Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: An ethicist talks about lying

We’ve been hearing a lot about lying related to the coronavirus pandemic. Wanting to hear from an ethicist, I reached out to Dr. Charles E. Binkley, a cancer surgeon who is director of bioethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution in Silicon Valley. (See our post about lying […]

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 future: Vaccines make people forget the basic pandemic rule

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the future: Vaccines make people forget the basic pandemic rule

“During a pandemic, no one’s health is fully in their own hands,” Ed Yong writes over at The Atlantic. “No field should understand that more deeply than public health, a discipline distinct from medicine. Whereas doctors and nurses treat sick individuals in front of them, public-health practitioners work to prevent sickness in entire populations. They […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Millions of Americans might not have had an adequate response to shot

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Millions of Americans might not have had an adequate response to shot

“It was a beautiful March afternoon, and as June Tatelman walked her dog in her Boston neighborhood, she was flying high,” Elizabeth Cohen wrote over at CNN. “Tatelman had recently received her second dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, and the end of the pandemic was finally in sight. Maybe soon she could play with her […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) with masks and vaccine: How are you thinking about this right now?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) with masks and vaccine: How are you thinking about this right now?

The new masking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control has sent parts of the United States into a tailspin. Many people have been wearing masks for many many months as a sign of 1) belief in the science that they make us all safer, 2) I am not a Trump supporter, 3) My mask […]

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 vaccine: Farmworkers face difficulties getting vaccinated, despite high death rates

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Farmworkers have continued to put food on Americans’ tables across the country during the coronavirus pandemic. And yet, they feel forgotten.  In a now year-long pandemic, and under a new presidency in 2021, the United States has been trying to figure out how to distribute the relatively new coronavirus vaccine. But even with a recent […]

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 vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: Hurdles and success stories of volunteer ‘vaccine angels’

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Darlene Ferreira works 10 to 12 hours a day in the office. But when she gets home, she begins work on what has become for her a second job: helping total strangers get Covid vaccines. “I got home today at nine. I’ll probably be doing this until 2 a.m.,” […]