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. […]

How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

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How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

The man on the phone said his insurance company quintupled his premiums for next year, from $333 to $1,700, and he was really upset. He was even more upset that the only thing that had changed in his health care situation was that he had started taking Truvada, the anti-HIV drug. Truvada, also known as […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

“The first time Mary Ann Price logged into her employer’s system to schedule a vaccine, she found an appointment three days later at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy,” Cat Ferguson writes over at MIT Technology Review. “She woke up the next day to an email saying it had been canceled. So she logged in again and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

“Mihail Zilbermint is used to treating diabetes — he heads a special team that cares for patients with the metabolic disorder at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.,” Erin Blakemore wrote over at The Washington Post “But as the hospital admitted increasing numbers of patients with covid-19, his caseload ballooned. ‘Before, we used to manage maybe […]

How much does Linzess cost? $468 or $600? Or maybe $3?

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How much does Linzess cost? $468 or $600? Or maybe $3?

A woman we know had a problem: Her doctor prescribed Linzess for constipation. But her insurance, the New York State version of Medicaid, wouldn’t cover it. So she would need to have $600 to get the medication, paying cash, or skip it. She had tried several other over-the-counter and lower-cost medications to resolve this problem. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

We’ve been following the Covid vaccine distribution in the New York area, trying to reflect people’s experiences on the ground. Here are some suggestions and observations from my acquaintances and friends on social media. Facebook, Connecticut and New York “If you have a parent that is 75 or over go to the Stamford Hospital Website […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Creating a special, vaccinated class

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Creating a special,  vaccinated class

“The coronavirus vaccine wasn’t supposed to be a golden ticket,” Jonah Engel Bromwich writes over at The New York Times. “A tiered and efficient rollout was meant to inoculate frontline workers and the most vulnerable before the rest of society. But scattershot and delayed distribution of the still-limited supply now threatens to create a new […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine: The rollout leaves most older adults confused about where to go I Kaiser Health News

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine: The rollout leaves most older adults confused about where to go I Kaiser Health News

“Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to a poll released Friday,” Phil Galewitz writes over at Kaiser Health News. “Nearly 6 in 10 people 65 and older who have not yet gotten a shot said they […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting that second shot is turning out to be complicated for some people

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting that second shot is turning out to be complicated for some people

The two coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States both require a first shot and then a second, booster shot, either 21 days later (Pfizer) or 28 days later (Moderna) for full effectiveness, according to the manufacturers. Yet in the current vaccine shortage, some people who got the first […]