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Pfizer Sets Up Its ‘Biggest Ever’ Vaccination Distribution Campaign

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Updated Oct. 21, 2020 6:13 am ET

In Kalamazoo, Mich., a stretch of land the size of a football field has been turned into a staging ground outfitted with 350 large freezers, ready to take delivery of millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine before they can be shipped around the world.

The facility is a hub in the sprawling supply chain

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has built to handle the delivery of a vaccine widely awaited as a possible relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant says it wants to deliver up to 100 million doses this year and another 1.3 billion in 2021.

Like other drugmakers testing potential vaccines, Pfizer is urgently laying the groundwork with its logistics partners so it can move quickly if its vaccine gets the go-ahead from the Food and Drug Administration and other regulators around the world.

“It’s the biggest-ever vaccination campaign,” said Tanya Alcorn, Pfizer’s supply-chain vice president. “ …

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A Third Coronavirus Surge Has Taken Root in the U.S.

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Here’s what you need to know:key data of the day A drive-through Covid-19 testing event in Bismarck, N.D., last month. The state is leading the nation in virus cases per capita.Credit…Tim Gruber for The New York TimesIn Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the coronavirus than at any other time during the pandemic. North Dakota, which is leading the nation in coronavirus cases per capita, reported more than 1,000 cases on Tuesday, the state’s worst daily total yet. And as of Monday, 16 states had added more cases in the prior week than in any other seven-day stretch.After weeks of spread and warnings in certain areas, a third surge of coronavirus infections has now firmly taken hold across much of the United States.The latest wave — which is raging most acutely in the Midwest and the West, but is also spreading in various areas around the country — threatens to be the worst of the pandemic yet.Its arrival comes as cooler weather is forcing people indoors, setting up a grueling winter that will test the discipline of many Americans who have grown weary of wearing masks and turning down invitations to see family and friends. …

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Flu shot event helps public health prepare for mass vaccinations – KRBD

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Student nurses and public health workers in action at a flu vaccination exercise in Ketchikan October 17, 2020 (KRBD staff photo by Maria Dudzak).
Flu shots were offered to hundreds of community members in Ketchikan at no cost last Saturday.  As KRBD’s Maria Dudzak reports, the “point of dispensing” exercise helps the state Division of Public Health plan and prepare in the event of an emergency requiring vaccinations to be quickly distributed in the community
For four hours nursing students from the University of Alaska Southeast, donning masks, gowns and gloves, volunteered to distribute flu shots at the drive-up vaccination event.  Theresa Ruzek is public health nurse manager for Ketchikan, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island. She says clinics like this are held every two years to assist with planning for mass inoculations.
“This is an exercise for COVID vaccination and also if we were to have some sort of natural disaster where we needed to distribute things to a large number of people in a very short period of time.”
Though primarily a drive-through event, Ruzek says there was also an indoor option.
Paperwork to complete before receiving a flu shot (KRBD staff photo by Maria Dudzak).
“Anybody can take …

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City Touts Free Vaccination Sites for Uninsured in South Seattle, but Limited Options Available

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Though officials say this year’s expanded flu vaccination clinic offerings are specifically meant to serve uninsured and underinsured communities of color and people experiencing homelessness, many of whom live in South Seattle, most of the clinics available in South Seattle appear to have relatively few open clinic slots.

The City of Seattle has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) this year in an effort to bring 14,000 free flu vaccinations to the uninsured, underinsured and homeless community this year, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in a press conference on Oct. 20. The City has used $150,000 in CARES Act funding to purchase some of these vaccines.

During the press conference, Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Dir. Patty Hayes said that “we will be emphasizing vaccine access to communities of color, particularly in South Seattle and South King County.”

“Community partners are working with us in the cities to identify the most effective outreach strategies,” Hayes said. She did not clarify who these community partners or what these strategies are, but the Emerald has followed up to ask this question.

The SVNA has set up 14 drive-through clinics in Seattle, seven of which are located in South Seattle, with …

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Free flu vaccines offered for kids at drive-thru clinics in Carroll County

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“You can get a flu vaccination at your medical provider’s office or a pharmacy, but some providers may not be offering flu vaccinations and some pharmacies may not be vaccinating certain age groups,” Maria Carr, maternal child health program supervisor at the health department, said in the release. “Though they are being held at public schools, these clinics are open to all children regardless of what school they attend; non-public and homeschool students are welcome.”

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says vaccination plan prioritizes frontline workers

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Maryland’s plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines Maryland has finally caught up with neighboring D.C. and Virginia, and now has a COVID-19 vaccination plan the state can implement before a vaccine is available for distribution.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – Maryland has finally caught up with neighboring D.C. and Virginia, and now has a COVID-19 vaccination plan the state can implement before a vaccine is available for distribution. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the plan – which prioritizes front-line workers, including first responders, healthcare workers, and nursing homes – was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control last Friday. Download the FOX 5 DC News App for Local Breaking News and Weather In September, the CDC said that states should be prepared for distributing vaccines as early as October or November. Along with front-line workers and nursing homes, essential workers such as public safety, educators and staff in living facilities will be prioritized under phase one. Phase two, according to the governor’s plan, would be mitigated by a number of factors, including the availability of the vaccine, approval from the CDC to initiate phase two, and whether the targeted metrics for the vaccination of phase one groups have been …

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Some COVID-19 vaccines could increase risk of HIV, researchers warn

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Some coronavirus vaccine candidates currently under development could increase susceptibility to HIV, a group of researchers has warned.
A modified virus being used in four COVID-19 vaccine contenders — called adenovirus 5 (Ad5) — has been shown to increase transmission of the AIDS virus in the past, the researchers wrote in a “cautionary tale” published in The Lancet medical journal Monday.
Adenoviruses — a group of common viruses which can cause a range of illnesses, including the common cold — are sometimes genetically engineered and used to create inoculations.
But the Ad5 strain used in a potential HIV vaccination a decade ago was found to make some men more vulnerable to HIV in placebo-controlled trials, according to Science Magzine.
It is unclear why Ad5 increased the risk of HIV infection in the trial, but following these findings, the National Institutes of Health, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, recommended against using the strain in vaccines.
The researchers are warning that more needs to be learned about this side effect before COVID-19 vaccinations are rolled out to vulnerable populations.
“If I were in a sub-Saharan African country and making a decision as to what I would want for my country for a general population use of a …

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Franklin County Dog Shelter hosting free vaccination and microchip clinic

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In celebration of the new dog license season, the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center will host a free vaccination and microchip clinic this December. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 1st from 11 am to 3 pm at 4340 Tamarack Boulevard. It’s only open to Franklin County residents and their dogs. The clinic will offer free rabies, DAPP, bordetella shots along with free microchipping. If your dog needs a new license, you’ll be required to purchase one at the event for $18.

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IEMS holds first-ever mass flu vaccination clinic

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This program, held every Wednesday in October, is the first time an EMS agency has been mobilized to provide free mass vaccinations to the community.

INDIANAPOLIS — Health officials are sharing the message all the time: “Get your flu shot.”

“I’ve been hearing it a lot, but I think it is important for people to get it,” Cindy White said. 

It’s the reason White and her son, Michael, went to Shepherd Community Center on the near east side to get a flu shot.

But this wasn’t an ordinary drive-thru flu clinic.

“The health department, the Department of Homeland Defense, the Indianapolis EMS, Shepherd Community Center all got together and said, ‘Let’s figure this out from a mass vaccination response,'” said Shane Hardwick, a paramedic with IEMS.

Harwick said this pilot program, held every Wednesday in October, is the first time an EMS agency has been mobilized to provide free mass vaccinations to the community.

IEMS wants to create a roadmap of sorts for other EMS agencies across the state to help with future outbreaks.

Workers also started giving out food to needy families every Wednesday after COVID-10 hit.  

Hardwick said they chose the near east side due to the need.

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