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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As much of the world sees vaccination slowing and infections soaring with the spread of omicron, Iran has found a rare, if fleeting, respite from the anxiety and trauma of the pandemic. After successive virus waves pummeled the country for nearly two years, belated mass vaccination under a new, hard-line president has, for a brief moment, left the stricken nation with a feeling of apparent safety. Now, the specter of an omicron-fueled surge looms large. Hospitals are preparing for the worst as infections tick upward after a monthslong lull. But so far, the variant has not battered the Islamic Republic as it has many Western countries where most adults got jabs a year ago. Drastic infection surges among the inoculated from the United States to Russia have revealed the vaccine’s declining defenses against infection even as its protection against hospitalization and death remains strong. Meanwhile, Iranians have received doses more recently and are feeling off the hook with their immunity still robust. “A large number of people already have contracted the virus and huge vaccination has...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- The NFC Championship is in just days and while we all have our favorite teams, the NFL has named its top fan of each team, including the San Francisco 49ers.Ankita Tandel is this year's 49ers Fan of the Year and she's had a huge impact on San Mateo community."Congratulations you are our Fan of the Year for 2021!!!"RELATED: 49er Faithful look to diminish Rams home field advantage this SundayThe moment Ankita Tandel won 49ers Fan of the Year earlier this year sure was special. Cheering on her team whether they're playing in Green Bay, at Levi's, or down in Los Angeles has been relief during a tough pandemic, especially for someone like Ankita, who pre-pandemic took a new challenge as immunization manager for San Mateo County."I really learned to be careful about what you wish for because it was a larger challenge than any of us were anticipating," said Tandel.Yes, this 49ers fan went from immediately focusing on pediatric immunizations and flu shots to mass COVID vaccination sites."She was definitely part of standing up...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite the omicron surge, only 70 percent of Illinois residents eligible for a vaccine are fully vaccinated. Another Cook County mass vaccination site is re-opening to help get more people vaccinated. CBS 2’s Meredith Barack tells us about the site where people can get their shot. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Snow Showers Return, Colder Temps During The WeekThe site opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, people can head to Des Plaines where the county will be re-opening that mass vaccination site. It is the third site to open this week. On Tuesday, the clinic in Forest Park reopened, and on Thursday, the site in Mattison reopened. All three mass vaccination clinics closed over the summer but will now be open indefinitely to continue getting shots into arms. Earlier this week in Forest Park, there was a steady flow of people utilizing the reopened site. READ MORE: ISP Responds To Shooting On Interstate 290, 1 Person Injuredsome were there to get boosters — others finally getting their first shot. The chief administrative officer with Cook County Health says it...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Cook County is reopening its COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic in Matteson Thursday, the second site to open this week. The site in Matteson, at 4647 Promenade Way.  The site at 1155 E. Oakton St. in Des Plaines will open on Saturday. READ MORE: Man Dead, Woman In Critical Condition After Car Crashes Into Tree In SauganashA site at 7630 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park opened Tuesday. The clinics will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. READ MORE: Illinois Attorney General Now Investigating Center For Covid Control Amid Accusations Of Deception, Fraud Against Insurance CompaniesIf you want to get a shot at one of the three mass vaccination sites in Cook County, appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are allowed. To make an appointment visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 833-308-1988. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Dangerous Subzero Temps, Lake Effect Snow In Some AreasAll three spots will offer free vaccinations to anyone 5 and older. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at all sites, and you...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s an important tool in the fight against COVID-19: vaccines. And there’s a familiar place to get them. CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reports from Forest Park outside the mass vaccination clinic that will be open indefinitely. This, after the Cook County Department of Health closed it and several others last summer. READ MORE: Another Chicagoan Comes Forward, Says Apple AirTag Was Used To Track And Stalk HerThe parking lot here has been full all day, proof that there are still many people out there in need of shots. It was definitely déjà vu all over again. Hard to believe we were doing this last year at exactly the same time. Iliana Mora said this time around it was a much easier process getting the mass vaccination site up and running. “Because we had the roadmap, we knew exactly how to set up the operation,” Mora said. “We had the signage. We had all of the work flows. Much easier.” She’s been pleasantly surprised with just how many people have showed up already on day one. “We’ve...
    FOREST PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Nearly six months after closing them for lack of demand, Cook County is bringing back three mass COVID vaccination sites.When the last shot was administered at Forest Park's mass vaccination site nearly six months ago, demand had dwindled now that shots are readily available at local pharmacies. But with demand on the rise, Forest Park will be the first of three sites to reopen, starting Tuesday."So the vaccine is readily available, but appointments to get the vaccine aren't readily available," said Dr. Nimmi Rajagopal, with Cook County Health community and family medicine. "Pharmacies, doctor's offices are really getting overwhelmed right now. So we want to do our part."The omicron surge and vaccine mandates have led to the appointment shortage, and the numbers are still behind what officials would like to see.RELATED: Chicagoans appreciate ease of at-home COVID testsOnce open, these sites will offer all three approved vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and people can get either their primary shots or their boosters."Eighty percent of Cook County has gotten the first dose and...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Cook County is opening three new mass vaccination sites this week. A site in Forest Park opens Tuesday. The Matteson site opens on Thursday and a site in Des Plaines opens on Saturday. READ MORE: 2 Dead, 5 Injured After Fire At Senior Community Apartments In KenoshaTo make an appointment visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 833-308-1988. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Brief Warmup TuesdayAll three spots will offer free vaccinations to anyone 5 and older. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at all sites, and you can get primary vaccinations or booster shots.  Walk-ins will be taken.  MORE NEWS: Oak Park Condo Owners Say Repair Work Has Gone Nowhere After More Than A Year And A Half, Despite Hefty Fees To Contractor 
    FOREST PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Nearly six months after closing them for lack of demand, Cook County is bringing back three mass COVID vaccination sites.When the last shot was administered at Forest Park's mass vaccination site nearly six months ago, demand had dwindled now that shots were readily available at local pharmacies. But with demand on the rise, Forest Park will be the first of three sites to reopen, starting Wednesday."So the vaccine is readily available, but appointments to get the vaccine aren't readily available," said Dr. Nimmi Rajagopal, Cook County Health community and family medicine. "Pharmacies, doctor's offices are really getting overwhelmed right now. So we want to do our part."RELATED: Chicagoans appreciate ease of at-home COVID testsThe omicron surge and vaccine mandates have led to the appointment shortage, and the numbers are still behind what officials would like to see.Once open, these sites will offer all three approved vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and people can get either their primary shots or their boosters."Eighty percent of Cook County has gotten the first dose and 40...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Before the week is over, three new COVID mass vaccination sites will open in Cook County. They originally opened last spring when getting your hands on vaccine was much trickier, but they later closed. Why are they opening back up as vaccine is now widely available? READ MORE: No Communication With Firefighters Before Baby Was Found Dead Outside Fire Station; Could Baby Boxes Be A Last-Resort Option In Cases Like This?CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports from one of the sites in Forest Park with some answers.  Sixty-nine percent of Illinoisans aged five and over are fully vaccinated. The push to get that number higher combined with a stress on doctors offices and pharmacies is what’s behind this latest round of re-openings. At its peak last summer, 4,000 people a day were getting vaccinated in a former bog box store in Forest Park. It’s one of several mass vaccination sites run by the Cook County Health Department. But four months after its spring opening, it closed in July as a demand cooled and most public health departments shifted...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Cook County is opening three new mass vaccination sites this week. You can go to the Cook County website  to make an appointment to get your shot. READ MORE: Donation Drives, Community Gatherings Underway Across Chicago In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.A site in Forest Park opens Tuesday. The Matteson site opens on Thursday and a site in Des Plaines open on Saturday. All three spots will offer free vaccinations to anyone 5 and older.  READ MORE: Money Stolen From Cash Registers During Break-In At Liquor Store In East Ukrainian VillageWalk-ins will be taken.  MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Brief Warmup Before Temperatures Drop Mid Week 
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County is reopening mass vaccination sites next week to help deal with the surge in cases from the Omicron variant. Sites will be opened in Forest Park, Matteson and Des Plaines. READ MORE: Newborn Baby Found Dead Inside Duffle Bag Outside Fire Station In ChicagoAppointments can be made on Cook County’s website. READ MORE: Protesters Call On CTA Union Members To Stop Service If Former CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke Is Released From PrisonVaccines for everyone 5 and older will be available for free. MORE NEWS: Violent Crime On CTA Buses, Trains Is At A Six-Year High And Is A Growing ProblemThe county’s mass vaccination sites closed last July when most public health departments shifted to local neighborhood pop-up clinics.
    Hundreds of doctors and scientists have signed an open letter to Spotify accusing Joe Rogan of pushing 'anti-vax misinformation' on his podcast - with one branding him a 'menace to public health'. A total of 270 experts and medical professionals called on the streaming giant to adopt a misinformation policy after the comedian hosted the controversial Dr Robert Malone last month. During a three-hour and six-minute interview on the now-viral episode #1757 of The Joe Rogan Experience, Malone compared the US to Nazi Germany and said today's society was suffering from a 'mass formation psychosis' over the use of vaccines. He also claimed to be part of the team that invented the mRNA technology used in the Covid-19 jab and said pharmaceutical companies administering vaccines - such as Pfizer and Moderna - have 'financial conflicts of interest'. Now hundreds of medical professionals have fact-checked Malone and demanded accountability from Spotify - which spent a reported $100million on exclusive streaming rights to the Joe Rogan Experience last year.  In an open letter, they said: 'With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you plan on going to Mass this weekend at a South Florida Catholic church, you’d better wear a mask. On Tuesday, January 4th, the Archdioces updated its mask policy. It said everyone, regardless of vaccination status, attending Mass or church gatherings will be required to use masks. READ MORE: Homestead Mom Adriana Gutierrez Arrested, Accused Of Locking Her Son In Dog CageProper social distancing should also be maintained to help mitigate the risk of infection. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho's Last Day Will Be Feb. 3, Board Meets To Discuss ReplacementThe update comes as the COVID-19 Omicron variant rapidly spreads throughout South Florida. On Saturday, January 1st, the Archdiocese announced the temporary reinstatement of the use of masks indoors for all Catholic school employees and students over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status or parental request to waive the requirement. MORE NEWS: Trump Cancels Mar-a-Lago News Conference Planned For Thursday, Anniversary Of Jan. 6 Capitol AttackThe Archdiocese said the decision comes after a “substantial increase in positive cases per 100,000...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday it would delay enforcement of its student COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as over 30,000 students had not complied in time to meet the deadline, which was set for Friday. The vaccine mandate would have required all students over the age of 12 to receive their second dose to keep attending classes in person following the winter break. Those who did not comply would have to either disenroll from LA public schools or attend classes virtually, ABC 7 reported . CALIFORNIA REINSTATES MASK MANDATE AMID SURGING CASES With the enforcement delay, students now have until the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year to receive both doses of the vaccine. The interim district superintendent Megan Reilly said LA schools achieved a vaccination rate just shy of 87%, according to a press release noting the district considered delaying the mandate despite “high vaccination rates.” Even with the high compliance numbers, the district still faced the prospect of forcing over 30,000 students into remote learning, which school board member Jackie Goldberg...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Fenway Park in Boston is opening back up again in January, a source close to the operation told WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager Wednesday. CIC Health, which runs the state’s mass vaccine sites, reported back on March 28, when the Fenway site closed, that 56,228 people were vaccinated there. The site opened on February 1. Five million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. About1.6 million residents have also received a booster shot. Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to schedule a vaccination or booster appointment.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There were long lines Saturday for booster shots at Cook County’s mass vaccination booster clinics. Three were set up by the state and Cook County in our area this weekend to help administer vaccinations. The site had all of the available vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson — free to anyone eligible. Health officials say making sure you’re up to date with vaccinations is the best way to stay protected from COVID-19, especially as people gather indoors for the holidays and because of the new Omicron variant.
    Even other Scandinavian countries like Iceland and Norway, which seemed nearly impervious to this virus until the past few months, are suffering their largest waves to date. As you can see, even the Scandinavian countries or other countries that currently have low case rates all had one or two Delta waves since June – except for Sweden. It is self-evident that Sweden's natural immunity was able to preclude any major Delta wave — the only country in Europe to accomplish this feat. Although Sweden currently has a high vaccination rate — slightly higher than that of the U.S. — the Swedish government didn't start its vaccination drive until much later than the U.S., U.K., and other countries that have had two Delta waves. According to the narrative of the masters of the universe, Sweden should have been particularly vulnerable to Delta, while the U.K. should have coasted through it. Instead, the opposite occurred. Let's look at the vaccination curves of Sweden and Ireland and then compare their case rates over...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Ten of New York's mass coronavirus vaccination sites are ready to give shots to children ages 5 to 11 who recently became eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday.More than 50,000 children in the state already have received their first dose of the vaccine, which has been available at doctors' offices, pharmacies and other locations. Federal officials gave final approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids on Nov. 2."Parents have been waiting for the ability to protect their young children from COVID-19, and we are doing everything we can to make that possible," Hochul said in a statement.Appointments for vaccinations for children can be made on the state's website.The mass vaccination sites offering the shots to children 5 to 11 include The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse; SUNY Old Westbury, Clark Athletic Center, in Glen Head; Crossgates Mall in Albany; Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens; Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester; Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn; Bay Eden Senior Center in the Bronx; New York National Guard Armory in Yonkers; SUNY Stony...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ten of New York’s state mass COVID vaccination sites are open to children 5 to 11 years old, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday. So far, more than 50,000 children in the state received at least one shot since the CDC approved Pfizer’s vaccine for the age group, according to the governor’s office. READ MORE: Suspect Paulie Velez, 25, Arrested For Rape Of Woman In Central Park“Since this 5 to 11 year-old age group became eligible, we have been encouraging parents to reach out to their pediatricians and local health providers to set up vaccine appointments and now I’m directing our state mass vaccination sites to open their doors to the youngest and most recently eligible New Yorkers,” Hochul said. These are the locations administering vaccines to children: Syracuse: The Great New York State Fair – Art and Home Center Glen Head: SUNY Old Westbury – Clark Athletic Center Albany: Crossgates Mall, Former Lord & Taylor Store – Upper Level South Ozone Park: Aqueduct Racetrack Rochester: Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Brooklyn: Medgar Evers College Bronx: Bay...
    New Zealanders are showing out en masse against coronavirus mandates, using their most traditional dance to demonstrate their frustration. A group of protesters outside of Parliament House in Wellington performed the haka, an indigenous chant and dance typically seen at funerals, weddings, and sporting events. Wow! Protesters in New Zealand outside Parliament House in Wellington demonstrate against against Covid tyrannypic.twitter.com/vynYJFWydr— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) November 9, 2021 They waved New Zealand flags and flags that represent the country's United Tribes. NEW ZEALAND EASES COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS, GIVES UP GOAL OF ZERO CASES New Zealanders have criticized Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for what they deem as overly restrictive coronavirus policies. Thousands of activists reportedly demonstrated while unmasked near Parliament on Tuesday, specifically against vaccination mandates and government lockdowns. The building's entrances were blocked off as a security precaution, according to Reuters. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER There were even signs spotted in favor of former U.S. President Donald Trump, who repeatedly decried lockdowns and restrictive coronavirus policies, although he is not anti-vaccination. News...
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to rail against the county’s vaccine mandate, warning it is causing a “mass exodus” in his department and threatens public safety at a time when violent crime is on the rise. “I have repeatedly stated the dangers to public safety when 20%-30% of my workforce is no longer available to provide service, and those dangers are quickly becoming a reality,” Villanueva said in a prepared statement that he posted on social media last week. “We are experiencing an increase in unscheduled retirements, worker compensation claims, employees quitting, and a reduction in qualified applicants.” As a result, he said, homicide rates in the county would continue to rise, while response times increase and patrol services decline. “With the pandemic waning, there is no justification for the Board mandate,” Villanueva said. “It is like putting up the storm windows after the storm has passed.” Under an executive order ratified by the Board of Supervisors in August, all Los Angeles County employees were required to register their vaccination status by Oct. 1 on an online portal,...
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets in cities around Morocco on Wednesday, some clashing with police as they denounced the country’s decision to require coronavirus vaccination passes to be allowed to work and enter public venues. The decision came into effect Oct. 21 and stipulates that Moroccans must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter their workplaces. In a statement, the government has said employers have “direct legal responsibility” to enforce the decision. The pass is also required to access indoor services such as restaurants and banks as well as domestic and international travel. The North African kingdom of 36 million people has Africa’s highest vaccination rate, with more than 50% of the population fully inoculated. Earlier this month, the government also started administering booster shots. But the abrupt and unusually widespread vaccine requirements have also prompted opposition, and led to big crowds at vaccination centers as people rushed to get shots. In the capital, Rabat, protesters gathered outside the parliament building and chanted slogans against the rule, arguing that it goes against fundamental human rights...
    WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) -- DuPage County has reopened a mass vaccination site at its fairgrounds in Wheaton because of high demand for booster shots.The DuPage County Health Department reached out to all residents who received their original doses at the fairgrounds. Ten percent of the county's population were vaccinated here a few months ago.SEE ALSO | Who's eligible for Pfizer booster shots? What if I got Moderna? Everything to know about 3rd dose "I qualified to do it at my age and I feel safer having it than not," DuPage County resident Fred Hoffman said."I want to keep my immunity as high as I can because you don't know what is coming next," resident Charlie Bletsas added."I got the first two shots here, then my booster," Jerri Croak said. "It was very efficient, very satisfied."This time around, there is plenty of supply."We want to make sure that when people make the decision to get the third dose, that they have easy access to it and that really drove our decision to reopen the site," said Karen Ayala, executive director of...
    Seattle, a city with more than 750,000 residents, has about 1,000 police officers to protect them. The number of police officers has been decreasing since the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020 and now the department faces a brand new staffing hurdle during the pandemic. The Seattle Police Department has already seen 124 "separations" through August of this year, according to their spokesman. Now the department is bracing for mass firing of officers as hundreds have yet to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination deadline, announced by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in early August, is set for Oct. 18.THOUSANDS PROTEST WASHINGTON STATE'S VACCINE MANDATE, SING NATIONAL ANTHEMAs of Wednesday, 292 sworn personnel had yet to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. That number is down from 354 on Tuesday. To add another layer of concern, a Seattle PD spokesman Sgt. Randy Huserik confirmed that there are an additional 111 officers awaiting results of exemption requests. Those 111 are not counted in the 292 figure – meaning if their accommodations are denied, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be...
    A MASS covid jab rollout for kids aged 12 to 15-year-old is reported to be announced next week.  The move follows a review by the chief medical officers (CMOs) of all four UK nations, led by professor Chris Whitty. 2Children between 12 and 15 are set to be jabbedCredit: Alamy Last week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said children would receive only marginal health benefits, although it did consider the benefits of keeping kids in school.  In response to this, the UK's chief medical officers have been drawing up advice for the Government on whether children aged 12 to 15 should be vaccinated. But The Observer understands the Covid jabs programme for kids is set to go ahead and will begin on 22 September.  NHS bosses have been reportedly briefed on the plans after schools were told to be ready. But Tory MPs had said they would oppose vaccinations for children without clear-cut medical and scientific evidence favouring it. Boris Johnson is due to set out the Government's plan to tackle coronavirus over the coming months, with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Health officers across the Bay Area are preparing to roll out another round of vaccinations as the FDA approval for Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot is expected in two weeks."I expect the rollout for boosters may be as early as the end of September or as late as the end of October," said Dr. Lisa Santora, deputy health officer for Marin County.The FDA is holding an advisory committee meeting on Sept. 17 to discuss the safety and efficacy data of Pfizer's booster vaccine.RELATED: Doctors say Labor Day COVID-19 surge 'very possible' for the Bay Area in the coming weeksSantora explains if Pfizer's booster receives approval from the FDA, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, will determine which groups should be prioritized first. Then the California Department of Public Health will issue formal guidance to counties before any rollout can begin."What I anticipate is that the CDC will release a holding statement providing some direction to both the states and the local health jurisdictions on the next steps," said Santora.ABC7 confirmed all nine Bay Area...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Faced with some of the state’s most concerning COVID-19 numbers, St. Mary’s County has decided to reopen one of its mass-vaccination sites. The county health department announced on Wednesday that residents will be able to get vaccinated at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department beginning Sept. 10. “COVID-19 new case rates continue to rise rapidly in our community,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, the county’s health officer. “Reactivating this site will best allow us to meet vaccine demand now that the FDA has fully approved Pfizer vaccine, as we roll out booster doses for our community members, and when vaccine is authorized for children less than twelve years old.” Appointments are recommended but not required. Officials said that walk-ups will be accepted as long as their supply holds. As of Wednesday, 53% of St. Mary’s adults had received at least one shot, far below the statewide vaccination rate of 81%. While the state’s cases-per-100,000-residents infection rate stood at 20, in St....
    SAN RAFAEL (BCN) — Marin County’s public health department will hold a mass vaccination event Saturday for fully vaccinated residents who are eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose as a result of having a weakened immune system. The one-day event, from the Marin Health and Human Services, will be held at the Marin Center, 20 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Vaccine seekers are encouraged to make an appointment and must bring a valid identification card, their COVID-19 vaccination card, and a health insurance or medical coverage card if they have one. READ MORE: San Jose City Workers Face Stringent Vaccination, Testing Requirements Beginning Monday Vaccinations will be available to people who received their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose more than 28 days ago and have received cancer treatment, received an organ or stem cell transplant, are HIV-infected or are being actively treated with high-dose corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant drugs. “A third dose helps boost the protection for people with severely weakened immune systems,” said Dr. Matt Willis, a county public health officer. “It’s also important to remember...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Coronavirus booster shots will soon be available at doctor's offices and healthcare systems across the Bay Area starting September 20.Federal health officials announced Wednesday the booster shots will be administered to all eligible Americans at least eight months after their second dose, but healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff will be prioritized.RELATED: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test to be required at indoor events in CA"So if you got vaccinated in January you will be eligible in September," said UCSF's Dr. George Rutherford.Rutherford says reopening large-scale vaccination sites will be necessary once the general public is next in line."It's just the way it's going to have to happen," he said.VIDEO: Delta surge is 'clearly plateauing' in the Bay Area, UCSF doctors sayEMBED More News Videos Two of California's top doctors predict the Bay Area will be the first major metropolitan area to peak from our fast-growing Delta surge. Health officers across the Bay Area are awaiting formal guidance on distribution plans from the state, but most have indicated it will mirror the initial...
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — With the start of school just weeks away, Baltimore County wants to make sure all eligible students have the chance to roll up their sleeves to get the covid shot. A mass vaccination clinic was held at New Town High School in Owings Mills on Monday. READ MORE: Baltimore City Schools Releases Recovery Plan “I wanted to get the COVID vaccine to stop the spread of COVID, just because the delta variant,” said Temitope Adenaike, 9th grade Baltimore County student. Baltimore County student Temitope Adenaike was joined by other young Marylanders — a population health officials have recently been targeting. Monday’s mass vaccination clinic is all part of the county’s student vaccination initiative where clinics will be held at high schools over the coming weeks to get more shots into the arms of everyone ages 12 and up. The move is something the U.S. Secretary of Education wants to see implemented nationwide. “We owe it to our students who are waiting to get back into their classrooms,” said Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education. READ...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — In a bid to get more students vaccinated against COVID-19, Baltimore County will hold a series of mass vaccination clinics at county high schools throughout August, County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. The clinics will be held at high schools in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and that have lower vaccination rates than the county average. READ MORE: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Activated From COVID-19 List “As students and educators prepare to return to school later this month, their health and safety is our top priority — and increasing vaccination rates among students 12 and older is the best way to keep them safe,” Olszewski said. “The vaccines are safe and they save lives. They are plentiful and widely available. Not getting vaccinated puts you, your family, and your community at risk. I urge every unvaccinated resident to become vaccinated as soon as possible.” Olszewski’s office said that while more than 70 percent of County residents aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, only approximately 47% of residents between...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY Wells Fargo, BlackRock delay return-to-office plans over rising COVID cases Broadway returns! Audience packs first performance since COVID closures Cuomo pines for days of COVID nursing home death scandal in Onion parody Vaccine hesitancy hits Gov. Cuomo panel tasked with tackling it at NYCHA complexes Mayor de Blasio allegedly blew a chance to boost the coronavirus vaccine rate because his health officials failed to get a vaccine distribution van to a big public event in the city’s least inoculated neighborhood, one local official revealed. State Sen. James Sanders Jr. said he was sure he could have gotten hundreds of jabs into people on the spot, but de Blasio’s health office was so paralyzed by bureaucracy that they demanded at least a week’s notice before sending out the vax vehicle. “We just did an event in the Rockaways. Close to 1,000 people. We requested the truck. It did not come,” Sanders said at press conference Thursday in Far Rockaway. The Queens Democrat said he gave out 300 masks at the Function Injunction community gathering in Far...
    Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop for Bay Area high school students, a two-week intensive course in journalism. Students in the program report and photograph real stories under the guidance of professional journalists. Kristina Sosa has always loved helping people. In her day job as a Santa Clara County caseworker, for the last 13 years she’s helped people understand options like Medi-Cal and Covered California public health insurance, in what can often be a complex web of state benefit program requirements, doctors, and insurance plans. During the pandemic, she used her experience and empathy to help protect people from the deadly COVID-19 illness, by working at vaccination sites around Santa Clara County. Sosa heard the county needed her last February to help manage incoming flows of people check in for their vaccine appointments, right as the county’s vaccine rollout was picking up steam. She didn’t hesitate to raise her hand. “It was very … I don’t want to say exciting, but … I felt honored,” she said in an interview. “Honored to be doing...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The mass vaccination site at the Long Beach Convention Center is closing Friday, even as COVID-19 cases have returned to winter surge levels. Long Beach city officials say the mass vaccination site will end operations Friday, more than six months after it opened in January. The site administered more than 215,000 doses since it opened in January, and at its peak had more than 1,160 people working there. READ MORE: Protesters Vandalize Mayor Eric Garcettis Home After He Signs Ordinance To Restrict Homeless Encampments LONG BEACH, CA – JANUARY 19: Hundreds of cars lined up outside the Long Beach Convention Center for the first day at the mass COVID-19 vaccine site in Long Beach on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images) The site, by most measures, was a success – Long Beach says 72% of its adults have been vaccinated with at least one dose. But with events resuming at the convention center in August, the city says it will move toward smaller, community-based vaccination sites. The site’s...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health authorities on Thursday began the mass immunization of Rio de Janeiro’s Mare neighborhood in a novel bid to control COVID-19 in a poor community while studying vaccine effectiveness and the prevalence of worrisome variants. The bayside Mare complex is comprised of more than a dozen so-called favelas and home to some 130,000 people, and the study is Brazil’s first to target a low-income area. The Brazilian researchers leading the effort aren’t aware of another elsewhere in the world that has specifically focused on slums. Rio is currently providing first vaccine doses to 34-year-olds. As such, the Brazilian government’s Fiocruz Institute aims to inoculate more than 30,000 Mare residents aged 18 to 33, and bring vaccine coverage of the adult population to near 100%, according to Dr. Fernando Bozza, the study’s coordinator. First doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered over the course of three days at 30 locations across Mare. “This is important for Mare and for Brazil as a whole. Here in Rio de Janeiro, more than 1.5 million people live...
    New York State is closing more of its mass vaccination sites in an effort to focus more resources on areas where the rate of COVID-19 vaccination is lower. The state announced that the following sites will cease operations beginning Monday, July 26: The Diana Center at SUNY Orange Stony Brook Southampton Binghamton University at Gannett Drive Aviation Mall in Queensbury Earlier in the month, the state announced the closure of four other mass vaccination sites, including the one at Jones Beach. The state said it will evaluate whether it will close the remaining sites in the coming weeks and months based on proximity to other sites and demand. 
    TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — If you still need a COVID-19 vaccination, the Maryland State Fairgrounds will host its last mass vaccination clinic in Timonium on Wednesday. The site is open from 9 a.m. to noon. READ MORE: Police Search For Driver In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed 16-Year-Old Jayden Baldree In Dundalk You can pre-register or just walk up and they are offering the Pfizer vaccine. Today is the last day well have a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in #Timonium! If you live near this area, please stop by. READ MORE: Delta Variant Cases Doubling Every 2 Weeks In Maryland; Some Fear Return To Restrictions ⏰ 9 a.m. – Noon ???? https://t.co/sfxZ4vPgY7 or walk-up???? Pfizer#CancelCovid#HealingStartsHere pic.twitter.com/J5Attw32IJ — Baltimore County (@BaltCoGov) July 21, 2021 MORE NEWS: 64-Year-Old Vaseles Nettles Fatally Shot While Attempting To Retrieve Stolen Scooter, Police Looking To ID Two Young Men
    CHICAGO (CBS)– You only have a few hours left to get a vaccine at Cook County’s last mass vaccination site. Vaccines will be given out until noon Wednesday at the former Target in Matteson. And then, its doors will close. READ MORE: Shots Fired On Dan Ryan Expressway Leads To 3-Car Crash At 35th Street Demand has dropped to fewer than 1,000 daily at all of Cook County’s sites. READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Shot On 31st Street Bridge Near Lake Shore Drive Mass vaccination sites in Forest Park and Des Plaines closed Tuesday. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Afternoon Sunshine And Cooler Temperatures Around 58% of people who live in suburban Cook County have had at least one dose.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The last COVID-19 vaccines were given out Tuesday afternoon at the Cook County Health mass vaccination sites in Forest Park and Des Plaines. Those in Matteson will have until noon Wednesday to get a shot. CBS 2’s Meredith Barack saw about 20 people go in and out of the building while she there Tuesday. The lack of demand comes just a few months after long lines outside mass vaccination sites. READ MORE: Scorching Report From Independent Monitoring Team Says Chicago Police Were Not Prepared Or Trained For Civil Unrest In Wake Of George Floyd Protests A former Target in Matteson opened as a mass vaccination site on April 14. Four months and a few days later its doors will officially be closed as demand is waning. “I’m in the health field, so I wanted to protect the seniors because I didn’t want to spread anything,” said Balencia Cobb. Cobb, who suffers from kidney problems, said she she waited until now to get the vaccine because she was scared. “I was making sure that everybody else wasn’t falling over,...
    FOREST PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Cook County's last open COVID mass vaccination sites will close this week.Only one person could be seen Tuesday morning at the once bustling Forest Park location.So Cook County health officials have said they are switching gears.Ariyanna Halsell got vaccinated Tuesday, after being hesitant about the side effects, but the Northern Illinois University student said she had to get it done."I wanna get the full college experience, so I have to," Halsell said. "I wanted to live on campus, so that's one of the requirements to live on campus."She's one of the last to visit the Cook County mass vaccination site in Forest Park, which will close permanently Tuesday, along with the site in Des Plaines, as health officials see waning demand in these types of settings.On Wednesday, the last Cook County mass vaccination site in Matteson will also shut down.At one point, these locations were collectively doling out thousands upon thousands of shots per day. Now foot traffic has come to a screeching halt.RELATED: Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 670 cases, 4 deaths; Mayor Lightfoot...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York State is closing four mass vaccination sites Monday, including the site at Jones Beach on Long Island.The site at the Javits Center in Manhattan is already closed.But, the push to get more people vaccinated continues.That task is proving much harder in more conservative parts of the country, like Missouri and Arkansas where low vaccination rates and the more contagious Delta variant are threatening to bring on another surge."If we had had the pushback for vaccines the way we're seeing on certain media, I don't think it would've been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox, we probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.Over the weekend, more than 300 New Yorkers statewide were in the hospital for COVID. That's a pandemic low.Compare that to Arkansas where they have twice as many people in the hospital, with one-seventh the population.RELATED | What New Yorkers need to know about the Delta variantEMBED More News Videos Dr. Jay Varma, infectious disease specialist, and NYC Health...
    Four of New York's mass vaccination sites, including the Jones Beach site, will cease operations later this month. The Jones Beach site, along with sites at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, Plattsburgh International Airport, SUNY Polytechnic Institute — Utica, will cease operations after Monday, July 19, the state announced. This will allow the state to focus more on "localized vaccination efforts," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. In the coming weeks and months, more sites will close based on demand and proximity to other sites.  "As our vaccination efforts continue across the state, we are continuing to target communities that have lower vaccination rates and using every tool at our disposal to make the vaccine accessible to every New Yorker," Cuomo said.
    The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) released updated coronavirus guidelines for Mississippi residents on Friday, recommending everyone 12 and older get vaccinated and urging that vulnerable residents avoid mass indoor gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. “Mississippi is experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Numerous outbreaks have been identified in youth camps, faith-based gatherings, funerals and social events,” the department said in the guidance on Friday, attributing the updated guidance to the “rapid increase in delta variant cases and outbreaks” and “low overall vaccination rate in the state.” MSDH is recommending all Mississippians 12 years and older receive the vaccination and instructing those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask when in indoor public settings. Moreover, the department is urging vulnerable Mississippi residents — those 65 and older or those with chronic underlying medical conditions — “avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status).” The recommendations span through July 26. On Friday, MSDH reported 416 new cases of the Chinese coronavirus in the state and “27 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities.” The numbers bring the state’s...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The mass vaccination site at New York City’s Javits Center shut down Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said over 600,000 shots were administered at the site since it opened on Jan. 13. READ MORE: CDC Says Vaccinated Children, Teachers Wont Need Masks In Class At its peak, the Javits Center was the country’s largest vaccination site. Today the state-operated mass vaccination site at the @JavitsCenter ends operations—after administering over 600,000 shots! At its peak, Javits served as the countrys largest vax center. To all the staff, nurses & @NationalGuardNY members—thank you for all that youve done. ???? pic.twitter.com/kipcsXJHcG — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 9, 2021 Vaccination sites at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood and SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge also shut down Friday. READ MORE: With Javits Closing, Where Does NYC Stand With COVID Vaccine And Variants? COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester...
    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — The Six Flags America vaccination site in Prince George’s County will be open a final day this Saturday, July 10. In early February, Six Flags was the first of more than a dozen mass vaccination sites to open in Maryland. READ MORE: 4-Year-Old Mare Dies After Hit-And-Run Crash In Assateague Island National Seashore A total of 339,087 vaccinations were administered there as of Friday morning, with a peak of 5,000 vaccinations per day. The closure of the site marks the end of more than five months of state-run mass vaccination operations, which were a partnership between the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Maryland National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and other state and federal partners. “Ramping up these mass vaccination sites as fast as we did helped us crush the curve one last time, and in the process, these sites became models for other states and countries to follow,” said Governor Hogan. “The most lasting legacy of the sites may be the individual stories of the people who received life-saving vaccines, and how much those...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Moderna's trying to transfer the technology it used for its COVID vaccine to create a better flu shot.The company says it has started clinical trials of a flu shot that utilizes mRNA therapeutics.Moderna says its mRNA-1010 is a quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine candidate targeting WHO recommendations including A H1N1, H3N2, and influenza B Yamagata and Victoria lineages.The current flu vaccines have about 50% effectiveness.Moderna's COVID vaccine claims to prevent infection more than 90-percent of the time.The company says it could eventually combine the flu, RSV, and COVID booster vaccines into one shot.Here are more of today's headlines:COVID deaths hit 4 million worldwideThe global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. The tally of lives lost over the past year and a half, as compiled from official sources by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the number of people killed in battle in all of the world's wars since 1982, according to estimates from the Peace Research Institute Oslo. With...
    More On: COVID vaccine California ‘Epsilon’ strain of COVID-19 could evade vaccines, study says ‘Vax That Thang Up’: Juvenile’s hit song gets 2021 transformation Animals at Wisconsin zoos to receive COVID vaccine IT company, worth $14 billion, offers year’s salary as vaccine incentive Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center mass vaccination site will close for good this Friday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state is turning its focus to boosting inoculations in communities with lower rates. The move also follows the end of most pandemic-era restrictions after the Empire State celebrated an over 70 percent one-shot vaccination rate for adults, plus the termination of New York’s coronavirus state of emergency last month. Sites at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood and SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge will also shutter operations July 9, as part of the state’s previously announced plan to scale back operations at the one time nearly 30-strong state and federally-run mass vaccination locations. “We have achieved great progress in beating back the virus and getting enough New Yorkers vaccinated in order to begin getting back to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that three mass vaccination sites are shutting down. The list includes the Javits Center, Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood and SUNY Ulster. READ MORE: While NYC Honors Hometown Heroes, Many Families Still Coping With Loss Of Loved Ones The sites are set to close after COVID vaccines are administered on Friday. READ MORE: Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape Parade Marches Through Canyon Of Heroes COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here More sites are expected to close over the coming weeks and months. MORE NEWS: Hometown Heroes Parade: Sandra Lindsay Honored To Be Grand Marshal: A Big Hug... From The Entire City The governor’s office says the state will continue to focus resources on areas with low vaccination rates.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Javits Center and two other mass vaccination sites in New York are set to close this week.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that three mass vaccination sites will close on Friday, July 9, as part of an ongoing downscaling that will allow the state to focus on local vaccination efforts."As we continue our mission to make the vaccine accessible in every community and to focus our efforts on the areas with lower vaccination rates, we are proceeding with the downscaling of mass vaccination sites so that we can shift resources to where they are needed the most," Cuomo said.ALSO READ | With new COVID-19 delta variant spreading, communities scramble to vaccinateEMBED More News Videos With the new more contagious delta variant of the COVID-19 virus spreading, communities with low vaccination rates are trying to get creative to get more shots into people's arms. As a result, mass vaccination sites at the Javits Center, Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood and SUNY Ulster will all close at the end of the week.Officials say over the course...