Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Kentucky reports 714 COVID-19 cases, higher positivity rate

Apr. 16, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported more than 700 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional virus-related deaths on Friday, along with a slightly higher rate of positive cases. More than 1.6 million Kentuckians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov....

Massachusetts falls just shy of vaccination goal for week

Apr. 16, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has fallen just short of a prediction by Gov. Charlie Baker that 2 million residents would be reported fully vaccinated by Friday. On Monday, the Republican said the state was on track to cross the 2 million mark by week’s end in...

The Latest: Decreasing demand for vaccines in Kansas

Apr. 16, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. — Some Kansas counties are rejecting new COVID-19 vaccine shipments or reducing their orders because of decreased demand for the drugs, worrying health officials who say mass vaccinations are the only path to a return to normalcy. Dennis Kriesel, the...

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

Apr. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

A growing number of unfilled appointments and low uptake among nursing home workers are early signs that vaccine hesitancy is becoming an issue in Pennsylvania, prompting state officials to sound the alarm Friday and urge residents to get their COVID-19 shots as quickly as possible. ...

Vermonters ages 16-18 can sign up for vaccines Saturday

Apr. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Vermont has pushed up the date to Saturday for people ages 16 to 18 to start signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, a few days earlier than originally planned, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. “As you know, I've made getting kids back in school a priority. This...

Indian vaccine maker asks US to ease export curbs

Apr. 16, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The chief executive of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest maker of vaccines and a critical supplier of the U.N.-backed COVAX facility, asked President Joe Biden on Twitter to lift the U.S. embargo on exporting raw materials needed to make the jabs. ...

South Africa takes first step to offer jabs to the elderly

Apr. 16, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa took the first step in its mass vaccination campaign on Friday by starting online registrations for the elderly to receive shots beginning next month. People aged 60 years and older will be vaccinated first as they are among those at...

China ramps up vaccination drive with free eggs, other goods

Apr. 16, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China's success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. So it is accelerating its inoculation campaign by offering incentives — free eggs, store coupons and discounts on groceries and...

The Latest: Half eligible Californians have at least 1 shot

Apr. 15, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus. He is urging more residents to sign up for appointments and not let apprehension get in the way of getting protected...

Iran to purchase 60M Russian vaccines as coronavirus surges

Apr. 15, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has finalized a deal with Russia to purchase 60 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The report quotes Iran’s ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, as saying the contract has been...