New round of COVID-19 booster shots on the way after CDC recommendation
WASHINGTON — Americans older than six months should get an updated COVID-19 booster this fall, according to a recommendation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday. The vaccine should be available by later this week, the CDC said in a statement. “We have more tools than ever to prevent the worst outcomes from […]
Food and Drug Administration approves COVID boosters for upcoming season
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the latest round of COVID-19 boosters, as public health officials brace for another cold and flu season. An advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to vote on recommendations Tuesday, the final step in the process before people will […]
Timing and cost of new vaccines vary by virus and health insurance status
As summer edges toward fall, thoughts turn to, well, vaccines. Yes, inevitably, it’s time to think about the usual suspects — influenza and COVID-19 shots — but also the new kid in town: recently approved vaccines for RSV, short for respiratory syncytial virus. But who should get the various vaccines, and when? “For the eligible […]
FDA experts are still puzzled over who should get which COVID shots and when
Experts have expressed frustration over the lack of clear government messaging on what the public can expect from COVID vaccines.
Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox
More than 6,600 monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. The hardest-hit states are New York, California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
DOH cancer screening program offers free services to low, moderate-income patients
Known as The Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (PA-BCCEDP), the screening program offers free breast and cervical cancer detection services through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is funded using grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters now available in Pa., Health Dept. says
The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters earlier this week.
CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates
Some 39 states have infection rates that have reached 'substantial' or 'high' levels of transmission, according to the CDC
No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says
WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities. Those who are at least two weeks past receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can safely be unmasked at small […]
A federal eviction ban has been extended until June. Here’s how to get help with rent payments in Pa.
The federal public health order bars landlords from evicting tenants who lost wages or income due to the pandemic.
CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine
The priority groups tapped for the initial wave of vaccines encompass some 24 million Americans: 21 million health care workers and 3 million in nursing homes and assisted-living centers.
Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak
U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis.