COVID-19 vaccines

Fed health panel rejects booster vaccines for people ages 16 and older; FL expert weighs in

BY: - September 17, 2021

UPDATE from The Washington Post: “Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 65 years and older or who are at risk for serious disease. The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official […]

Vaccine incentives: FL venues offer gift cards, food vouchers; other states promote huge prizes

BY: - September 2, 2021

On the COVID-19 vaccine front, states across the country promote giveaways, scholarships and large cash prizes to urge residents to get the shots. But Florida’s meager offerings can’t compare to other states. California, for example, gave away cash prizes of $50,000 to 15 residents in June, part of a cash prize drawing, according to the […]

Gov. DeSantis touts high vaccine rates among seniors in FL but many other states have higher rates

BY: - August 6, 2021

As he makes the rounds of news conferences, Gov. Ron DeSantis has touted that his campaign prioritizing seniors first for COVID-19 vaccines has saved people’s lives. That said, Florida falls behind many other states when it comes to vaccine rates for seniors 65 and older, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control […]

With COVID-19 vaccine goal faltering, White House, other groups, redouble efforts to vaccinate Americans

BY: - June 23, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Orlando area and Tampa on Thursday, part of a nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven’t been vaccinated yet. She’s expected to visit a drive-through vaccine site at Osceola Community Health Services in Kissimmee, and later attend a vaccination event in Tampa, […]

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 lags behind on President Biden’s vaccine goal for July 4th

BY: - June 14, 2021

President Joe Biden has been pushing hard to reach a goal of 70 percent of U.S. adults receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4th — but Florida isn’t there yet. Overall, 62.2 percent of Florida residents 18 and older have gotten at least one vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top elected statewide leaders in Florida have gotten the COVID vaccine or plan to get the shots

BY: - April 1, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday urged Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida Cabinet members who may not have received COVID-19 vaccines to do so publicly to gain public trust in shots and “show trust in science.” Fried, the only statewide elected Democrat, received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine and streamed the event […]

COVID-19 infections reach the 2 million mark in Florida

BY: - March 20, 2021

The Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported 2,004,362 COVID-19 infections, a 2 million mark that only two other states have reached: California and Texas. Florida’s 2 million figure comes following a year and about two weeks after March 1, 2020, when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida had two coronavirus cases. While Florida ranks […]

Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID vaccines by May 1

BY: - March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, according to a White House memo ahead of his first primetime address Thursday evening. Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the vaccine by the end of […]

Most states allow teachers of all ages to get vaccinated, but not Florida

BY: - March 11, 2021

As more COVID vaccines become available throughout the nation, most states allow educators of all ages to get the shots. But Florida is not yet one of them, according to Education Week. Just six states don’t allow teachers of all ages to be eligible for the COVID vaccines, according to Education Week’s data tracker. Four […]