COVID-19 vaccines

Iowa’s new COVID-19 cases drop by 50%

BY: - May 28, 2021

Iowa’s new COVID-19 cases dropped by 50% over the past two weeks, the New York Times reported.  The state has been averaging 135 new cases a day this week. The 102 new cases reported Thursday was one of the lowest numbers since the pandemic began to take off in April 2020. Gov. Kim Reynolds and […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned by House GOP leader

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according to […]

Not one usable vaccine so far out of Baltimore plant with multi-million-dollar federal contract

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Angry U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday had one key question as they grilled executives of a Maryland biotech manufacturer forced to dump 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine: Has there been one usable vaccine dose produced as a result of the $271 million paid to date by the U.S. government? […]

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated to continue […]

More than one-third of Iowa’s state-employed caregivers still refusing COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - May 13, 2021

As state officials continue to encourage Iowans to be vaccinated against COVID-19, more than a third of the workers at state-run care facilities continue to refuse the vaccine. The most recently released data from the Iowa Department of Human Services shows that as of May 7, a total of 36% of state employees at the […]

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents need only to come downstairs. And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

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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Two Iowans test positive for India variant of COVID-19

BY: - May 4, 2021

Two Iowans have tested positive for the India variant of the COVID-19 virus, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday. The variant, known as B.1.617, was first detected in India and remains prevalent there. As COVID-19 cases explode in India, with 20 million cases reported, scientists have not determined whether the strain is more […]

States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus. […]

As global COVID-19 numbers rise, cases in Iowa continue to fall

BY: - May 3, 2021

As international health officials worry about India’s spike in COVID-19, Iowa continues to see a drop in cases. The tragedy in India, where cases are soaring, was part of a global trend that saw more cases in the past two weeks than occurred in the first six weeks of the pandemic last year. Some states in […]

Iowa House votes to bar ‘vaccine passports,’ turns down effort to include health care facilities

BY: - April 28, 2021

The Iowa House approved legislation to outlaw so-called “vaccine passports” Wednesday after first voting down a proposal to eliminate an exclusion for health care facilities. “Fundamentally, this a liberty issue,” Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, who floor-managed the bill, said. The bill forbids the state or local governments from creating a document certifying a person has […]