A contentious bill that would end Connecticut's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022-23 school year, now awaits action in the state Senate.
The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday was expected to pass a contentious bill that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top vaccination official said Thursday he did not see any obstacle to the country's inoculation program from the “moral” reservations expressed by the powerful Catholic Church about two vaccines.
Poland's Episcopate bioethical team on Wednesday said the use of the AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines raised “serious moral opposition.” It said that was because their technology is linked to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 1,000 people have called into Louisiana's coronavirus vaccine hotline since it launched a week ago, and one-third of those callers have signed up for vaccination appointments, according to state health department data released Wednesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — State health officials said they learned Wednesday that a Nevadan is one of the six people nationally who have reported serious reactions to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Officials for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services had said when they announced Tuesday that they were stopping use of that vaccine that no Nevadans were among the six cases the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac will donate 50,000 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL in a bid to protect players for upcoming tournaments.
CONMEBOL announced Tuesday that the jabs will be used to inoculate players ahead of the Copa America in June and for other regional tournaments.
HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana.
Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Tuesday asked COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson shots on recommendations from federal officials over a rare type of blood clot.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials on Monday urged Michigan parents to make sure their children are caught up with non-COVID-19 vaccinations, which have slipped below a 70% rate during the coronavirus pandemic.
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while vaccination efforts are making scant headway.
Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney.
The declines followed a strong end last week on Wall Street, where gains in technology and health cares stocks pushed the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to fresh record highs.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus and mixing them is among strategies being considered to boost their effectiveness.
China has distributed hundreds of millions of doses of domestically made vaccines abroad and is relying on them for its own mass immunization campaign.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.
After months of hoping to receive a COVID-19 immunization and then weeks of fighting the illness after one never came, Air Force veteran Diane Drewes was down to her last few breaths at a hospice center in Ohio when the phone rang. It was a health care worker, calling to schedule her first appointment for a coronavirus shot.
JERUSALEM (AP) — After spending much of the past year in lockdown, Tel Aviv makeup artist Artyom Kavnatsky was ready to get back to work. But when he showed up for a recent photo shoot, his employer turned him away. The reason? He had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“He didn’t take me because I didn’t get vaccinated,” Kavnatsky said. “It’s discrimination, and it’s not all right."
AP source: Canadian government panel on immunization recommends pause on AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55
TORONTO (AP) — AP source: Canadian government panel on immunization recommends pause on AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was vaccinated against COVID-19 Tuesday out of sight of the cameras, his spokesman said, prompting questions about whether the gesture will boost comparatively low immunization rates in Russia.
Dmitry Peskov said Putin is feeling fine after getting the shot and is planning a regular workday Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and Mets will be allowed to start the season with a maximum 20% capacity.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a news conference Thursday that the Yankees could have up to 10,850 fans for their April 1 opener against Toronto at Yankee Stadium and the Mets could have up to 8,384 for their April 8 home opener against Miami at Citi Field.
French President Emmanuel Macron says France is suspending AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine use out of precaution
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France is suspending AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine use out of precaution.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian state governors are pursuing their own vaccine supply plans, with some expressing concern that President Jair Bolsonaro's government won't deliver the shots required to avoid interrupting immunization efforts.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.
India is home to the world’s largest vaccine makers and has one of the biggest immunization programs. But there is no playbook for the enormity of the current challenge.
Oxford to resume trial of coronavirus vaccine it’s creating with AstraZeneca, days after halt due to reported effect
LONDON (AP) — Oxford to resume trial of coronavirus vaccine it's creating with AstraZeneca, days after halt due to reported effect.
World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study begins, a US trial that will include 30,000 people to see if shots really work
WASHINGTON (AP) — World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study begins, a US trial that will include 30,000 people to see if shots really work.
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Niger has been struck by a new outbreak of polio, following the suspension of immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government official: First dose to be delivered Monday in clinical trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government official: First dose to be delivered Monday in clinical trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven't received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports immunization rates released Tuesday show about 65% of the 209,904 mandated students have received the shot. The state's target compliance rate is 85%.