Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

There has been a lot of conversation about extra doses in the Pfizer vaccine vials — meaning that the official regimen could include up to 5 doses per vial, but the vial actually has 6 or 7 doses, or maybe more. So there’s a “leftovers” issue that is causing havoc some places. (See our other […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

The vaccine delivery rollout in New York State, and nationwide, hasn’t exactly been smooth. Long waits in line, people getting turned away, confusing web signup procedures, groups of coworkers texting frantically are all part of the story. And yet there have been others who have swiftly gotten a vaccine they didn’t expect to get. In […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

Now that the coronavirus vaccine is here, the question on many minds is “when and how will I get it?” At Hands-On Rehab, an occupational therapy practice in Valhalla, N.Y., north of New York City, all the therapists and support staff are scheduled to get vaccinated the week of Jan. 10. They are in Phase […]

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: How is the rollout going? Well, it depends.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How is the rollout going? Well, it depends.

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rolls out nationwide, questions about who will get it and when have been occupying a lot of space. Doctors and other health care providers are first in line — with others likely to wait until spring or summer, depending on supplies. Perhaps not unexpectedly, the rollout has been very organized […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: What if my employer requires me to get it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: What if my employer requires me to get it?

As Covid vaccines reach or near approval, some Americans are wary, citing the rushed timeline as a reason to delay getting the shot. But eventually, even the dwindling number of Americans saying they don’t plan to get the injection may have to choose between abstaining from the vaccine and keeping their jobs. ClearHealthCosts spoke with […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How it works when you volunteer for a trial of a new shot

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How it works when you volunteer for a trial of a new shot

Julie Dunn said it was an easy choice to volunteer for the coronavirus vaccine trials run by Moderna. “I used to work on clinical trials,” Dunn said in a video interview. “I’m an epidemiologist by training, and I understand how challenging it is to recruit for trials and get a decent cross-section of people. So […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: The ABC’s right now

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: The ABC’s right now

By JEANNE PINDER and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES Who is making the vaccines? While dozens companies and organizations are in the process of testing and manufacturing Covid vaccines, five appear poised to have their shots ready for the public in the United States within the next six months: Pfizer (in partnership with BioNTech) Moderna AstraZeneca (in partnership […]