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By Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from COVID-19. The changes…
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By Laura Ungar, Kaiser Health News Mary Ann Steiner drove 2½ hours from her home in the St. Louis suburb of University City to the tiny Ozark town of Centerville, Missouri, to get vaccinated against covid-19. After pulling into the drive-thru line in a church parking lot, she noticed that the…
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New York City pharmacist Ambar Keluskar, PharmD, was profiled in The New York Times this week for a timely, unique type of pandemic outreach—holding pop-up vaccination events for vulnerable older adults at affordable housing facilities. Supervisor of the independent Rossi Pharmacy in Brooklyn, Dr…
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By Phil Galewitz and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News With covid vaccines expected to remain scarce into early spring, Connecticut has scrapped its complicated plans to prioritize immunizations for people under 65 with certain chronic conditions and front-line workers. Instead, the…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Opening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors. Boston Medical Center, which runs the…
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By Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News A prominent group of academics is pressing the Biden administration to move faster and take stronger action to protect high-risk workers from airborne exposure to the coronavirus, urging enforceable standards to help safeguard risky workplaces including…
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By Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News April 30 will mark the end of the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s tenure. That’s a benchmark presidents often set for making good on high-priority campaign promises. In early December, Biden announced that one promise would be to get 100 million…
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By Rachel Bluth and Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus. This…
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For weeks, doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. “When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?” these patients want to know. “And where?” Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors…
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A day after receiving US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel support, the agency announced Friday evening that it has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 that was created by Moderna. This vaccine will be distributed in the US…
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