Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: U.S. vaccines trashed while millions across the globe desperately seek first dose

For the last few months, news sources across the country have increasingly been reporting alarming evidence that, since the beginning of U.S. vaccine distribution in December, vast numbers of vaccine doses have gone to waste, with numbers still increasing in some states to this day. thousands of vaccine doses wasted daily The New York Times […]

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 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: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What about boosters, or, if you got Johnson and Johnson, what about getting a second shot?

A number of people who received the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine (or Astra Zeneca outside of the United States) are seeking a second shot of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in the belief that the Johnson and Johnson and other vaccines may be safer with  a booster. We heard about this from an acquaintance, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: If you are in New York, can you get it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: If you are in New York, can you get it?

The continued struggle to find a place to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York is causing a great deal of anxiety, mirrored by the anxiety of people in other states. I got the first dose of Moderna on Saturday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. I have been following others’ struggles. A friend […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

I got a shot of the Moderna Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine today (Jan. 16) at Jacobi Medical Center, a New York City Health & Hospitals site in the Bronx. Here’s how it happened. Because I’m 66, I qualify in the New York State classification for Stage 1B. But it was crazy hard to find a place […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who will pay? And how much will the vaccine cost?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who will pay? And how much will the vaccine cost?

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rolls out nationwide, it’s a common question: Who will pay? As with many other health care cost questions, it might be complicated. Or, it might be really simple. It seems obvious that the initial round — front-line doctors and nurses, and long-term care facility residents — will be free to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Here’s what distribution looks like on the front lines

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Here’s what distribution looks like on the front lines

One woman got vaccinated though she is technically on furlough. At a military hospital, things ran pretty smoothly — though there were some delays in defrosting. And in North Carolina, a mother, father and daughter all got vaccinated for coronavirus in the week of Dec. 20. We’ve been collecting stories of vaccinations from our friends […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Trial volunteers to be officially unblinded

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Trial volunteers to be officially unblinded

Many Covid vaccine trial volunteers may soon learn whether they received a placebo or the real thing. And those in the placebo groups may be offered the actual shot in the coming weeks. Participants from both the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials told ClearHealthCosts this week that study organizers told them they would have the […]