vaccine

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone. “The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Biden said Thursday. […]

Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

BY: - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin vaccinating […]

Biden expected to distribute all available vaccine doses to states

BY: - January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — More COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available to states sooner under changes that the incoming Biden administration is expected to make to how the Trump administration has been allocating those shots. That’s according to comments a Biden transition spokesman made to CNN on Friday, indicating that President-elect Joe Biden will shift to “releasing available doses immediately.” […]

How some Columbus prosecutors got vaccinated before health care workers and the elderly

BY: - January 7, 2021

A 29-year-old Columbus prosecutor received a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday despite officials limiting the scarce doses to nursing home residents, health care workers and certain emergency responders. Brandon Edwards, a lead prosecutor for Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, posted a photograph of his CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination record card on Instagram. He is one of about 175,000 […]

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If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An expert answers this and other questions

BY: - January 5, 2021

Editor’s Note: With a coronavirus vaccination effort now underway, you might have questions about what this means for you and your family. If you do, send them to The Conversation, and we will find a physician or researcher to answer them. Here, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a public health pediatrician whose research exposed the Flint, Michigan, […]

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There are good reasons Black people don’t trust health institutions, but I still got the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 28, 2020

“To make people trust, you need to become trustworthy….  I think if…communities were engaged in conversation… people would know: ‘You are hearing me, you are respecting my right to ask questions and get a legitimate answer. So now let me make up my own mind’…. If we approach it trying to convince other people, we […]

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What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?

BY: - December 18, 2020

Addressing myths, safety and efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets […]

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for states’ rollout

BY: - December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine authorized for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech began shipping across the […]

Ohio’s anti-vaxxers shift aim toward COVID-19 laws

BY: - November 30, 2020

When it comes to pandemic politics, Ohio’s anti-vaccine activists are everywhere. They’ve crowded legislative hearings on bills to strip the health department of its authority to issue public health orders to stave off infectious disease. Members have protested various coronavirus restrictions at the Capitol steps as well as the personal homes of both Gov. Mike […]

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - November 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

As COVID-19 vaccines near, Ohio’s distribution challenges loom

BY: - November 17, 2020

Regulators could allow two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use as early as December, but getting the vaccines from out-of-state manufacturers to 11.7 million Ohioans poses a web of logistical challenges. One leading vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech requires two doses taken 21 days apart. Doses must be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Some hospitals have […]

It was a tiny, blue demonstration in deep red Ohio. Then came the MAGA truck.

BY: - October 28, 2020

MOUNT VERNON — The message on Sandi Dunphy’s sign is clear: Wear a mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and don’t vote for Donald Trump. Fifty yards from her, but really an entire universe away, Jeff Cline had a different take: The virus is a hoax, Bill Gates is one of Satan’s imps, […]