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How Many COVID Vaccine Shots Do You Need If You’re Immunocompromised?

How Many COVID Vaccine Shots Do You Need If You’re Immunocompromised?

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Photo: grandbrothers (Shutterstock)The CDC has cleared up one of the ambiguities in its recent COVID-19 booster shot recommendations: If you got a third shot of one of the mRNA vaccines because you have a weakened immune system, that third shot is not considered your booster. You can still get a booster, if you fall into…
Kid COVID-19 vaccines get green light from FDA advisors

Kid COVID-19 vaccines get green light from FDA advisors

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Enlarge / A nurse gives a boy a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Florida on the day before classes begin for the 2021-22 school year. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories A panel of independent medical experts advising the Food and Drug Administration voted 17 to 0 (with one abstention)…
CDC advisory panel unanimously approves expanded COVID vaccine boosters

CDC advisory panel unanimously approves expanded COVID vaccine boosters

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control's expert advisory committee on vaccines met to vote on new guidelines for the use of boosters to sustain the immunity provided by the COVID-19 vaccines in use in the US. The day prior, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization…
Mix-and-match COVID boosters are as good—if not better than—all the same shots

Mix-and-match COVID boosters are as good—if not better than—all the same...

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Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines for booster doses appears safe and as effective—if not more effective—than sticking with the same vaccine for a booster dose. That's according to preliminary data posted online Wednesday from a clinical trial run by the…
Unvaccinated patients are getting kicked off organ transplant waitlists

Unvaccinated patients are getting kicked off organ transplant waitlists

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A growing number of medical facilities across the country are directing coveted organ donations to patients who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, pushing people who remain unvaccinated down or even off of transplantation waitlists. The thinking behind this move is simple: With transmission of the pandemic coronavirus still high in the US, unvaccinated transplant candidates…
WHO recommends malaria vaccine for use in children

WHO recommends malaria vaccine for use in children

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Enlarge / A nurse administers the RTS,S vaccine. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a first: it was recommending a vaccine against malaria for administration to children. The decision follows a program started in 2019 in three African countries, which eventually saw over 800,000 children vaccinated. The vaccine itself is called RTS,S/AS01, or…
COVID-19 vaccines will be added to immunization list required for CA students

COVID-19 vaccines will be added to immunization list required for CA...

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Enlarge / California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with 7th grade students at James Denman Middle School on October 01, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that the state will add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations students are required to get to attend…
CDC advisors OK boosters for 65+, those with health risks—not occupational risks

CDC advisors OK boosters for 65+, those with health risks—not occupational...

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Enlarge / Signage outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. An independent committee of experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Thursday to recommend booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine for persons ages 65 and older; residents of long-term…
Following expert advice, FDA authorizes boosters for people 65+, high risk

Following expert advice, FDA authorizes boosters for people 65+, high risk

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Enlarge / The Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak, Maryland. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories The US Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday authorized booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 65 and up. Also eligible for boosters will be those ages 18 to 64 who are at high risk…
Florida’s new surgeon general skeptical of vaccines, opposes masks

Florida’s new surgeon general skeptical of vaccines, opposes masks

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Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Florida Department of Health office in Viera, Florida, on September 1, 2021. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the state's new surgeon general will be Joseph Ladapo, a UCLA researcher known for opposing evidence-based mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and lockdowns. Instead, Dr.…

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