Sunday, October 17, 2021

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‘Healing is coming’: First Americans vaccinated as U.S. death toll passes 300,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A New York City intensive care unit nurse on Monday became the first person in the United States to receive a coronavirus vaccine, calling it a sign that “healing is coming,” as the nation’s COVID-19 death toll crossed a staggering 300,000 lives lost.

Sandra Lindsay, who has treated some of the sickest COVID-19 patients for months, was inoculated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the New York City borough of Queens, an early epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, receiving applause on a livestream with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“It didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine,” Lindsay said. “I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.

“I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is

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Vaccine coming, but it’s unclear when it will be approved for those under age 16

Vaccinations of New Yorkers against the coronavirus are expected to begin in the coming days and eventually expand to anyone who wants it — except kids under 16.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization on Friday for the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is only for people 16 and older.

It’s unclear when younger teenagers and children will be eligible, said Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Medicine.

Pfizer just recently, in October, received FDA authorization to include children as young as 12 in its vaccine clinical trials.

But, Nachman said, “From my perspective, we need to worry about all of the children.”

The FDA limited the vaccine to those at least 16 because 12- to 15-year-olds were added to the trials too late to obtain adequate safety data, said Nachman, one of seven members of the state’s clinical advisory task force,

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First U.S. Shots in COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Coming Monday, Army General Says | Top News

By Michael Erman and Carl O’Donnell

(Reuters) – The first shots in a massive U.S. COVID-19 vaccine campaign will be administered as early as Monday, with Pfizer Inc and partners aiming to start shipments across the hard-hit country on Sunday, an Army general organizing the rollout said.

Healthcare workers and elderly people in long-term care facilities are expected to be the main recipients of the first wave of 2.9 million shots this month, with healthcare worker inoculations as soon as Monday and nursing home residents by the end of next week, U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on a Saturday press call.

Despite months of preparation, distributing and administering the vaccine to as many as 330 million recipients poses a major logistical challenge, he said. The vaccine has complex shipping requirements and must be stored at -70 Celsius.

“We have a lot of work to do. We are not taking

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Coronavirus vaccine expected in Oklahoma during coming week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are expected as soon in Oklahoma during the coming week, perhaps by Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said following emergency approval of the vaccine by the Federal Drug Administration on Friday.

The state expects about 33,000 initial doses of the vaccine, according to health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye.

“This is great news, and we’re optimistic about the arrival of the vaccine in Oklahoma,” Frye said in the statement. “Oklahomans should feel confident in receiving this vaccine when it becomes available to them.”

Side effects from the vaccine can include pain at injection site, shivering, fatigue or fever, said Dr. Doug Drevets, chief of infectious disease at OU Health.

“These vaccines have very few serious side effects, side effects so bad that you might have to take day off from work,” Drevets said.

Health care workers, long-term

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The Vaccine Is Coming. When Will New Yorkers Get It?

Next week, New York will start the largest emergency immunization plan in its history, delivering the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to 170,000 high-risk frontline medical workers just as nationwide deaths and hospitalizations reach all-time highs. New York City, which is still the hardest-hit city in the world with over 24,000 deaths, will get the largest delivery of those doses, for nearly 72,000 people, but it may still be months before the general public can get immunized. Plans for rolling out the vaccine are still changing, and not everything has been made public, but here’s what to know about getting the vaccine in New York City.

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Who’s First?

The Pfizer vaccine was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11, the first one to clear that hurdle. Moderna is set to

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