Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Our vaccine van takes a primary role as a test provider

Looking back over the last year, our Covid work has taught us some really important and interesting things, culminating in our five months helping distribute vaccines an undervaccinated neighborhood in New York City. We started the year in a flurry of reporting on why people were having a hard time getting access to the new […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine proof: What’s working and what isn’t?

You need to prove you got vaccinated — maybe at the border, maybe at the door of the bar, or at the airline gate or the sports arena. What to use? There’s always your paper vaccine record. And yet a number of electronic vaccine passes have sprung up, some more useful and reliable than others. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine pass: What’s it like to be the person checking vaccine credentials?

What’s it like to be the person who checks people’s vaccine credentials at a public venue in New York City? I was introduced to a man who does that at a major tourist venue. We chatted by phone. Here’s the conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, and posted here on the condition that we […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries At-home Covid tests are very hard to find. And the prices are spiraling up, despite promises by city, state and federal governments in the United States to make them available for free. New York Health + Hospitals, the New York public housing entity, is passing out free boxes of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Omicron and holidays have made the market crazy

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Omicron and holidays have made the market crazy

The combination of the surge in the new Omicron Covid variant, people’s decisions to travel for the holidays and the shutdown of some public testing sites has driven a sudden overnight change in the Covid testing landscape. Many people who had settled on a testing place in their neighborhood have now found that place has […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How to get more people vaccinated through volunteer efforts

“America is awash in vaccines. After a winter and spring where it was very, very difficult to get an appointment, we now have plenty of doses to go around. Kids over 5 can get shots, and the FDA even greenlit boosters for older teenagers last week,” Tim Requarth writes over at Slate, in a piece […]

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 […]