Some Americans are hesitant to get the booster shot when many others around the world have not had the chance to get their first shot. Why one local expert says you should get the booster and do so, guilt-free.
Pima County is hoping to replicate the success the city of Tucson has had with its vaccine mandate where 99.7% of its workforce has received a vaccine or been granted an exemption, medical or religious.
The Biden administration is expected to take steps in the coming days to toughen testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., amid the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
CNN says it is suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely pending a further review of documents revealing how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when he was facing charges of sexual harassment.
A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant, the world’s most prevalent.
The Pima County Health Department expects to see school cases drop toward the end of the year because due to holiday breaks and kids not being in the classroom. Now the concern is turning to when the students will return to class in January.
White House officials say the U.S. is on pace to have about 200 million home tests per month by December, quadrupling the number from this summer. Still, spot shortages continue, particularly in cities and suburban communities with higher rates of testing.
The U.S. government on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding efforts to get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that experts fear could snowball into a winter surge as millions of Americans travel for the holidays.
The Pima County Health Department has gone out in front on the Center’s for Disease Control and is urging anyone 18 years and older in Pima County, who are six months past their last vaccine, to get a booster shot.
“The airlines have actually been pretty good,” said Dr. Oscherwitz. “You have pretty good air circulation if you put the jet of air in front of your face, it will carry away most things and if you keep your mask on.”
Now nearly 20,000 pharmacies, clinics and physicians’ offices are administering the doses to younger kids, and the Biden administration estimates that by the end of Wednesday more than 900,000 of the kid doses will have been administered.