Trend – Vaccine Landscape
Pa. says providers ready to give COVID jab to kids as young as six months old | Monday Coffee
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Now that the federal government has cleared the way, Pennsylvania providers are ready to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to kids as young six months old, state health officials said Sunday. The shots for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will become available this week, according to the Associated Press. The federal government […]
FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5
The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise
In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines.
COVID-19 isn’t going away, but health officials say Pa. is ready to transition to the next phase
Pennsylvania's top health official said the state is focused on empowering individuals to make informed decisions about COVID-19.
Penn gets $125M to train nurse practitioners to care for underserved communities
The program comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified persisting inequities in access to quality health care.
CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that it’s too soon to begin rolling back masking and other public […]
Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring
WASHINGTON — Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that eligible pharmacies and participating organizations will begin distributing the tests in the coming months to individuals on either original Medicare or in […]
How the U.S. Supreme Court is inviting the Senate to scrap the filibuster | Bruce Ledewitz
If you agree with the justices that the people must rule, then you should also support getting rid of the filibuster.
Our vaccine debate is now an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ | Dick Polman
Except the actions of vax curmudgeons have real life implications.
How Pa. pols are adapting their campaigns in the age of COVID | Analysis
Door-knocking and handshakes vanished with the pandemic. Campaigns pivoted to Zoom and TikTok to reach voters.
Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5
WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when the […]
Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this […]