report having had COVID and 65 percent of those who say they have not yet been infected. Only about a third of the 794 randomly identified Americans surveyed between January 20 and January 24 said they felt the country will get the pandemic under control, and life will return to normal by the end of the year, while 28 percent believe a return to normalcy will never happen. Meanwhile, just 43 percent of the respondents said Biden has done a good job in handling the pandemic, while 53 percent...
    Europe is at risk of being buried beneath a continentwide "tidal wave" of omicron infections, according to the World Health Organization. This wave could hinder several of Europe's health systems, as an estimated 7 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the first week of 2022. At the current growth rate, 1% of the population will catch COVID-19 each week in 26 countries, WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge estimated. "At this rate, more than 50% of the population in the region will be infected with omicron in the next six to eight weeks," Kluge said during a Tuesday press conference. The omicron variant has been reported in 50 of Europe's 53 states and has become the dominant variant in Western Europe, Kluge said. The variant will be the deadliest in regions where vaccination rates are lower, including Central and Eastern Europe. US CAN'T TELL IF RUSSIA USING TALKS AS PRETENSE FOR WAR Kluge was "deeply concerned" that "we have yet to see its full impact in countries where levels of vaccination uptake are lower...
    Ezekiel Emanuel, a former member of the Biden transition’s COVID-19 advisory board, said on Sunday that the U.S. will not get more than 70 percent of its population vaccinated “without a mandate.” “We will never get to 70, 80 percent or 90 percent of the American population vaccinated without a mandate. It's just that simple,” Emanuel told moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddJan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Nearly one year after Jan. 6, investigation into riot in full force Thompson says Jan. 6 panel has requested videos Trump made amid Capitol riot MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Emanuel, who is currently serving as a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, said vaccine mandates are “our best tools to get 90 percent” of the population vaccinated. “They make sure that people who get infected don't get hospitalized at such a high rate and are very, very, very unlikely to die. That's an important protection for people and we have to make sure that people get it,” he added. WATCH: "We will never...
    More than 100 Marines have been kicked out of the branch over their refusal to comply with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Marine Corps announced Thursday that 103 members had been discharged following other branches of the U.S. armed forces taking action against those who defied a vaccination order. "The Marine Corps recognizes COVID-19 as a readiness issue," said Maj. Jim Stenger, a spokesman for the Marine Corps. IT'S CRUNCH TIME FOR MILITARY VACCINE REFUSENIKS, AND THE PENTAGON HOPES TO AVOID INVOLUNTARY SEPARATIONS "The speed with which the disease transmits among individuals has increased risk to our Marines and the Marine Corps's mission," Stenger said. "We are confident the vaccine protects our Marines, our communities, and the nation." Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Air Force discharged 27 people for refusing to get the vaccine. Separately, on Thursday, the Army said "commanders have relieved a total of six active-duty leaders, including two battalion commanders, and issued 2,767 general officer written reprimands to Soldiers for refusing the vaccination order." Active-duty members of...
    The version of the defense spending bill that the House of Representatives passed on Tuesday includes a provision that prevents military personnel who lose their jobs for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine from getting discharged under less than the general designation. Lawmakers voted 363-70 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act hours after the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees announced they had reached an agreement to move along the $768 billion measure. HOUSE PASSES $768 BILLION DEFENSE BILL The text of the bill includes a provision that reads, "Any administrative discharge of a covered member, on the sole basis that the covered member failed to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccine for COVID–19, shall be an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions." Rep. Mark Green, a veteran from Tennessee, was one of the big advocates of this amendment. “I’m also proud to have successfully fought to have my amendment banning dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine included in the legislation," he said in a statement....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- More than 51,000 5-11-year-olds in New York City have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the first week of eligibility, including17,000 at city schools.Friday afternoon, as sunlight poked through the storm clouds in Carroll Gardens more 5-11-year-olds got their COVID shots."I was really nervous and then I started crying and then I felt it and then that didn't hurt that much," 9-year-old Van Wiessmann said.Wiessmann and the other children each earned $100 for getting vaccinated at a city-run site, an incentive that was available to their older brothers a couple of months ago."My brother didn't get the $100 because he got his earlier. He kept saying I get 25%, but he didn't," 9-year-old Bryce said.P.S. 58 is one of more than a thousand school sites offering the shots."Stop the spread. Let the kids have their lives. My 12-year-old didn't go to school for a year and a half practically," mother Carly Strelzik said.Mayor de Blasio applauded the early turnout, though only around 12% of eligible 5-11-year-old city public school students have received their...
    Americans who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not opting to get the shot again for their boosters, new federal figures reveal . The data, made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week, show that more than 80 percent of people who received the J&J vaccine opted for either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech booster. Those who received either the Pfizer or Moderna shots for their initial vaccine series are choosing to stick with their original shot, however. The J&J vaccine has been deemed safe and effective by regulators, though the shot is not considered to be as effective as the other two jabs. More than 80% of people who have received a COVID-19 booster, and got the J&J jab first, opted for a different company's vaccine. Barely any people who received the Pfizer or Moderna jab opted for the J&J booster More than 19 million Americans have received COVID-19 vaccine boosters as the shots begin to become widely available in the U.S. Pictured: A woman at Chicago O'Hare Airport in Illinois received a...
    More than a quarter of New York City's 55,000-member police force could get sent home without pay if they don't comply with the mayor's order to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Friday's deadline.  NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea is trying to sway officers - some of the most vaccine-hesitant workers in city government - to comply with last week's order by Mayor Bill de Blasio. About 73 percent of NYPD workers have at least one shot, which means that as many as 27 percent of police employees could be placed on unpaid leave starting Monday, when the mandate takes effect, if they don't get vaccinated by 5pm Friday.  Mayor de Blasio says he feels 'ready' to handle a dramatic drop-off in the number of officers even as violent crime continues to plague the city, but it remains unclear how the department would keep enough officers on the street. More than a quarter of the NYPD's employees could be put on unpaid leave starting Monday All city employees have until Friday at 5pm to get at least one dose of a COVID-19...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The FDA is reviewing a request from drugmaker Merck to approve a pill to treat COVID-19. If approved, it would be first pill to treat the illness. All other FDA-backed treatments require an IV or injection. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida talked about how that approval could impact vaccination rates on CBSN Denver this week. He was asked if there are concerns the pill could discourage vaccinations. Hnida said that was a great point. “I think a lot of people are saying ‘Well, you know there’s this magic pill coming out and I don’t need to be vaccinated now. If I end up getting sick, like if I get strep throat they can just me penicillin, I’m going to get better.'” But Hnida said that’s not this particular medicine works. “The thing to remember is that it really is intended for people who have very mild symptoms of COVID. The goal is to prevent them from becoming sicker to the point where they wind up in the hospital or even die from getting COVID.” “The pill...
    STIMULUS checks helped give some relief to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic – but college students might be able to get thousands in aid. By filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can qualify for up to $30,000 in aid. 1The deadline to fill out an FAFSA is June 2022 The deadline to fill out an application for the current academic year is June 30, 2022. If there will be any corrections or updates, they need to be submitted by September 10, according to the Department of Federal Student Aid. But you might want to act quickly, according to Ashley Boucher, who recently served as director of corporate communications for Sallie Mae. “FAFSA is the gateway to $150billion in aid to help pay for higher education, including scholarships, grants, work-study, and federal student loans,” she told CNBC. “But some of that aid is limited, some of it is first-come, first-serve.” To complete an application, you’ll need information including tax returns, money available in bank accounts, and a driver’s license if you have one. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN...
    One of New Jersey's largest healthcare providers fired more than 100 employees who refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, after already firing six supervisory-level employees for the same thing in June.  RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey on Monday fired the 118 employees - 62 of them who were part-time workers - after they refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the October 15 deadline.  The healthcare provider, which employs more than 35,000 people, reported that 99.7 per cent of their employees have been vaccinated.   RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey (pictured: headquarters) has fired 118 employees who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the October 15 deadline 'All staff and physicians' were required to receive the vaccine or get an exemption approved  'Regrettably, and despite all best efforts, 118 staff members have not complied with the mandate and are no longer employees of RWJBarnabas Health, per our vaccine mandate policy,' a spokeswoman told NJ.com.  'At RWJBarnabas Health, we have an ethical and professional responsibility to protect our patients and ensure a safe, COVID-19 free environment,' a statement said.   Earlier this...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you need a COVID-19 booster shot, you may not need to get the same brand as your first shots. According to a report in the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to get a different vaccine as a booster than the one they originally received. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Sources told the times, the government would not recommend one shot over another, and it may point out that using the same vaccine as a booster when possible is preferred. The move could be made as early as Wednesday.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow fully vaccinated Americans to 'mix and match' COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. The federal health agency is expected to approved extra doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson immunizations this week. But officials will also authorize people to receive a booster made by a company that is different than the one that made the vaccine they initially received, according to The New York Times. It comes after researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented data at an FDA advisory committee meeting on Friday showing people who got Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccine had higher antibody levels if they get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot.  The FDA will allow Americans to receive a COVID-19 booster shot that is different than the vaccine they received. Pictured: Dr Richard Schwartz receives a Pfizer Covid vaccine booster at Teaching Center LIJ Medical Center in New York, October 6 Previously, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had warned Americans not to mix and match shots from any of...
    BRITS who feel unwell have been given permission by a top public health official to take more sick days. Dr Jenny Harries urged people to recover at home, rather than take the more traditional approach of “grin and bear it” and go into the office. 2Brits have been urged to keep their colds, flu and Covid out of the workplaceCredit: Alamy 2Dr Jenny HarriesCredit: PA The chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency made the comments as the threat of a rocky winter looms. Dr Harries told Times Radio: “I think, particularly as we approach the flu season for example, whereas people traditionally in the UK have sort of grinned and borne their infectious disease and then gone into work and spread it around, I’m hoping that, as we go through winter, people when they are symptomatic will generally recognise that and stay away and be supported to do so.” In the wake of the Covid pandemic, a growing number of experts and ministers have said people should be wary of spreading any type of virus, rather than...
    A new poll indicates 37 percent of American parents plan to have their children inoculated against COVID, and more than 60 percent of vaccinated adults say their kids will get the jab. Conversely, 35 percent of parents are opposed to having their children injected with a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CBS News/YouGov survey of 2,054 adults. Just 10 percent of unvaccinated moms and dads will insist upon the vaccine for their children. The survey, completed Friday, showed 26 percent of parents are undecided about the jab, meaning more than 60 percent of adults haven’t committed to having their child vaccinated against a virus that’s killed more than 700,000 Americans. Parents of children aged five through 11 participated in the survey; Pfizer last week asked the FDA to expand emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine to children in that age bracket. More than 60 percent of surveyed American parents say they haven't committed to letting their elementary school-aged children receive a COVID-19 vaccination About 35percent of parents said their child won't get the vaccine, and 26percent aren't sure RELATED ARTICLES...
    Health experts believe there will soon be an increase in COVID-19 breakthrough cases, but that most of those who are infected will have mild illnesses.  Due to data suggesting the waning efficacy of Covid vaccines and the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, more fully vaccinated Americans are starting to contract the virus. Over time, efficacy of the vaccines will continue to decline, and with, Covid booster shots remaining in limbo, even more breakthrough cases will occur.  But most cases will be mild - even asymptomatic - with only 15,790 of at least 178 million fully vaccinated Americans being hospitalized due to the virus - or only 0.008 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While Covid hospitalizations and deaths are still almost entirely among unvaccinated people, experts believe there will be an increase of breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the coming months as vaccine efficacy wanes. Pictured: A Covid patient receives treatment in a Sarasota, Florida, ICU on September 22 In order to boost the falling vaccine efficacy, the federal government planned to make...
    United Airlines announced that 97% of the company's US-based employees are fully vaccinated with less than a week until the deadline for staff to receive the shot or be fired.  The airline released a memo to its employees on Wednesday which stated 'vaccine requirements work'. It said that the number does not include the 'small number' of staffers who were exempt for medical or religious reasons.  In August, United Airlines said that they would require their 67,000 US-based employees to be fully vaccinated by September 27 or be let go as soon as September 28.  Last month, they shared that up to 90% of pilots and nearly 80% of flight attendants were vaccinated, but did not report companywide figures. Only about 55% of the American population and 66% of American adults have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. United Airlines announced that 97% of the company's US-based employees are fully vaccinated The airline said last month that they would require their 67,000 US-based employees to be fully vaccinated by September 27 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Right-wing activist Laura Loomer is calling for prayers as she claims her COVID-19 symptoms are 'brutal' after attesting the virus was no worse than food poisoning.  The unvaccinated activist, 28, claimed she had body aches and nausea. She wrote on Gettr - a social media platform created by former Trump spokesperson Jason Miller: 'Just pray for me please. Can't even begin to explain how brutal the body aches and nausea that come with covid are. I am in so much pain. This is honestly the worst part about it.'   Self-proclaimed pro-democracy media company Meidas Touch reposted it on Twitter, where Loomer is banned permanently for making hate comments and violating the company's rules, writing: 'Yikes. Please take this virus seriously, get vaccinated and wear a mask...'  She told fans on the conservative social media platform that she has a fever, chills, a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, severe body aches, and feels like she 'got hit by a bus.'  She later wrote on her Telegram page - a Russian-based social media platform that has been known for distributing revenge porn,...
    Many women that were planning to have a child before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in spring 2020 have put those plans on pause, a new study finds. Researchers from New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center surveyed 1,179 New York City women from April to August 2020 on their pregnancy intentions before and during the pandemic. They found that more than one-third of women who were thinking about becoming pregnant before the pandemic started have dropped those plans. Half of women who were actively attempting to get pregnant before Covid are no longer trying either, and some may drop their intentions to have another baby entirely. While many speculated the pandemic would cause a 'baby boom' due to people spending more time at home, early data has found the opposite - and that birth rates across the U.S. instead fell. Almost half of women that were attempting to get pregnant before the pandemic are no longer making that attempt, and one third of women thinking about it have dropped those plans An expected pandemic baby boom never materialized, and...
    Bob Boone would rather resign from his Washington Nationals post than get vaccinated. Longtime Washington Nationals front office executive Bob Boone is resigning from his post than getting a COVID-19 vaccination to comply with the organization’s mandate. Boone is 73-years-old and is the father to Bret and Aaron Boone. His son who is the New York Yankees manager is fully vaccinated and has a heart condition. It is just mind-boggling at this point how many people would rather be fired than to get a vaccine that could save their life. Then again, this is America and we have seen so many things over the years that leave us in perpetual cringe. The Nationals have completely swan dived since winning the World Series only two years ago. Bob Boone, #Nats vice president and senior adviser to GM Mike Rizzo, informed the Nats he will resign instead of complying to their coronavirus vaccination mandate, per @dougherty_jesse and @ZacharyFaria — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 1, 2021 Washington Nationals executive Bob Boone is resigning over vaccine mandateThere really is not much else to say...
    Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)Inside a hospital in a leafy campus in the shadow of Mount Kenya, workers dressed head-to-toe in pale green Hazmat suits load a shrouded body into an ambulance. For the past few weeks, this somber scene has become a daily routine at the 31-bed Mount Kenya hospital, in Nyeri county, a few hours north of Nairobi. The hospital, which is now exclusively treating Covid-19 patients, is struggling to cope under the strain of Kenya's Delta variant-fueled fourth wave.The official nationwide data, which shows an average of just 20 deaths per day over the past week, tells only a small fraction of the full story -- everyone here, it seems, knows someone who has died from the virus.The Mount Kenya Hospital, like many others across the country, is turning away new patients because it simply doesn't have enough room. It is also lacking resources. Despite a newly installed oxygen compressor, extra cylinders, trucked in every day, are still needed to meet demand.Read MoreFour patients arrive, desperately in need of a bed in an intensive care unit, but there are...
    A MOM lost her two unvaccinated sons to Covid in less than 12 hours and has issued a plea to Americans to get vaccinated. Lisa Brandon, a vaccinated woman who resides in Jacksonville, Florida, called the Covid deaths of her beloved sons "a parent’s worst nightmare." 3Lisa Brandon called the Covid deaths of her beloved sons 'a parent’s worst nightmare'Credit: News4Jax 3Lisa's son's, Aaron and Free, passed away from Covid this monthCredit: News4Jax Speaking to WJXT, Lisa opened up about the tragic deaths of her sons — 35-year-old Aaron and 41-year-old Free. The devastated mom told the news outlet: "The only reason I’m doing this is to put the word out to please get vaccinated." She explained how her family got sick in July but Aaron and Free worsened, leading her to bring them to the hospital where both men contracted double pneumonia. They were later admitted into the ICU, put on ventilators, and passed away within hours of each other, the news outlet reports. Lisa, who revealed she's been vaccinated with the Moderna jab, said: "This is horrible. I...
    When life as we knew it screeched to a halt last year, municipal bean counters trembled in their penny loafers. The city of Los Angeles faced a $750 million deficit, elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs, or some combination of the two. Anaheim prepared to borrow $210 million — using city libraries, fire stations and City Hall itself as collateral. The city of Riverside shaved 10% off revenue estimates and sold bonds to pay heavy pension debts — a strategy many good-government experts frown upon. But a funny thing happened on the way to municipal meltdown. Boozing, gambling and shopping boosted California’s tax coffers. Property values surged. And the federal government stepped in with a mighty $8.2 billion in stimulus funds to heal pandemic-inflicted wounds in California city budgets. “Fiscal drought?” asks a new analysis from the state auditor. “Actually, city revenues are pouring in. … Our analysis shows that the vast majority of California cities will receive more stimulus money than they lost during the pandemic.” Los Angeles got far more than it feared losing — nearly $1.3 billion in American...
    A California woman says she has convinced thousands of people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by providing them with information about the vaccines and driving them to appointments.   Felisia Thibodeaux, from San Francisco, said she has persuaded 1,270 people to get their shots by holding information sessions and removing the lack of transportation barrier, reported SF Gate. In pre-Covid times, Thibodeaux's job was to oversee of all day-to-day operations of of the senior-living non-profit organization.  However, everything changed as soon as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. in 2020, including her priorities, which shifted to protect her community against the virus in Merced/Ingleside Heights.  As of August 16, 77 percent of residents in the Oceanview/Merced/Ingleside area have been vaccinated, according to sf.gov.  San Francisco native and 49ers fan Felisia Thibodeaux (pictured) convinced more than 1,200 people to get COVID-19 vaccine by holding 'information sessions' and driving people to their appointments The I.T. Bookman Community in Inglewood Heights, San Francisco, California, has managed to get most of its members and staff vaccinated thanks to Thibodeaux's work The biggest...
    After Page Six reported that Broadway superstar Laura Osnes was fired from a show for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination, Osnes issued a statement defending her decision to skip the injection because "there’s so much that’s still unknown" about the shots. She also denied that she was fired, and said that she decided to quit the one-night production of "Crazy for You" after producers at the Guild Hall Theater in East Hampton told her she’d have to get vaxxed to take part. Osnes — who made her name when she won the talent search show "Grease: You’re the One That I Want!" in 2008, and has gone on to have a major Broadway career — wrote on Instagram, "I believe individuals have the right to do the research, consult a doctor, and come to their own conclusions before deciding whether or not to get any injections." "I stand by the decision my husband [photographer Nathan Johnson] and I, with input from our physician, have made for ourselves, our family planning, and our future," she added. The "Cinderella" star said...
    Dolly Parton has addressed the praise she's received for helping to fund Moderna's much-heralded COVID-19 vaccine with her $1million USD (£724K) hospital donation. Appearing on Absolute Radio Country on Monday, the country music icon, 75, said that she 'probably gets a lot more credit' than she deserves. The musician contributed the funds to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research in April last year, after the hospital was 'good to her and her family through the years'.  'I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve': Dolly Parton, 75, addressed the worldwide praise she's received for helping to fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine with her $1million USD (£724K) donation, on Britain's Absolute Radio Country on Monday. Pictured in June Parton revealed how she felt empowered to help when the virus first made news. 'When the pandemic came out, I just felt led to do something because I knew something bad was on the rise and I just kind of wanted to help with that, so I donated to help with that,' she said on radio.  RELATED...
    When Carolina Martínez woke up, she thought it was Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the day she was hospitalized, but it was actually Wednesday, June 2. “Go get vaccinated,” says this pregnant Texas woman who was intubated for more than a month due to COVID. “If you can use me as an example of how not to do things, please do it,” the young mother of three told Kxan. “I thought COVID was not going to affect meso I didn’t take the steps that I had to take to stay healthy. And then here I am, ”he added. Martínez is 32 years old, a mother of three children, and 34 weeks pregnant. Because of COVID you must use a wheelchair and walker to get around your home, and their daily activities have become quite a challenge. “Every day is a challenge. Is not easy. Now everything is a challenge, brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, going from the living room to the kitchen table. It’s been hard but I’m alive, and I am very grateful to be here. And then...
    During an interview aired on Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) said the border is the worst national security crisis the country faces and it’s “easier to get across our southern border than it is to get a table for dinner in New York City.” Hagerty said, [relevant remarks begin around 4:15] “This is the gravest national security crisis that we face as a nation. They’ve come and they’ve absolutely collapsed the border. Maria, it’s now easier to get across our southern border than it is to get a table for dinner in New York City. This is preposterous, and the level of COVID transmission that’s coming across the border too, in the midst of a pandemic, they’re doing this. They have absolutely destroyed our national security at the southern border, created a crisis. They’re fueling the cartels and the coyotes, too. They’re just providing more and more messaging for them to send more and more vulnerable people across the border, whether they’re COVID-positive or not, they’re sending them across the...
    An ICU nurse in Mississippi said she no longer has the strength to treat unvaccinated Covid-19 patients after 'seeing more death than I've ever seen in my entire life' amid a spike of cases linked to the Delta variant. Jennifer Sartin, who works for the Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, told the Sun Herald she requested a transfer as 'compassion fatigue' takes its toll.  Sartin said: 'I've actually resigned from critical care because I couldn't take it.' She spoke of the frustrations surrounding sacrificing her time, life, family and sanity to treat people with the virus.  'To know that people have the option to protect themselves and to protect other people and they're not choosing to do that is so mentally straining,' Sartin said. Jennifer Sartin (pictured left and right), who works for the Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, told the Sun Herald she requested a transfer as 'compassion fatigue' takes its toll She added: 'When we went from three to eight Covid patients in one week I knew that it...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strengthening its recommendations and urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Previously, the federal health agency had said that pregnant women are 'eligible' to get inoculated against the virus. But on Wednesday, the CDC said mothers-to-be should get the vaccine after research showed no increased risk of miscarriage among women who were immunized. 'CDC recommends that pregnant people should be vaccinated against COVID-19, based on new evidence about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines,' a news release read. 'COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.' The updated recommendations come after a study found that pregnant women who go into labor while infected with COVID-19 are at greater risk of severe complications and death than those without the virus.  Researchers from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center found that mothers-to-be who gave birth with the virus were five times more likely to end up in intensive...
    A new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that COVID-19 vaccines offer better and more protection against reinfection of the virus than just natural immunity among those who already have been infected. On Friday, Aug. 6, the CDC released the findings of a new study of nearly 1,000 Americans who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but remained unvaccinated. According to the study, those who were unvaccinated proved to be more than twice as likely to become infected for a second time than those who were fully vaccinated against the virus. Researchers said that the test subjects were all 18 or older and had previous COVID-19 infections in 2020 before experiencing a second infection between May and June 2021, which aligns with the emergence and spread of the delta variant. The findings found that the vaccination serves as an extra layer of protection against reinfection, even among those who had already contracted COVID-19. The study comes as the country contends with the more transmissible Delta strain, which has caused the number of new...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's the argument that some have used to not get vaccinated. "I've had COVID - therefore I don't need to get the vaccine."Turns out that's not entirely true. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study reporting that individuals who've had COVID are twice as likely to get reinfected.RELATED: COVID testing demand 'overwhelming' San Francisco community test sitesLuz Pena: "Is it dependent on the level of virus they were infected with?"Dr. Timothy Henrich: "It seems to be and we don't know exactly how protected or how long the protection from natural infection will last," said Henrich UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence.Dr. Henrich has been studying the long term impacts of COVID-19 and says the immune response from natural infection is not as high.RELATED: California to require health care workers to be vaccinated by Sept. 30 under new order"Both antibody responses and cellular immune responses or for example T-cells that recognize SARs-CoV-2 infection can persist for months. Eight to 12 months after natural infection and most likely after vaccination. What we don't...
    COVID-19 survivors who do not get vaccinated have higher odds of contracting the virus again than those who do get their shots, a new report finds. Data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that those who were previously infected and didn't get vaccinated were 2.3 times more likely to be reinfected than survivors who were immunized.  The findings provide further evidence supporting vaccination for all Americans, even those who had mild or asymptomatic cases of Covid.   The data also suggest that immunity from the available vaccines is stronger than those from natural-forming antibodies. The U.S. vaccine rollout has slowed in recent months after reaching a peak in April, though there has been a recent uptick in people getting the shots. Fully vaccinated COVID survivors are less than half as likely to contract the virus once again compared to their unvaccinated peers More than 70% of the unvaccinated Covid survivors in the study contracted the virus compared to 20% of those fully vaccinated. Pictured: Amanda Tetlak, a registered nurse, administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech...
    More On: nfl What to watch for in the NFL Hall of Fame Game NFL star says he was ‘basically forced’ to get COVID vaccine Former QB star chooses ESPN after bidding war Where Steelers have edge in Hall of Fame Game Kirk Cousins would do just about anything to not be sidelined by COVID-19 again – except get vaccinated, apparently. The veteran quarterback has missed four Vikings practices because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, having been labeled as a close contact to Kellen Mond, who contracted the virus. Being deemed a high-risk contact indicates Cousins is not vaccinated, according to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. But it doesn’t seem like he plans on getting the vaccine, at least not yet. Instead, the 32-year-old said, “I’ve even thought about, ‘Should I just set up literally plexiglass around where I sit, so this could never happen again?’ I’ve thought about it, because I’m going to do whatever it takes. We’re going to avoid this close-contact thing, and I look forward to making sure I’m playing for every...
    THE US may get a Covid strain that's more deadly than the Delta variant if Americans don't get fully vaccinated, according to Dr Anthony Fauci. The doc's warning came as fears among scientists grow that a potentially more dangerous variant could hit US shores amid rising infection rates. 4Fauci urged Americans to get the jab amid fears that a more deadly Covid strain could hit US shoresCredit: Good Morning America 4The doc said Covid will 'smolder' in the fall and winter if people do not come forwardCredit: Getty Fauci reiterated that’s important to get as many Americans as possible jabbed. He told GMA Thursday: “When the virus spreads through the unvaccinated population, as it is doing rapidly now in many states with low vaccination rates, it can mutate regardless of whether the person gets mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all. “And when you give it an ample opportunity to mutate, you may sooner or later get another variant.” The expert warned a future variant may be more contagious and transmissible. He also said that a potential mutation...
    CHANCES are that by now you’ve heard of long Covid. It’s when coronavirus causes symptoms that can last weeks or months after an infection has cleared. 2Studies have revealed that women are up to four times more likely to get long Covid than menCredit: Getty And it’s becoming a growing problem. What you might not realise, though, is women are up to four times more likely to get long Covid than men, according to studies. Yet, of the more than £20million that has been ploughed into researching the condition since June last year, not a single penny has gone towards looking at the relationship between long Covid and female hormones. Yet, we have seen lots of women commenting in Facebook groups about how they believe Covid has changed their periods. There have been reports of periods stopping completely or changing after catching the virus. It’s more than just anecdotal evidence too. Of course, for some women it could just be a coincidence. They could be women at an age when they’re experiencing perimenopause or menopause, and just happen to have...
    ABC’s Donna Brazile encouraged people to get vaccinated as the COVID-19 delta variant surged, warning, “God help us if we get to omega.” Brazile commented on the rising number of cases — and of developing variants — during a Sunday appearance on “This Week” with host Jonathan Karl. (RELATED: ‘It’s White Supremacy We’re Fighting, Not Just White Candidates’: Donna Brazile Spars With Lawrence Jones) WATCH: Brazile claimed that the only way to stop the continued mutations of the novel coronavirus was for everyone to get the vaccine. “It’s not over until the American people say it’s over. It’s not over until everyone is vaccinated,” she said. “I mean, this virus has more legs than any mutant I’ve ever seen on HBO.” Brazile went on to say that although the delta variant was certainly the most prevalent, it had started with the alpha variant and there had been several others as well. “God forbid if we get to omega,” she added. “The virus is going to mutate until we all receive the vaccine that can help us save not...
    Parents of children seem to be evenly split on whether or not their kids will be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, a new poll finds. The new survey, conducted by CS Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at Michigan Medicine, found that 39 percent of parents said their children already gotten a coronavirus shot.  However, 40 percent of parents also said it was 'unlikely' that their children would be getting vaccinated,'  Meanwhile, among parents of children ages three to 11, parents are split 50/50 about whether or not their child will get a COVID-19  vaccine once it is approved for their age group.  Researchers surveyed 2,019 adults of children between ages three and 18 in June 2021 about COVID-19 vaccines. Pictured: Christiana Neri, 38, holds her 13-year-old son Ivan Hernandez as he gets a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles, May 2021 Among parents of those ages 12 to 18, 39% said their children had already gotten a COVID-19 vaccine and 40% said it was unlikely (above). For parents of children ages three to 11, 49% percent said...
    A Louisiana man who was hospitalized with COVID-19 says that he would rather be hospitalized once again rather than getting vaccinated. Scott Roe, a small business owner, contracting pneumonia due to COVID-19 and his health rapidly deteriorated, resulting in hospitalization. He will soon be discharged but is unvaccinated, and says his battle with the virus does not change his mind on the vaccine, according to CBS News. Louisiana is among the states with the worst vaccination rate, having only 40 percent of residents at least partially vaccinated  The report comes as the U.S. sits on a stockpile of vaccines with little demand for them among the unvaccinated, with the Indian 'Delta' variant also sweeping through the nation. Scott Roe, a small business owner from Louisiana, was recently hospitalized due to COVID-19. He told CBS that his experience has not changed his stance against the vaccines  'Here I am recovering, getting out of here finally tomorrow. Am I going to get a vaccine? No,' Roe told CBS News from his hospital bed. 'Because there's too many issues with these vaccines.'  Roe...
    You were preparing to have your roaring 2021 hot vaxx summer, carefree and maskless, but news of the contagious Delta variant remained on the horizon. In May, the Delta variant comprised less than 3% of the coronavirus samples sequenced in the United States. By June, it was more than 20%. Los Angeles County is recording more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a week — a pace not seen since March — and officials are now requiring masks in public indoor settings again. It’s confusing. How worried do you need to be about the Delta variant? It depends on whether you’re vaccinated or not. 99.8% of COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County have been among unvaccinated people. Out of fully vaccinated people, 0.06% have subsequently tested positive; 0.004% were later hospitalized for COVID-19; and 0.0004% have died. Breakthrough infections have occurred in fully vaccinated people, but they are rare. And of the ones that do occur, most are mild cases that do not require hospitalization. Experts don’t think fully vaccinated people are at the same risk for long COVID-19 symptoms....