Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: F.D.A. gives full approval to Pfizer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine today, according to a press release. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine,” the release said. “The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: Insurers ending coverage for Covid hospitalizations for people who are not vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: Insurers ending coverage for Covid hospitalizations for people who are not vaccinated

“With highly effective coronavirus vaccines available and hospital admissions soaring, many Covid-19 patients are facing bigger bills as most insurance companies have ended waivers on out-of-pocket costs that they introduced earlier in the pandemic, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a cost that will be primarily borne by the unvaccinated people more likely to require […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the boosters: Biden administration puts in vaccine mandates for some and plans boosters

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the boosters: Biden administration puts in vaccine mandates for some and plans boosters

“The Biden administration moved on several fronts Wednesday to fight back against the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated Americans and using federal leverage to force nursing homes to vaccinate their staffs,” Sharon LaFraniere and Apoorva Mandavilli wrote for The New York Times. “In remarks from the East […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and costs: Prevention vs. treatment, by the numbers

Eight months after the first Covid vaccine was rolled out in the United States, debate is raging over how to push hesitant Americans to get the shot to help rein in the pandemic that has cost the country trillions of dollars and over a million lives directly and indirectly. ClearHealthCosts zoomed in on the potential health and financial costs of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the unvaccinated: You might be hit with expensive medical bills, employer mandates

“People who choose not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus face greater odds of getting seriously ill and hospitalized –- a decision that could risk not just their health, but their finances as employers mandate vaccination and insurance companies look at ways to pass on the costs of treatment,” Ken Alltucker writes over at USA Today. “More […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: The third shot is here, for immunocompromised people. How does it work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: The third shot is here, for immunocompromised people. How does it work?

Third shots of the Covid vaccine are now being broadly recommended for people who are immunocompromised. But like a lot of the rest of the vaccine rollout, the change in policy has been a little rocky. The prospect of a third shot has been discussed for quite some time for immunocompromised people. Scientists noticed that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Can the shot cause menstrual cycle changes?

“Sore arms. Headaches. Low-grade fevers. These are some of the expected side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine —- a sign that the body’s mounting an immune response and learning how to fend off the coronavirus,” Geoff Brumfiel reports over at NPR. “But thousands of people in the U.S. think they may have had other side […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: New York City and state give goodies for those getting vaccinated

New York City has started to offer $100 to unvaccinated people to encourage them to take the Covid vaccine. The New York City offer is good only at New York City sites, not at CVS or a local urgent care center.  A vaccinated person has to register, and then gets the incentive after getting fully […]

Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

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Parents, advocates angered by reduction in Covid safety measures in school

Children in the United States are about to commence their second, full Covid school year with as much fear and frustration as their first. As the Delta variant causes cases to surge globally and childhood cases to rise, districts have dropped their precautions, and some parents are frightened, angry and deeply conflicted over how to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who is lying, and about what, and why?

Perhaps it’s not surprising that we’re hearing of people who are lying — again, or still, or more and more — about the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. We’ve heard about people lying about age, about occupation, about place of residence. We’ve heard people lying about whether they were vaccinated or not. What goes into that — […]