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FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

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Yes, governor, mixed messages contribute to vaccine hesitancy. So stop sending them.

BY: - May 10, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently blamed “mixed messages” for the fact that demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has dropped to the point that most Iowa counties are refusing all or part of new shipments. “I think, honestly, a lot of it is just the mixed messaging that’s happening,” Reynolds said during her news conference May 5. […]

No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says

BY: - April 27, 2021

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 […]

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Declaring racism a public health crisis brings more attention to solving long-ignored racial gaps in health

BY: - April 25, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined hundreds of cities and counties across the country in declaring racism a public health threat. On April 8, 2021, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky called racism an epidemic that affects “the entire health of our nation.” Declaring racism a public health threat will create a […]

CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel in the U.S. without tests or quarantines

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves, and do not need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine after traveling within the U.S., federal health officials said Friday as they unveiled updated travel guidelines. The new guidelines offer the first official guidance to Americans who are at least two weeks past […]

CDC says it’s OK for students to sit 3 feet apart in classrooms

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have revised their guidance to schools on how far apart students should be spaced in a classroom, now saying desks can be placed 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet to limit the spread of COVID-19. The updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes as schools across the […]

‘Vaccine passports’ that show you’re inoculated are on the way

BY: - March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 70 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — and along with that shot, a small paper card with the CDC’s label detailing the timing and manufacturer of the dose. Those paper cards at the moment are the only proof readily available to Americans of their […]

Reynolds ‘not aware’ of Iowa’s low ranking in 2-dose vaccine administration

BY: - February 25, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday she was not aware Iowa was among the slowest states to have delivered two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents. Over the past few weeks, Iowa has accelerated the pace at which it is getting vaccines to those who qualify for them, but it has consistently ranked […]

CDC issues detailed strategy for safely reopening K-12 schools

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released updated guidance to provide educators a science-based plan for reopening K-12 schools. The agency said it cannot force schools to reopen but can only stress that steps such as wearing masks and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are key to mitigating the […]

Biden advisers urge state COVID-19 safety after Iowa lifts mask and social distancing rules

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s COVID-19 advisers on Monday urged that states keep safety restrictions in place as new variants of the virus continue to spread, following a move by Iowa’s governor to loosen rules on masks and gatherings. “We really need to keep all of the mitigation measures at play here if we’re really […]

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If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An expert answers this and other questions

BY: - December 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a public health pediatrician whose research exposed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, answers questions about the vaccine and allergies, and when kids might be able to get the vaccine. If I have allergies, should I still get the vaccine? If you have a history of allergies to food, pets, insects […]

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee. It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which could […]