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    (CNN) — Health experts are doubling down on pleas for all eligible Americans to get vaccinated — and boosted — against Covid-19 as the Omicron and Delta variants spread. Less than two weeks after Omicron was first identified by South African scientists, it’s already become the dominant variant in that country and has been identified in at least 20 nations. It’s too early to tell whether Omicron is more contagious than Delta, which is still the dominant variant in the US. But the Delta variant is already fueling another increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations in some states as the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors. Despite several unknowns about the Omicron strain, doctors say booster shots are the best weapon against Omicron, Delta and even more variants down the road. Here’s why: Boosters have worked well against other new variants Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson are testing the efficacy of their vaccines against the Omicron strain, and it might be two weeks before the results are known. But Dr. Anthony Fauci said there’s plenty of reason to...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and former President Barack Obama appeared at a pop-up vaccination site at Kimball Elementary in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The duo interacted with local children and their parents and promoted the COVID-19 vaccine, according to 7NewsDC reporter Victoria Sanchez . FAUCI: 'WE DO NOT KNOW' IF FOURTH COVID-19 SHOTS WILL BE NEEDED Fauci has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, which includes Obama's two terms in office. Fauci and Obama each gave a speech about the importance of getting vaccinated before giving out stickers to children. Dr. Fauci and President Obama visited a vaccine clinic at Kimball Elementary School in SE. Here’s Obama greeting children waiting in line to get in pic.twitter.com/DhpbSFKdPN— Debbie Truong (@debbietruong) November 30, 2021 Some staff members at the school distributed books about Obama and Fauci to the children who attended. @WTUTeacher supporting Pfizer pop-up at @Kimball_DC with @BarackObama Dr Fauci books from @FirstBook thanks to grant from @AFTunion @ChmnMendelson @Eboni_RoseDC @VinceGrayWard7 @_DCHealth pic.twitter.com/bPCyohqjgn— Washington Teachers' Union (@WTUTeacher)...
    In the U.K., John Eyers was an athlete who didn’t have any major health conditions. But Eyers was also an anti-vaxxer who downplayed the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and refused to wear face masks — and he was only 42 when he became infected with COVID-19 and died from it. Journalist Sirin Kale discusses Eyers’ short life and anti-vaxxer views in an article published by The Guardian on November 30. And his sister, Jenny McCann, recalls some of the things Eyers said about COVID-19 vaccines and the pandemic during the final months of his life. McCann recalls an argument she had with her brother in June 2021, telling The Guardian, “John started saying really crazy things that didn’t make sense. About how people were only getting the vaccine for free McDonald’s, and there was formaldehyde in it…. He kept saying: ‘I won’t be a guinea pig.’” Jonathan Cohen, a close friend of Eyers, also urged him to get vaccinated. But Eyers kept listening to anti-vaxxers on social media. Cohen told The Guardian, “I would tell him: ‘Why won’t you...
    Originally published Nov. 29, 2021 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — Jeremy Voss spent more than two weeks at St. Cloud Hospital fighting for his life against COVID-19. Before that, he didn’t think he needed the vaccine. Jeremy, from Olgilvie, has no underlying health conditions. “I just thought if I got it as healthy as I was I’d be like my friends I know,” he said. Jeremy’s wife, Monica, ended up in the hospital with COVID-19, too. She was also not vaccinated. When he last saw her, she was on a ventilator. “That was the hardest thing to do,” Voss said. “We’ve known each other since we were fifteen.” Jeremy was discharged from the hospital. Monica did not come home. The mother of four died Friday. She was 40 years old. “Think if you had to tell your kids that you’re not going to see their mom or dad for the rest of their life,” Jeremy said. He spent Thanksgiving weekend planning his wife’s funeral. Dr. Jessie Roske, who treated Jeremy, says three-quarters of the COVID-19 patients that come in to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City has issued new vaccine mandates and mask advisories, as concerns grow over the new COVID variant Omicron. This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on booster shots, saying all vaccinated adults should get one. Pfizer will also reportedly seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on booster shots for ages 16 and 17. READ MORE: NYC 'Strongly Recommends' Masks In Public Indoor Spaces, As Omicron Variant Reaches North AmericaNew York City will start offering second doses Tuesday at several public schools for ages 5 and up. Visit schools.nyc.gov/covid19 to see when and where the shots will be offered. From Washington, D.C. to the local level, leaders continue to warn everyone the best defense against COVID-19 is a good offense. Officials are urgently preparing for the Omicron variant, knowing its arrival is inevitable. “If it’s not here already, it’s going to get here,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. New York City’s health commissioner strongly recommends people wear masks indoors in public places. The city also issued a...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Omicron is the latest COVID-19 variant detected, and it is causing concern. The data is preliminary, but it appears to be highly contagious, possibly more than delta. READ MORE: Missing North Miami Beach Teen Jeimy Henrriquez Has Been FoundOmicron was detected by scientists in South Africa, but it is still unclear where it originated. “This variant has been detected in multiple countries around the world, including recently Canada, and Canada has a better detection system than we do, so it would be folly not to think that it’s already here,” said Dr. Bernard Ashby, the chief medical officer at Comprehensive Vascular Care. He said, although it has not been found in South Florida yet, that does not mean it is not of concern. Dr. Ashby said what people can do is protect themselves with the tools available now. “One, is to get vaccinated and get a booster, if you haven’t already done so,” he explained. “And, two, have a plan of action to get tested as soon as possible and get treated as soon as possible, because that is...
    (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, saying all adults should get boosted six months after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s or Moderna’s vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It’s a slight but significant tweak to the wording of guidance issued earlier this month when the CDC endorsed an expanded emergency use authorization for boosters from the US Food and Drug Administration. READ MORE: Attleboro Man Wins $1 Million On Scratch Ticket Gifted To Him After Having Heart Surgery“Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” she added. “Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant. I strongly encourage the 47...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened its recommendations on who should get boosters. In a statement, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that all vaccinated adults should get a booster as long as they received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months ago or they received their Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” Walensky said. “Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.” The CDC previously recommended booster shots for adults age 50 and older. The CDC made all younger, healthier adults age 18 to 49 eligible for booster shots on Nov. 19 but stopped short of recommending them. The agency’s newest recommendations are in line with those issued by the California Department of Public Health over the last week and a half. In mid-November, California health officials recommended boosters for all vaccinated adults, as long as...
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, saying all adults should get boosted six months after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's or Moderna's vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.The video above is from a previous story.It's a slight but significant tweak to the wording of guidance issued earlier this month when the CDC endorsed an expanded emergency use authorization for boosters from the US Food and Drug Administration.SEE ALSO: World Health Organization panel calls omicron a 'variant of concern'"(Monday), CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement."The recent emergence of the omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19," she added."Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant," Walensky said. "I strongly encourage the...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, saying all adults should get boosted six months after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's or Moderna's vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.It's a slight but significant tweak to the wording of guidance issued earlier this month when the CDC endorsed an expanded emergency use authorization for boosters from the US Food and Drug Administration."Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement."The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19," she added. The booster question is now much simpler than before"Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant. I strongly encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated...
    The percentage of vaccinated Los Angeles County residents who have gotten COVID-19 booster shots is significantly lower in poorer neighborhoods than other areas, a troubling trend officials say could leave already hard-hit communities exposed to a potential surge over the winter. In the county’s high-need areas, only 6.9% of fully vaccinated people eligible for additional COVID-19 shots had received a booster as of Nov. 11, health figures show. The areas were identified using, among other things, a socioeconomic measurement tool called the California Healthy Places Index, and include places such as South L.A., southeast Los Angeles County, the Eastside, the eastern San Fernando Valley and El Monte. Booster coverage in wealthier areas has been significantly higher, at 12.6% as of Nov. 11, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. “We’ve seen uptake patterns suggesting that people in the hardest-hit neighborhoods are not getting booster shots as frequently as those in other L.A. County neighborhoods,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. Politics Biden administration pushes booster shots as second pandemic winter...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Following the discovery of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday urged Marylanders to get vaccinated against the virus or receive a booster shot. “While there is still much unknown about the Omicron variant and how it will spread, the most important thing Marylanders can do right now is to get vaccinated or get a booster shot,” he said. “It is the best way to maintain your immunity and protect yourself and your family from severe illness.” READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Winds Contribute To Chilly Weather, Plus A Chance For FlurriesHogan said he was briefed by the state’s COVID-19 Response Team on Monday morning about the new variant. “We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will provide further public health updates to Marylanders as more information becomes available,” he said. On Nov. 19, Hogan expanded eligibility for booster shots to all residents age 18 and older. Maryland reported 762 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, and the state’s positivity rate rose to 4.76%. READ MORE: Olszewski To Host 2nd Community Meeting...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —The first case of the new COVID variant, Omicron, detected in North American has been confirmed in Ontario. Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted Monday that it’s not a matter of if but when it comes to New York READ MORE: Omicron Variant: 1st North American Case Detected In Ontario“Omicron is just across the bridge in Ontario. It’s not a question of if it comes to New York, but when,” the governor posted. “To everyone who has not yet been vaccinated, and especially those in Western New York: There’s no reason to wait. Get vaccinated.” READ MORE: US Officials: Only A Matter Of Time Before Omicron COVID Variant Found In AmericaHochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio are both scheduled to hold press briefings Monday with the latest on the local response. You can watch live on CBSN New York. MORE NEWS: 2 Islanders Games Postponed Amid COVID-19 OutbreakCOVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here...
    National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 was a “great reason” for people in the United States to get their booster shot. Collins said, “The booster basically enlarges the capacity of your immune system to recognize all kinds of different spike proteins it’s never seen. This is a great day to go and get boosted or find out how to do so.” He continued, “Yes, we worry that is the worst case you might have a virus that is so different that the vaccines really don’t enable you to have protection. That is the kind of thing we need to check out as quickly as possible.” Collins added, “We’ll get some sense of that already from what’s happening in South Africa because about 37% of South Africans are vaccinated. We should be able to find out in the next two or three weeks if the protection that they’re having somewhat better than the unvaccinated people? That data is going to start to emerge, and we’ll be able to work in the laboratory and ask if...
    Almost one-quarter of Texans are unwilling or unlikely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a new poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found. The poll found 5 percent are unlikely and 18 percent unwilling to get the coronavirus vaccine, as vaccine mandates are becoming more popular in the country. The percentage of parents who will not get their children vaccinated is even higher, with 9 percent saying they probably won’t get their children vaccinated while 28 percent say they will not.  The vaccine was just recently approved for those above the age of 5 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The coronavirus vaccine has been mandated for many jobs across the country and is required to get into public spaces in a number of cities.  President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care — Feds, military top 90 percent vaccine rate Cities prep security plans for large holiday crowds On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed MORE announced a vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees, but it has been held up by court...
    Irish Senator Gerry Horkan has stated that those who wish to “participate in society” must be vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus. Senator Gerry Horkan, a member of Fianna Fáil, a party currently in government, told Seanad Éireann — the upper house of Ireland’s legislature, roughly equivalent to the UK’s House of Lords — on Tuesday that those who wanted to “participate in society” must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The senator made the comments as he was discussing expanding existing restrictions on unvaccinated people within the Republic of Ireland, which implemented a Covid pass regime back in July of this year. Since then, only those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have recovered from the disease within the last six months, are permitted by law to dine indoors, with restrictions subsequently expanded to include nursing homes, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, as well as certain other events. Sen Gerry Horkan (FF) on vaccine apartheid: "Why not supermarkets? Why not public transport? I know it is difficult to police some of these things, but really, if you want to participate in society,...
    COVID-19 can leave patients a variety of lingering symptoms — even if one recovers and tests negative for the virus. American football star Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, appears to be an example. Although he has recovered from his infection, Rodgers told "The Pat McAfee Show" that he continues to suffer from a painful condition known as "COVID toe" in his pinky toe. The Daily Beast, reporting on Rodgers, notes that dermatologists have told the Wall Street Journal that COVID toe "is common among younger people who battled the virus" and that it "is a sign of the body's enduring immune response…. It can be extremely painful, however, and leave lesions on toes and turn them purple." The Beast notes that Esther Freeman of the COVID-19 Dermatology Registry has some advice for avoiding the condition. "The best way to avoid COVID toes is to get vaccinated," Freeman said.From Your Site Articles
    Another Hollywood star has been written out of a TV drama after refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The latest to exit a popular drama is Rockmond Dunbar of "9-1-1," the Fox television series. The show requires all actors need to be vaccinated to participate, but, as a response, Dunbar applied for a medical and religious exemption, which he was denied, according to Deadline. On Monday, Nov. 22, his character on the series, Michael Grant, was written off the show with his deciding to move to Haiti with his boyfriend, Deadline reported. In a statement to Deadline, Dunbar said: “I applied for religious and medical accommodations pursuant to the law and unfortunately was denied by my employer,” he said. “My sincerely held beliefs and private medical history are very intimate and personal aspects of my life that I do not publicly discuss and have no desire to start now." See Related Story - COVID-19: Second Star From Popular TV Show Ousted For Refusing To Get Vaccine A spokesman for 20th Television told Deadline said: “We take the health and safety of all...
    Actor Steve Burton, best known for the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” said Tuesday that he was fired from the show for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. “I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton said in an Instagram video posted Tuesday. “Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Steve Burton (@1steveburton) Burton then shared that he applied for both medical and religious exemptions, but they were denied. He said the decision “hurts” and that “this is also about personal freedom” and he doesn’t think anyone should “lose their livelihood” over the decision not to take the vaccine. “You know me, I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital. I love it there, I grew up there, I grew up with some of you,” Burton continued. “So, I’ll always be grateful, and I believe that when one door closes, multiple doors open....
    DENVER (CBS4)– In Denver, the new phrase to remember is “Vax or Mask.” That is the mandate for all indoor public spaces for those two years and older. Some places are already ahead of the game. (credit: Getty Images) READ MORE: Dry Weather Putting Castle Pines' Christmas Firework Show In JeopardyIf you want some Nashville chicken at Lou’s Food Bar or one of their “fun drinks” look closely at the door. Donna Astemborski walked to the door and then turned away, “I was going to come in and have a drink at the bar, but unfortunately there’s a sign up they want you to be vaccinated, but I’m not yet though.” That’s right, to eat inside you must be fully vaccinated. Omar Garcia of Lou’s said not everyone is eager to comply, “It’s a little hard people get mad when we make questions about vaccinations but it’s part of my job.” Not quite as strict, the rule for all indoor public spaces becomes mask or vaxxed. (credit: CBS) At a news conference on Tuesday, Denver Mayor...
    Private-sector employees in the District now have to be offered two hours of paid leave to get a COVID-19 shot — both for themselves and for their children. An emergency law signed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser last week also requires up to eight hours of paid leave for recovery time. The law will stay in effect until the middle of next year. The District wants to “remove every obstacle that might be in place that prevents our residents and workers from getting the vaccine,” D.C. Council Member Elissa Silverman told WTOP. “We still think there are people out there who haven’t gotten the vaccine just because they can’t afford to do it. This just provides an incentive for people to do it sooner rather than later.” The law allows employers to require documentation of the date and time that employees got vaccinated. And there’s a cap of 48 hours compensated leave for a COVID-19 shot over one year. It also gives job protection to workers affected by COVID-19 and continues existing unpaid leave for COVID-related purposes. The emergency bill...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis is urging all Coloradans to get vaccinated ahead of the holiday season. He is not issuing a statewide mask mandate, instead, leaving it up to individual counties to issue their own mask mandates. “For our partisan state, we’re taking action to be ready whatever the decision of local governments are, we want to make sure we have enough hospital beds, whatever the decisions of local governments are, we want to make sure we have enough monoclonal antibody treatment,” said Polis. READ MORE: Colorado On Pace For Deadliest Year On Roads, State Patrol SaysPolis said that of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, 16.2% are vaccinated, 84% are unvaccinated. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Aurora Police Arrest 15-Year-Old In Connection With Nome Park Shooting“We have a lot to be thankful for and the vast majority of people in our state are working to end the pandemic. But the virus does not care who you are and we continue to urge Coloradans to get themselves and their children vaccinated, get boosted, avoid large indoor gatherings, and...
    HYDE PARK (CBS) – A local shop is offering a sweet treat to kids who get a COVID-19 vaccine. At Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream in Hyde Park and Dedham, cones are free for vaccinated children, thanks to long-time, loyal customer Marc Lavine, who started a GoFundMe. Lavine, a professor at UMass Boston, created the fundraiser as a way to reward kids under 12 who have done their part to protect the community by getting vaccinated. It all started with $5, which sponsors one cone, but it wasn’t long before it blew up. Within days, they had raised $6,000. “Huge, huge feedback. It’s been like a train that got away from us or from me, because he approached me about it and said ‘Hey this is a great idea we should do this,’ and I said ‘Yeah, sure do your thing’ and then he came back to me and was like ‘Hey we have $4,000 raised and I said uhhh okay,” co-owner Jay Covitz told WBZ-TV. Covitz, who runs the ice cream store and bowling alley with his father Ron, said...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health is teaming up with other partners in the Forest Park School District to help get more younger kids vaccinated. The district set aside Monday as a no class day, so students, parents and guardians can get vaccinated.  Two clinics are giving COVID shots at different schools. READ MORE: Waukesha Christmas Parade: What We Know So FarThe district worked to make the environment festive with superheroes and some giveaways as a little extra incentive. The state’s top doctor is in Forest Park to help push the cause. READ MORE: Thieves Break Into Several ATMs Overnight In Sauganash, Skokie, Lincolnwood“The important thing is you can take advantage of a life saving shot. Come one in, roll up your sleeve and let’s get it done. We know that the best way of staying ahead of this virus is to be ready. We need to be ready for whatever is around the bend. So we want to make sure that every single person that’s eligible has the optimal protection, not just for today but for...
    At least one person has died and several others are in intensive care after attending 'coronavirus parties' in Italy in a deliberate attempt to catch the disease. A 55-year-old man died in Austria last week after being infected a 'corona-party' in the province of South Tyrol, northern Italy, health bosses have said.  At least three more people, including a child, are now in hospital in the province after catching the virus at similar parties, including two who are in intensive care. Health chiefs believe the people are anti-vaxxers who want to become infected to obtain a 'green pass', which is now a requirement of work in Italy. It is thought the man who died in Austria may have worked across the border in Italy and therefore required a green pass. A 55-year-old man died in Austria last week after catching Covid at a 'corona-party' in northern Italy, health bosses have claimed (file image) The only way to obtain a pass is to get vaccinated - in which case the pass lasts nine months - or to recover from an infection...
    Germany's health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it's likely everyone in the country who isn't vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die.  Official figures Monday showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours — an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. The country is this week expected to pass 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.  Hospitals warn that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to clinics in other parts of Germany.  GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TELL AMERICANS: DOWNSIZE THANKSGIVING, MASK UP AROUND FAMILY IF NOT VAXXED  People queue up in a line several hundred meters long for the vaccination campaign at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.  (Marcus Brandt/dpa via AP) To reduce the risk of serious illness, Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago. ...
    BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter – and some of those will die. Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours – an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away. Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago, to reduce the risk of serious illness. “By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany (…) will have been vaccinated, recovered or died,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin. He acknowledged some had described this view as cynical. “But it’s true. With the highly contagious delta variant this is very, very likely and that’s why we are recommending vaccination so urgently,” said Spahn....
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die. Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours — an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away. Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago, to reduce the risk of serious illness. “By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany (…) will have been vaccinated, recovered or died,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin. He acknowledged some had described this view as cynical. “But it’s true. With the highly contagious delta variant this is very, very likely and that’s why we are recommending vaccination so urgently,” said Spahn....
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Frederick County is continuing its efforts to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. On Saturday, the Frederick County Health Department held a clinic for kids ages 5 to 11, an age group that became eligible for the shot earlier this month. READ MORE: Man, 40, Shot And Killed In Baltimore SaturdayAnd parents there said were glad they got that protection for their kids. “It just gives us parents a peace of mind that they’re getting vaccinated and we can do the best we can with our kids.” said a mother named Jing. Almost 65 percent of people in Frederick County are fully vaccinated. Shawn Dennison, a spokesman for the county health department’s COVID division, said the department has seen an uptick in vaccinations recently, now that booster shots are available for everyone 18 and older after Gov. Larry Hogan expanded eligibility for them on Friday. READ MORE: Two People Wounded In Nottingham Shooting Friday Afternoon, Baltimore County Police Say“It’s definitely been a surge point since boosters became available even in the specific eligibility groups, we’ve seen...
    SAN MATEO (KPIX) — Health officials for San Mateo County say they are pleased with the response so far by families getting their children between the ages of 5 and 11 vaccinated as the holidays begin. “We’re really trying to create as protective an environment because kids under five still can’t be vaccinated,” said Dr. Anand Chabra, medical director for family health services for San Mateo County. Dr. Chabra says the county has given a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 13,000 children in the youngest eligible age range — 20 percent of that population. The option for this group of children to get the shot began recently, so the majority still have not received a first dose. “I think a lot of parents are excited about the vaccine. It’s been a long time coming,” one parent told KPIX on Friday. “I also know some friends and some community members who are concerned and doing the wait-and-see approach.” The percentage of 12- to 17-year-old children vaccinated is increasing across the state but the rate is low for younger children....
    GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — There are growing worries after a Starbucks employee tested positive for hepatitis A in Gloucester Township. There’s now a vaccination clinic for anyone who feels they may have been exposed. The line wrapped around the corner Friday afternoon as hundreds of people in Camden County lined up with the same concerns. READ MORE: Pregnant Woman Killed In Crescentville Shooting, Philadelphia Police Say“I was nervous, very scared,” one woman said. They are all waiting to get vaccinated after a food handler at the Starbucks on Blackwood Clementon Road tested positive for hepatitis A. “It’s just remarkable that in this day in age something like this is going on,” one man said. The Camden County Department of Health says they were notified Wednesday that the employee tested positive and worked through the infectious period. They say the store gets about 600 people a day, meaning thousands may have been exposed. “We’re in a time period now where we’re looking at some of these viruses that have been wiped away through vaccinations that are making a slow and...
    On Saturday, Denise Iserloth took her two sons, ages 8 and 11, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A few hours later, the older boy lost his balance and fell twice. Both boys complained of stomachaches and nausea. Soon, Iserloth found out why. The clinic, Sutter Health in Antioch, had given her sons twice the dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that children their age should receive. Twelve other children also received the double dose. Medical professionals have assured Iserloth that the short-term effects should wear off in a few days and that the long-term risks are likely to be minimal. But that’s little comfort to the mother who already had deep reservations about getting her children vaccinated. “I was frantic when I got the call that this happened,” Iserloth said. “I’ve been crying every day. I can’t eat and I can’t sleep.” California began to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 this month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the shots for that age group. California California begins giving COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5...
    Jill Biden offered hugs and stickers to newly-vaccinated kids at Children's Hospital THEARC in DC on Wednesday as she continues her campaign to get children five and up their shot in the arm.  The first lady encouraged parents to get their children the COVID vaccine to keep them safe and said she understood their concern as worrying is what parents do. During her visit to the D.C. area hospital, Biden hugged six-year-old Akeelah Osborne, who just got her Pfizer vaccine; posed for selfies with kids and their families; and petted Barney, the golden retriever comfort dog. Five-year-old BJ Buris showed the first lady where he got his shot and assured her it didn't hurt.  Some 2.6 million kids ages 5 to 11 will have gotten their first vaccine shot by the end of Wednesday, according to the White House. That’s about 10% of kids. The White House also pointed out if parents get kids vaccinated this week, they'll be fully vaccinated by Christmas.   First Lady Jill Biden hugs Akeelah Osborne after she got the COVID-19 vaccination at Childrens Hospital THEARC...
    With a student vaccination deadline days away — and about 72% in compliance — the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday authorized an estimated $5 million for prizes and treats as incentives, including gift cards to Amazon and Target, tickets to “Hamilton” and food trucks on campus. The incentive program, already underway, is part of a broad-based effort to boost vaccination rates by Nov. 21, the school district’s self-imposed deadline for students 12 and older to receive the first of two doses. Students must be fully vaccinated by the Jan. 10 start of the second semester, or they will not be allowed on campus. Their options would be to pursue their education outside of Los Angeles Unified or transfer to City of Angels, a district independent study program. The incentives are mainly raffles, and anyone in compliance is eligible — meaning those who are vaccinated, have an approved medical exemption or have a rare authorized extension. Religious exemptions are not being granted. Raffle prizes have also included gift cards to grocery stores; tickets to Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Universal...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pfizer’s booster shot may be available to all adults in America as early as this weekend. The pharmaceutical company is waiting on FDA approval to expand eligibility. It’s currently only federally recommended for people over 65 or at high risk and six months after Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccinations. READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida“I think this is the best gift we could’ve gotten as we go into the holidays,” said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, an associate professor at University of Miami. Getting that booster is going to be really important in keeping the family healthy happy and enjoying the holidays. At least seven states are doing it on their own. So far, just over 16% of fully vaccinated adults have gotten a booster shot. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South FloridaDr. Aileen Marty, FIU’s infection disease expert, points out the science and studies from Israel showing their success in moving forward with boosters. “Cells that are boosted are those cells that were already the best cells and they are instructed to make many copies. So...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Concrete steps needed to keep vow on forests The news that world “Leaders vow to protect forests, plug methane leaks at climate conference” (Page A4, Nov. 3) is welcome. Our forests are critical carbon sinks and produce the oxygen that we breathe. They deserve our protection so that they can continue to protect and sustain us. To start, ban clearcutting, the extreme logging practice that is associated with a loss of large amounts of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as well as other adverse environmental impacts. Then decrease the demand for wood products by supporting the use of sustainable wood alternatives such as hemp and bamboo. Also, stop the use of trees to generate electricity. Biomass incineration is dirty energy that releases pollutants and carbon dioxide in quantities that exceed methane gas power plants and, in some cases, even coal power plants. Words are cheap, and vows are empty promises without action. Get to work, world leaders, and be bold. Time is running out. Jennifer...
    Western Michigan University has decided to drop its legal fight against student athletes who declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine, The Associated Press reported.  Attorneys confirmed to the newswire on Tuesday that the university reached a settlement with the athletes, who sued in order to be allowed to play sports without having the vaccine. The university's decision comes after it suffered two courtroom losses.  According to the court filing, WMU will allow athletes to play their respective sport while requiring them to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and follow a mask mandate when appropriate.  WMU began its fall semester by requiring student athletes to be vaccinated against the virus. A group of at least 16 athletes argued for a religious exemption but were declined by the school. The athletes subsequently sued the school. In October, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the athletes, arguing the university had violated their constitutional right to adhere to their Christian beliefs.  Attorney David Kallman said the university will pay $34,000 fines in legal fees in the settlement.  WMU also said those athletes who seek religious exemption can...
    (CNN)Katelyn Van Dyke was on winter break in January, visiting her boyfriend's family, when she got sick with Covid-19. For the 20-year-old computer science major at the University of Missouri, Covid-19 has been anything but a brief or easy illness. The Covid-19 numbers seem stuck. That doesnt bode well for winter, experts say Some 10 months later, she says she's still out of breath just walking up the stairs of her dorm an unxpected turn for someone who played on the varsity soccer team in high school. She says her brain is still so foggy she has trouble processing information and has to write everything on Post-it notes, or she'll forget it. She can't even remember the first dates she had with her boyfriend. "Even though I can see that they happened, and I can hear about them," she says through tears looking straight into camera, "I can't get those back."Van Dyke shares her emotional story in a new ad campaign released Tuesday as a part of the "Voices of Long Covid" campaign, an effort from Resolve to Save Lives,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the fight against COVID, Minnesota has found itself up against the ropes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Minnesota has the highest infection rate in the country as the state nears 9,000 pandemic deaths. READ MORE: Looming Vaccine Mandate Forcing Minnesota Nursing Homes To Make Tough DecisionsVaccine skeptics point to a growing number of deaths among the vaccinated. The latest breakthrough case data from the Minnesota Department of Health comes from the week of Oc. 10. More vaccinated people died of COVID-19 that week than non-vaccinated people. But the numbers also make it clear the risk of hospitalization and death is still much greater for Minnesotans who aren’t fully vaccinated. Dr. Kevin Best, Allina Health’s vice president of medical operations for primary care, says: “If you’re playing the odds, being vaccinated is markedly better.” As of last Tuesday, nearly 300 patients are hospitalized with COVID in the Allina system. Three out of four of them are unvaccinated. The proportion is even higher in ICUs. “In our ICUs and those that are on ventilators,...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County ticked upward again as health officials encouraged people to get vaccinated, again warning that unvaccinated residents are far more susceptible to becoming severely ill or dying if they get infected.According to state figures, there were 632 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Monday, up from 600 on Sunday. Of those hospitalized, 156 were being treated in intensive care, down from 163 the previous day.Another 10 COVID-19 deaths were reported by the county Department of Public Health, giving the county an overall virus death toll of 26,872. Meanwhile, 824 new infections were reported, a typically low number for a Monday due to lags in reporting of test results from the weekend. The new cases gave the county a cumulative total from throughout the pandemic of 1,512,147.The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus in the county was 1% as of Monday. The county's cumulative seven-day case rate, as estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rose last week to 98 cases per 100,000 residents....
    Receiving £9k for two weeks of work this close to Christmas seems pretty tempting to most people, but there is a catch to this nanny job. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is, as is the case with this £600 a day job. 1A wealthy family is looking for a nannyCredit: Getty A wealthy family in the UK are looking for a full-time nanny to mind their five-year-old twins over the festive period. The job advert says that you will be living in a castle close to Edinburgh with the family for two weeks, making the position even harder to resist. However, you will have to give up any Christmas celebrations you had planned for yourself, or with your own family as this role requires your full 24/7 availability from December 22 to January 5. The nanny's role would include ensuring the children are washed and dressed, and the employee would also be expected to read to the children and look after their bedtime routine. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED...
    (CNN)The forecast for the coming winter isn't looking hopeful: Covid likely is not going away for the holidays.Cases have at best plateaued for the country as a whole and diagnoses have increased in about half the states. Deaths are up in 17 states. With people headed indoors for the winter months and less than 60% of the population fully vaccinated, it's a recipe for further spread.The Covid-19 numbers seem stuck. That doesnt bode well for winter, experts say It may be frustrating for people who feel they've done all the right things by getting fully vaccinated already, by wearing masks and by avoiding crowds. This should have been the holiday season to enjoy.But the advice from the experts is pretty simple. 1. Get a booster. 2. Wear a mask. "I think that's all you can do," said Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "You just socialize with people who are of like mind, more than ever."Read MoreIt's important not to give in, Osterholm said. "Pandemic fatigue is winning the...
    Chancellor Angela Merkel told the citizens of Germany that it is their “duty” to get vaccinated and compared the coronavirus pandemic to the alleged climate crisis. Appearing alongside New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Friday, Chancellor Merkel significantly ramped up her rhetoric on vaccines. “You have the right to get vaccinated. But, to a certain extent, you also, as a member of society, have the duty to be vaccinated to protect yourself and to protect others,” she asserted in comments reported by Germany’s national broadcaster Deutsche Welle. New Zealand Prime Minister Admits She Wants to Create Two Classes of Citizens Based on Vaccination Status https://t.co/pva9LWiCL0 — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 25, 2021 On Thursday, Germany recorded the highest number of cases since the pandemic began, with over 50,000 new cases being logged. The rise in cases has also prompted the state of Saxony to impose lockdown measures on the unvaccinated, including banning them from restaurants, bars, public events, and sports facilities. Other states in Germany’s federal system, which have comparable...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice made another plea for more West Virginians to get their COVID-19 booster shot, noting that only a fraction of the state’s vaccinated population has so far received the extra shot. “You have got to get that booster shot,” Justice said Friday. “Our medical experts would look right at you and say if you’re six months out from your initial vaccines, and you have not gotten your booster shot, you may be no better off than those who never got vaccinated.” READ MORE: Greene Co. Man Creates Online Service For Fresh Produce Delivery Directly From FarmsMore than 48,000 West Virginians have received their booster shot, the governor said. “We’re sitting at less than 5% of vaccinated people that have gotten their booster shot,” he said. “We’re making progress, but it’s just too slow.” READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Comfort Dog, Zane, Visits Senior CenterWest Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force Director Jim Hoyer pointed to statistics showing an increase in the number of vaccinated people being hospitalized. He added that “we know that we must get...