Pfizer begins FDA application for vaccine for children under 5 years of age

Pfizer begins FDA application for vaccine for children under 5 years of age

Pfizer said Tuesday that it has begun applying for approval of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to four years from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The announcement marks a step forward in the process for the only age group for whom COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been approved. In a wrinkle, … Read more

How to make sense of Omicron and change COVID protocols

How to make sense of Omicron and change COVID protocols

January 12, 2022 – If you’re confused about guidance on the Omicron coronavirus variant – which seems to change almost daily at this point – you are not alone. The highly reported, record-breaking leap into everyday affairs seems easy to understand. Beyond that, there are still many unanswered questions: Are fabric masks ever OK? How … Read more

The CDC recommends wearing better masks like Omicron spreads

The CDC recommends wearing better masks like Omicron spreads

January 12, 2022 – The CDC is preparing to update its COVID-19 mask recommendations to emphasize the use of N95 and KN95 masks that better filter the virus, Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Wednesday. “We are preparing an update of the information on our mask site to best reflect the opportunities available to people and … Read more

The Supreme Court blocks the Biden vaccine mandate for companies

The Supreme Court blocks the Biden vaccine mandate for companies

January 13, 2022 – The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large companies, but said a similar one could continue as the challenges with the rules move through lower courts. The vote was 6-3 to block the big business mandate and 5-4 to allow a similar mandate for healthcare … Read more

Study shows that vaccinated parents provide some protection to unvaccinated children

Study shows that vaccinated parents provide some protection to unvaccinated children

A new study shows that vaccinated parents provided some protection to their unvaccinated children during the alpha and delta coronavirus waves. The Israeli examination looked at two time periods in 2021, the first being during the alpha wave of the COVID-19 pandemic from January to March and the second during the delta wave from July … Read more

The Mississippi bill would exclude vaccination requirements for employees with ‘sincere religious objections’

The Mississippi bill would exclude vaccination requirements for employees with ‘sincere religious objections’

The Mississippi Republican-controlled State House on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent public and private employers from requiring workers with a “sincerely held religious objection” to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The proposed bill, HB 1509, would also ban a number of state entities, including state agencies, public colleges and city and county governments, from … Read more

Vaccine mandate for health workers is starting to take effect

Vaccine mandate for health workers is starting to take effect

Health workers in about half of the United States will be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday as the Biden administration’s demands take effect. Enforcement of the requirement begins in 25 states and the District of Columbia and will extend to all other states except Texas on February 14th. Enforcement in Texas begins on February 22nd. … Read more

The CDC panel recommends Pfizer COVID boosters for ages 12-15

The CDC panel recommends Pfizer COVID boosters for ages 12-15

January 5, 2022 – A CDC advisory panel today recommended that 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster injection 5 months after a primary series of vaccinations. The CDC had already said that 16- and 17-year-olds “must” receive a Pfizer booster, but today’s recommendation adds the 12-15 group and strengths “can” … Read more

Illinois reports new records for daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations while infections continue to rise – CBS Chicago

Illinois reports new records for daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations while infections continue to rise – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois on Wednesday reported a record 32,279 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, the largest number ever reported in the state in a single day, as hospitalizations from the virus also set a record for the third day in a row. The previous record for daily infections was the 31,461 new … Read more