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    Despite months of outreach and on-the-ground efforts, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for young children remains stuck in neutral — prompting experts to say more needs to be done to inform parents about the benefits of inoculation. In California, just 34% of children age 5 to 11 have completed their primary vaccination series, compared with 66% of youths age 12 to 17, according to state health data compiled by The Times. By contrast, 78% of younger adults up to age 49 have completed their primary vaccination series, while at least 83% of older adults have done so. “Getting vaccinated and boosted continues to be one of the most important steps all of us can take to protect ourselves and others from COVID,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters during a recent briefing. California Coachella, spring break, Easter and rising coronavirus: How to stay safe Here’s what you need to know amid a holiday season — including Easter, Ramadan and Passover — spring break and events like Coachella and Stagecoach. Here are...
    Calls to maintain one’s COVID-19 vaccination status are no longer resonating with Australians, as the country’s vaccination commander says Aussies are “just a bit over the whole COVID thing.” Lt. Gen. John Frewen, Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination commander, said his country had passed the 95% vaccination mark but that the booster rate is far behind at 67%. “I think there's a whole range of reasons why I think people are not coming forward as quickly as they did for the first two doses," Frewen said, according to the Daily Mail. “Some people have had COVID. Some people are just a bit over the whole COVID thing.” When asked by 9 NOW’s Today show whether reported cardiac side effects deter people from getting boosted, Frewen said he was not tracking that and referred to the chief health officer for an answer with greater detail. COVID-Shield Commander Lt. John Frewen deflects when asked about the sudden increase in heart conditions and their possible connection to the COVID-19 vaccination program that he oversees in Australia. #auspol #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/rolQLklY6N— Australians...
    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova insists she cannot defend Novak Djokovic's choice not to get vaccinated amid the ongoing saga surrounding his Australian visa.  The anti-vaxx world No 1 won an appeal on Monday against the Australian government for tearing up his visa upon his arrival in Melbourne last week.  Djokovic arrived in the country to compete in the Australian Open holding what he thought was a valid medical exemption to vaccination rules, stating that he had been infected with Covid last month.  But border guards rejected the documents and tore up the visa, with Djokovic thrown into detention alongside refugees while he waited for his appeal to come before the courts. That hearing took place today, with Judge Anthony Kelly dramatically quashing the decision to revoke his visa after ruling that border guards had been 'unreasonable' and had not given Djokovic, 34, enough time to appeal.  Yet Navratilova - who won a record total of 59 Grand Slam titles across singles and doubles - told Good Morning Britain that the 'saga' was 'getting crazier by the minute', adding she couldn't defend the...
    The prestigious Mayo Clinic fired 700 employees who refused to comply with the hospital's COVID-19 vaccine policy. Workers had until Monday to get their first shot or obtain a medical or religious exemption to the healthcare system's vaccine mandate. The clinic, which is the largest employer in its home state of Minnesota, reportedly granted the majority of exemption requests. 'While Mayo Clinic is saddened to lose valuable employees, we need to take all steps necessary to keep our patients, workforce, visitors and communities safe,' the clinic told the Star Tribune. 'If individuals released from employment choose to get vaccinated at a later date, the opportunity exists for them to apply and return to Mayo Clinic for future job openings.' The prestigious Mayo Clinic fired 700 employees who refused to comply with the hospital's COVID-19 vaccine policy Mayo Clinic, which first informed employees about the vaccine mandate last July, has faced heavy criticism over the vaccination requirement. While primarily associated with Minnesota, where it was founded, the healthcare system also operates hospitals in Arizona, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin.  A group of 38...
    Fox News star Lisa Marie Boothe was in talks to replace Meghan McCain as the conservative pundit on The View but refused to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Boothe, 36, was interviewed by ABC News executives earlier this year but the discussions fell apart after she made clear that she would not get the jabs required by the broadcaster. ABC News' parent company, Disney, requires all U.S. employees be vaccinated against Covid, and the New York studio where The View is filmed now also mandates jabs for all workers. Fox only requires vaccines for employees at its Big Apple headquarters and Boothe is currently based in Miami. Fox News star Lisa Marie Boothe, 36, (pictured on Fox & Friends at the NYC studios in September, 2019) was in talks to replace Meghan McCain as the conservative pundit on The View but refused to get a Covid-19 vaccine Meghan McCain appearing on The View with rapper Rick Ross and co-host Sunny Hostin in September 2019 An ABC News source told The Daily Beast that the network interviewed Boothe along with 'dozens and dozens'...
    Paris (CNN)"Despite months of persuasion, despite intensive media campaigns, despite discussions in various media we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated." Those were the words of former Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg last month as he announced the first nationwide vaccine mandate in Europe. Now, Germany looks set to follow where Austria has led. Others have made vaccines mandatory for parts of the population and imposed restrictions that increasingly explicitly target the unvaccinated, as Europe battles the twin challenges of sharply rising Covid figures and plateauing vaccination rates. Nearly one year into the EU's vaccination campaign, and with around one in three Europeans still unvaccinated, it is not so much hesitancy that European governments are now facing as outright opposition, with the danger that as governments get tougher so too will popular anger towards them. The crucial question of trustRead MoreOnly 19% of Europeans include their government among their most trusted sources of reliable information on Covid-19 vaccines, according to a survey conducted in May 2021 by the European Barometer, a collection of cross-country public opinion surveys...
    By Livia Borghese | CNN A 50-year-old man tried to pass off a silicone arm as his own at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in northern Italy, in an attempt to get a vaccine certificate without actually getting inoculated. The deception was spotted by a nurse, Filippa Bua, as she was about to administer the vaccine in Biella, Piedmont on Thursday. Bua told CNN she noticed something odd about the arm. “The color of the skin was anomalous, much lighter compared to the hands or the face of the patient,” she said. After inspecting the area, she realized that the arm was fake, made of silicone. “I first felt sorry for the man, thinking that he had a prosthesis and wondering if I had somehow forced him to give me the wrong arm,” Bua said. “But then he admitted he was wearing the fake arm on purpose to avoid getting the vaccine!” The revelation prompted a range of emotions for Bua, who said she has been a nurse since 1987 and has administered thousands of jabs. “At the very beginning I...
    (CNN)Nearly 66 million people in the United States who are eligible still have not gotten vaccinated against Covid-19, no matter how much danger that puts them in and no matter how many incentives or mandates have been thrown at them. States and public health officials have tried all sorts of novel ideas. They've offered donuts, beer and even cold hard cash to entice people to get the vaccine. At least one tactic, lotteries, did not seem to do the trick, according to a new study published Friday. Get people to do what you want with a nudge. Heres howThe study, published in JAMA Health Forum, looked at vaccination records in 19 states that entered people into a cash drawing after they got vaccinated between the end of April and the beginning of July. The University of Colorado Denver researchers found no statistically significant association between the lotteries and the vaccination rates. There was "zero difference" in vaccination rates in states that held lotteries compared to those that didn't.Read MoreIn fact, after looking at the states collectively, rather than looking at...
    COVID-19 vaccine lotteries used by more than a dozen U.S. states ended up doing little to boost vaccination rates, a new study finds. Earlier this year, 19 states launched lotteries in a bid to incentivize residents to get jabbed ahead of President Joe Biden's target of 70 percent of American adults partially vaccinated by July 4.  The nation ended up missing the President's target, and researchers from Bentley University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, have now found that these lottery efforts made little impact.   In fact, only a quarter of the expected daily vaccination rate was reached after the lotteries were announced. Researchers found that there was little change in the number of Americans receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the two weeks following the day the lottery was announced (light blue line) Ohio was the first of 19 states to institute a vaccine lottery in hopes of incentivizing residents to get jabbed. While the programs were initially lauded, they failed to boost vaccination rates. Pictured: A woman in Columbus, Ohio, receives a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine on...
    By Marnie Hunter | CNN Another bit of welcome news for travelers clamoring to get into the United States came Tuesday with the announcement that land borders with Canada and Mexico will reopen to fully vaccinated visitors in November. The new policy closely aligns with new US international air travel rules announced on September 20. Both measures are due to go into effect in November, although no specific dates have been announced. The plans both loosen and tighten existing rules, depending on the country an international traveler is arriving from and their vaccination status. Here’s what we know so far about what the new policies will mean: Visitors coming from Mexico and Canada can soon enter by land and ferry Land and ferry ports of entry will soon be open to tourism, friends and family visits and other nonessential travel, provided the visitors are fully vaccinated. There will be no testing requirement, senior administration officials said. That is the first phase of the new policy, which is slated to go into effect in November. Those traveling for essential reasons —...
    PORTLAND (CBS SF) — The Golden State Warriors hoisted up 69 3-point attempts, their defense was spotty at best, but the major win of their exhibition season opening 121-107 victory over Portland Monday night was that star forward Andrew Wiggins was on the court. That was not always a given. Until last weekend, Wiggins was among some 40 NBA players who had refused to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot despite a league mandate demanding it. READ MORE: Lottery Ticket Sold In Morro Bay Wins Massive $699.8 Million Powerball JackpotHe asked for a religious exemption, but the league denied the request. San Francisco public heath officials added to his dilemma, telling Wiggins he could not play home games at the Chase Center because of their COVID vaccination requirements for large indoor gatherings. Additional pressure came when the league announced unvaccinated players would not be paid for the games they missed and that they would be faced with weekly testing and some form of quarantine. Wiggins was looking at losing more than $15 million. It all led to his decision to get...
    It’s easy to forget in the age of COVID-19, but there’s another illness to be wary of: the flu. And Montgomery County, Maryland, is urging its residents to get the flu vaccine. As part of that effort, the county is holding vaccine clinics in October and November. Here are the October dates: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Universities at Shady Grove 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II Rockville Make an appointment Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Universities at Shady Grove 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II Rockville Make an appointment Two flu clinics are available for children 6 months and older only. It’s a good idea to make an appointment but walk-ins are welcome too. The November dates are: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dennis Avenue Health Center 2000 Dennis Avenue Silver Spring Make an appointment Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dennis Avenue Health Center 2000 Dennis Avenue Silver Spring Make an appointment The county said more flu clinics for children will...
    Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked why President Joe Biden wasn’t yelling at his African-American supporters to get vaccinated during an interview with Representative Dr. Ronny Jackson. At issue is the recently announced policy that all companies with over 100 employees should require their staff members to either get vaccinated for Covid-19 or submit to a weekly test to prove they are not infected. Even though nearly 700,000 Americans have died due to the deadly pathogen, Biden’s new policy has become an immediate wedge issue for Republicans eager to paint it as government overreach, which curiously ignores many vaccination requirements already on the books for diseases such as polio and rubella. Rep. Jackson served as the personal doctor to President Donald Trump during his first couple of years in office and has since been elected as a Republican member of the House of Representatives. He admitted to having been vaccinated, but only because, in his words, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t allow him to travel overseas without it. Kilmeade has consistently presented a skeptical point of view towards Covid-19 vaccinations or has...
    Colleges nationwide are continuing to crackdown on unvaccinated students, with one school issuing weekly $200 fines to those who’ve yet to get the jab. Students who don’t abide by Quinnipiac University’s vaccine mandate will receive weekly $100 fines for the first two weeks of non-compliance, and additional $200 weekly fines going forward. Fines are capped at $2,275 per semester, the Connecticut private school’s student newspaper reported. Students who delay getting vaccinated beyond September 14 will lose their on-campus Wifi privileges, staff said in an email to students. The consequences of defying vaccine mandates don’t end there. Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is hitting unvaccinated students with weekly $200 fines Virginia Tech has kicked out more than 100 students who failed to submit COVID-19 vaccination documentations, university officials said August 31. Of the about 37,000 Virginia Tech students expected when classes began last week, 134 were booted for failing to submit their proof of vaccination or exemption documents, university spokesman Mark Owczarski told the Roanoke Times. Earlier that month, University of Virginia kicked out 238 students for failure to comply with...
    THE Sun’s Jabs Army is again recruiting our incredible readers to make one more push in the UK’s Covid vaccinations blitz. Nearly 66,000 have already helped save lives by volunteering as stewards at jab centres. 10As we once again call on our readers to help the nation's jab success carry on, stars like Holly Willoughby back The Sun's Jabs Army 2 missionCredit: Instagram 10Shirley Ballas also rallies behind us in a bid to sign up more volunteers at vaccination centresCredit: Dan Charity But with vaccinations now being offered to 16 and 17-year-olds, and boosters on the horizon, many more are needed. TV’s Holly Willoughby said: “If you can, please sign up.” Holly Willoughby, Vernon Kay and Shirley Ballas today join The Sun in again calling on our brilliant readers to help the cause. TV presenter and I’m A Celebrity star Vernon, 47, said: “The second phase of the campaign, launching today, is so vital to making sure we protect everyone in society, especially the most vulnerable.” This Morning presenter Holly, 40, said: “It’s the final push. If you can help,...
    All US service members must get their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible now that the Pfizer-BioNTech jab is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   More than 800,000 service members out of around 1.4 million still need to get their shots, according to Pentagon data.  Of active duty forces, 68 percent are fully vaccinated and 76 percent have at least one dose, according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. Data is less clear for reserve and National Guard members.   Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directed commanders to impose an 'ambitious timelines for implementation' and to provide regular updates on vaccination.  The Army has the lowest vaccination rate, where 40% are fully vaccinated and 57% have one dose. The Navy has the highest, where 73% are fully vaxxed and 79% have at least one dose.   Kirby said the goal was to get the force inoculated 'as soon as possible' but did not lay out a timeline.   Asked what would happen to service members who refused a vaccination, Kirby noted that they could apply for a religious or medical exemption,...
    VIDEO3:0403:04We're heading into influenza season and I'm quite worried, says Dr. Peter HotezThe News with Shepard Smith Dr. Peter Hotez warned that rapid spread of the delta coronavirus variant has forced the threshold for the amount of Americans requiring vaccination in order to achieve herd immunity much higher.  "We're now realizing with the variant that's this transmissible, that we have to get to 85%, maybe, as Tony Fauci said, 90% of the country vaccinated," said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital. "That's not 85%, 90% of the adults, that's 85-90% of the country which means all of the adults and all of the adolescents, if we're really going to get past this, and this is why he's giving these extended time frames before we get out of Covid-19." White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted the nation could have some control over Covid by Spring 2022 if the "overwhelming majority of people who have not been vaccinated" get vaccinated. Covid deaths in the U.S. are as high as they were in March,...
    Legal experts and the American Civil Liberties Union have criticized a pair of New York judges for ordering defendants to get vaccinated if they want to make bail or be granted a plea deal.   The ACLU slammed the decisions as 'troubling' and one lawyer even called the rulings 'nonsensical' and abuse of power that could be seen as grounds for the judges to be censured or suspended.  The criticism comes after Manhattan judge Jed Rakoff granted the release of Elouisa Pimental, a woman accused of drug dealing, on the condition she get vaccinated.   Another order came from Bronx judge Jeffrey Zimmerman who made vaccination part of a plea deal.  The Daily Mail reached out to numerous legal experts and found agreement that while judges do have a lot of discretion in sentencing, these rulings go well past what the judiciary is supposed to be doing.  Jared Trujilio, policy council for the New York division of the ACLU, found these decisions troubling Philip Hamburger, (left) a law professor at Columbia University and the founder and president of the New...
    As the vaccination rate in Alabama drastically trails most of the country, Charles Barkley is stepping up to try and convince people from his hometown state to get the jab. The NBA Hall-of-Famer and superstar analyst for Turner Sports recorded PSA’s preaching the importance of taking Covid seriously and he’ll be headlining a vaccine rally in Birmingham this weekend. Ahead of the event, Barkley gave a very blunt assessment regarding Alabama’s brutal vaccination rate. “Nobody likes being told what to do, but this is a little bit different,” Barkley told Ben Flanagan of AL.com. “We’re trying to get them to take care of themselves first and foremost, but also protect the other people around you.” “These politicians have just done such an awful job of telling us what to do,” Barkley ranted. “I actually saw when President Trump was there this weekend – and Alabama’s a Trump stronghold – and they booed him for telling people to take the vaccine. I mean, if that’s not the ultimate hypocrisy and stupidity, I just don’t know what is.” “I believe totally...
    Federal judge Jed Rakoff granted the release of a defendant, Elouisa Pimental, who had been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, if she agreed to get the shot A New York judge ordered a defendant to get the COVID-19 vaccine as part of his bail conditions, while another made it part of a rape suspect's plea deal - unusual moves that legal observers say raise serious questions about the line between civil liberty and the law. Recently, in a rare move, Manhattan judge Jed Rakoff granted the release of a woman accused of drug dealing on the condition she get vaccinated.  Judge Rakoff argued that he did not feel comfortable granting bail to a defendant who posed a danger to the public.  And as he feels that the unvaccinated pose a serious risk, 'enhanced risk of infecting other, innocent people and even potentially causing their deaths,' he would not release her without the condition of vaccination. Another order came from Bronx judge Jeffrey Zimmerman who made vaccination part of the plea deal. Judge Zimmerman told a defendant charged with drug possession,...
    After “15 days to slow the spread” turned into a year and a half to slow the spread, many Americans were left confused about what it’s going to take to get back to pre-pandemic normal life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) goal remained unclear. At first, the agency said that COVID-19 restrictions were in place to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed, but the agency soon dropped that narrative in favor of restrictions seemingly aimed at eradicating the virus. Now, the CDC and President Joe Biden’s administration are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated to end the pandemic. But even though the White House has reached its goal of a 70% vaccination rate, Americans are still being subjected to COVID-19 restrictions. Americans are now left with the question – what will it take? Fox News host Bret Baier asked CDC director Rochelle Walensky that question during a July 30 interview and her answer failed to give more insight into the solution. “The science continues to change,” Walensky said. “And while that is neither simple nor easy to convey, It’s...
    Alaska Airlines employees will be forced to get vaccinated for COVID once the federal government gives full approval to at least one of the vaccines, the company said in a memo to its staff.  Airlines issuing vaccine mandates are fueling a national debate on whether or not companies and government have the authority to do so, amid fears vaccine approval has been rushed.  Currently, the three vaccines available in the US - Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson - have been authorized under emergency approval. Pfizer and Moderna have applied for full FDA approval, and Pfizer is expected to get the green light by Labor Day, according to The New York Times.   Alaska Airlines joined many of its rivals who have already issued companywide mandates.  On Friday, United Airlines became the first major US carrier to require jabs for all of its 67,000 staff by October 25. Hawaiian Airlines is giving their staff until November 1 to receive their second shot, if they are getting a two-dose vaccine. While United and Hawaiian will only allow exemptions on the basis of religious or...
    Joe Biden held a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the CEOs of United Airlines and Kaiser Permanente as well as the president of Howard University and the owner of a South Carolina-based small business called DESA, Inc. after they each mandated COVID vaccines for their workforces.  Biden expressed his appreciation for the eclectic group's initiative and 'stepping up to protect the lives of their employees and communities,' according to a White House memo sent afterwards.  'During the meeting, the leaders shared how they arrived at their decision to require vaccinations and how they are working to implement their own requirements,' the memo read.  Biden also encouraged them each to try and influence others within their industries to follow suit and share how they made it work.  Biden praised the industry leaders for the vaccine mandates in a virtual meeting Wednesday He urged the four leaders to convince industry peers to follow suit and mandate vaccines for their employees as well He promised that the federal government would stand behind private sector businesses that mandated COVID...
    (CNN)The Delta variant has thrown a curveball at the nation's attempt at a post-Covid summer. Now, some leaders are going where they had not before: mandating the Covid-19 vaccine. New York City will be the first to require proof of vaccination to enter all restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. President Joe Biden, whose own vaccine mandates are expected to apply to active duty troops, federal employees and contractors and foreign travelers, specifically praised the new vaccine requirements.In hard-hit Arkansas, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to walk back the state's ban on mask mandates that he signed, going as far as to call a special session of the legislature to amend the law to allow school districts the opportunity to mandate masks if they choose.Meanwhile, other GOP governors like Florida's Ron DeSantis and Texas' Greg Abbott have dug in even deeper over their states' bans on mask mandates, despite spiking case numbers -- prompting Biden to issue a direct rebuke on Tuesday: "Please help. But if you aren't going to help, at least...
    Prisoners in Alabama are now being incentivized to get the COVID-19 vaccine with a $5 canteen credit.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, prisons have been a hot bed for the spread the deadly virus.  Alabama is especially at risk as cases surge, as the state has the lowest vaccination rate of all 50, with only 34.5% fully vaccinated, according to Mayo Clinic data.  While the $5 canteen credit seems to be working, 103 inmates participated in the prison's free vaccination program since the incentive was introduced.  The Alabama Department of Corrections reported a total of 15 people tested positive for Covid-19 as of July 30: six inmates and nine staff members. Last week, 27 people tested positive: nine inmates and 18 staff members- which was more than four times the amount of cases reported the previous week.  As of August 4, 1,666 incarcerated people have tested positive and 66 have died of the 16,907 prisoners who have been tested in Alabama, according to Covid Prison Project.   Alabama Department of Corrections is offering $5 canteen credit to prisoners who do or already have get the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota Vikings legend is urging the NFL’s unvaccinated players to get the shot. Hall of Famer Cris Carter recently appeared on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” to share his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine. READ MORE: Potential Vikings COVID Outbreaks Could Lead To Forfeits, Big Losses For Vendors And Restaurants “When you’re in team sports, you have to think about, how am I gonna be able to protect my teammates?” Carter said. “How can I help my teammates do their job? And if I don’t have a vaccination, there’s a chance that I could be a person who’s a super-spreader and that I could derail the whole NFL season.” Carter said his decision to get vaccinated came down to two things. “It’s about team,” he said. “It’s about protection.” Vaccinations have been the dominant storyline as the Vikings go through training camp. Monday, the team placed four players — including starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and two of his backups — on the reserve/COVID-19 list. READ MORE: Vikings Release Cornerback Jeff Gladney After Domestic Assault...
    Although former President Donald Trump has been vaccinated for COVID-19, he hasn't gone out of his way to encourage others to get vaccinated. Some of his supporters wish that he would, but reporters have some thoughts on why Trump has avoided promoting vaccination. According to the Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng, people in Trump's circle have urged him to encourage vaccinations, but Trump "doesn't want to do it, he doesn't want to do Joe Biden any favors, and he doesn't think his fans really want it." MSNBC's Adam Weinstein observed: According to @swin24, people around Trump have raised the idea of him using his platform to urge diehard fans to ge… https://t.co/HKeJhUcGJH — Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein) 1628003036.0 Donald Trump’s Emerging “Shadow Presidency” | The Mehdi Hasan Show www.youtube.com Anti-vaxxers are not hard to find on the right. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been criticized by some of his fellow Trump supporters for encouraging vaccination for COVID-19, including his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Right-wing radio host Stew Peters called DeSantis a "sellout." But Trump...
    Former talk show host Montel Williams told CNN’s Victor Blackwell that he’s feeling better after contracting Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated. Williams is one of an increasing number of fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing “breakthrough” cases that are very often mitigated by having been fully vaxed. While the vaccine does not prevent people from getting the disease, it vastly reduces the chances being hospitalized or dying due to Covid. “I’m feeling better,” Williams said about his illness last month. “Way better.” Williams said he believes he got the virus from a maskless, sickly looking man who invaded his personal space indoors. He said he “texted my wife at that moment and said, ‘You can’t believe that some butthead walked in here where it says clearly no entry… without a mask on and I think this guy just gave me a cold.” Two days later he began to feel especially sick and tested positive. “This is all about, do you care about anybody else in this world?’ he said. “And if you care anything about another human being, then get...
    MEXICO CITY.- Various characters such as Batman, Pikachu and Stormtrooper have attracted attention during the covid-19 vaccination days in Mexico City. Added to them are the pandemic and Covidio botargas that animate in the vaccination centers. The situation due to the pandemic has not prevented some people from taking the opportunity to disguise themselves and thus invite others to get vaccinated. This Thursday, a young man dressed as Batman received his first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, at the headquarters of the Palacio de los Deportes, in the Iztacalco mayor’s office. With his costume as “The Knight of the Night”, the young man poses showing his vaccination record. Last Tuesday, Enrique, a 26-year-old young man called the attention of the “centennials” dressed as the anime character “Pikachu” during the vaccination in the Campo Marte module, in the Miguel Hidalgo mayor’s office. That same day, a young man walks wearing his Stormtrooper helmet, from Star Wars, to the vaccination headquarters of the Congress Unit of the XXI Century Medical Center. In other states … In the...
    NORTHALSTED — One of the largest nightclubs along the Northalsted strip in Lakeview has gone back to checking for proof people have been vaccinated against coronavirus to get inside. Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St., announced on Facebook people will have to provide a copy or picture of their vaccination card or online proof from their provider starting Friday. Staff will check for vaccination proof at the door when checking IDs. “Let’s keep moving forward and do the right thing so we can continue to dance, laugh and watch some of the most amazing drag here in Chicago!” bar staff wrote in the post. Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont Ave., also announced Thursday it will require proof of full vaccination when the nightclub reopens Aug. 5. Berlin has been closed since the start of the pandemic. Hydrate’s announcement comes as Chicago’s positivity rate and average number of daily new coronavirus cases have spiked in recent weeks and surges are being recorded around the country. The bar was one of the first Northalsted nightclubs to reopen its dance floor and...
    County music fans who watch Garth Brooks perform at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium next weekend also can get a COVID-19 vaccination.   During the two-time Grammy winning artist's August 7 concert, individuals who have yet to receive the vaccine can visit the onsite COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the Kansas Star reported Wednesday.  Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan announced the news during a media call Monday, saying the organization's 'goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, on the business side as well as in the community.'  During his August 7. show at Arrowhead Stadium, Garth Brooks, 59, (pictured) will offer an onsite COVID-19 vaccination clinic for individuals who have yet to receive the vaccine, the Kansas Star reported Wednesday Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan (pictured) announced the news during a media call Monday, saying the organization's 'goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, on the business side as well as in the community.' The entire state of Missouri - especially the state's urban areas - is wrestling with a COVID resurgence, and...
    Healthcare workers in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are not vaccinated to the same degree as the seniors they take care of - and the workers most likely to interact with residents are the least likely to have gotten their shots. Just 46 percent of aides in these facilities are vaccinated compared to 75 percent of physicians, according to a  new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Staff working at facilities in areas with higher poverty, lower education, and other socioeconomic vulnerabilities are also less likely to be vaccinated, the report found. Researchers say that additional outreach is needed to build trust with these healthcare workers and promote vaccination - for the protection of vulnerable patients. Vaccine mandates in these facilities, like those recently introduced for government workers across the country, may be another option to protect staffers and patients. While 75 percent of physicians working in long-term care facilities have been vaccinated, the number is only 46 percent for aides, according to a CDC analysis The long-term care facility workers who...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Treasury Department on Thursday announced that President Joe Biden is encouraging municipal and state governments to offer $100 payments for unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated, a story which the White House later confirmed. Reports from both CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor broke the news, which comes just a day after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the payment plan for his city. The offer of payment as incentive is authorized by policy of the Treasury Department, which on Thursday they clarified permits the use of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds disbursed under the American Recovery Act for that purpose. “For these governments and the communities they represent, no task is more urgent than turning the tide on the pandemic, and there is no better tool than vaccination,” the Dept. says. “This is why Treasury is encouraging state, territorial, and local governments to use the funds to enhance their vaccination efforts, including by providing individual vaccine incentives.” A press release from Treasury explains the incentive program in more detail, and includes...
    President Joe Biden announced a series of new measures meant to boost vaccination rates in the federal workforce and around the country – as the Delta variant boosts hospitalizations and threatens the nation's economic recovery. With a substantial contingent of Americans still refusing to get vaccinated despite the vast majority of covid hospitalizations being for those who have avoided the vaccine, Biden is requiring federal workers to either attest to having gotten a jab or submit to testing. He is formally efforts by states and localities to essentially pay people to get the free, potentially life-saving shot with $100 prizes. And he will order the Pentagon to 'look into how and when' they will add COVID-19 they will add it to the list of required vaccines for the military.  'We are now faced with a much more transmissible strain of this virus—the Delta variant. The good news is that we are prepared for this. We know how to stop it: get more people vaccinated,' the White House said in a fact sheet on the latest approach.  The policy on federal workers...
    The Department of Justice has issued an opinion confirming that federal law does not prohibit public or private employers from requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccines that are under emergency use authorization by the FDA. The recent opinion upholds recent moves by New York City, California, and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to require some or all employees to get vaccinated.  It also paves the way for more private businesses and public agencies to issue their own vaccine mandates, as more have sought to do with the Delta variant raging and the vaccination rollout slumping in the face of hardened resistance.  The DOJ opinion dated earlier this month found that the law concerning emergency use authorizations 'does not prohibit entities from imposing vaccination requirements.'  The DOJ has issued an opinion confirming that public or private employers can require workers to get COVD-19 vaccines. Attorney General Merrick Garland is seen above RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next New Hampshire governor BANS state-run facilities from... Americans who got Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccine are... ...
    Donald Trump's former press secretary penned an op-ed on Sunday where she credited the ex-president for the development of the coronavirus vaccine as she demanded President Joe Biden admit he was wrong about Operation Warp Speed. Sarah Sanders revealed she got the jab and encouraged Trump supporters to do the same, writing in her post in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: 'A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed and get vaccinated.' 'Like many of you,' she continued, 'I have had a lot of misinformation thrown at me by politicians and the media during the pandemic. And, like many of you, I spent a lot of time sorting through it all, trying to make the best decision I could for myself and my family.' Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, is running for the governor seat in 2022 to replace outgoing Governor Asa Hutchinson. Trump-era press secretary Sarah Sanders (left) penned an op-ed on Sunday encouraging the former president's supporters to get vaccinated and credited Operation Warp Speed for the swift...
    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....
    What are the details? Doocy on Monday morning dismissed anti-vaccination theories and said that people need to get the coronavirus vaccine if they want to survive the deadly, ongoing pandemic. "Get the shot," he told viewers during a morning segment. "It will save your life." To co-host Brian Kilmeade, Doocy said, "Here's the thing: One of the CDC officials said yesterday, look, the pandemic right now is really just with people who have not been vaccinated." Kilmeade responded, "Thank you." "Ninety-nine percent of the people who died have not been vaccinated," Doocy continued. "And so what [the White House is] trying to do is they're trying to make sure that all of the people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated." He then addressed what he suggested was social media " misinformation" surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and pointed to the Biden White House's remarks that Facebook was the leading proponent of allowing anti-vaccination misinformation to rampantly spread. "Unfortunately, and this is one of the reasons apparently that...
    Former President Donald Trump has claimed that vaccination rates are falling because the public does not trust the Biden administration, the mainstream media and the results of the 2020 presidential election. In a statement on his 'Save America' website, the former president wrote: 'Joe Biden kept talking about how good of a job he's doing on the distribution of the Vaccine that was developed by Operation Warp Speed or, quite simply, the Trump Administration.  'He's not doing well at all. He's way behind schedule, and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don't trust his Administration, they don't trust the Election results, and they certainly don't trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth.' The vaccination effort appears to have stalled in recent weeks, with 520,000 vaccines now being administered a day, compared to an April peak of 3.38million.  The Biden Administration hoped to have at least 70 percent of American adults partially vaccinated against COVID by Independence Day - a goal they missed by three percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
    By The Associated Press HELSINKI — Residents in the Finnish capital were able to get coronavirus jabs without advance appointment on Saturday at four dedicated walk-in vaccination points in a one-day trial meant to lure young people in particular to get vaccinated. Health officials in Helsinki, a city of 631,000 inhabitants, urged all those aged 16 and above, and those 12 to 15 who belong to a risk group, to get vaccinated. “Now it’s possible to drop by and get the vaccine if you go for a walk or drive, or even in a group. We’re trying this for the first time now on Saturday and depending on the result we might offer this possibility more frequently,” said Leena Turpeinen, the city’s director of health and substance abuse. Finnish media reported long lines in front of the vaccination points located in four city districts. About 65% of adult Helsinki residents have received their first coronavirus jab so far, slightly more than the respective figure in entire Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, officials said. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: —...
    People lined up to get their COVID shots in Nantong, in China's eastern Jiangsu province. STR/AFP via Getty Images China is imposing new rules in five provinces to restrict the movement of unvaccinated people. The regulations bar those without at least one COVID shot from using a range of public facilities. Without proof of vaccination, one will not be allowed entry to hospitals, supermarkets, and malls. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The vaccine-hesitant population in at least five Chinese provinces won't have much choice but to get their COVID jab soon. The Chinese government announced this week that several provinces will impose a gamut of new guidelines to limit where the unvaccinated can go. Jiangxi and Zhejiang in eastern China, Shandong in the northeast, Shaanxi in the northwest, and Fujian in the south,  will roll out rules within the next month that mandate proof of vaccination to use public facilities, per the South China Morning Post.  According to the SCMP, these tight regulations will not apply to those who are exempted for medical reasons. But if...
    Savannah, Georgia (CNN)First lady Jill Biden is back on the road, heading to parts of the country disenchanted, disaffected and -- perhaps -- disbelieving of the benefits of Covid-19 vaccines.Biden has spent several days this summer crisscrossing the southern United States pleading with Americans to get their shots. It remains an open question if they're listening.Biden's trip to Georgia Thursday came four days after the Fourth of July, the self-imposed deadline set by the Biden administration to reach 70% of American adults having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot -- a number missed by several percentage points. Still, the first lady did not see last week's goal as a stopping point."We have to do everything we can do," Biden said.In Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday -- a state with just 37% of its population fully vaccinated, Biden visited a vaccination clinic at a local high school as part of a push to get students their shots before the start of the school year. When she is there, there are only three people in the school's cafeteria, which has been turned...
    Text message reminders could help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania tested nearly 20 different text 'nudges,' or prompts about getting the annual flu shot. They found that while some text messages worked better than others, the program boosted influenza vaccination rates overall by about five percent. It comes as the U.S. coronavirus vaccination rollout has stalled, falling from more than three million per day in April to about one million in June even as highly dangerous variants continue to spread.  A new study looked at 19 different text messages about getting the flu shot sent to more than 47,300 patients between September 2020 and December 2020 (file image) Researchers hope a similar system could help boost vaccination rates for COVID-19 shots, which have fallen from 3 million a day to 1 million a day. Pictured: A healthcare worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine as the Empire State Building, June 2021 For the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team partnered with two large health systems:...
    Investors show no appetite for Chinese online grocery firms that just listed in the U.S. Nasdaq, S&P 500 Ease From Record Highs Ahead of Jobs Data; Dow Futures Dip © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Buccaneers have come up with a good incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine: A shot comes with a picture with the Lombardi Trophy. A vaccination clinic in Tampa today will have the Lombardi Trophy on hand, and anyone who gets the shot can take a picture with the trophy. NFL teams have been promoting the vaccine across the country, and with good reason: The COVID-19 vaccines are the reason that NFL games will once again be played in full stadiums this season. The vaccines have proven safe and effective, and nearly everyone who dies of COVID-19 is unvaccinated. Bucs lend Lombardi Trophy to vaccination campaign, get a shot and a picture with the trophy originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street’s big investment banks are sending a message to their employees this summer: Get back into the office and bring your vaccination card. New York-based Morgan Stanley said this week that all employees will be required to attest to their vaccination status. Those who are not vaccinated will be required to work remotely, which could potentially put their jobs at risk, since the bank’s top executives have said they want everyone back in the office by September. “If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office,” said Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman at a industry conference earlier this month. Morgan Stanley is one of several big banks requiring employees to return to the office and also provide documentation of having received a coronavirus vaccine or making a formal declaration confirming vaccination. Goldman Sachs required most of its employees to return to the office on June 14, with some exceptions extending that deadline to Sept. 30. It requires every employee to state their vaccine status, but...
    President Joe Biden toured a mobile vaccine unit in North Carolina on Thursday while Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci surprised people at a drive-up clinic in Florida. The stops and photo ops were a team effort as the White House pushes its 'month of action' to get more shots in arms. The tour comes vaccination rates are declining in states in the South and Western parts of the country and the threat of the Delta variant is growing. 'It's the greatest threat against our fight to beat COVID-19,' Biden said of the Delta strain. 'The best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variants, is to be fully vaccinated,' the president said. 'The data couldn't be clear, if you're vaccinated, you're safe.' 'Just do it,' he said as the crowd cheered.   Biden also directed his remarks toward people of color where the vaccination rate is lower.  'The more we close the racial gap in the vaccination rates, the more lives we can save,' he said.  At the clinic, the president thanked medical staff and volunteers for their work getting...
    President Joe Biden heads to North Carolina on Thursday as part of an all-administration effort to combat vaccine hesitancy amid concerns the Delta variant of the disease could cause regional surges in COVID cases.  His trip is part of a team effort as the White House pushes its 'month of action' to get more shots in arms. First lady Jill Biden headed to Florida with Dr. Anthony Fauci to combat declining vaccination rates in that state. The two will visit a drive through vaccine site and one at a hockey arena - with the Tampa Bay Lighting team.   Vice President Kamala Harris will meet virtually with local community groups and members that are doing the grassroots work to encourage vaccinations. Second gentleman Doug Emhoff and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy  will hold a press call on the administration's efforts to get young people vaccinated.  The White House is pushing hard to raise vaccination rates - particularly among younger adults who have a lower one compared to older members of the population.  Officials are emphasizing the new Delta strain of COVID, which is...
    Jill Biden was in Donald Trump country Tuesday to push COVID vaccines as rates fall in the South and the White House concedes it won't make its July 4th goal of having 70% of adult Americans partially vaccinated.  The first lady, wearing a $2,075 red zebra and lemon print Dolce & Gabbana dress with a $600 black Veronica Beard blazer, arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, to visit a vaccine clinic before heading to Nashville to tour a pop-up clinic at a distillery with singer-songwriter Brad Paisley, who will perform some songs.  Both states have a vaccination rate below the 50 per cent mark: 33% are fully vaccinated in Tennessee and 25% are fully vaccinated in Mississippi, according to John Hopkins data. Neither state in the deeply red part of the country supported President Joe Biden in the presidential election.  The first lady visited a clinic at Jackson State University, a historically Black college in the Mississippi capital, together with the state's only Democratic U.S. House member, Bennie Thompson and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.  Thompson said Biden was in the state to 'mitigate...
    Pregnant women are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at very low rates, a new report finds.  Only 16 percent of mothers-to-be in the U.S. had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by early May, the Centers for Disease (Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Tuesday. Vaccination rates diverge significantly by race: 25 percent of Asian pregnant women and 20 percent of white women were vaccinated compared to 12 percent of Hispanic women and only six percent of black women. This is especially surprising because expecting mothers are more vulnerable to severe cases of COVID-19 or dying from the disease than the general population. The CDC researchers expect vaccination coverage among pregnant women to increase as vaccine access continues to improve and more information on the shots' safety becomes available. A CDC study found that only 16% of U.S. pregnant women had received at least one vaccine dose. Pictured: A pregnant woman receives a COVID vaccine at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania Asian and white pregnant women had higher overall vaccination rates at 25% and 20%, respectively,...
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