Latest Immunizations News

COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

Apr. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. The drop-off in...

Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus

Apr. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated,...

COVID vaccine increasingly available without appointments

Apr. 22, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas counties are increasingly allowing people to walk in to get a coronavirus vaccine without an appointment as interest wanes. In the Lawrence area, mass vaccination clinics at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, which had been immunizing almost...

Iowa officials say 77 prisoners got virus vaccine overdoses

Apr. 22, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Administration of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff there incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said. The incident happened...

The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study

Apr. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnancy causes various changes in the body that may make women vulnerable to harm from the coronavirus. Pregnant...

Indiana bill approved to ban government vaccine passports

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State or local governments in Indiana will be prohibited from issuing or requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated House and Senate voted Thursday by wide margins to approve a wide-ranging...

Governor: state needs to step up outreach as demand ebbs

Apr. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor says the state needs to step up its outreach as demand for the vaccine is starting to slow. The Providence Journal reports thousands of new appointments made available earlier this week went largely unclaimed on the...

J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials

Apr. 22, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Confronted with rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials faced a delicate task: how to suspend distribution of the shots without setting off alarm about their safety. It was the...

Noem asks athletic commission to rescind vaccine requirement

Apr. 22, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking the South Dakota Athletic Commission to immediately rescind its requirement that sports participants provide proof they are vaccinated for COVID-19. In a letter to commission chairman Michael Kilmer, Noem wrote that...

Alabama committee backs ban on vaccine requirements

Apr. 22, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers inched closer to approving a ban on so-called vaccine passports that would require proof of coronavirus vaccination to access services from a business or state agency. The House Health Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill...