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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Arizonans can expect to line up for the new Omicron-aimed COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next week - with the state having pre-ordered 35,400 doses - now that the vaccines have been approved for deployment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more»

Across the world, other countries have already updated boosters for citizens.

Updated boosters are expected to come out as soon as next week after the FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to modify their respective shots to better protect Americans against the Omicron strain of COVID-19. Read more»

A phase III trial volunteer receives the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a new non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use Wednesday, greenlighting a shot made by Novavax that the government secured 3.2 million doses of earlier this week. Read more»

The federal government has enough funding to distribute free vaccines for kids under 5 despite the Biden administration issuing dire warnings about the fate of testing, treatment and vaccines amid a funding stalemate with Congress.

Children from 6 months of age and up are now able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 - here is an explanation of what’s known about the two coronavirus vaccines for the youngest children, and how they’re different from their adult and older kid counterparts. Read more»

Kids receive their COVID-19 vaccines at the Children's Museum Tucson.

The Tucson and Oro Valley Children's Museums will offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for families, including shots for children 6 months and older as well as boosters for older kids and adults, and free admission during Saturday clinics in July. Read more»

The federal government has enough funding to distribute free vaccines for kids under 5 despite the Biden administration issuing dire warnings about the fate of testing, treatment and vaccines amid a funding stalemate with Congress.

Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. Read more»

The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers. Read more»

A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen. Read more»

Hospitalman Brayden Himes, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital’s Pediatrics Department Nov. 8, 2021.

Dr. Robert Malone, who claims he invented mRNA vaccine techonology, mades speeches and did interviews where he said the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe and creates long-term health problems for children. Read more»

Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday asked the federal government to begin the approval process for a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5. Read more»

Moderna is still approved only for those 18 and older in the U.S. for its two doses of vaccination and booster.

About two years in and 75 million pandemic infections later, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the two-dose regimen of Moderna's newly tagged Spikevax vaccine against the novel virus that causes COVID-19. Read more»

Hospitalman Brayden Himes, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital’s Pediatrics Department Nov. 8, 2021.

The national effort to vaccinate children against COVID-19 has stalled - two months after Pfizer’s vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11 - even as the Omicron variant upends schooling for millions of children amid staffing shortages, shutdowns and heated partisan battles. Read more»

The history of polio suggests that it may be several years before schools across the country mandate a COVID-19 vaccine.

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates. Read more»

Pima County Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen (pictured in this May file photo) talked to reporters on Wednesday about the upswing in case in January.

Pima County faces a "stark" rise in new COVID-19 cases, even as the more-infectious Omicron variant has not become the driver of most new cases. Across Arizona, unvaccinated people are 31 times more likely to die from the disease than those who've gotten their shots. Read more»

Arizona’s vaccination rate sits currently at 58% of the state being fully vaccinated, putting the state in 29th place for it’s vaccination rate by population.

The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases soared to more than 14,000 Monday - amid the surge of the Omicron variant - the second-most since the pandemic began, surpassed only by the 17,000 reported exactly one year ago. Read more»

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