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A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 13. This week, Indonesia started a program to give booster shots to the elderly and people at risk of severe disease.

Booster longevity: Data reveals how long a third shot protects

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — We’ve known for about a month now that a third shot of the vaccine is critical for protecting against infection with the omicron variant — and for keeping people out of the hospital. Now researchers in the U.K. have the first estimates for how long a third shot of the Pfizer… Read More

Rapid COVID tests are distributed in Brooklyn in late December.

COVID testing FAQ: When to test, what kind of test to use and what your results mean

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Each week, NPR answers frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you’d like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.” See an archive of our FAQs here. WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In an ideal world, the U.S…. Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court Building

High court to hold special session on vaccine requirements

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hold a special session in just over two weeks to hear arguments on the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing requirement for large employers and a separate vaccine requirement for health care workers. The announcement comes amid rising coronavirus cases. The high court announced late Wednesday that… Read More

A graphic shows the statehouse news bureau logo and 2021 year in review. The backdrop is the Ohio flag in the rotunda at the statehouse

The Statehouse News Bureau reviews how Ohio dealt with the second year of the COVID pandemic


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic brought hope to many Ohioans as a vaccine became available, though many others refused to take it. That prompted controversy and confusion in businesses and schools and erupted into a fury of debate at the Ohio Statehouse. As 2021 began, new COVID… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference

New Vaccination Scholarships Incentives Announced By Ohio Gov. DeWine

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Updated: 3:46 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new round of vaccination incentive programs Thursday, although it is not clear if other incentives offered earlier this year increased vaccination rates. Younger Ohioans could receive up to $100,000 as part of a new scholarship vaccination incentive from the Ohio… Read More

In this image provided by the West Virginia Governor's Office, Timothy Jackson, the latest million-dollar winner in West Virginia’s vaccination sweepstakes, poses with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

W. Va. Governor Announces 50 New Winners In Vaccination Sweepstakes

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has surprised the most recent winner of the state’s vaccination sweepstakes. Wanda Coleman of Ronceverte got together Wednesday with former coworkers at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. Justice made some remarks about the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials said… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

Top Doctors Issue A Dire Warning For Unvaccinated Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After falling to levels not seen in over a year, COVID-19 cases in Ohio have more than doubled in the past couple of weeks due to the latest highly contagious Delta variant. And doctors are warning unvaccinated people that they, and their unvaccinated children, are at great risk of catching… Read More