Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own

Oct. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's...

Georgia says health departments to offer COVID-19 boosters

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials say local health departments will begin offering more COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on Tuesday, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department of Public Health announced Friday that...

Ukraine sees new record high in virus deaths, infections

Oct. 23, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's coronavirus infections and deaths reached all-time highs for a second straight day Friday, in a growing challenge for the country with one of Europe's lowest shares of vaccinated people. Ukrainian health authorities reported 23,785 new...

Idaho clinics rush to train staff for COVID booster rollout

Oct. 22, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — With expanded access to coronavirus boosters approved and vaccinations for younger kids on the horizon, family physicians are fielding phone calls from people eager to get the shots. But this round of vaccinations is more complicated than the last — with mix-and-match...

Pritzker orders vaccinations or testing for day care workers

Oct. 22, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — All licensed day care workers in Illinois must receive COVID-19 vaccine shots by early January or undergo weekly testing for the virus under an order issued Friday by. Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The mandate applies to more than 55,000 day care staff at nearly...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden overstates his record on COVID vaccine

Oct. 22, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden botched the numbers behind the COVID-19 vaccine rollout Thursday as he stretched to take all the credit for the surge of shots once he was in office. A look at his remarks during a CNN town hall event: COVID ...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden overstates his record on COVID vaccine

Oct. 21, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden botched the numbers behind the COVID-19 vaccine rollout Thursday as he stretched to take all the credit for the surge of shots once he was in office. A look at his remarks during a CNN town hall event: COVID ...

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

Oct. 21, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday. Certain people who received Pfizer vaccinations months ago already are eligible for a booster and...

Israel poised to welcome foreign tourists back to country

Oct. 21, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Thursday recommended reopening the country to fully vaccinated tourists beginning on Nov. 1, a year and a half after closing its borders to most foreign visitors due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The decision, which still...