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Booster Bulletin: Your Weekly Dose of Immunization News

We’re committed to sharing news and information from local and national media about COVID-19, available vaccines, and immunization-related topics. Each week we’ll continue to review clips from across the U.S., from various news outlets and platforms, and bring you ten timely and relevant links.

Bookmark this page: Indy Q+A: When can I expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Who is getting vaccinated now? Is it safe?  The Nevada Independent

All answers are based on interviews with state and local immunization officials and health care workers and publicly available resources from the state of Nevada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. This article will be updated as more information on the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. It was last updated on: Thursday, April 29, 8:18am

"The Pandemic Has Forced a Mental Health Reckoning in Medicine" Medical Bag (March 18, 2021)

“This is a profession, like the military, where there has historically been stigma attached to mental health,” says Nigel Girgrah, the medical director of the liver transplant program at Ochsner Medical Center and chief wellness officer of Ochsner Health in New Orleans. “We have to make it OK to come forward if you’re not OK.”

“The evidence is growing that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective in pregnancy” Vox (March 30, 2021)

Although the Covid-19 vaccines authorized in the US were not studied in pregnancy, early data is now starting to emerge suggesting — as researchers expected — that the vaccines are likely safe during pregnancy and confer protection not only to the recipient but also, potentially, the baby.”

“More Colleges Move to Make Vaccines Mandatory for Students” CNBC (April 7, 2021)

“The list of colleges and universities planning to require students be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 is growing. Already, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, have said vaccinations will be mandatory for students before returning to campus in the fall.”

“Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn” NPR (April 7, 2021)

"One in four Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine. Researchers say it could keep the nation from reaching a critical tipping point.”

“Risk of Blood Clots is Higher From COVID Than from J&J Shot, Says Doctor Who Worked On Other Vaccine Trials” CNBC (April 13, 2021)

 “The risk of developing blood clots from Covid-19 is greater than the apparent likelihood of developing them from Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, Dr. Purvi Parikh told CNBC on Tuesday. Parikh, a New York-based allergist and immunologist, has worked as an investigator for other Covid vaccine trials, including Pfizer.”

“Why you shouldn’t skip your second dose of the coronavirus vaccine” The Washington Post (April 15, 2021)

“More than 100 million people in the United States have taken one of the coronavirus vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on track to more than meet President Biden’s goal of 200 million inoculations during his first 100 days in office. But some people have not shown up for the second shot of the messenger-RNA vaccines, which require two doses to achieve the strongest and longest-lasting immunity.”

“COVID vaccine side effects: Does my age matter, and should I windmill my arm?” The San Francisco Chronicle (April 15, 2021)

"The occurrence of side effects, including headache, fatigue and chills, varies from person to person, and some groups experience them more severely. Younger people and women in particular tend to have more side effects, experts say.”

“People seeking coronavirus vaccine appear eager to receive Johnson & Johnson” The Washington Post (April 29, 2021)

" A blue card sat on the windshield of Josh Woolvin's black Hyundai Tucson on Tuesday, a spot of color in the sunshine at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It signaled to nurses at this drive-by immunization clinic that Woolvin and his mother, Debbie Shipp, wanted Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine, not their other choice, Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot regimen."

“It’s Not Vaccine Hesitancy. It’s COVID-19 Denialism.” The Atlantic (April 27, 2021)

"Several years ago, two sociologists researched whether Americans were willing to take a novel vaccine during a pandemic. Taking poll data from the midst of the 2009 H1N1 swine-flu outbreak, they broke out hesitancy by race, age, and partisanship, among other factors. Although the H1N1 pandemic was very different from today’s COVID-19 pandemic—not nearly as many people in the United States fell ill, far fewer died, and vaccines were not as widely available as they are now—the results were striking."

“Misinformation stoked vaccine hesitancy — facts may require vaccine passports” The Hill (April 28, 2021)

"... and we are in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic that waxes and wanes according to adherence to public health measures designed to check its spread. We also have cesspools — darker corners of the internet that infect through the ubiquitous algorithms that serve up misinformation into our everyday lives, so effectively that we often cannot see it for what it is. This is the “infodemic” that we have been battling in our online spaces in parallel to the real-life virus that makes our physical spaces so dangerous. "

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