COVID-19

Hollywood Battle Lines Emerge in Simmering Vaccine War

Hollywood Battle Lines Emerge in Simmering Vaccine War

BY TATIANA SIEGEL, CHRIS GARDNER, BORYS KIT | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment #COVID-19 Without mandates to get a shot, some film and TV sets have been thrown into chaos as A-list holdouts have caused work stoppages while others say, “It’s not my place to police anyone.” In August, a high-profile actor was on the set of a film when he came down with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. The star, known to the cast and crew as being dismissive of vaccines and masks, was said to be unvaccinated. The film shut down for three weeks, but not before more than a dozen…
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FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Health U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus. The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk for COVID-19. The recommendation is non-binding, but it’s a key step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign to millions more Americans. Many people who got their initial Pfizer shots…
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Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even without a booster. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you're fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the J&J. The vaccines offer strong protection against serious illness. But U.S. health officials now recommend boosters for some people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 based on evidence that protection…
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Pfizer asks U.S. to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer asks U.S. to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 — and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for children younger than 12, today’s age cutoff for the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Not only can youngsters sometimes get seriously ill, but keeping them in school can be a challenge with the coronavirus still raging in poorly vaccinated communities. Pfizer announced in a tweet that…
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U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 700,000

U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 700,000

By Julie Bosman - The New York Times | Lauren Leatherby - The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 Nearly 700,000 people across the United States have now died of the coronavirus, a milestone that few experts had anticipated months ago when vaccines became widely available to the American public. An overwhelming majority of Americans who have died in recent months, a period in which the country has offered broad access to shots, were unvaccinated. The United States has had one of the highest recent death rates of any country with an ample supply of vaccines. The new and alarming surge…
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N.C. hospital system fires 175 who didn’t comply with vaccine mandate

N.C. hospital system fires 175 who didn’t comply with vaccine mandate

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  A hospital system in North Carolina has fired about 175 unvaccinated employees after they refused to comply with a mandatory coronavirus policy that required immunizations, according to reports. The dismissals, announced Monday, were one of the largest-ever mass terminations so far due to widening vaccine mandates as coronavirus infections continue to surge around the country. Novant Health, based in Winston-Salem, made the policy mandatory on July 22 and gave employees until Sept. 15 to get vaccinated, according to The Washington Post. After the deadline passed, 375 workers at 15 hospitals and…
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Atlanta: COVID fears loom large for metro Atlanta parents of young students

Atlanta: COVID fears loom large for metro Atlanta parents of young students

By Ty Tagami - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Alia Malik - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for AtlantaNewsAndTalk.Com Serene Varghese caught COVID-19 from her 10-year-old daughter, who tested positive soon after returning to Burgess-Peterson Academy in East Atlanta. Varghese, who is vaccinated, got the worst sore throat of her life, and her head ached so blindingly she nearly vomited. She had fatigue, chills and her chest burned. She had to show her quarantining 7-year-old how to microwave his hot dogs and feed the cats and gerbils. With no real-time virtual lessons, he played Minecraft all day. “My biggest fear is that we’re going…
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CDC endorses COVID booster for millions of older Americans

CDC endorses COVID booster for millions of older Americans

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Health #COVID-19 Walensky adds 1 recommendation that was rejected by panel The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise-vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday. The advisers said boosters should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The…
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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Health Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children. For elementary school-aged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower…
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How COVID-19 Crushed Emmy Parties in 2021: “Given the Risk, It Seems Really Irresponsible”

How COVID-19 Crushed Emmy Parties in 2021: “Given the Risk, It Seems Really Irresponsible”

BY CHRIS GARDNER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Lifestyle #COVID-19 Emmys gone mild: Casual, private, COVID-compliant and press-free is the name of the muted party game this week — and don't forget that vaccine card. “Where’s the party?” That’s always one of, if not the most popular, conversation starters on a week like this with a major Hollywood awards show on the horizon, but due to an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic propelled by the particularly infectious delta variant, the answer this Emmy season is: Good luck finding one. And if you do, getting in will be even more challenging. The Hollywood Reporter surveyed the…
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