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EXPLAINER: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant

December 3, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 holds a child on her back on a crowded sidewalk in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new variant of COVID-19, scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified…

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Racial disparities in kids’ vaccinations are hard to track

November 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Cameron West, 9, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Englewood Health in Englewood, N.J., Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community leaders fear that Black and Latino kids are falling behind. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) By Annie Ma and Mike Melia ASSOCIATED…

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Are you vaxxed? Some families face fraught divide over jabs

November 19, 2021

By Leanne Italie ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK — Thanksgiving is Jonathan Mitchell’s favorite holiday, usually spent with his wife co-hosting up to 20 loved ones. He’d been looking forward to the gathering this year after calling it off in 2020 due to the pandemic, but one of the most pressing issues of the times got…

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Universal Family of Schools hosts vaccine clinics

November 12, 2021

Universal Family of Schools are hosting a series of community vaccine clinics in conjunction with Penn Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots will be available to the general public.  Universal invites anyone interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine or booster to join them at the following schools:  Universal Daroff, 5630…

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EXPLAINER: What to know about vaccines for kids aged 5-11

November 5, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5, to the relief of some parents even as others have questions or fears. Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final OK for youngsters age 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of the vaccine…

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EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

October 29, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe ASSOCIATED  PRESS  Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing — and adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can get a different type of vaccine for that extra dose. A number of factors, including…

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More than 120,000 US kids had caregivers die during pandemic

October 15, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Zavion Guzman hugs his sister Jazzmyn while playing Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Belleville, N.J. Lunisol Guzman adopted the two as babies but died last year from COVID-19 along with her partner at the start of the violent first wave of the pandemic in the U.S. Northeast. The children’s older sisters now care…

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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

October 15, 2021

By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks…

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South Africa’s vaccine train takes doses to poor areas

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Siboniso Nene, head of the vaccination program, briefs people who came for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Swartkops railroad yard outside Gqeberha, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched….

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Department of Health, physicians answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine in new educational video

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Inserts – Dr. Paul Offit (Photo/  and Dr. Denise A. Johnson (Photo/ Pennsylvania Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics Dr. Paul Offit developed a video resource for Pennsylvanians answering questions about vaccine safety. Anyone can…

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