Latest Immunizations News

NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers

Oct. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will require its entire municipal workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, an ultimatum that ensures a fight with some unions representing employees, including police officers and...

Unvaccinated Minnesotans 30x more likely to die from COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 30 times more likely to die from the disease than unvaccinated residents, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Wednesday. The commissioner gave those figures...

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

Oct. 20, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food...

Federal appeals court won't stop health worker COVID mandate

Oct. 20, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court dealt another blow to a lawsuit targeting Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, resulting in an 11th-hour appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court...

Officials: Tennessee can't drop COVID rule despite GOP push

Oct. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee labor officials say they are unable to reject a federal rule designed to protect health care workers from COVID-19 despite receiving stern instructions earlier this week from Republican lawmakers to do so. In a letter sent to lawmakers...

Nearly 90% of Honolulu city workers vaccinated against COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Almost 90% of Honolulu's 10,000 city workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The city Department of Human Resources reported it has received 948 requests for an exemption to the city's requirement that all employees be vaccinated....

Judge denies police union's effort to recuse her from case

Oct. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge who ordered the president of Chicago's police officers' union to stop publicly encouraging his members to disobey the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Wednesday refused the union's request to recuse herself from the case. The union wanted Cook...

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Oct. 20, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access House facilities through early January, under a rule adopted by a House committee late last month. The policy...

Indiana GOP push against vaccine mandate faces hurdles

Oct. 20, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some conservative Indiana lawmakers wanting to stymie President Joe Biden’s planned COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers are facing skepticism from their own Republican leaders and the state’s largest business group. While Biden has...

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

Oct. 20, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school...