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    On this day, a year ago, we lacked the one thing we needed most of all in our fight against COVID: an approved vaccine to deploy to the people of the UK. Tomorrow, a year ago, that all changed. On 2nd December 2020 our regulator, the MHRA, became the first in the world to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; a few weeks later the AstraZeneca vaccine was licensed. 1Prof Jonathan Van-Tam at a Downing Street briefing on boosters on MondayCredit: AFP A vast amount of work had led up to that point, and a vast amount of work has followed to get those vital jabs into arms. That was a real turning point in the battle with the pandemic. On 8th December, just 6 days after approval, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a deployed dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Over 115 million vaccinations later, we can see the powerful impact the UK deployed vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca) have had in saving lives, reducing serious illness, and taking pressure of the NHS. The huge delivery of...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — America is on alert, working around the clock to prepare for what the Omicron variant may bring. Now, a major vaccine provider is taking action that could help slow any spread of the new virus variant. Pfizer is expected to seek approval from the FDA for booster shots for 16 and 17 year olds in the coming days. Sources say regulators are expected to sign off on the request quickly. Currently, only adults 18 and older can get the extra dose. This comes as health leaders show concern about the new Omicron variant and the race to learn more about it. Meanwhile, President Biden and the CDC are urging people to get vaccinated or get the booster shot if they haven’t already done so. They say it’s the best protection against COVID-19 and its variants. The CDC says anyone 18 and older should get a booster shot six months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine, or two months after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    BRITS are set for a challenging winter and the vulnerable have been urged to come forward for their coronavirus booster jab. In a major change, people can now book their shot a month in advance so no time is wasted. 1Experts have urged all those eligible to come forward for their booster vaccines as temperatures continue to fall as we head into winterCredit: LNP For the first time, the NHS will be inviting those who had their second dose more than five months ago, allowing people to book their top-up jab in advance of becoming eligible when they reach six months. Pharmacies, GP practices and large community sites are offering slots. But people eligible can also turn up to a walk-in centre. Getting a third vaccine shot will ensure you have the optimal level of protection against Covid this winter. The Sun is also urging Brits to come forward for their booster jabs after launching the Give Britain a Booster campaign. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “NHS staff are making it as...
    President Joe Biden ruled out fresh lockdowns as a response to a new variant of Covid-19 but told reporters at a Monday press conference that his administration was looking into the possibility of additional vaccine booster shots. “I’ll be putting forward a detailed strategy outlining how we’re going to fight Covid this winter,” Biden said, promising another press conference on Thursday. “Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more.” To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved booster shots developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, adding a third dose to the two-shot series from Pfizer and Moderna and a second dose to the J&J regimen. But Biden said the federal response to Covid-19’s Omicron included looking at the possibility of adding new boosters in the future, saying the feds were working with all three companies “to develop contingency plans for vaccines or boosters.” “I expect the new normal to be everyone ends up getting vaccinated with a booster shot, so we’ve reduced the number of...
    London (CNN)All adults in the United Kingdom will be able to get their booster Covid-19 vaccine doses three months after their second shot, the government indicated on Monday, in a dramatic acceleration of the country's inoculation drive that comes amid fears over the Omicron variant.Boosters had previously only been available a minimum of six months after a second dose, for people over 40 and for over-16s with underlying health conditions.By slashing the gap to a minimum of three months, the UK will soon offer one of the smallest intervals of any country in the world. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he had accepted the move in Parliament on Monday, hours after the UK's advisory body on vaccinations recommended it. England is also reinstating a mask mandate in shops and on transport from Tuesday, a move announced over the weekend that was also sparked by concerns about Omicron.The new step will heighten concerns about geographic inequalities in the effort to protect people from Covid-19 -- a disparity which was highlighted since the concerning new variant was discovered in southern Africa, where...
    The Omicron variant pushes pharmaceutical companies to update the contents of their vials faster than expected. As the withdrawal campaign is in full swing in some parts of the West, the Govt 19 vaccines are facing a highly contagious new strain and many mutations. Globally, the B.1.1.529 variant is causing concern as it spreads beyond South Africa, prompting the world to gradually close its borders to South Africa. “There were less than 10 mutations in this protein in the previous variants and the Omigran variant is more than 30. This is worrying, suggesting that this variant should reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine against this new variant,” the virologist pointed out. Etienne Decroly, on L’Express. Moderna in a specific booster dose According to the expert, it is necessary to anticipate the question of the vaccine, because the current serum is compatible with the original strain of the virus, the latter has developed a lot since 2020. Therefore the vaccine loses its effectiveness. Forms of the disease. “In order to better control the spread of infection and virus,...
    A bioentech He said on Friday he would collect data in two weeks to determine if he needed to be reworked to deal with the vaccine he had made with Pfizer. For the new variant Do Govt 19 virus, Found in South Africa. We hope that these companies, if necessary, will be able to develop a new vaccine to adapt to the new variant in about 100 days. P.1.1.529, What happened Name Omigron. “We feel The concern of the experts and we immediately began investigations Variation P.1.1.529”, Bioendech Info. “We expect additional data from laboratory tests in a maximum of two weeks. This data may be a variation of B.1.1.529 and will provide information on whether changes to our vaccine may be needed if it spreads globally,” he added. Moderna said in a statement that it was developing a booster dose for the new variant and was testing a larger version of its current booster. Other types of reinforcements that protect against many types are also under study. “The booster dose of an approved vaccine represents the only strategy...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Moderna said it’s already testing its current vaccine on the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant of COVID-19 and has a plan in place to create a booster for the variant if needed. Moderna said the Omicron variant has mutations that may increase the transmission rate and could accelerate waning immunity. READ MORE: New Hampshire, Vermont Asked To Test Deer For COVID-19The Cambridge-based biotechnology company has been working on a strategy to handle variants if the current vaccination and additional booster dose does not protect against emerging strains such as Omicron. The strategy includes a higher dose of the booster for healthy adults, which Moderna is already testing against Omicron. It is also studying two booster candidates that have been designed to anticipate and provide protection against mutations in COVID-19. The company is also looking to develop variant-specific candidates for variants that are of specific concern. READ MORE: Police Investigating Vandalism At Kennedy Compound On Cape CodModerna said it has been able to advance additional boosters to clinical testing in 60-90 days. “From the beginning, we have said that...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government will send 44 military medical personnel to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country, state health officials said Wednesday. It also will open beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought assistance. The two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and care for patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, the state health department said. As of Monday, nearly 4,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases. The 3,700 adults with confirmed infections was more than 90% of the peak from April — a number that had risen by more than 78% in a month. “Right now, our doctors and nurses are reporting the vast majority of their patients are unvaccinated or have not yet received a booster dose,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We can all do our part to help reduce the strain on our hospital systems...
    Originally Published: 25 NOV 21 12:25 ET By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — Now that the United States has rolled out Covid-19 booster shots for all fully vaccinated adults, some parents have been wondering if or when their vaccinated teenagers might need to get a booster dose of vaccine — and researchers are working to have an answer soon. Currently, a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines are recommended for all adults who completed the original two-dose series of those shots at least six months ago, and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is recommended for adults who completed a single shot at least two months ago. It was about six months ago — in May — when the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine for this age group. Shots started going into arms shortly thereafter. “We don’t know yet if children will need boosters. But we are...
    (CNN)Now that the United States has rolled out Covid-19 booster shots for all fully vaccinated adults, some parents have been wondering if or when their vaccinated teenagers might need to get a booster dose of vaccine -- and researchers are working to have an answer soon. CDC recommends Covid-19 boosters for all adultsCurrently, a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines are recommended for all adults who completed the original two-dose series of those shots at least six months ago, and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is recommended for adults who completed a single shot at least two months ago.It was about six months ago -- in May -- when the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine for this age group. Shots started going into arms shortly thereafter."We don't know yet if children will need boosters. But we are actively working on the study to answer that question," said...
    BRITS have limited time to get their booster jab if they want the maximum amount of protection on Christmas Day, the Government says. The big day is one month away and families are bound to get together for a blowout after having to spend last year apart under lockdown rules. 1Get your booster ASAP for a safe ChristmasCredit: Alamy There are no current plans to put a cap on Christmas celebrations. While it's good news, it means catching Covid from relatives poses a risk, even after vaccines have been given to millions of people. In order to have more than 90 per cent protection against Covid illness and hospitalisation, experts say it’s time those eligible book their top-up jab. It takes around 14 days for antibodies to grow after an injection. Therefore, December 11 is the deadline day for optimal protection.  A Department of Health and Social care spokesperson said: “People who have had their booster vaccine by 11 December will have very high protection against Covid-19 by Christmas Day. “Following a rise in cases and a return of...
    Jerusalem (CNN)When it comes to Covid-19, it seems where Israel leads, the rest of the world follows. For almost a year, the country has offered other nations a glimpse into the pandemic's future.Israel has been at the forefront of vaccination rollouts for adults and teenagers, pioneered a vaccine passport and, in recent months, has spearheaded the use of booster shots.At the end of July, the country began offering boosters to those over the age of 60; since late August, boosters have been available to anyone over the age of 16, five months after their second dose of the vaccine.Now, a person is not considered fully vaccinated in Israel until they have received a third dose of the vaccine, once they are eligible for it. More than three months on, Israeli health officials say the data is clear: Booster shots helped bring down the fourth wave of the virus that swept the country in August and September. CDC recommends Covid-19 boosters for all adultsRead MoreAt its peak, that wave saw more than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, and more than...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The COVID-19 surge continues, as the Minnesota Department of Health reported more than 11,000 cases and 37 new deaths on Tuesday. And while those figures do include weekend numbers, experts say there is cause for alarm. READ MORE: Darrell Brooks Jr. Charged In Deadly Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash; Prosecutors Say 6th Victim, A Child, Has DiedEsme Murphy talked with one of the nation’s leading vaccine experts. Last year, people weren’t gathering in large spaces, weren’t going to Thanksgiving, or Vikings games. And this year, some people are wondering if they should be doing any of those activities at all. “We should,” Dr. Gregory Poland with the Mayo Clinic said, “I would say in a modified way.” He said that though many people are pretending the pandemic is over, it definitely is not. Poland would like to see indoor mask mandates and says everyone should get a booster dose. You may not have a choice of boosters now; some CVS stores for example only carry Pfizer, some only carry Moderna, and at Terminal 2 at the Twin Cities...
    THE Covid booster jab gives five times more protection than the second dose, a new study has revealed. Experts also think the booster shot lasts longer than the original two-dose regimen. 2The booster jab is giving people a huge bump up in protection, a new study foundCredit: LNP It comes after researchers looked at vaccine responses before and after the boosters in 33 healthy middle-aged adults. They had all got their second jabs on average around nine months previously. Before getting the booster shots their antibody levels had plummeted almost ten-fold. But by six to ten days after getting the top up, the antibody levels were up 25-fold, and five times higher than after two doses. Yesterday the online booking service opened for people aged 40-49, to bag a slot six months after their second dose. Teens aged 16-17 can also now book in for their second vaccine jab, to be even more protected against Covid. Most read in Health NewsHUGE MISS I've now got EIGHT tumours after doctors missed my cancer for 5 yearsWALK THIS WAY How you WALK could...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The CDC says everyone over the age of 18 is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. More than 2.2 million people in Florida have gotten their additional shot. That’s less than a quarter of those fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Target Will Never Open On Thanksgiving AgainMaryann Venancio is opting for another dose of COVID-19 protection. “I have chronic Lyme, and I see an infectious disease doctor, and he advised me that I would be a really good candidate for a booster,” said Venancio. Health officials say COVID-19 vaccines are doing a good job preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, even against the delta variant. Still, waning immunity is a concern. “Boosting gives you that bigger immune response from your original vaccine, and it also helps you fight delta better,” said Dr. Melanie Swift. READ MORE: Major Retailers Roll Back Thanksgiving Day Shopping And Close For The HolidayDr. Swift, who is with the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, says people getting a booster can expect side effects like a sore arm. “Fatigue, general muscle weakness and headache...
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it is evaluating whether to authorize booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement Monday, the EU drug regulator said it was considering an application from J&J to recommend booster doses of the J&J vaccine for adults 18 and over, at least two months after they were first immunized. Amid an explosive surge of new coronavirus infections across Europe, the EMA said it expected to make a decision on this within weeks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to J&J booster doses in October, both for people who initially received the J&J and vaccine and for people who got immunized with other vaccines. J&J earlier presented results from a large study that found giving a second dose just two months after the first bumped protection against symptomatic COVID-19 to 94% from 70% in U.S. recipients. Giving that booster six months later instead prompted an even bigger jump in virus-fighting antibodies. EU countries initially ordered about 200 million doses of J&J’s vaccine, but only...
    White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says the federal definition of 'fully vaccinated' will remain the same as booster shots become widely available and this year's COVID-19 death toll grows to more than twice last year's.  'Fully vaccinated right now, by definition, is the original two doses with the MRNA and the Pfizer and Moderna and a single dose with J&J,' Fauci said Sunday on ABC's This Week. The health official clarified the term as the governors of Connecticut and Massachusetts say they now consider an extra shot, given two to six months after the initial course - to be necessary for full protection.  'We're going to see what the durability of that protection is, and as we always do, you just follow and let the data guide your policy and let the data guide your recommendations,' Fauci added. His comments come as COVID-19's death toll surpasses last year's by more than double - topping 770,800 on Saturday compared to last year's total of 385,343.  White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says 'fully vaccinated' still means just two shots...
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.In a critical and near-final step toward making all Americans eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized third doses of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for anyone who received their second dose at least six months ago. The decision expands eligibility to tens of millions of people who didn’t qualify for boosters under the agency’s previous recommendations: those under 65 who were not considered to be at high-risk of serious illness or exposure.  Now, all that’s left before boosters open to all adults is for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to agree with the FDA. According to the New York Times, a CDC advisory panel plans to meet today, which means that boosters could become widely available as soon as this weekend.  The move will hopefully clear up confusion around the inconsistent messaging that has plagued the booster rollout for the last few months. Public health experts, the White House, and...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The FDA on Friday authorized Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID vaccine booster shots for all adults 18 and older. A few hours later, CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously to recommend allowing the booster shots for all, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the advisory committee’s decision to formally expand eligibility. READ MORE: Framingham Man Crashes Into Westboro Police Cruiser, Charged With OUIMassachusetts and some other states have already declared that adult residents can get a booster shot if it’s been at least six months since their last Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two months since their Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot. “This emergency use authorization comes at a critical time as we enter the winter months and face increasing COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations across the country,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement. “We thank the FDA for their review, and are confident in the robust clinical evidence that a 50 µg booster dose of mRNA-1273 induces a strong immune response against COVID-19.” READ MORE: 4-Year-Old Mistakenly Given COVID Vaccine At Fitchburg CVS Instead Of Flu ShotDr....
    (CNN) — Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously, 11-0, Friday to recommend booster doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults in the United States — everyone 18 and older — six months after they finish their first two doses. Members of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also voted on a second question, strenghtening the recommendation to say that people 50 and older should get a booster dose of vaccine. READ MORE: Organizations Hosting Turkey Giveaways In Metro Detroit This WeekendThe votes follow the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision earlier Friday to authorize boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all adults. Previously, boosters had been authorized for anyone 65 and older who was vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and for certain adults at high risk of infection or of severe disease. “Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has worked to make timely public health decisions as the pandemic evolves. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the best...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays. Pfizer and Moderna announced the Food and Drug Administration’s decision after at least 10 states already had started offering boosters to all adults. The latest action stands to simplify what until now has been a confusing list of who’s eligible by allowing anyone 18 or older to choose either company’s booster six months after their last dose — regardless of which vaccine they had first. But there’s one more step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must agree to expand Pfizer and Moderna boosters to even healthy young adults. Its scientific advisers were set to debate later Friday. If the CDC agrees, tens of millions more Americans could have three doses of protection ahead of the new year. Anyone who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can already get a booster. All three COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. offer...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Tens of millions more Americans could soon be eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. The FDA is expected to authorize the additional dose for all adults in the coming days. Moderna requested similar approval Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17. Right now, anyone who received Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine is eligible for a second shot. Both the Pfizer and Moderna booster doses are currently recommended for a more limited group of adults: those who are 65 and older, those who have underlying health conditions, and those who work or live in a high-risk setting. Last week, Pfizer asked the FDA to amend its emergency use authorization to extend eligibility for its booster dose to all adults. “Please keep in mind that if you’ve already been vaccinated, this doesn’t mean that your vaccination isn’t working,” said Dr. Erin Carlson, Director of Graduate Public Health Programs at UT Arlington. “This is an additional measure of protection to keep you safe, in case you do become exposed and develop a breakthrough case.” If both the FDA and...
    Evan Vucci/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.For most people, the issue of COVID-19 boosters essentially boils down to “should I get one or not?” But due to muddled messaging from federal agencies, it’s been difficult to get a direct answer to that seemingly straightforward question.  The evidence is clear that even without boosters, the COVID-19 vaccines are still highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death—the mortality risk for an unvaccinated person is 10 times higher than for a vaccinated person. But some studies have shown that their protection against infection has started to wane, and some experts worry about a potential surge in cases as the weather cools and people begin to huddle indoors. Experts believe boosters will help address these concerns. It’s likely that some of the confusion around boosters will clear up if and when they become widely available. The New York Times reported Tuesday night that the FDA is aiming to authorize Pfizer boosters for all adults this week without consulting its expert panel, which...
    By Tara John | CNN You may need up to three Covid-19 vaccine doses to be considered fully vaccinated. Waning vaccine immunity and rising infections due to the Delta variant has prompted wealthy nations to reconsider the definition of “fully vaccinated” — which usually means two Covid-19 jabs. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted as much on Monday, saying boosters were vital to prevent pandemic restrictions from being reintroduced. “It’s very clear that getting three jabs — getting your booster — will become an important fact and it will make life easier for you in all sorts of ways,” he told a press conference. Other European nations are moving towards mandates on booster jabs. By December 15, anyone over the age of 65 will need a third dose to revalidate their vaccination pass in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced last week. In Austria, full vaccination status expires after nine months of the second dose, which in effect enforces booster doses. In Israel, unless you received your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine within the last six months, you now need...
    SIDE effects of the Covid booster vaccine are likely to be worse for millions of people, data suggests. Mixing the AstraZeneca vaccine with the Pfizer jab has shown to cause more symptoms like fatigue than any other combination. 1Side effects in people who recieved either the same or a different second dose to their first However, it is no reason to avoid getting the top-up shot, which drives protection against Covid back into the high 90s. Side effects are only mild and do not last very long - barely two days. It’s a small price to pay for preventing Covid infection and serious disease over a bumpy winter.  Brits eligible for a booster shot will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, regardless of what they had for their first two doses. Trials indicated the Pfizer vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose and provides a strong booster response, according to the vaccine panel the JCVI. But, considering two doses of AstraZeneca were given to millions of over 50s, care home residents and frontline workers, it means they will get a...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to authorize booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for all adults as early as Thursday, according to a report from The New York Times. This means that all fully vaccinated adults aged 18 and older will be able to receive the extra dose six months after their final dose. An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is planning to meet on Friday to discuss data on the booster shot. However, if both the FDA and CDC greenlight boosters, it will be much more quickly than the original vaccines were authorized, with Pfizer submitting data just a week ago. If authorization is given, the Pfizer booster will be the second to receive authorization for all American adults behind Johnson & Johnson's booster. The FDA is planning to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for all U.S. adults as early as Thursday. Pictured: Safeway pharmacist Shahrzad Khoobyari (left) administers a Pfizer COVID-19 booster into the arm of Norman Solomon (right) in San Rafael, California, October 2021 In late...
    NEW YORK (AP) — An influential U.S. advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available nationwide as early as this weekend. Some cities and states already allow all adults to get boosters of Pfizer’s vaccine, but it is not yet official U.S. policy. In the last week, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia and Colorado expanded the shots to all adults. New York City made a similar move. Pfizer asked U.S. regulators last week to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to sign off on Pfizer’s application before the advisory panel meets Friday. The final step — CDC’s official recommendation — could come soon after the meeting. The move would greatly expand who is eligible. Boosters are now recommended for people who initially received their second Pfizer or Moderna shots at least six months ago if they’re 65 or older or are at high risk of COVID-19 because of health problems or their...
    MILLIONS of Brits have now come forward for their booster coronavirus vaccine. But many don't know if they are supposed to have just a booster, or a third jab and then the top up as a fourth dose. 1Over 12 million booster vaccines have been given out across the UK as the government tries to bolster immunity before winterCredit: LNP Charities such as Myeloma UK have warned patients could be missing out on vital vaccines because of the confusion between the jabs. Many patients have been left frustrated over the muddle - which has meant that for some, their vaccine status isn't showing in their NHS app. And others say their third dose of the vaccine has been confused with a booster shot. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged those eligible to come forward for their booster doses, with anyone over 40 who had their second dose six months ago able to book in. But some people have been left confused after been told they are supposed to have a third dose, and also a booster vaccine. So what is...
    Seven out of 10 Californians have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, a promising milestone that comes as state officials continue to urge more residents to roll up their sleeves for the first, second or even third time to ward off a feared coronavirus resurgence over the winter. Reaching that level of inoculation coverage — which happened over the weekend, according to data compiled by The Times — has been a long time coming in the nation’s most populous state. California officially cleared the hurdle roughly 11 months after the first vaccine doses went into arms. The picture is rosier still when looking just at those who can currently get the shots. Closer to 75% of eligible Californians, those ages 5 and up, are now at least partially vaccinated. About 8% of children between the ages of 5 and 11, who were cleared for vaccination earlier this month, have already received their first dose. However, there’s still work to do. While 70.2% of all Californians — more than 27 million people — have...
    Caroline Nicolls receives an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine administered by nurse Amy Nash at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England, on April 13, 2021.Steve Parsons | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — People over the age of 40 in the U.K. will be eligible for a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine from Monday. The extension of the booster program was announced by the country's medical regulators at a press briefing on Monday morning. Until now, only over 50s and people with underlying health conditions were eligible for a booster shot. As with the U.K.'s existing booster rollout, the newly eligible over-40s will have to wait six months from receiving their second shot before they can have the third dose. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines, both of which use mRNA technology, are being used in the U.K.'s booster program. Regulators also announced on Monday that 16- and 17-year-olds, who had initially only been eligible for a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Britain, would now be offered a second dose. The U.K. reported 36,517 new Covid infections...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) — A number of Bay Area public health departments on Friday expanded eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 booster to all adults over the age of 18. The decision comes after the state directed that anyone requesting a booster should not be turned away. READ MORE: UPDATE: Boy Abducted in Sacramento Found Safe in Hayward; Kidnapper ArrestedCalifornia Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon sent a letter to local health care providers saying they should allow patients to “self-determine their risk of exposure” if seeking a booster dose. He also highlighted that adults who received their second vaccine dose with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna more than six months ago, or their single Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose more than two months ago are eligible. “The patient’s assessment of risk exposure may include, but is not limited to, those who work with the public or live with someone who works with the public, live or work with someone at high risk of severe impact of COVID, live in geographic areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID, reside in high...
    States are beginning to allow all adults aged 18 and older to receive a COVId-19 vaccine booster dose if they want one.  Current federal guidelines only allow Americans to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna boosters if they are aged 65 and older or are at risk due to underlying conditions or their jobs, while anyone who is an adult can get a Johnson & Johnson booster shot. But Colorado is going a step further and saying all adults should get one to protect themselves in case of a winter surge. On Thursday, Colorado Gov Jared Polis (D) signed an executive order allowing residents to get a booster dose. Meanwhile, on the same day, officials from the California Department of Public Health said no fully vaccinated adult should be denied a booster shot and are pushing for all adults to be allowed to get an extra dose. It moves the U.S. closer to completing the Biden administration's goal of boosters for all adults, which was announced over the summer.   Colorado Gov Jared Polis signed an executive order on Thursday allowing all residents...
    CALIFORNIA (KABC) -- Though the move hasn't been approved by U.S. regulators, California health officials are encouraging adults to get the COVID-19 booster shot if it's been six months since they've been vaccinated.During a news conference on Wednesday led by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly encouraged residents to "absolutely" sign up to get a booster shot.The current rules state people who initially received Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations are eligible for a booster six months later if they're 65 or older, or are at high risk of COVID-19 because of health problems or their job or living conditions. Because the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine hasn't proven as effective as its two-dose competitors, any J&J recipient can get a booster at least two months later."The CDC was very clear that they had two categories: groups that should get the booster and groups that may," said Ghaly. "If you think you will benefit from getting a booster shot, I encourage you to go out and get it. Supply is available."According to the CDC, those who should get a...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's DevelopmentsI’m 59 years old and got COVID last year for Christmas. Worst gift ever! I got the Pfizer vaccine in April. Do I need a booster? I’ve never been so sick in my entire life and don’t want it ever again. – Karolee Dr. Mallika – Even if you’ve had COVID in the past, if you’re 65 and older, or have certain underlying conditions, it is still recommended that you get a booster shot 6 months after your second Pfizer dose. If you’re otherwise healthy, you do not have to get a booster at this time, but I think boosters will eventually be offered to everyone 18 and older. What side effects are you seeing most often with kids ages 5-11 who just received their first dose of the vaccine?...
    ROME (AP) — Italy is expanding the number of people eligible for a booster vaccine as the 4th wave in the COVID-19 pandemic grips Europe. Health Minister Roberto Speranza told lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday that anyone 40 years or older can get the booster shot starting on Dec. 1. Italy has already offered boosters to those 60 years old and older who received their last vaccine dose at least six months earlier. The country hasn’t been hit as hard in the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic as some northern countries including Austria and Germany as well as several nations in eastern Europe. Italian authorities are scrambling to keep it that way. Experts credit in large part Italy’s vaccination rate. Nearly 84% of those 12 and older and eligible for the shots are fully vaccinated. Since early in the pandemic, Italy has also required masks to be worn indoors in places like supermarkets, cinemas, churches and on mass transit. Other anti-pandemic measures include the requirement starting this autumn for a so-called...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS News) — Pfizer announced Tuesday it is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, ages 18 and older. The request comes a month and a half after the FDA authorized boosters for seniors and other higher-risk adults. The company says new data from a large clinical trial of more than 10,000 fully vaccinated people found that a booster dose was over 95% effective against COVID-19 compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated but had not received a booster dose. A press release issued by Pfizer said that during the study period, “there were 5 cases of COVID-19 in the booster group, and 109 cases in the non-boosted group.” The company also says the efficacy of the booster dose was consistent across different ages and racial and ethnic groups. Read more at CBSNews.com>>
    Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.Older Americans and other groups particularly vulnerable to the virus have had access to a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine since September. But the Food and Drug Administration has said it would move quickly to expand boosters to younger ages if warranted.Pfizer is submitting early results of a booster study in 10,000 people to make its case that it's time to further expand the booster campaign.While all three vaccines used in the U.S. continue to offer strong protection against severe COVID-19 illness and death, the shots' effectiveness against milder infection can wane over time.Pfizer's new study concluded a booster could restore protection against symptomatic infection to nearly 96%, even as the extra-contagious delta variant was surging. Side effects were similar to those seen with the company's first two shots.A median of 11 months after their last Pfizer vaccination, trial participants were given either a...
    Pfizer has submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking authorization for its Covid booster shot for all American 18 or older. The company issued a joint statement with BioNTech, the German based company it is partnering with to develop and distribute the vaccine, announcing the submission on Tuesday. If authorization is given, the Pfizer booster will be the first to receive authorization for all American adults. Currently, anyone who received their second vaccine dose six months ago - or two months ago for those who got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine - and is over 65, has a serious comorbidity or a job that puts them at risk of Covid exposure is eligible for the Pfizer booster shot. Pfizer has submitted data to the FDA in hopes of getting its Covid booster shot authorized for use in all American adults. Pictured: A vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, November 2021 'In October, the companies announced positive topline results from the trial showing that a booster dose administered to individuals who previously received the Pfizer-BioNTech primary two-dose series demonstrated a...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. READ MORE: Home Heating Costs Expected To Skyrocket This Winter“My husband and I are vaccinated but are still being as careful as we were prior to vaccination. I can see the breakthrough case numbers, but don’t know what that really means. I’d like to know if we’re seriously going overboard or not.”– Linee writes on Facebook The breakthrough numbers that are reported are probably an underestimate of the number of true breakthrough infections out there. Most of those that go unreported are probably asymptomatic. If you’re vaccinated, however, you’re at lower risk of getting a breakthrough infection, and if you do, your symptoms are likely to be milder and you’re contagious for a shorter period of time. I still wear a mask in most places as a precaution, but in many stores, I’m one of the...
    Demand for COVID-19 booster shots in California has been slower than some health officials anticipated, according to data obtained by The Times, sparking new concerns of at-risk populations losing immunity as the risky holiday season approaches. The alarm is particularly high for elderly people and those with compromised immune systems, groups who have the highest risk of suffering severe consequences or death from breakthrough inflections. Officials are also strongly recommending that all recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine get a booster shot. Numbers from the California Department of Public Health show that initial demand for booster shots has been much lower than originally expected. After federal officials enthusiastically urged some recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations to get booster shots, California authorities anticipated demand would peak the first full week of October. But only 230,000 booster shots were administered to seniors that week, just 21% of the projected demand of 1.1 million. And for adults under 65, just 450,000 booster doses were administered that week — just 17% of the expected demand of 2.7 million. Even early demand for...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Brian writes, “I had the Moderna vaccine back in March. I then had a breakthrough of Covid in September. I was curious when and if I should get the booster?” READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 3,243 New COVID Cases, 7 Additional Deaths Over 3 DaysYou probably got a nice boost in antibodies from having a natural breakthrough infection, but that immunity could wane over time as well. If you fit the criteria for a booster, you probably should get one at some point, probably within 90 days of having your infection, although there isn’t a lot of data to support what to do in your case. And there are a lot of people out there like you! Diane writes, “My mom is 86. She received her flu vaccine yesterday, but her doctor is suggesting patients wait 2 weeks before getting a COVID booster. Should she wait or can I get her in for her booster?” READ MORE: Boston...