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Most vulnerable still in jeopardy as COVID precautions ease

February 25, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Bottles and syringes holding a two-shot dose of AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, the first set of antibodies grown in a lab to prevent COVID-19, rest on a table, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at a University of Washington Medicine clinic in Seattle. The drug is supposed to give immune-compromised patients who can’t make their own virus-fighters…

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Philadelphia establishes COVID Response Levels to guide mandate enforcement

February 18, 2022

  The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has announced new COVID Response Levels which tie the City’s public COVID mandates to specific pandemic metrics. As the metrics get better, the City will stop enforcing certain mandates. Should the metrics get worse, the City will start enforcing those mandates again. Given the improving situation following the…

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City issues statement on Philadelphia Fire Dept vaccine mandate lawsuit

February 15, 2022

Full city statement in response to the suit: Since it was announced in November, the City has worked diligently with Local 22 to move forward with implementing the vaccination mandate using an arbitration process agreed upon by Local 22, a process by which the City has successfully negotiated agreements with our other labor partners. The…

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A different COVID-19 vaccine debate: Do we need new ones?

February 12, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A technician inspects filled vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the company’s facility in Puurs, Belgium in March 2021. COVID-19 vaccines are saving an untold number of lives but they can’t stop the chaos when a hugely contagious new mutant bursts on the scene, leading people to wonder: Will we need boosters…

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EXPLAINER: COVID vaccines for kids under 5: What’s next?

February 4, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Syringes and colorful bandages are prepared as children from local schools prepare to get COVID-19 vaccines in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday Dec. 13, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 may be available in the U.S. as early as March 2022, but there are several hurdles still to clear. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle…

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New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

January 28, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against…

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COVID deaths and cases are rising again at US nursing homes

January 21, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: Shyrel Ritter, a certified nursing assistant at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives her COVID-19 booster shot at her workplace in New York, Sept. 27, 2021. COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too. That’s leading to new restrictions on family visits…

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CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

January 21, 2022

By Mike Stobbe ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK — U.S. health officials last Friday encouraged more Americans to wear the kind of N95 or KN95 masks used by health-care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering the air. But they were in short supply previously, and…

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Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum

January 14, 2022

ABOVE PHOTO: A medical technician performs a nasal swab test on a motorist queued up in a line at a COVID-19 testing site near All City Stadium Dec. 30, 2021, in southeast Denver. Millions of workers whose jobs don’t provide paid sick days are having to choose between their health and their paycheck as the…

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Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

January 14, 2022

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is…

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