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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Public health officials in Pennsylvania are recommending residents to get their flu vaccine as case counts rise across the state. READ MORE: Trial Set For Pa., W.Va. Men In Assault Of Capitol Officer Who DiedThere have been flu cases discovered in all 67 counties, with both Influenza A and B on the rise. Sixteen Pennsylvanians have died from the flu since the flu season started in 2021. READ MORE: 1 Person Killed In Early Morning Shooting In Avalon“With the growing number of flu cases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind Pennsylvanians to take preventative measures, including getting a flu vaccine to protect themselves, their family and communities from the flu this season,” Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said. With the Omicron variant’s symptoms being somewhat similar to flu symptoms, it’s becoming easier to confuse the two viruses. However, public health officials say that a COVID-19 vaccine regimen will not protect people from the flu and urges them to register for a flu vaccine. MORE...
    NASSAU COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) -- One Long Island high school teacher is now facing a class E felony for administering a COVID vaccine to a teen at her home.Laura Parker Russo, a biology teacher from Herricks High School, left the Nassau County courthouse Friday without bail.In a Snapchat video, Russo is seen administering a COVID vaccine to a 17-year-old boy, a friend of her son.The incident happened on New Years Eve inside her home in Sea Cliff. Prosecutors say she told the boy it was a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.ALSO READ| US begins offering free COVID-19 tests, but doubts persistEMBED More News Videos Free COVID tests are now available, delivered by USPS, but doubts persist. "I don't know what her motivation was, obviously," Nassau District Attorney Anne Donnelly said. "As you're aware, there was a video made of it. It was almost treated as if they were doing something funny. And it's not funny when you're breaking the law and injecting children."Russo, a teacher for 35 years with six kids of her own, is now reassigned at home.While Russo...
    "We will trust the judgement of the English people," Johnson said. "We are the first to emerge from the Omicron wave. There were loud cheers in Parliament after Johnson finished making these announcements. The UK ends mandatory masking and vaxx passports.\n\nParliament cheers in response.pic.twitter.com/7feWkoUyXA — Aaron Ginn (@Aaron Ginn) 1642604432 "This is a moment we can all be proud of," Health Secretary Sajid Javid said at a press conference. "It is a reminder of what this country can accomplish when we all work together." U.K. health officials warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not eradicated and that future variants will lead to surges of viral infections. But the nation will respond to COVID as an endemic virus, rather than a pandemic. "We must learn to live with COVID in the same way we live with the flu," Javid said. The change in coronavirus policy comes as many British lawmakers are calling for Johnson's resignation, following reports of parties and other supposedly prohibited gatherings at the prime minister's residence during the COVID-19 lockdown. Labour leaders opposed...
    BORIS Johnson today announced Plan B WILL be completely scrapped back next Wednesday. Hated vaccine passports will be dumped along with the guidance to work from home and face masks. 3Boris Johnson has scrapped Plan BCredit: PA The PM said: "The cabinet concluded that because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the plan B, measures, we can return to plan a in England, and allow Plan B regulations to expire. As The Sun revealed, masks in classrooms will be dropped tomorrow and scrapped entirely in schools on January 26. Mr Johnson said: "While we must continue to remain cautious, the data are showing that time and again, this government, got the toughest decisions, right." Cabinet Ministers met this morning to flesh out the final changes ahead of the PM's update to MPs. Covid cases are falling as experts grow increasingly confident the country is over the hump of Omicron. Mr Johnson is also widely seen as dropping Plan B to sooth lockdown-hating rebels threatening to blow apart his premiership. A string...
    Washington (CNN)Last week, some Republican lawmakers wrongly described Washington DC's new proof-of-vaccination policy -- incorrectly tweeting that the Democratic-run city is requiring people to show photo identification to buy milk or even to leave their homes.Their inaccurate tweets, however, came after Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser herself used overly broad language in a tweet describing the policy. Bowser's tweet could have led the senators and others astray, though the senators could certainly have verified the details before posting.Bowser tweeted on Tuesday that starting Saturday, people age 18 and older would need three things "before heading out": a mask, proof of vaccination and photo ID. (She wrote that people ages 12 through 17 would need the mask and proof of vaccination but not the photo ID.) The tweet concluded by saying people could get more information by clicking her link to a government website.Two Republican senators amplified Bowser's tweet in their own tweets. If they had clicked the link to get more information, however, they did not show it.Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said in a Wednesday tweet: "Liberal logic: you need...
    "Victorious, we shut them down" - anti-mandate protesters occupied the Olive Garden in Times Square for 2 hours. \nAfter two hours, instead of being arrested, the business decided to stop operation for the night and closed.pic.twitter.com/SxH2uSkxbV — Scootercaster (@Scootercaster) 1642216116 New York Police Department officers were summoned to the restaurant, and most of the demonstrators dispersed. Video from independent photojournalist Leeroy Johnson shows protesters being escorted out in handcuffs by NYPD officers. "I got arrested. They arrested me for trying to eat at Olive Garden, that’s what happened," a protester said. While being taken away by police, a protester shouts, "This is the Civil Rights movement again!" Another demonstrator screamed, "Wake up New York! Wake the f*** up!" Some onlookers applauded the protesters and called them "heroes." Content Warning: Explicit language: #Breakingnew \nMultiple protesters against mandates were just arrested at Olive Garden in NYC that's for the vaxxed only , Activists attempt to order food and were refused service. The #NYPD was called and told them to leave or they will be arrested. \n#VaccinePassports...
                 A U.S. Senator from Ohio released a statement Friday regarding Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling against President Joe Biden and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s attempt to mandate vaccines in the workplace. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) began his statement by saying that he is a strong advocate for COVID-19 vaccines. “I participated in the [Johnson & Johnson] trial to show people it’s safe and effective and would encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get the booster,” he said. (The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no longer recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC] due to safety concerns). Portman continued, saying he is against mandates. “However, I have real concerns about any national mandate imposed by the federal government on private sector employees,” he said. “Congress has not given the administration that authority, and the President may not unilaterally make enormous decisions that affect people’s lives without the representatives of the people weighing in. I believe the Court recognized that in its decision to stay the mandates while challenges to it are still pending in...
    Former President Trump in a recent interview tore into politicians who will not say whether they have had their vaccine or booster, deeming them 'gutless.'   'I've taken it, I've had the booster,' Trump said.  'Many politicians - I've watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was 'did you get the booster,' he continued. 'The answer is yes but they don't want to say it, because they're gutless. You gotta say it, whether you've had it or not, say it.'  'The vaccine has saved tens of millions of people throughout the world. I have had absolutely no side effects,' he said in an interview with OAN that aired Tuesday night.  Still, the former president said he does not think young people should get the jab.  'I don't think young, healthy people should take it. I think that, certainly these young kids their immune system is so strong,' he continued, before telling how his 15-year-old son Barron had Covid-19 for 'like two seconds.'  'The vaccine has saved tens of millions of people throughout the world. I have...
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (CBS Detroit) — Eastern Michigan University is hosting a community COVID vaccine clinic Saturday for residents in Washtenaw County and surround cities, EMU students, faculty and staff. The clinic is a collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). READ MORE: MDOT: Here's A List Of Weekend Construction In Metro DetroitThe Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered to individuals ages 12 and older wanting a first, second or booster shot. “The University will continue to evaluate its operating policies, and changes will be made as needed to ensure that we offer a safe campus environment while providing excellent service to EMU students,” EMU President Jim Smith. said in a statement. READ MORE: 5 Teens Arrested, Accused Of Stealing 4 Semi Tractor-Trailers In PontiacThe clinic will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 8, at the EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood St. in Ypsilanti. No appointments are required. MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 40,692 New COVID-19 Cases, 259 Deaths© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be...
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (CBS Detroit) — Eastern Michigan University is hosting a community COVID vaccine clinic Saturday for residents in Washtenaw County and surround cities, EMU students, faculty and staff. The clinic is a collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). READ MORE: Crumbley Parents In Oxford High School Shooting Lose Bid To Reduce BailThe Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered to individuals ages 12 and older wanting a first, second or booster shot. “The University will continue to evaluate its operating policies, and changes will be made as needed to ensure that we offer a safe campus environment while providing excellent service to EMU students,” EMU President Jim Smith. said in a statement. READ MORE: Judge Rejects Capitol Rioter's Request To Take Jamaican VacationThe clinic will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 8, at the EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood St. in Ypsilanti. No appointments are required. MORE NEWS: Wayne Health Mobile Unit Offering Free Health Screenings, Vaccines On Jan. 9© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This...
    The FDA authorized Moderna’s booster shot to be given 5 months after the initial two-dose vaccine series instead of 6 months, aligning with changes approved earlier this week for Pfizer’s vaccine. “The country is in the middle of a wave of the highly contagious omicron variant, which spreads more rapidly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and other variants that have emerged,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19, including the circulating variants, and shortening the length of time between completion of a primary series and a booster dose may help reduce waning immunity,” Marks said. “Today’s action also brings consistency in the timing for administration of a booster dose among the available mRNA vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated — it’s never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to issue recommendations on the FDA’s revised authorization for Moderna boosters. The decision drew some criticism from some doctors who argued it wasn’t based on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Truth Italian Restaurant in Bronzeville added something special to the menu Thrurday: COVID vaccines and booster shots."This is the perfect place to come and get my shot and get some breakfast," said Phillip Beckham, customer and Bronzeville resident.The 56-year-old was one of dozens of patrons who received their vaccine or booster shot at the restaurant."This is where people come. You meet the people where they are at," said customer Don Larrue."Better safe than sorry 'cause you don't want to be somewhere and all of a sudden get sick," said Keith Campbell, dishwasher.Vivian Harper, 35, received her first dose of Pfizer."I didn't really consider the loss of so many lives, folks getting sick," she said. "I just thought it couldn't happen to me and then all of a sudden, I got sick."The popular eatery on Pershing Road is also trying not to lose customers on the heels of the city's proof of vaccine mandate."We already kind of lost the older crowd because they are more protective, and I was like now we're going to lose the youth because...
    BORIS Johnson has declared “we will get through this wave” as stats revealed a triple whammy of Covid good news. In early signs the Omicron storm may be subsiding, UK Covid cases fell for the second day in a row. 4Boris Johnson declared 'we will get through this wave' as stats revealed a triple whammy of Covid good news 4 The number of people being taken to hospital with Covid in London — Omicron ground zero — also tumbled.  And the number of people with the virus and on ventilation in hospitals in England also fell for the second day on the trot. Hopes are growing inside Downing Street that all Plan B curbs will be ditched by the end of the month and Britain can get back on the road to normality. All holiday tests are also expected to be axed at the end of the month in a huge boost for sun-thirsty Brits, The Sun has learned. Eager Tory MPs urged Mr Johnson to go even further and become the first world leader to scrap all Covid legal...
                 Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) responded after backlash regarding his view on COVID vaccines. Johnson said, “I won’t apologize for being in awe of creation or for the assumption that immunity from COVID infection might outperform immunity created in a lab.” Once again the COVID gods are attacking truth. I won’t apologize for being in awe of creation or for the assumption that immunity from COVID infection might outperform immunity created in a lab. Unfortunately, the vaccines aren’t as safe or effective as we hoped. — Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 4, 2022 Johnson came under fire on Tuesday for comments he made on a conservative radio show about the efficacy of natural immunity. The senator said, “Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system isn’t the marvel that it is? Why do we think that we can create something better than God in terms of combating disease?” Critics exploded, and Johnson trended on Twitter for several hours as Democrats and others ridiculed him for his views on natural immunity. Johnson said on Wednesday that “unfortunately”...
    Britain’s vaccine chief has said that “at some point, society has to open up” and that the strategy of consistently trying to give booster shots to the entire population is “not sustainable”. The chairman of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), professor Sir Andrew Pollard said that while the decisions on lockdown and vaccination policy are ultimately up to the politicians in Westminster, he shed doubt on enacting future booster campaigns. “We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable. In the future, we need to target the vulnerable,” Sir Andrew told The Telegraph. The JCVI chief went on to suggest that it is too early for Britain to go down the route taken by countries such as Israel, which has already embarked on providing its elderly population with a fourth dose of the vaccine. “We know that people have strong antibodies for a few months after their third vaccination, but more data are needed to assess whether, when and how often those who are vulnerable will need additional doses,” he...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) resumed his efforts to cast doubt on vaccines by asking “Why do we think that we can create something better than God” to deal with the coronavirus. Johnson’s comments came as he spoke to right wing talk show host Vicki McKenna on her show, where they started by bashing health officials while Johnson touted the supposed health benefits of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Johnson has a history of impugning the efficacy of vaccines, and sure enough, he went on a tangent about how breakthrough cases supposedly prove that “the vaccines doesn’t work as well as we all hoped.” As health officials have repeatedly explained, it is still possible for people to contract Covid if they’re vaccinated, but they’re less likely to experience severe illness or remain infectious for as long as they would have otherwise. Meanwhile, the great majority of people who’ve died from Covid were unvaccinated. This all flew over Johnson’s head a week ago when he pointed to Covid cases among the vaccinated during an interview and asked “what’s the point” of getting the shot....
    A New York teacher was arrested and later reassigned on New Year's Eve after she allegedly administered a COVID-19 vaccine injection to a teenager. Laura Russo of Herricks Public Schools allegedly gave a 17-year-old boy a COVID-19 vaccine shot, and he then went home and told his mother. The teenager's mother had not given permission to have her son vaccinated against COVID-19 and called the authorities, Nassau County Police Department's arrest report states. Police arrested Russo after concluding she is not a medical professional and doesn't have the authorization to administer vaccines. She was charged with New York State Education Law unauthorized practice of a profession and released on a desk appearance ticket. She is due to appear in court on Jan. 21. BETTY WHITE DID NOT DIE OF COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER, AGENT SAYS Footage obtained by the outlet shows Russo preparing to administer the vaccine to the teenager, whose face is blurred out. The video is captioned with “never been so uncomfy in his life.” “There you go, at home vaccine”. Police have...
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A real-world study of South African health care workers found that two doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine offer 85% protection against hospitalization from the omicron variant.Separately, the company announced new data from a laboratory study that shows its vaccine likely also works well as a booster for people who got the Pfizer shots originally.The lab study specifically tested two types of immune system responses -- antibody and T-cell responses -- against the omicron variant.MORE: U.S. sets new record for highest number of COVID-19 cases per day EMBED More News Videos Ines De La Cuetara has the latest impact of the omicron variant across the U.S. Using the J&J vaccine as a booster raised people's antibodies and T-cells to levels higher than those seen among people who got a third dose of Pfizer -- according to samples taken four weeks after each booster.The new data adds weight to the argument that mixing and matching vaccine types could be an effective strategy, but the data is limited because it was a laboratory study, not real-world...
    (CNN) — Two reports released Thursday show that people who get booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are well protected against severe disease and hospitalization from the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the company said. Researchers said the findings indicate that most of the Covid-19 vaccines will protect people against the worst outcomes from infection — and show some of the emphasis on how the various vaccines affect immune system components called antibodies may be misleading. One real-life study from South Africa showed vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization from Covid-19 rose to 85% after a booster dose of the J&J vaccine, even after the Omicron variant was circulating. And a lab-based study in the US indicated the vaccine stimulates a strong immune response from cells known as T-cells, which protect people against severe disease even if they don’t block the virus entirely from infecting the body. Results from both studies were released by the company in a statement but are being submitted to a pre-print server and a peer-reviewed journal, the company said. A team at the South African Medical...
    (CNN)Two reports released Thursday show that people who get booster doses of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine are well protected against severe disease and hospitalization from the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the company said.Researchers said the findings indicate that most of the Covid-19 vaccines will protect people against the worst outcomes from infection -- and show some of the emphasis on how the various vaccines affect immune system components called antibodies may be misleading.One real-life study from South Africa showed vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization from Covid-19 rose to 85% after a booster dose of the J&J vaccine, even after the Omicron variant was circulating. And a lab-based study in the US indicated the vaccine stimulates a strong immune response from cells known as T-cells, which protect people against severe disease even if they don't block the virus entirely from infecting the body.Results from both studies were released by the company in a statement but are being submitted to a pre-print server and a peer-reviewed journal, the company said. Is a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose needed? US health officials say not...
    Center for Vaccine Development director Dr. Peter Hotez said Tuesday on CNN’s “OutFront” that he believes Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) were “killers” spreading misinformation on COVID. Anchor Poppy Harlow said, “In the past, Republican Senator Ron Johnson has claimed thousands of deaths have been connected to the COVID vaccine, and that mouthwash could kill the virus, both completely false. Here is what he said last night on Fox while discussing a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel.” During a Fox News interview, Johnson said, “We all hoped and prayed the vaccines would be 100% effective, 100% safe, but they’re not. We now know that fully-vaccinated individuals can catch COVID. They can transmit COVID, so what’s the point?” Harlow said, “What do you think when you hear Senator Johnson say things like that?” Hotez said, “Well, you know, he is one of the dozen or so perpetrators of this horrible disinformation that has led to so many Americans losing their lives unnecessarily. Poppy, we have the numbers. Since June 1, 200,000 unvaccinated Americans who have been defiant...
    The eponymous host of Tucker Carlson Tonight was off Monday night, but viewers were nevertheless still treated to a context-free discussion about fully vaccinated individuals contracting Covid-19. As has been noted the world over, being vaccinated against the coronavirus does not necessarily prevent people from getting Covid-19. However, it makes them far less likely to require hospitalization or die from the virus as opposed to unvaccinated people. According to one survey between, the unvaccinated are accounting for between 98% and 99% of Covid deaths. This well-known fact went unmentioned during a conversation between guest host Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). “Listen, we all hoped and prayed the vaccines would be 100% effective, 100% safe, but they’re not,” said Johnson. “We now know that fully vaccinated individuals can catch Covid, they can transmit Covid, so what’s the point?” Johnson said “natural immunity” isn’t being recognized enough, nor are the “injuries” being caused by the vaccine. “We’re not recognizing natural immunity,” said Johnson. “And sadly, we’re not acknowledging the vaccine injuries and doing research to help those individuals who have...
    BORIS Johnson and wife Carrie have shared a new glimpse of baby Romy during a video call with a Covid vaccination centre - with pet pooch Dilyn snoozing alongside them. The couple beamed as they chatted to doctor Laura Mount - who is leading the team at Central and West Warrington jab clinic - with Carrie clutching their new-born daughter at Chequers, in Ellesborough, Bucks. 4Boris and Carrie Johnson with baby Romy and dog Dilyn on a video call 4The PM and wife beamed as they spoke to doctor Laura Mount, leading the team at Central and West Warrington jab clinic They also spoke to Tom Jones, from Rickmansworth, who attends RVS Rickmansworth lunch club and cares for his wife with dementia.  The PM was pictured grinning as Carrie cradled little Romy in a blue blanket on a sofa of their country house - with their Dilyn seen also joining them. Romy was born on December 9 at a London hospital, with Boris and Carrie - who married in secret earlier this year - revealing her full name, Romy...
    New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina jumped by over 2,000 earlier this week as the omicron variant of COVID-19 washes across the nation. The state's Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,889 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up from 2,894 the day before. The agency does not plan to release updated case counts again until Monday, after the Christmas holiday. State officials also reported 50 new coronavirus related deaths on Tuesday. Almost 1,700 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state as of Wednesday. The omicron variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in South Africa in late November, has rapidly become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S., accounting for nearly three quarters of all cases in the country as of this week. Vaccination appears to provide some defense against severe cases of the variant, and early studies suggest that a booster shot, in addition to the initial two-shot vaccine regimen, offers strong protection against infection. Roughly 69 percent of North Carolinians are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses of either Pfizer-BioNTech's or Moderna's vaccine or one dose of Johnson &...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Regis University is extending its COVID-19 vaccine requirement to include booster shots. Faculty, staff and students are now required to show proof of their booster by Feb. 1, 2022. (credit: CBS) They can show that proof by that date, or six months after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two months after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allow for individuals who originally received a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine to receive a booster of EITHER Pfizer or Moderna. (Photo by Andriy Andriyenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Regis released this statement, “While our campus vaccination rate is 94%, the Omicron variant is far more contagious than previous strains. Booster shots are vital to protect the community from infection, serious illness and hospitalization. We need everyone to do their part not only to protect their own health but the health of your colleagues, classmates, friends and neighbors. Vaccination is particularly vital to help relieve our healthcare professionals who are carrying the burden...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — People are taking advantage of booking online appointments for COVID-19 shots at retail pharmacy stores across the city. Some show limited to no availability until the week after Christmas or into the new year. If you want to receive a dose before then, the Baltimore City Health Department will host 5 walk-up vaccine clinics across the area Thursday. Certain sites will also provide pediatric COVID-19 shots as well as free rapid tests. READ MORE: DC To Require Vaccinations For Clubs, Bars & All StudentsLocally owned and operated pharmacies may also carry the vaccines, including Highlandtown Pharmacy on Eastern Avenue. “We’ve been doing a lot of booster shots recently in the past couple of weeks, and we always had them in stock,” said pharmacist Jignesh Sevak. The pharmacy manager at Highlandtown Pharmacy said vaccine availability has been advertised on their Facebook page, Google and through the Highlandtown Business Association. “Most of the people nowadays are just walk-in appointments. As long as we’re open, we are doing all the vaccines. We’re here for everybody,” Sevak said. READ MORE: Young...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Regis University in Denver announced Wednesday that it is extending its vaccine requirement to include boosters to be considered fully vaccinated. “Effective immediately, Regis University will extend the vaccine requirement to include booster shots,” university officials stated in a letter to the community. “Booster shots are vital to protect the community from infection, serious illness and hospitalization. We need everyone to do their part not only to protect their own health but the health of your colleagues, classmates, friends and neighbors,” officials stated. “Vaccination is particularly vital to help relieve our healthcare professionals who are carrying the burden of consistent high hospitalization rates largely due to unvaccinated individuals contracting COVID-19.” Faculty, staff and students will be required to show proof of their booster by Feb. 1, or six months after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two months after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Officials say the campus vaccination rate is 94%.  
    Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) will mandate patrons show proof of vaccination to enter indoor venues beginning January 15. Nearly one year after the coronavirus vaccine was developed through Operation Warp Speed and approved for use, Bowser decided Wednesday to mandate vaccinations for patrons entering restaurants, gyms, bars, theaters, and museums, the Washington Post first reported. The mandate’s particulars will be unveiled in January, but the mayor indicated the mandate will be enforced by businesses on patrons 12 years and older. Grocers and churches will be exempt: Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a CDC-issued vaccination card, an immunization print out from the patient portal of a person’s vaccine or health care provider or through a COVID-19 verification app like VaxYes or CLEAR. Bowser’s mandate follows New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago — all Democrat-controlled cities — forcing individuals to become vaccinated to enter certain private businesses. The decision to implement mandates is the latest reaction to the omicron variant in a sting of chaotic regressions during the Biden administration. .@JoeBiden promised to "shut down the virus." He FAILED. pic.twitter.com/GNd7lzMdDX — NRCC (@NRCC) December 21, 2021...
    More than 800,000 Americans have died since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The introduction of vaccines at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 brought hope for many — even as cases spiked at the end of the summer, largely due to the delta variant and the unvaccinated. COVID-19 OMICRON AND DELTA VARIANTS BRING US A DOUBLE SURGE Meanwhile, vaccine-makers have worked to meet demand and respond to additional concerns, like the recently identified omicron variant. Numerous breakthroughs in scientific achievement led to where the U.S. and the rest of the world stand today — though the pandemic’s future remains uncertain, especially as cases spike this winter. Here are a few of the most important milestones: Feb. 27 — The FDA grants EUA to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccineOn Feb. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. This Saturday, March 6, 2021, file photo shows vials of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution in...
    "There is no doubt that if you want to be optimally protected you should get your booster," says Dr. Anthony Fauci on what is considered as "fully vaccinated." "Whether or not the CDC is going to change that--it is certainly on the table and open for discussion."pic.twitter.com/yqRrRMnYN0 — Squawk Box (@Squawk Box) 1639740493 The CDC on Thursday endorsed the recommendation of an advisory panel that had voted unanimously to recommend mRNA COVID-19 vaccines as the "preferred" option compared to the Janssen vaccine. "Today, CDC is endorsing updated recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19, expressing a clinical preference for individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine," the CDC noted on Thursday. Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades, has been a prominent and polarizing figure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During an interview on MSNBC earlier this month, Fauci said that while it would be preferable for people to get vaccinated voluntarily,...
    Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks on prior to a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Pool | Reuters CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday she is standing by an advisory committee's decision to keep Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine on the market despite a rare, but serious, side effect that has caused blood clots in some people. "Given the current state of the pandemic, both here and around the world, any vaccination is better than no vaccination," Walensky said during a press briefing by the White House Covid-19 response team. "Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccines."The agency's Advisory Committee on Vaccine Practices on Thursday unanimously recommended Pfizer and BioNTech's or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines, which use mRNA technology that hasn't been linked to the blood clots, over J&J's, which uses a more traditional virus-based technology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed...
    Johnson & Johnson's share price nosedived on Friday morning when the markets opened in reaction to the CDC's announcement yesterday that Americans shouldn't get the company's COVID-19 vaccine because it can cause blood clots.  J&J's one-shot vaccine was popular in March and April because it was seen as more convenient than the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna alternatives.  It was briefly taken out of use in April amid a handful of cases of women who had received it, developed blood clots and then died.  It was put back into use on April 23 but this week, the CDC announced Americans should instead opt for Pfizer or Moderna when choosing which vaccine to get.  The announcement sent the company's shares down by $173 to $168 at opening bell on Monday - a drop of 2.8 percent.     The shots are, however, still available but the CDC is now recommending that Americans opt for Pfizer or Moderna instead.   The announcement on Thursday night sent the company's shares down by $173 to $168 at opening bell on Monday - a drop of 2.8 percent A dose...
    "Given the current state of the pandemic both here and around the world, the ACIP reaffirmed that receiving any vaccine is better than being unvaccinated. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine," the agency noted.
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, slamming him for discharging service members who have not obeyed his “ambiguous” vaccine mandate, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. In October, Johnson wrote that he sent a letter to Austin about his August 24 vaccine mandate. The Wisconsin conservative noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted there is an insufficient “approved supply of Comirnaty, the only fully-licensed vaccine.” Johnson demanded to know, given the limited supply of Comirnaty, how Austin will make service members comply with the vaccine mandate. Reports suggest that 27 Air Force service members have been discharged for noncompliance with the vaccine mandate. Johnson wrote: Despite this lack of clarity, DoD has reportedly begun discharging service members “for not obeying orders to get vaccinated.” Reports indicate that on December 13, 2021, the Air Force discharged 27 service members for noncompliance with the DoD’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. An Air Force spokeswoman stated that these 27 individuals were “the first active- duty Air Force Members to be discharged over the Pentagon’s vaccination requirements for military...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) expert vaccine panel voted unanimously Thursday to recommend mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 over the offering from Johnson & Johnson. In a 15-0 vote, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that all U.S. adults get an mRNA vaccine made by Moderna or Pfizer rather than the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, if possible. The panel cited rare but serious side effects associated with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 41. @CDCgov‘s vaccine advisers vote unanimously to preferentially recommend mRNA vaccines over the J&J vaccine, because of concerns about TTS. https://t.co/ojXG85jDod — Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) December 16, 2021 The experts reviewed data showing additional cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), a rare but serious clotting condition sometimes associated with vaccines produced like Johnson & Johnson’s. It’s also been seen in some recipients of the Astrazeneca vaccine, which is produced the same way but isn’t authorized for use in the U.S. There have only been 54 cases of TTS found in J&J vaccine recipients in the U.S. so far, but nine of...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance saying that people shouldn’t get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot if the Pfizer or Moderna option is available. Citing potentially life-threatening blood clots liked to the J & J jab, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on Thursday, Dec. 16 following an update from the Food and Drug Administration. Federal officials halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this year for 10 days in April after six women experienced the blood-clotting problem — the only known cases at the time among more than 7 million people who had received the vaccine in the US. So far, at least 54 people in the US - mostly women - have been hospitalized with blood clots tied to the Johnson & Johnson jab, including nine who died - seven women and two men. The median age of the 54 people to contract blood clots was 44 years old. The panel voted unanimously in favor of deeming the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna as the...
    Originally Published: 16 DEC 21 15:43 ET Updated: 16 DEC 21 15:48 ET By Maggie Fox, CNN (CNN) — Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 15-0 Thursday to change recommendations for Covid-19 vaccines to make clear that shots made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. The new recommendation: “mRNA vaccines are preferred over the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine for the prevention of Covid-19 for those 18 years of age and over.” The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed the updated recommendation after hearing new data indicating that a rare blood clotting syndrome is more common among people who recently got a J&J vaccine than previously believed. The CDC has logged 54 cases in the US of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome or TTS in the US since the vaccine became available. Nine people have died — seven women and two men. ACIP members considered the new data and weighed it against numerous studies showing J&J’s vaccine is less effective than the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines in preventing infection. They...
    A panel of vaccine experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to formally recommend the two mRNA vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over concerns about a rare but severe blood clotting condition. READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER "I just have a real problem with a recommendation for anyone to get a vaccine that one per 100,000 women ages 30 to 49 years old will have a condition with a case fatality rate of 15%," said Pablo Sánchez, a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University. Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices cited nine deaths due to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia out of the roughly 17.2 million doses administered since the vaccine was authorized for use in adults in February. Seven women and two men, ranging in age from 28 to 62 died, after getting the shot. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will decide whether to adopt the panel’s recommendation as agency policy later on Thursday. ​​DOCTORS CAUTION CDC AGAINST...
    Most Americans should be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the Johnson & Johnson shot that can cause rare but serious blood clots, U.S. health advisers recommended Thursday.The strange clotting problem has caused nine confirmed deaths after J&J vaccinations - while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines don't come with that risk and also appear to be more effective, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.It's an unusual move and the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, must decide whether to accept the panel's advice.Until now the U.S. has treated all three COVID-19 vaccines available to Americans as an equal choice, since large studies found they all offered strong protection and early supplies were limited. J&J's vaccine initially was welcomed as a single-dose option that could be especially important for hard-to-reach groups like homeless people who might not get the needed second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna options.But the CDC's advisers said Thursday that it was time to recognize a lot has changed since vaccines began rolling out a year ago. More than 200 million Americans...
    A healthcare worker holds a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.Phill Magakoe | AFP | Getty Images An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said it prefers Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines over Johnson & Johnson's shot for adults 18 and over, after finding dozens of people developed a rare blood clot condition following J&J vaccination, all of whom were hospitalized and nine of whom died. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer and Moderna over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky still has to weigh in on the panel's recommendation. The CDC has confirmed 54 cases of people developing blood clots and showing low blood platelet levels, a new condition called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome that mostly affects younger women. All of the patients were hospitalized, nine people died and 36 were treated in intensive care. "The TTS case reporting rates following Janssen vaccines is higher than previous estimates in men as well as women in a wider age range," Dr. Keipp Talbot, chair of the...
    Ghana’s government announced Monday it will fine airlines $3,500 per passenger if the traveler in question arrives in Ghana without proof of vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus, Africa News reported Tuesday. “While Ghanaians who fly in without meeting the requirement will be allowed to enter the country and undergo a 14-day quarantine, non-Ghanaian nationals who are not fully vaccinated may be banned from entering the country and returned to the airport they departed from at the cost of the airline,” according to the news site. The Ghana Health Service announced on December 9 it would require all foreign travelers aged 18 years and older entering Ghana on international flights to present “evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] vaccine” starting December 12. The government body said it would only recognize travelers as “fully vaccinated” if they received coronavirus vaccines from a list of brands approved by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA). Ghana FDA has so far approved Chinese coronavirus vaccines made by AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna for use in the West African...
    By Jamie Gumbrecht and Elizabeth Cohen, CNN (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisers will meet on Thursday to revisit the benefits and risks for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to vote on “updated recommendations for use,” according to an agenda for the meeting posted online Wednesday. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for use in people age 18 and older, and can be used as a booster shot for adults fully vaccinated with the J&J, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. People who received the J&J vaccine are advised to get a booster dose of any of the authorized vaccines two months after their first shot. According to the agenda, the CDC’s vaccine advisers will hear presentations about thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome, known as TTS, a rare, serious type of blood clotting condition that has been linked to the J&J vaccine, but not to the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. During a White House Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky did not...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisers will meet on Thursday to revisit the benefits and risks for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to vote on "updated recommendations for use," according to an agenda for the meeting posted online Wednesday.The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for use in people age 18 and older, and can be used as a booster shot for adults fully vaccinated with the J&J, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. People who received the J&J vaccine are advised to get a booster dose of any of the authorized vaccines two months after their first shot. Covid-19 vaccinations began a year ago. These numbers show how its goingAccording to the agenda, the CDC's vaccine advisers will hear presentations about thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome, known as TTS, a rare, serious type of blood clotting condition that has been linked to the J&J vaccine, but not to the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.During a White House Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky did not say...
    South African virologist Penny Moore found the J&J shot provides undetectable antibody response to the Omicron variant A new study has found that Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine produced virtually no antibody response to the Omicron variant. South African virologist Penny Moore found that a key measure of antibody levels fell fell from 303 against the original strain to undetectable levels against Omicron in those with the J&J shot, according to Bloomberg. Among those who received the Pfizer shot, the antibody measure, called geometric mean titers, fell from 1,419 against the original coronavirus strain to 80 against Omicron. 'Omicron does indeed exhibit substantial immune escape from antibodies,' she in a presentation on Tuesday. 'The situation, I think, is even more alarming for the J&J vaccine -- there was no detectable neutralization in our assay.'  The study was conducted under test-tube conditions with human blood plasma and has not yet been published.  It does not rule out other immune responses to Omicron in those with the J&J vaccine, such as from powerful T cells. A new study has found that Johnson &...