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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot, now known as ‘Comirnaty’

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The United States has its first fully approved vaccine against COVID-19, with federal health officials announcing Monday the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine. The green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move Pfizer’s vaccine from emergency use to full approval is a milestone in the national pandemic response, and one […]

FL Ag Commissioner Fried uses her authority to tackle the COVID crisis, including getting info to the public

BY: - July 28, 2021

After state health officials stopped providing daily COVID-19 reports, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried decided to fill the “COVID information-sharing void” through regular updates. Fried, an elected Cabinet official and a 2022 gubernatorial candidate, hopes to provide daily, “if not, almost daily,” COVID-19 updates to inform the public, she announced at a Wednesday press conference. […]

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A conundrum: Two major health authorities differ on school masks

BY: - July 19, 2021

What should schools do when two major health-related groups conflict on how to handle the face-mask issue as the new academic year looms and the COVID-19 pandemic continues? Districts in Florida and elsewhere will have to figure that out, because as of Sunday, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all school teachers, staff and […]

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Many FL schools already ditched mask policies as CDC updates COVID guidance; but is it the right decision?

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated teachers, students and staff would not need to wear masks this fall, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday mask update for K-12 schools. But “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC. That […]

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

Some Floridians still skeptical about COVID vaccines because of side effects and other concerns

BY: and - June 16, 2021

While the Biden administration is pushing to vaccinate Americans, Floridians who aren’t fully vaccinated are concerned about potential side effects, misinformation about vaccines and other issues, according to a study by the University of South Florida. Researchers at USF’s School of Public Affairs on Wednesday released results from a statewide survey of 600 Floridians, finding […]

FL teens could soon be eligible for Moderna vaccine if approved by health officials

BY: - May 25, 2021

Adolescents in Florida could soon have a second COVID-19 vaccine available, in addition to the Pfizer vaccine, as a Moderna study released Tuesday revealed that its vaccine is highly effective against COVID among kids aged 12 to 17. Moderna announced that in its study, known as the TeenCOVE study, “no cases of COVID-19 were observed […]

On front lines battling COVID-19, more than 400 registered nurses have died, including 23 in FL

BY: - May 20, 2021

Florida’s Elizabeth “Lee” Motzenbecker of Venice worked for more than 40 years as a registered nurse, dedicating her life to caring for others, according to her obituary. At 61, she died losing a battle to COVID-19. Motzenbecker and 22 other registered nurses in Florida have died thus far in the pandemic, according to the National […]


Amid final stretch of 2020-21 school year, districts may change mask protocols after new CDC guidance

BY: - May 14, 2021

Florida school districts are reconsidering mask protocols following an update this week from federal health officials saying residents fully vaccinated for COVID no longer have to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. School administrators are reviewing the details and some are considering whether to lift mask mandates just weeks before the final days of […]

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]

Tweens in middle school and high school could soon get COVID vaccines. Will their parents let them?

BY: and - May 12, 2021

Ahmed Forehand is hesitant about allowing his 13-year-old son to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. His son attends middle school in Leon County, where the school district has been hosting mobile vaccination clinics for students, faculty, staff, and the public.  “My opinion is there’s not enough research supporting the reason to get vaccinated,” Forehand said in […]

DeSantis touts ‘rights and liberties’ and ditching COVID restrictions; health experts say that’s dangerous

BY: and - May 10, 2021

Amid thousands of new COVID-19 cases reported daily, with more than 2.2 million residents overall testing positive, and a surge of COVID-mutation cases causing more deaths, Gov. Ron DeSantis is using his sweeping authority to get rid of pandemic restrictions in communities across Florida. That means that as of July 1, face masks would no […]