Latest Immunizations News

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

Jun. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office. Edwards says that he does not currently have symptoms and will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for...

Moderna COVID-19 shots now an option for older kids in US

Jun. 24, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There is now a second COVID-19 option for kids ages 6 to 17 in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced it is recommending Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and teens. This group has been able to get shots made by...

COVID vaccines saved 20M lives in 1st year, scientists say

Jun. 23, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first...

Fauci says he's 'example' for COVID-19 vaccinations

Jun. 23, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says his COVID-19 recovery is an “example” for the nation on the protection offered by vaccines and boosters. Speaking during a White House briefing, Fauci, 81, said he began experiencing virus...

Experts endorse Moderna COVID-19 shots for kids ages 6 to 17

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An expert panel backed a second COVID-19 vaccine option for kids ages 6 to 17 Thursday. Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and adolescents. This group has...

Nursing director admits lying about fake vaccination cards

Jun. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

A former nursing director pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to federal agents in South Carolina about providing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. Tammy Hudson McDonald, who worked at a PruittHealth skilled nursing facility last summer, filled out cards for people she knew had not...

Publix supermarkets not offering COVID vaccine to young kids

Jun. 23, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida-based Publix grocery store chain is not offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children younger than 5 but has not explained its decision. The supermarket chain with 1,288 stores in seven Southern states was instrumental in distributing the...

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

Jun. 23, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization convenes its emergency committee Thursday to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency. But some experts say the WHO’s decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the...

EU regulator authorizes COVID shot made by France's Valneva

Jun. 23, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said Thursday it is recommending the authorization of the coronavirus vaccine made by French pharmaceutical Valneva, making it the sixth shot given the green light in Europe. The EU drug regulator said in a statement that it had cleared...

Austria scraps COVID vaccine mandate, says it split society

Jun. 23, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's health minister announced Thursday that the country is scrapping a dormant coronavirus vaccine mandate, saying the measure risked polarizing society and could even lead to fewer people getting the shot. The government announced plans last year requiring all...