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Effingham Co. school flu vaccination clinic cancelled

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The planned drive-through flu shot clinic for students at Blandford and Rincon Elementary Schools set to take place Thursday at Freedom Park has been canceled due to weather concerns, according to the Coastal Health District. Coastal Health District officials said a make-up clinic for any Effingham County students who turned in a signed consent form but haven’t been vaccinated will be held from 3 p. m. – 6 p. m. on Nov. 5 at the Effingham County Annex.

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UCHealth Looking For Coloradans To Participate In COVID-19 Vaccination Trial

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LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) — More than 1,000 Coloradans will have the opportunity to be among the first recipients of a new COVID-19 vaccine. The phase three clinics trial will test the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine through UCHealth in northern Colorado.
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Ideal participants in the AstraZeneca vaccination trial will be essential workers like teachers, first responders, grocery and health care workers. Some trial participants have already been identified and selected.
A total of 1,500 people will be selected, some will be given a placebo.
The trial will take place out of Loveland. However, participants are not required to be Northern Colorado residents. They must be willing to commute to the trial facilities in northern Colorado throughout the process, though.
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“This will give us a large group of people who will receive the vaccine – or a placebo vaccine – to see if it’s truly effective over a few weeks, a few months and up to two years,” said Dr. Gary Luckasen, the principal investigator of the trial and medical director of UCHealth’s clinical research program in northern Colorado via written statement. “The size of the group is of major importance because we can get a lot of information about the virus, …

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Coronavirus vaccination preparations underway in Germany, says Merkel

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By Reuters Staff1 Min ReadBERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday preparations for coronavirus vaccinations in Germany are underway and the government is working on ethical guidelines on who vaccines should be available for.Writing by Madeline Chambers and Sabine Siebold; Editing by Michelle Adair

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State offers first look at COVID-19 vaccination plan NJ Spotlight News

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Credit: (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)Nurse gives volunteer an injection as part of a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine in New York state.
New Jersey will rely on a network of public and private health care providers to immunize millions of residents over the next year or so, according to a draft COVID-19 vaccine plan state officials released early this week.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday work on the proposal began in earnest in July and continues today as members of the state’s Vaccine Task Force seek to refine the plan, which was submitted for federal approval in mid-October. Whenever a vaccine is approved for emergency use — possibly by the end of 2020 — and distributed to the states, Murphy promised, “We will be ready.”
The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of the eligible population — all adults who are not pregnant — within six months of the vaccine being widely available, something that might not happen until late March 2021. The plan does not say how large this group could be, but according to calculations made by NJ Spotlight News based on population figures and birth data, it would be roughly 4.76 million people. The state Department of Health has $6 million …

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BCCDC: Risk low for kids if vaccination appointments delayed – NEWS 1130

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SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A public health expert is assuring people in the Fraser Health region there’s no need to panic if your child’s immunization shot has been delayed because of COVID-19.
Dr. Monika Naus tells NEWS 1130 waiting a few weeks for vaccinations won’t hurt your kids now that the pandemic has forced the cancellation of some appointments for families in the Fraser Health region.
“I think two weeks is very normal to get an appointment for vaccination even pre-COVID,” she says. “The priority is really children under two, to make sure that they’ve got those primary doses in. And then in terms of booster doses or the doses that we give adolescence — those are certainly less urgent with respect to the exact timing.”
If your child is due for an appointment, Naus suggests booking ahead but if your appointment is delayed she says the risk “is very very low.”
“One good thing that COVID has done, maybe the only good thing, is that with the reduced travel that we have, and with the physical distancing the hand washing the mask-wearing we’ve seen a decline in the diseases that are spread by the respiratory route,” she says.
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Long term care centers prepare to receive COVID vaccines

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – As drug makers rush to produce a COVID-19 vaccine, critical groups wait for their solution to the pandemic. Long term care facilities will be among the first in the state to receive the vaccine under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).Vaccine production consists of three trial phases prior to approval by the FDA.However, an EUA allows some people to receive vaccines before it’s released to the general public.Those in long term care facilities are in that group, and facility management has been gearing up to accommodate the vaccine arrival.Here’s what they have planned. Long term care center residents are deemed a high risk population.They will be among the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccines.The Trump Administration has created a federal program to help with distribution.“We have just finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens, two places you know pretty well I guess, to immediately deliver the vaccine directly to nursing homes at no cost to our seniors,” said President Donald Trump.However, the North Dakota COVID-19 Vaccination Plan draft acknowledges the state “does not have many chain pharmacies.”So, …

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WSJ News Exclusive | Trump Administration Releases Plan to Ensure Coronavirus Vaccines Are Free

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Seniors and people in private health-insurance plans are among those who won’t be charged for getting a coronavirus vaccine under a Trump administration rule designed to ensure that as many people as possible get vaccinated once a shot becomes available. Medicare will cover the cost of administering the vaccine for seniors under a plan released Wednesday. In…

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First generation of coronavirus vaccines ‘likely to be imperfect,’ UK official warns

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The chair of the U.K.’s coronavirus task force has warned that the yet-to-be-approved first generation of coronavirus vaccines is “likely to be imperfect” and that the public should remember that “we do not know that we will ever have a vaccine at all.”“The first generation of vaccines is likely to be imperfect, and we should be prepared that they might not prevent infection but rather reduce symptoms, and even then, might not work for everyone or for long,” Kate Bingham wrote in an article titled “The U.K. Government’s Vaccine Taskforce: strategy for protecting the U.K. and the world,” which was published Tuesday in The Lancet.Bingham said the U.K. has invested in several companies developing vaccine candidates “to give the U.K. the greatest chance of providing a safe and effective vaccine, recognizing that many, and possibly all, of these vaccines, could fail.” She said the country has focused on potential vaccines that would protect people 65 and older, as the greatest amount of coronavirus fatalities in the U.K. occur among this group.SANOFI, GSK TO PROVIDE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE TO GLOBAL COALITIONShe also warned about the challenges mass inoculation poses once a vaccine …

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UPDATE: Health secretary says South Dakota can administer COVID-19 vaccines by Nov. 15

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In a call with health care providers Tuesday, South Dakota Department of Health officials said a COVID-19 vaccine may be available by the end of the year but by Wednesday, DOH secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said they’ll be ready to receive and administer vaccines from the federal government by Nov. 15.However, the vaccines may not be ready by that time.Tim Heath, immunization coordinator for the DOH, said Tuesday he anticipates that at least one of several vaccine options — including those from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — will be available under emergency use authorization possibly by the end of the year. He said the Pfizer vaccine seems to be the furthest along in the trial process.Despite the DOH’s preparedness, Pfizer has said it won’t have data on the vaccine’s safety until the third week in November, and may seek FDA emergency use authorization approval by the end of November. Other vaccine companies trail behind Pfizer in terms of their readiness to release it under emergency use authorization.Malsam-Rysdon said despite the timeline for the vaccine’s release, the federal government has at least asked states to be ready to receive and administer vaccines by Nov. 15, …

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