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Boy dies from brain-eating amoeba found at Texas splash pad

Sep. 27, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A child has died after being infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba that was found at a Texas splash pad he had visited, and a review discovered lapses in water-quality testing at several parks, officials said Monday. Officials in Arlington,...

Booster shot registration open to 75 and older in Vermont

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

More older Vermonters are eligible to sign up for booster shots against COVID-19 this week. Registration opened Monday for Vermonters ages 75 and older to get the Pfizer vaccine booster. On Wednesday, people 70 and older can start signing up followed by the 65 and older...

Maine group to hold forum about how to help unvaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization has scheduled an event designed to help residents talk to their family members and neighbors about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Maine Community Action Partnership has slated the “Encouraging...

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

Vegas, Reno health officials: Vaccine boosters coming soon

Sep. 24, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Top Nevada health administrators say they expect COVID-19 booster shots will become widely available by the end of next week for residents who received Pfizer vaccines, following guidance from federal health officials and state officials. Dr. Fermin...

Minnesota to administer COVID-19 boosters to those eligible

Sep. 24, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 booster shots are being made available to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive them under the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials announced Friday. Minnesotans who got the...

US booster shots start, even as millions remain unprotected

Sep. 24, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

The U.S. launched a campaign to offer boosters of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Americans on Friday even as federal health officials stressed the real problem remains getting first shots to the unvaccinated. “We will not boost our way out of this pandemic,”...

Kansas to follow CDC recommendation of Pfizer booster

Sep. 24, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that the state will adopt the recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning Pfizer booster shots as part of the effort to fight COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky...

Study: Odds of school virus flare-up lower with mask mandate

Sep. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona public schools without mask requirements were several times more likely to experience COVID-19 outbreaks than schools with mandates in place when the current school year began, researchers said Friday in an article published by a federal health agency. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 24, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Supreme Court...