Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the pass: The New York Excelsior pass, and how those vaccine apps work (or don’t work)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the pass: The New York Excelsior pass, and how those vaccine apps work (or don’t work)

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries How well do those electronic vaccine confirmation passes on your phone work? We did a little bit of digging, and found out that it’s a mixed bag. The Excelsior pass is the New York State version, and that’s our focus here. It or something similar is needed to show […]

Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

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Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

As the Covid vaccine rollout continues, many people have had interesting roles and experiences. We spoke with one — we’ll call her C. — who is helping with the rollout in Los Angeles. I caught up with her for a conversation about her experiences. Here is our conversation, lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Phoebe […]

Covid vaccines deliver immunity that is more consistent than immunity from infection, but both last at least six months – The Washington Post

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Covid vaccines deliver immunity that is more consistent than immunity from infection, but both last at least six months – The Washington Post

“It’s a question that scientists have been trying to answer since the start of the pandemic, one that is central to the rancorous political debates over coronavirus vaccine policies: How much immunity does someone have after recovering from a coronavirus infection, and how does it compare with immunity provided by vaccination?” Lena H. Sun and Joel […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: More details on the rollout for children age 5 to 11

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: More details on the rollout for children age 5 to 11

The rollout of the Covid vaccine for children 5 through 11 years old, expected this week, is full of uncertainty. Will my pediatrician give it? What are the chances at CVS? My local independent pharmacy? What about a school clinic for all the kids at our school? Or the big state- and city-run sites? There’s […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Moderna booster is in the books, finally. Thanks, Costco.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Moderna booster is in the books, finally. Thanks, Costco.

It took a while, but I did manage to get the Moderna Covid vaccine booster for over-65 on Wednesday, Oct. 27. And I got it at that most elegant and excellent of all 21st-century health care providers: Costco. I’ve been trying to find this over-65 booster, a half-size dose from the original, since last Friday, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Rolling out the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. What we know so far.

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries Covid vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are likely to be approved for distribution in early November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. The decision on giving vaccines to younger kids will affect as many as 28 million children ages 5 to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Johnson & Johnson surges in New York, while Moderna’s still hard to find

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Johnson & Johnson surges in New York, while Moderna’s still hard to find

An interesting change is taking place with the demand for the three Covid vaccines approved for use in the United States. We vaccinated a whopping 213 people on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the vaccine van we are using in the grant program we’re working on in Queens. The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine has surged […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: In search of Moderna, Chapter 2

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: In search of Moderna, Chapter 2

I went looking for a Moderna booster on Saturday, Oct. 23, the day after the Centers for Disease Control announced that they were available and I was eligible, as an over-65 person with the initial Moderna series completed in January and February of this year. I called Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., part […]

Medicare offers universal health insurance to seniors. Why would Manchin change that? | Center for Health Journalism

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Medicare offers universal health insurance to seniors. Why would Manchin change that? | Center for Health Journalism

“So much help for seniors hangs in the balance as Democrats whittle away at the massive legislative package in Congress,” Trudy Lieberman writes for the Center for Health Journalism. “If by some chance Medicare recipients get new benefits to help pay for dental, vision and hearing services and lower prices for their costliest prescription drugs, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid advocates and the financial fallout

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: Long Covid advocates and the financial fallout

Two widely known long Covid patient advocates have recently begun to publicize the financial fallout from their illness, starting fund-raising campaigns to support themselves. Both advocates, Amanda Finley and Karyn Bishof, have been ill since spring of 2020. Both have long-term consequences, and both are well-known founders of patient advocacy groups on Facebook — Finley […]