Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: 246 infected, 3 dead in Michigan despite being vaccinated |

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“At least 246 people in Michigan who were ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with the virus, including 11 who were hospitalized and three who have died, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,” Robin Erb writes on Bridge Michigan.  “More than 1.8 million Michigan residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, according […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Outreach efforts build to get people vaccinated and combat vaccine hesitancy

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Outreach efforts build to get people vaccinated and combat vaccine hesitancy

Kenny Herzog spends a lot of his time off from work by working — on getting vaccine appointments for people in and around the Westchester County town of Greenburgh. He’s one of the earliest members of the Greenburgh Covid Angels, a group of volunteers trying to ease the Covid crisis by getting shots in arms. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

A friend, Jake Bialer, put together a vaccine appointment availability updater for the Walgreen’s pharmacy site nationwide, describing it as “an independent effort to make vaccine availability more transparent.” It’s particularly useful for  booking eligible people at Walgreens, or for “leftover” or “waitlist” or “standby” vaccines at a place where unused vaccine might be available […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the children: The extremely serious childhood variant called MIS-C

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Cree’Shaina Towery’s 9-year-old daughter tested positive for Covid in late December after a relative who was staying with them for the holidays contracted the virus. Towery’s daughter was totally asymptomatic, so she was not initially concerned, she said. “At that point, I will say I was completely naive,” Towery […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

Some people are trying really, really hard to bend the rules and get vaccinated against Covid — lying and cheating to make it happen. Meanwhile, others are watching, appalled, at the behavior of people they know. We’ve seen people on social media scolding others for showing pictures of their newly vaccinated selves — even if […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

Let’s call them backdoor vaccines. Or loophole vaccines. As the vaccine rollout continues its chaotic march across the United States, some people are getting a vaccine even though they don’t qualify. Some people are going to incredible lengths — forged paperwork and false claims. There was even a story about a $2,000 offer for a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

Our citizen science journalism project with Covid antibody tests is over, and the results are conclusively inconclusive. Out of 32 members of the group (including me) who used our in-home antibody tests from Wuhan, China, 6 were positive, 17 were negative, 4 were invalid and 5 were not returned. Among the people who tested negative […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

“After nearly a year of the pandemic decimating New York City’s restaurant industry, forcing thousands of businesses to close permanently and costing tens of thousands of people their jobs, this month brought a glimmer of optimism,” Matthew Haag writes over at The New York Times. “Limited indoor dining has started again and restaurant workers, including […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]