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Is it time to change the definition of 'fully vaccinated'?

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as Omicron, a new COVID variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot.... Read more»

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Nogales se prepara con la frontera ahora abierta

​​Después de 19 meses, Nogales, Arizona, una ciudad fronteriza, reabrió el lunes 8 de noviembre para los viajeros no esenciales de México, dando esperanzas a sus 20,000 residentes y los negocios podrán regresar a la pre pandemia normal. ... Read more»

Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

After 19 months, Nogales reopened Monday to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal and just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year for merchants.... Read more»

Do I need a COVID-19 booster shot? 6 questions answered on how to stay protected

As of August 2021, the FDA and CDC recommend adding a third shot to the COVID-19 vaccination course for people who are severely immunocompromised, and microbiology/infectious disease specialist William Petri answers some questions about booster shots.... Read more»

FactCheck

Vaccines remain largely effective against Delta variant, counter to claims of Fox News guest

Multiple studies show the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective against the Delta variant of the coronavirus, even if the potency of the vaccines is somewhat reduced, but a guest on Fox News falsely claimed there is “no clinical reason to go get vaccinated.”... Read more»

Unraveling the mysterious mutations that make Delta the most transmissible COVID virus yet

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast and have a shorter incubation than earlier versions of the COVID virus.... Read more»

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Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines about mask-wearing on May 13, 2021, plenty of Americans were left a little confused. Now anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing.... Read more»

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Vaccine ingredient SM-102 is safe, despite claims in recent video

The COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna uses an ingredient called SM-102 to deliver the mRNA that carries instructions for how to develop antibodies against the novel coronavirus and a widely shared video is now spreading the falsehood that SM-102 is harmful, but the warning label it shows is for chloroform, not SM-102.... Read more»

Corporations encourage employee vaccination, stop short of mandates

Many of the companies with the largest number of employees say they’ll do almost anything to encourage their employees to get vaccinated. But a survey of some of them found that none would be inclined to mandate shots as a condition for holding a job.... Read more»

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Insurance companies provide coverage after COVID-19 vaccination

Insurance companies do not deny claims when someone dies after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the American Council of Life Insurers, but a viral social media post has falsely claimed that beneficiaries of a person who dies after getting the vaccine cannot collect life insurance payments.... Read more»

Coronavirus vaccines remain effective against variants

So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against variants of the coronavirus, and social media claims blaming vaccination for an impending variant “disaster” are hypothetical predictions that ignore life-saving benefits of the vaccines.... Read more»

CDC eases outdoor mask guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans

While life isn’t quite back to normal yet, the new CDC guidelines say people who are vaccinated can congregate outdoors with other people in small groups without a mask, even with people who haven’t gotten a shot yet. ... Read more»

200 million Americans vaccinated, millions more to go

More shots in arms are needed to reach widespread immunity, a milestone the president broached Wednesday by pushing for a paid sick leave tax credit. ... Read more»

Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. ... Read more»

Game-changing one-dose COVID vaccine could be in states' hands shortly

The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine is awaiting emergency-use authorization from a critical Food and Drug Administration panel on Friday, with the agency's final decision expected shortly after. By requiring just one dose, individuals won’t need to return several weeks later for an additional shot and the vaccine does not require extra-cold storage temperatures, significantly helping vaccination efforts in rural areas. ... Read more»

What to know about Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccines (so far)

What differences are there between the available vaccines and does it matter which one I get? Public health officials across the nation and Arizona have a simple answer: The first one a person should get is the best vaccine.... Read more»

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