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Coronavirus

EXPLAINER: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

December 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Lyanna Escalante, 5, center, stands with her father, Robinson Escalante, center left in red jacket, of Washington, as a line of people waiting for COVID-19 testing curves through the entire park at a walk-up testing site at Farragut Square on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, just blocks from the White House in Washington. “Her…

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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?

December 30, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  Yes, U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for younger children after millions of 12- to 17-year-olds already safely got the shot, the only one available for children in the country. More than 5 million children ages 5 to 11 have gotten a first dose since early November, and government safety monitoring…

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Restaurants anxious as omicron, high food costs take toll

December 23, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Amy Brandwein, chef and owner of Centrolina, prepares a dish in her restaurant kitchen, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Washington. While restaurants in the U.S. and United Kingdom are open without restrictions and often bustling, they are entering their second winter of the coronavirus pandemic anxious about what’s ahead. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) By…

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Philadelphia to require vaccine proof for indoor dining

December 17, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP–Philadelphia will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine indoors at bars, restaurants, indoor sporting events and other food-related establishments starting Jan. 3, city and public health officials announced Monday. Public Health Director Cheryl Bettigole said Philadelphia has seen infection rates double in the last few weeks and hospitalizations increase…

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The AP Interview: Scientist says omicron was a group find

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Sikhulile Moyo, virologist at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, speaks at a study team meeting for the Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) in Botswana. Moyo, who may well have discovered the omicron variant, says he’s been through a “rollercoaster of emotions” — the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the…

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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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