Boy, 12, creates website to help elderly New Yorkers book vaccine appointments

The 12-year-old hits refresh for hours a day, searching for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for elderly people in the New York metro area.

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LIVE BLOG: COVID-19 vaccine rollout across Arizona

Art installation honors thousands of Arizonans who’ve died of COVID-19

Inhaled smoke could raise risks of COVID-19 for firefighters, expert warns

  Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

  Debate simmers over spreading out shots for two-dose vaccines

  Report: Virus cases in nursing homes drop 82%

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

  Arizona nursing homes see drop in COVID cases

Last week, the CDC reported three cases per 1,000 people, compared to a peak of 36 cases per 1,000 people in mid-December.

  ‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it turns out her tune “Jolene” is the just right one for getting her COVID-19 vaccine.

  Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

  Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

  Florida nurse returns home after being paralyzed from rare COVID-19-related infection

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

  CDC to release guidance for people vaccinated against COVID

Nursing homes see decline in COVID cases indicating vaccines are working

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

Gov. Ducey receives first COVID-19 vaccine dose

According to a news release, Ducey became eligible for the vaccine after the Arizona Department of Health Services updated prioritization guidance that includes residents 55 and older.

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.

‘Superspreader events’: Experts worry hockey arenas a toxic formula for COVID-19

As one of three teams that started the season hosting fans, the Coyotes have served as a litmus test for the league as it monitors fan safety in an enclosed, cool-temperature environment.

With spring sports season underway, Arizona high schools await decision on COVID-19 protocol

Arizona Interscholastic Association schedules special meeting of executive board to discuss pandemic protocol modifications.

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

Doctors say the young man's case should serve as a warning. He had no pre-existing health concerns but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.

  Tucson group concerned state-run vaccination sites not equitable

Looking at ADHS data, more than 60 percent of people who have been vaccinated at state PODs are white, while about 4 percent are Hispanic or Latino.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

Nearly 20% of the nation’s adults — or over 50 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 10% have been fully inoculated.

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Arizonans 55+ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Maricopa County, Pima County works on similar plans

ADHS will open approximately 50,000 vaccination appointments at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium at noon on Tuesday, March 2, to those 55 and older for appointments starting March 4.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

COVID variant tracker: Michigan joins Florida and California in highest COVID-19 variant cases

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan now joins two other states with the most number of COVID-19 variant cases in the country.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

  When will COVID-19 restrictions ease?

The state data dashboard shows cases are nearing the yellow zone, the percent positivity is already there and the hospitalizations have fallen into the green zone.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

  A CVS in Tucson administers the COVID-19 vaccine

A new vaccine site bringing hope to those struggling to find a vaccine appointment. A CVS in Tucson is one of eight CVS locations in Arizona that began giving the vaccine today.

  COVID-19 vaccine doses tossed around state, low amounts in Pima County

Pima county said the wastage that has occurred, has happened very slowly.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

UPDATE: CVS offering COVID-19 vaccinations at one Tucson location

Shots available to eligible people for no cost with insurance or through a federal program for the uninsured.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

For LGBTQ seniors, COVID-19 worsens an epidemic of loneliness

Loneliness linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, early onset of disability, greater risk of cognitive decline and premature death.

Despite grim milestones, experts say state’s turned corner on COVID-19

With vaccination efforts continuing to rise, experts do not expect to see spikes again like the one the state saw in January.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

  TUSD staff “strongly encouraged” to get vaccinated, parents told to choose a learning option

Wednesday afternoon, Southern Arizona’s largest school district released new details about its March return to the classroom.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

Superintendent Hoffman and AZ Dept. of Education support safe return to in-person learning

To support schools’ efforts for a safe return to in-person learning, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recently announced allocations from the second federal COVID-19 relief bill. These one-time recovery funds will be critical to helping schools implement mitigation strategies like improved

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

CVS Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines at eight pharmacy locations in Arizona

Supply for the limited rollout in the state will be approximately 9,300 total weekly doses.

University of Arizona redirects 1K COVID-19 vaccine doses to Pima County supply

Doses originally allocated to the UA vaccination site will be used as part of the county’s efforts to increase vaccination rates in marginalized and high-risk communities through its mobile vaccination site program.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

  Up to one-third of COVID patients have lasting symptoms, doctors say

There’s no approved treatment for long haulers but there’s research being done to create medications.

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations -- and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week.

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

A new Axios-Ipsos poll indicates 69% of Americans are worried about the possibility of becoming ill.

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

‘The balance of risk has shifted’: Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic

Report: More than 80,000 cancer diagnoses could be missed or delayed because of pandemic-related disruptions.

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

Saddlebrooke pharmacy vaccinates thousands of seniors in fight against COVID-19

The pharmacy and more than 100 volunteers have administered more than 9,000 doses since late December.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

  Doctors urge to not let COVID fear stop ER visits

Hospital treatment can prevent a heart attack or stroke from causing permanent damage.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing and struggling airlines, restaurants and other businesses.

Vaccinated seniors set sights on travel and reunions with family and friends

With COVID-19 ravaging Arizona’s senior community, many remain apprehensive about resuming normal activities.

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Hopes for a return to normality rest largely on Britain’s fast-moving inoculation program that has given more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adult population, the first of two doses of vaccine.

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

Preliminary results from a study in Scotland found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced hospital admissions by up to 85% four weeks after the first dose, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot cut admissions by up to 94%.

Arizona to open a fourth state-run vaccination site

According to a news release, the vaccination site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will begin operating as a state-run location on Wednesday, March 3.

Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans.

Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

The pandemic has only caused confusion for her husband of 26 years, who has Parkinson’s and dementia.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.