Broward County to begin offering monkeypox vaccination appointments at Mills Pond Park
By David Dwork, Digital JournalistFORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Monkeypox vaccine will soon be available at another location in Broward County thanks to the Florida Department of Health. The FDOH will offer Monkeypox vaccinations at Mills Pond Park starting on Tuesday, August 16. Starting Tuesday, the Mills Pond Park meeting hall location will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.It’s located at 2201 NW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. In Miami-Dade, visit www.miamidade.gov/monkeypox or call 1-833-875-0900How to protect yourselfAvoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash or scabs. Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.thewestsidegazette.com
The Brazilian Scientists Inventing An mRNA Vaccine — And Sharing The Recipe : Short Wave
When Moderna and Pfizer first came out with their mRNA vaccines for COVID-19, supply was limited to rich countries and they did not share the details of how to create it. That left middle income countries like Brazil in the lurch. But for Brazilian scientists Patricia Neves and Ana Paula Ano Bom, that wasn't the end. They decided to invent their own mRNA vaccine. Their story, today: Aaron talks to global health correspondent Nurith Aizenman about the effort and how it has helped launch a wider global project to revolutionize access to mRNA vaccine technology.npr.org
The biggest employers are successfully enacting vaccine mandates. Many smaller ones need help
Miller has found the vaccine is a tough sell, and nothing like the workplace flu shot campaigns she’s run in the past. The covid-19 vaccine drives a politicized wedge between those eager to take it and those who proclaim they never will, and she is forced to try to knock down insidious misinformation and assuage genuine fears without appearing too heavy-handed at the snack company based in Hanover, Penn.washingtonpost.com
What to Know About Boosters if You Got the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Americans who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccines should get a booster shot eight months after their second vaccine dose, federal health officials said Wednesday. The boosters will be available beginning Sept. 20, if the Food and Drug Administration agrees to the plan. They will go first to health care workers, nursing home residents and older adults, who were the first to receive the initial round of vaccinations after they were authorized in December. But the recommendnews.yahoo.com
Changes to your menstrual cycle? Sore eyes? We asked a doctor about ‘strange’ COVID vaccine side effects
If you received your COVID-19 vaccine, you likely knew about what to expect in terms of side effects: Perhaps a mild headache, chills or body aches, a slight fever, a sore arm or maybe a bit of fatigue.
Need the vaccine? Get vaccinated at Frost Science and enjoy free admission
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has partnered with Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade County Fire Department, Nomi Health, and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to host a free, three-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic for anyone ages 12 and up.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics offered to major office buildings in Chicago and around Illinois
The state and city of Chicago are partnering with building owners to make vaccination clinics available to workers in major commercial buildings in downtown Chicago and other cities across Illinoischicagotribune.com
Can I have a celebratory drink after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
ORLANDO, Fla. – With COVID-19 vaccines becoming readily available in Florida and across the nation, many people are asking a similar question: Can I have a beer or alcoholic drink to celebrate? The government has not issued official guidance on the topic, but according to Prevention.com, experts say drinking, within reason, is OK.“There is no evidence that alcohol reduces the formation of antibodies,” Dr. Richard Watkins, an infectious disease physician and a professor of internal medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University, told Prevention. According to the report, however, Watkins recommends to be careful in the following days but for a different reason. He said being intoxicated or hungover could complicate things if someone experiences flu-like symptoms after getting the shot. AdIn short, celebrating your vaccine with one drink — and doing so responsibly — appears to be just fine, so raise a glass!
Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?
Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine? The concern about painkillers is that they might curb the very immune system response that a vaccine aims to spur. AdThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend against painkillers before a COVID-19 shot. Read more here:What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
Taiwan gives health workers island's 1st AstraZeneca doses
In this photo released by Executive Yuan, Taiwan's Premier Su Tseng-chang receives a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 22, 2021. Health care workers received the first shots in Taiwan's COVID-19 vaccination drive Monday, beginning a campaign that won't use supplies from China amid uneven distribution of the vaccines globally. Taiwan has on hand 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it is distributing to healthcare workers across 57 hospitals. Last week, more than a dozen nations suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a few dozen people among the millions who've received the vaccine developed blood clots. AdTaiwan has signed contracts securing 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 4.76 million doses of vaccines through COVAX.
EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk
Pharmacist Rajan Shah prepares a syringe of the AstraZeneca vaccine at St John's Church, in Ealing, London, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. “We are still firmly convinced that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19 with its associated risk of hospitalization and death outweigh the risk of the side effects,” said Emer Cooke, the head of the agency. AdThe AstraZeneca shot has already struggled to gain public trust after troubles with reporting of its data and concerns about its effectiveness in older people. In addition to the EMA, AstraZeneca and the WHO have said there is no evidence the vaccine carries an increased risk of blood clots. AdStill, the torrent of decisions casting doubt on the AstraZeneca vaccine despite assurances of experts is testing public opinion.
The Latest: China donates vaccine doses to UN peacekeepers
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)UNITED NATIONS -- China’s U.N. ambassador says China is donating 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to U.N. peacekeepers, with priority given to those serving in Africa. ___OSAKA, Japan — Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. is the latest drugmaker to offer help with production of a rival’s COVID-19 vaccine as their industry works to churn out billions of vaccine doses. Ad___LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is following other European Union countries and temporarily halting use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine while experts review its safety. The Biden administration has informed Connecticut that it should be receiving a “significant” increase in vaccine doses over the next several weeks. Some 2.2 million of the 8.6 million vaccine doses of various brands delivered to Italy are AstraZeneca vaccines, so the temporary stoppage is likely to significantly hamper Italy’s current vaccine rollout.
Florida vaccine age requirement will lower to 60+ starting next week
Ron DeSantis announced that beginning next Monday, March 15, all Floridians ages 60 and over will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis said the change will allow about 2 million additional people to qualify for the vaccine. Seniors 65 and up currently qualify to receive the vaccine, as well as frontline healthcare workers and school personnel, regardless of age. Sworn law enforcement officers ages 50 and older and firefighters 50 and older may also receive the vaccine, as can people deemed “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19. He said more than 50% of seniors have been vaccinated so far in the Sunshine State.
Airbus lost $1.3 billion amid pandemic; expects better 2021
European plane maker Airbus lost 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) amid an unprecedented global slump in air travel because of the pandemic, but expects to deliver hundreds of planes and make a profit this year. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori, File)PARIS – European plane maker Airbus lost 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) last year amid an unprecedented global slump in air travel because of the pandemic, but expects to deliver hundreds of planes and make a profit in 2021 despite uncertainty about when people will resume flying en masse. The dispute has led to billions of dollars in tit-for-tat cross-Atlantic tariffs on planes, cheese, wine, video games and other products. Airbus sales were down to 49.9 billion euros from 70 billion euros the year before. Airbus delivered 566 aircraft last year and expects to deliver about the same number this year, the company said.
WHO expert group recommends use of AstraZeneca vaccine
A nurse holds a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine before administering it to a tourist resort employee north of Port Louis, Mauritius, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021. Three tourist hotels have been selected as vaccination centers as the Indian ocean island kicks its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. That approval could come after separate WHO group meetings on Friday and Monday to assess whether an emergency-use listing for the AstraZeneca vaccine is warranted. The AstraZeneca vaccine is important because the U.N.-backed COVAX Facility, which aims to deploy coronavirus vaccines to people in need around the world whether in rich or poor countries, hopes to start shipping hundreds of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine starting later this month. The expert group noted that “preliminary analyses” showed the AstraZeneca vaccine had reduced effectiveness against coronavirus variants that have emerged in Britain and South Africa.
Seniors line up for COVID-19 vaccine in Homestead
The King Jesus Church of Ministry in Homestead is the latest site to be selected to inoculate the most vulnerable. 500 people, ages 65 and over, all from the South Dade area, received their first shot to protect themselves from COVID-19. It was a collaborative effort between Miami-Dade commissioner Kionne McGhee, Pastors from the South Miami-Dade area and various community leaders. When it comes to the second shot, to be considered fully vaccinated, the number stands at more than 667,000. More than 1 million seniors have gotten their first dose, but when it comes to the second dose, only 374,369 people have received it.
Mount Sinai cancels 1st-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to ‘uncertainty of supply’
Mount Sinai offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 70+ who wants oneMIAMI BEACH, Fla. – After administering 12,000 doses to the community, Mount Sinai Medical Center is saying that the uncertainty of the supply of COVID-19 vaccine is causing them to cancel first-dose appointments. The medical center is not rescheduling the canceled appointments. They are suggesting to those who have had their appointments canceled to find other sources including local public health, pharmacy and government-run options. The medical center said they will be contacting those who had appointments canceled to alert them of these other options. For more information on Mount Sinai Medical Center, visit www.msmc.com or call (305) 674-2273.
Miami-Dade launching limited COVID-19 vaccine sign-up Monday at 2 p.m.
MIAMI, Fla. – Miami-Dade County will release a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Monday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m., the county announced Sunday. Appointments will only be available through a scheduling tool at miamidade.gov/vaccine, and are only for seniors age 65 and older, according to state vaccine guidelines. RELATED: Where are coronavirus vaccines available in Miami-Dade County? Where are coronavirus vaccines available in Broward County? Download and fill out COVID-19 vaccine forms before you go
Jackson Health starts public COVID-19 vaccination campaign
MIAMI – The Jackson Health System started to provide the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 on Wednesday to patients who are seniors ages 65 and older. Emilio Estefan, 67, received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 on Wednesday at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHeath/Jackson Memorial. The public healthcare system will be receiving 15,000 additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine that will be administered to seniors, according to Lidia Amoretti, a spokeswoman for Jackson Health System. The system is also preparing to launch an online platform to allow Miami-Dade County residents who are ages 65 and older to make appointments to receive the vaccine. Also in Miami-Dade, the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach is providing the vaccine to seniors ages 75 and older.
Holy Cross Health offers Pfizer vaccine to healthcare professionals not affiliated with hospital
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale is now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare professionals who are not affiliated with the non-profit hospital after first inoculating its own frontline workers. According to a news release from the health system, the hospital received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14. Healthcare workers not affiliated with Holy Cross, including dermatologists, pediatricians, veterinarians, mental health counselors and other frontline workers, stood in line early Monday morning to be vaccinated. “We had over 1,000 people here on Saturday,” said Kim Saiswick, Vice President of Community Health and Wellbeing at Holy Cross Health. Holy Cross asks that those who wish to be vaccinated and do not work in the healthcare industry check back with them in March 2021 for updates on when Holy Cross will begin providing the vaccine to the general public.
Local medical expert busts myths about the COVID-19 vaccine
We talked to one medical expert ready to dismiss the Top Five myths she is seeing circulate on social media and why she says combatting them with accurate information is a priority. The COVID-19 vaccine mythbuster, Guran, said the vaccine misinformation is traveling just as fast as COVID-19. There is nothing to suggest that what the COVID-19 vaccine is made of would have any effect on somebody’s fertility, as well as pregnant or breast-feeding moms. “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: mRNA,lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassiumphosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.”(See the Pfizer fact sheet given to people before they get the vaccine)What are the ingredients in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine? The vaccine is the way we can get back to normal.”What’s the final takeaway to dash these myths?
2nd COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive at South Florida hospitals this week
Dr. Sunil Kumar was the first healthcare worker to be vaccinated last week at Broward Health Medical Center. “So between the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine, they should not be any different. In Florida, some 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to ship in the first week, which Florida Gov. A larger number of hospitals can be included in the Moderna vaccine distribution than the first emergency use authorized vaccine by Pfizer. In South Florida, two dozen hospitals are expected to receive the Moderna vaccine next week.
Moderna vaccine headed for 24 local hospitals, Gov. aims for Feb. 2021 for state’s general population
Ron DeSantis announced that Florida would receive 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week, he also said he is aiming for February 2021 to have the state’s general population vaccinated. And while he encourages that people get the vaccine, he did emphasize it was not going to be mandated. A larger number of hospitals can be included in the Moderna vaccine distribution than the first emergency use authorized vaccine by Pfizer. “While we encourage you to take (the vaccine), we will not mandate that you do so,” DeSantis said. Last Monday, DeSantis said while visiting Tampa General Hospital that he is eyeing February 2021 for when Florida’s general population would have access to a vaccine.
How long will it take to have a vaccine for COVID-19?
How long do experts forecast for a COVID-19 vaccine to be created? Moderna, one of the U.S. companies working on a vaccine, said it could have a vaccine ready for a phase one clinical trial in people within three months. Phase I vaccine trials - This is the first attempt to try out the vaccine in a small group of adults -- usually 20 to 80 subjects. Phase II vaccine trials - The vaccine is tested on a larger group of individuals to assess the safety of the vaccine and method of delivery. Phase III vaccine trials - If the vaccine passed the first two phases, it’s then tested on tens of thousands of people to make sure there are few adverse side effects and the vaccine is effective.