The Houston Methodist hospital system is now the first U.S. hospital to require all staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The bold move toward mandatory vaccination comes on the heels of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are 90% effective at preventing Covid-19 infections in healthcare workers and first responders.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Marc Boom, MD, the hospital’s chief executive officer, notified the staff via email of the new vaccine policy. The Methodist system currently requires all new staff to be fully vaccinated…
Last week, a research team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital published the largest study to date verifying the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy. This new study helps the 3.7 million people who give birth in the United States per year find answers to their questions about getting the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other women’s health experts agree that Covid-19 vaccines should be offered to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. …
In a highly unusual move, a U.S. health agency raised concerns on Tuesday that AstraZeneca had not provided the most current data about its Covid-19 vaccine in a press release it issued Monday.
In the release, which garnered excitement from public health experts, the company said its vaccine was 79% effective at preventing Covid-19 symptoms and 100% effective at preventing hospitalization and death in a large trial of more than 32,000 participants in the United States. Five people enrolled in the trial developed severe illness, all in the placebo group.
As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues its slow march across the country, spring follows in its wake. That means parents are facing the arrival of spring break and, quick on its heels, the advent of summer. In the meantime, although trials of coronavirus vaccines in children are now underway, late summer is likely the earliest vaccines will be available for people under age 16 years.
In contrast, the adults in a family will theoretically be able to access vaccines by May 1, per the Biden administration. …
Last week, several European countries paused their use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns about clotting and bleeding risks. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have both said that it is safe to use, most countries have resumed using the vaccine, and the company released data on Monday showing it is 79% effective in preventing symptomatic disease in the United States, many people may still be wondering about the risks. There are five major things to clear up when understanding the concerns about blood clots.
When President Joe Biden declared on his campaign trail that he would administer 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in his first 100 days, I admit that I was highly skeptical. At the time, optimism seemed out of reach. But right now is a very different time: Today, on Biden’s 58th day in office, his administration reached its goal. With over 118 million doses administered, 12.6% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.
In the meantime, pressure for the United States to share its stockpile of doses has mounted. Which is fair! About 7 million doses…
Around the world, six vaccines have been approved for limited use and seven approved for full use. This week, China authorized a fifth vaccine from Anhui Zhifei Longcom and IMCAS.
Vaccines are being rolled out in many nations, but access to vaccines and vaccination rates continue to vary widely. Israel continues to lead the world in the vaccine rollout with 53.1% of its population covered, according to Bloomberg’s vaccination tracker. The United States has covered 17.7% of its population. Many countries still have less than 1% of their populations covered.
This week, concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine rose then reached…
Many new moms and lactating people are searching for definitive answers about the Covid-19 vaccine and breastfeeding. Considering more than 3.7 million individuals give birth in the United States per year, clear evidence-based guidelines are needed as soon as possible.
Nearly 110 million doses have been administered in the United States. All adults are on schedule to be vaccinated by the end of May, but cities including Dallas and Minneapolis are seeing a surge in cases linked to dangerous Covid-19 variants. Lactating people need fast, reliable answers.
Experts agree that lactating individuals are candidates for vaccination. The American College of…
For those of us with breast tissue, the discovery of a lump in an armpit tends to immediately raise the specter of cancer. These lumps often occur at lymph nodes, which are debris traps for lymph fluid draining from the breast and all of the things lymph carries with it. Sometimes, cancer cells are among those things.
But the nodes also are a throughway for lymph draining from other parts of the thorax and the arm. It’s the arm that’s involved in the latest twist of the ongoing pandemic: enlarged armpit nodes after receiving one of the vaccines against Covid-19.
This week, over 2 million doses were delivered each day in the United States — a record high. President Joe Biden said that there would be enough doses for all American adults by May, moving up his timeline from July. Johnson & Johnson teamed up with its longtime rival, Merck, to make more doses of its vaccine. From where we stand, the U.S. vaccine rollout looks promising.
It isn’t great yet, though: The vaccination rate disparity between people of color and white people in the United States is unacceptably wide. Vaccine eligibility criteria are being called into question…
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