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Half of Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

(CNN) – The US has hit a new milestone Tuesday with 50% of adults becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CDC reports Over 131 million Americans have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday morning. “This is a major milestone in our country’s vaccination efforts,” White House Senior COVID-19 Advisor Andy Slavitt said during a White House briefing, noting only 1% of Americans were vaccinated when President Joe Biden entered office in January. Earlier this month, Biden said he wanted 160 million US adults fully vaccinated by July 4. The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 was...

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Charlotte County public school vaccine event on Saturday

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Students aged 12 to 17 will be able to get vaccinated at Port Charlotte Middle School on Saturday. The Charlotte County Department of Health is offering vaccinations for students 12 to 17 on Saturday, May 22, at Port Charlotte Middle School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Only Charlotte County Public School students will be able to get a shot. The DOH will be offering the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only shot approved by the FDA for people under 18. If you want to get a shot, CLICK HERE to register. All students who get the shot will need to bring a parent or legal guardian...

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Fauci says COVID-19 booster shot likely needed ‘within a year or so”

A COVID-19 booster vaccine, when authorized, will likely be needed within a year following initial vaccination, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said Wednesday. “I believe it likely will be within a year,” Fauci said during an Axios interview on vaccine rollout. “We know that the vaccine durability of the efficacy lasts at least six months, and likely considerably more, but I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary,” Fauci said. Fauci’s statement comes more than a month...

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Medical experts debunk rumors about vaccines causing infertility

FORT MYERS, Fla.– We’ve all read rumors on social media before. The saying goes, you can’t believe everything you read online.  Well, recently there have been a lot of rumors swirling around social media about the COVID-19 vaccine.  The latest fear is someone with the vaccine can “radiate” harmful particles, or spike proteins, to women, disrupting their reproductive system. Recently, misinformation is being spread that the vaccine can impact women’s menstrual cycle. Some even say it can harm fertility or even causing a miscarriage.  This is definitely not true, according...

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Some vaccinated adults ‘uneasy’ about return to normal

FORT MYERS, Fla. — You called, you waited and you finally got vaccinated against COVID-19. But what if you’re still worried about getting sick? Researchers say you’re not alone. Roughly 48-percent of vaccinated adults report feeling “Uneasy” about returning to normal according to the American Psychological Association. Medical experts said the chances of contracting COVID-19 after being vaccinated are very small– but they do exist. To put it in perspective, fewer than one percent of vaccinated people will get the virus, and it will likely...

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CDC committee recommends lifting pause on J&J vaccines

In a meeting Friday, an advisory committee for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend lifting the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. chose to temporarily stop administering the J&J shot after six women reported blood clots after getting the vaccine, in one case, one of the women died. Since the pause, a total of 15 cases of the rare blood clots have been uncovered, all in women, under 50; three of the cases were deadly. However, these 15 abnormalities are among 8 million people vaccinated across the country, will little to...

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Health experts working to determine if COVID booster is necessary

FLORIDA– As more people get vaccinated, drug companies, like Pfizer are working to determine if an additional booster shot is necessary.  Earlier this month, Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla said it was likely an additional booster shot may be needed within 12 months of being vaccinated.  Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi with UF Health said medical experts will look at factors such as variants, breakthrough cases, the severity of cases and hospitalizations when determining if a booster shot was needed. “I see the drug companies are prepared, which is a good thing, but overall...

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Decline in American vaccine enthusiasm could send doses to other countries

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The United States reached a major coronavirus milestone ahead of schedule: 200 million people have not gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Even with more people booking their vaccine appointments, medical experts said that they’re expecting the excitement over the shot to slow down soon. While timing will be different for each state, health officials expect to see a tipping point in “vaccine enthusiasm” in the US over the next two to four weeks. Forty percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 26...

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EU regulator finds possible link between J&J vaccine and blood clots

 (CNN) — Europe’s medicines regulator said it has found a possible link between the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and rare blood clots, but emphasized that the overall benefits of getting the shot outweigh the risks. The news, announced Tuesday, threw another complication into the European Union’s vaccination rollout and dealt a major blow to the company a week after its vaccine was paused in the United States. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that “a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information”...

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Here’s what to do if you lose your vaccination card

It happens — You get your COVID-19 vaccine, then lose the card that proves it. But, here are some simple steps to take to help keep track of your medical records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests as soon as you get your vaccine card, take a picture of it. You should also make a photocopy if that’s available to you. You could also laminate your card, but be careful not to smudge the ink, or wait until you’re completely vaccinated, because you’ll need to add additional shots to the record. “It’s certainly like any part of your...

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