COVID vaccines

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. […]

AARP report: FL has one of the lowest rates nationwide for vaccinations among nursing home staff

BY: - July 19, 2021

With health officials and the Biden administration continuing to push Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida ranks second worst in the nation for vaccination rates among staff at nursing homes, according to a new report by AARP. Data from the AARP Public Policy Institute, collaborating with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Ohio’s Miami University, […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Louisiana college president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders in higher education from Florida and Louisiana on Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black college […]

COVID-19 vaccine rates are lowest among pregnant women from minority groups, CDC says

BY: - June 15, 2021

Black and Latina women who are pregnant have been getting vaccines against COVID-19 at a lower rate compared with other ethnic and racial groups in Florida and across the country, according to a new report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the report, federal health officials warned that pregnant […]

Some cruise ships are mandating vaccines for guests, despite FL and TX ban on vaccine passports

BY: - June 10, 2021

As Florida seeks to dismantle safety protocols and regulations from the federal government through an ongoing court case over the fate of the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Line plans to comply with the feds by requiring proof of vaccinations for passengers, despite Florida and Texas laws that ban vaccine passports. Both Republican governors in Florida […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

Feds argue that FL lawsuit could threaten ‘public confidence’ in cruise industry

BY: - June 2, 2021

A new court record in the battle over the fate of the cruise industry reveals that the federal government has already approved some cruise ships to set sail with vaccinated guests and crew members, and Florida’s lawsuit could jeopardize public trust in the cruise industry. On Wednesday, lawyers for the federal Centers for Disease Control […]

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 […]


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 […]

States with higher vaccine demand can request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus. […]

No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says

BY: - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities. Those who are at least two weeks past receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can safely be unmasked at small […]

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first 100 days in office. To aid in that push, Biden on Wednesday called on employers to give their workers time off […]