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FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster shot for children ages 12 to 15

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 10:41 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. The agency on Monday also shortened the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose… Read More

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The good and bad news when it comes to COVID in Ohio right now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State health leaders say COVID hospitalizations are the highest they’ve been since January before vaccines were widely available. And Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the Delta variant is still stressing many facilities, especially where vaccination rates are lower than the state’s average. “Higher vaccination rates… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for third doses at a senior living facility in Worcester, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.

COVID boosters and what you need to know before holiday gatherings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Starting this weekend, COVID-19 boosters will now be available for any of the three federally approved vaccines. At least 10 states had already made this change as COVID cases rose — climbing by 33 percent in the last two weeks. For the moment, death rates are stable. But the country is… Read More

A sign outside Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, encourages people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Companies tell unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As Covid cases surged over the summer, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian took action: Unvaccinated workers would have to pay an extra $200 a month for their health insurance, starting Nov. 1. It felt less onerous than the vaccine mandate imposed on workers by rival United Airlines. But still, it… Read More

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More than half of Athens County has begun the COVID-19 vaccination process as of Nov. 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A little more than half of Athens County residents have started the COVID-19 vaccination process as of Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. A total of 50.25% of the county has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Meanwhile, 46.38% has been fully vaccinated and  7,321 additional doses… Read More

Safeway pharmacist Shahrzad Khoobyari administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot into the arm of Norman Solomon in San Rafael, Calif

CDC advisers back expansion of COVID boosters for all adults

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A panel of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unanimously backed the expansion of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults. The experts met Friday afternoon just hours after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the boosters for people 18 years and older. The Advisory Committee… Read More

A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility

The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The FDA on Friday granted emergency use authorization for a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which had already been available to people 65… Read More

Elsa Estrada, 6, smiles at her mother as pharmacist Sylvia Uong applies an alcohol swab to her arm before administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5-11 will have their first COVID shots by the end of today

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Beloved stuffed animals in hand, they lined up at schools, pop-up clinics and children’s hospitals to do something that little kids generally hate to do: get a shot. COVID vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds began in earnest late last week, ramping up over the weekend and early this week. By the… Read More

A man approaches a van from a COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinic hosted by McDonald's and the California Department of the Public Health in September in Los Angeles.

Biden’s vaccine rules for 100 million workers are here. These are the details

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In early September, President Biden announced he was taking steps to get more Americans vaccinated and turn the tide on COVID-19. On Thursday, the administration rolled out two of those steps — two different vaccine rules covering more than 100 million workers. Here are the details: Deadline is Jan. 4: The… Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

COVID vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 are available in Ohio now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government gave the green light to vaccinate kids 5 to 11-year-old with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines last night. And less than 24 hours later, Ohio kids can get those vaccines. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the doses specially formulated for kids are being distributed… Read More

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What parents need to know about vaccinating young children against COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The White House laid out plans Wednesday for children between the ages of 5 and 11 to soon receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If approved, shots could begin as soon as November. But many parents are still wondering about whether to get their children vaccinated. Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, lead epidemiologist for the… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Booster shots challenge governments during global vaccine inequality

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 was the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 35 to 54 during some months since the pandemic began last year, according to recent data. Meanwhile, as the Delta variant continues to drive infections around the world, the push for booster shots in the U.S. has… Read More

Vaccination form during the coronavirus epidemic in the hands of a vaccinated man.

Here’s What You Can Do If You Lose Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many who’ve gotten the COVID shot carry that proof of COVID vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, even keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose that card you get along with the shot? Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some… Read More

House Commerce and Labor Committee holds informal hearings for HB435.

The Future Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemptions Bill Is Unclear


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The legislation, HB435, would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to opt out of the shot if they don’t want it by creating broad exemptions that could be claimed by anyone. But legislators say it’s important to tackle the subject with accurate information. Lawmakers, mostly… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

Ross McGregor, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, testifies against HB435

A House Committee Will Hear Up To 14 Hours Of Testimony On Vaccine Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers are preparing for two days of testimony on a bill, HB435, that creates exemptions in state law for people who don’t want to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to claim COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,… Read More

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Kids As Young As 5-Years-Old Will Be Eligible For Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is launching another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to give out scholarships to winners of a sweepstakes if they get the shot. But there’s a catch in this new lottery plan. That means the “Vax-2-School” lottery will be postponed, in hopes that approval happens by the end of the… Read More

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Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

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A Plan To Fast-Track Exemptions To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Stalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill, HB435, allows students and employees to opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if it’s required at school or work. The measure was voted out of committee Tuesday evening after one hearing and was set for a full House vote on Wednesday. But House Speaker Bob… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Vaccine Bill Would Allow COVID Shot Mandates In Ohio, But Would Guarantee Lots Of Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —A bill allowing businesses and schools to require COVID vaccines that’s set for a full vote in the Ohio House also guarantee broad exemptions for employees and students. The measure attempts to address elements of COVID-related bans that have been proposed in other bills. But it has opposition from a major… Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are another step closer to seeking authorization for young children to receive the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration that shows a “robust” antibody response and “favorable” safety outcomes in kids ages 5 to 11 who received the two-dose regimen in clinical trials…. Read More

FILE — In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s How To Figure Out If You Need One

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says. “I’m even getting questions from my colleagues, who are doctors, asking me, ‘What should I do?’ ” says the infectious disease specialist at Emory University. The messaging… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Data Show COVID-19 Has Become A “Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated” In Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — More than half of Ohio’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and yet infection numbers are right back where they were a year ago. What’s going on? For starters, the Delta variant driving the recent surge is much more contagious than the initial strain that launched the global pandemic. It’s… Read More

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House Republicans Have Encouraged Yost To Challenge Biden’s Vaccine And Testing Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are sounding off on President Joe Biden’s proposed rule for businesses to require employees either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for the virus weekly. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) said nearly 60 Republican House members have signed the letter. Koehler said the Biden rule amounts to… Read More

Supporters of a controversial vaccine mandate ban bill rally at Ohio Statehouse

Watered-Down Version Of Vaccine Mandate Ban Is Introduced In Ohio Legislature

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The sponsor of a controversial bill all mandatory vaccines (HB 248) is trying to force it to the House floor for a full vote. Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) has pulled a discharge petition that would put it on the floor for a full vote in the Ohio House… Read More