In California, Caregivers of People With Disabilities Are Being Turned Away at COVID Vaccine Sites
Parents and caregivers of people with disabilities in California are supposed to be near the front of the line for the covid-19 vaccine. But some are hitting roadblocks at vaccination sites.
Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Young Covid ‘Long Haulers’
Pediatric hospitals are creating clinics for the increasing number of children reporting lingering covid symptoms similar to those that plague some adults long after they have recovered.
Biden Not Planning On Helping Mexico With Vaccines
Meanwhile, some public health officials say that decision could be dangerous along the border for the U.S. Other news reports are from England, Iraq, Slovakia and other countries, as well.
California Hashes Out Deal To Send Children Back To School By April
The plan, which critics slammed as inadequate, still has to be approved by the state legislature. Other school news is from North Carolina, the Florida Keys and elsewhere.
Biden Administration Ups Funding For ACA Navigators
An additional $2.3 million will be allocated to community groups that help people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans. The role of subsidies on people’s finances and taxes is also in the news.
Stimulus Bill’s Final Push In Senate To Kick Off
Democratic lawmakers aim to pass the massive legislative package before federal unemployment benefits expire on March 14.
Study: High Staff Turnovers Likely Behind Many Deaths At Nursing Homes
The turnover rates likely made it hard for homes to put strong infection controls in place. Media outlets report on a Los Angeles nursing home charged with dumping patients for richer ones, as well.
CDC Says People With Allergic Reaction To First Shot Can Get J&J For Second
Patients who exhibited an allergic reaction to the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can get the Johnson & Johnson jab for their second round, a CDC scientist said.
No Longer A Skeptic?: Trump Quietly Got A Covid Shot In January
And over the weekend, the former president told CPAC attendees that “everybody” should get a covid shot — the first time he’s publicly encouraged supporters to do so, Axios reports.
States Wrestle With Requirements For Proof Of Vaccine Eligibility
States like Maryland and California have mixed guidance in regard to verifying eligibility at vaccine sites. Other issues are reported out of Georgia, Florida and Utah.
As First J&J Shots Reach Arms, Biden To Announce Production Help From Merck
The Washington Post reports that President Joe Biden will announce that Merck & Co. will help boost the Johnson & Johnson supply — a rare partnership between pharmaceutical rivals. Meanwhile, the first doses of the newly approved vaccine will be administered today.
Don’t ‘Shop’ For Specific Vaccine Brand, State Officials Urge
With three shots now available with differing dosing regimens, reported efficacy and availability, health officials worry that Americans will hold out for the one they want — delaying efforts to quickly vaccinate the nation.
Twitter To Flag Misleading Covid Vaccine Posts, Block Repeat Offenders
The social media giant is stepping up its efforts to combat covid-19 vaccine misinformation. In additional to labeling false material, Twitter announced an escalating 5-strike policy for repeated violations.
CDC Urged To Improve Its Guidance On Workplace Aerosol Covid Transmission
A group of House Democratic leaders wrote a four-page letter asking the Biden administration to be more specific about how to keep people safe, especially in the workplace. They say the CDC’s official guidelines downplay the risk of the aerosol spread of covid-19.
Cities Starting To Detect Multiple Covid Variants
Houston hit an undesirable jackpot by being the first city in the U.S. to report infections from all the major known coronavirus variants.
CDC Chief Warns States Not To Roll Back Restrictions As Cases Plateau
“Please hear me clearly—at this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
Teens Seek More Mental Health Care As Pandemic Persists
Ongoing lockdowns and restrictions throw a spotlight on young people’s fraying mental health. Meanwhile readers in our Letters to the Editor section give advice for our pandemic times.
First Edition: March 2, 2021
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.