The 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.
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: Monday, May 13, 2021 at 2:27pm
“HHS Released Podcast Featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci” IHeartRadio (April 27, 2021) Vaccine Facts vs. Fiction Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, confusion and misinformation surfaced online about the virus and the vaccines, leaving the American people unsure of what to trust. In this episode, we hear from two sisters who were influenced by a viral video that promoted wildly false conspiracy theories which made them second guess the vaccines. Then, host Robin Roberts chats with Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). At the intersection of what feels good to believe and what's actually true, we’ll uncover the science that is ultimately leading to people getting vaccinated.
An interactive story “Inside this facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, trillions of bacteria are producing tiny loops of DNA containing coronavirus genes — the raw material for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
“COVID-19 Vaccines Are More Than 90% Effective: What That Means” Healthline (April 30, 2021) “The fact that vaccinated people can still get COVID-19 should not be a surprise. And it’s certainly no reason not to get vaccinated. ‘Breakthrough’ cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated people are expected. It doesn’t mean that the vaccines currently in use are not highly effective. They are. They’re just not 100 percent effective. So, yes, you can still get sick even if you’re vaccinated, but it’s exceedingly rare.”
“Mix-and-match COVID vaccines trigger potent immune response” Nature (May 19, 2021) “Vaccinating people with both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines produces a potent immune response against the virus SARS-CoV-2, researchers conducting a study in Spain have found.”
“Faced with anti-vaccination parents, teens are helping one another get Covid shots” NBC News (May 23, 2021) “The Gen Zer from Ohio who made a splash two years ago for defying his mother to get his childhood immunizations has a message for teenagers seeking Covid-19 vaccinations and getting pushback from their parents — get one if you can.
“Vaccine tourists are coming to America” CCN (May 26, 2021) “We have arrived in the US not for the American dream, we are here for the vaccine dream," 49-year-old Elver Estela told CNN. The businessman had travelled from Peru looking for the Covid-19 vaccine and got his first dose of Pfizer at a vaccination center in Seattle.”
“Don’t Let Misinformation About Fertility and COVID-19 Vaccines Stop Teens from Getting the Shot” Healthline (June 1, 2021) “Misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines’ ability to impact fertility has been swirling around the internet since the vaccine rollout launched in December 2020. In recent weeks, the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation has accelerated, with people sharing unreliable links, memes, and videos claiming the vaccine can impair fertility in teenagers.”
“US agrees to buy 500m Pfizer vaccine doses to distribute to 100 countries” The Guardian (June 9, 2021) “The US has reached an agreement with Pfizer to buy 500m doses of their coronavirus vaccine to distribute to nearly 100 countries around the world, as the centrepiece of Joe Biden’s initiative to help vaccinate the world against Covid-19, according to US reports.”
“New Evidence Suggests COVID-1 Vaccines Remain Effective Against Variants” NPR (June 9, 2021) “The emergence of new and more infectious variants of the coronavirus has raised a troubling question: Will the current crop of COVID-19 vaccine prevent these variants from causing disease?”
“Reopening cities and states isn’t ‘synonymous with stopping the push to vaccinate,’ Fauci says” The Washington Post (June 17, 2021) “Anthony S. Fauci said even as cities and states open up and lift pandemic restrictions, that doesn’t mean the campaign to get more coronavirus vaccine shots in arms is over.”
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