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Vaccine Finder – Best, easiest way to find a Covid vaccine near me Editor's Pick

The Covid vaccine finder from vaccines.gov is the best, easiest way to find a vaccine site near me. Just put in your zip code, and choose which types of vaccine you want – Pfizer, Moderna, and/or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J).  Names and locations of pharmacies, hospitals and other providers will come up. The site tells you whether they have the vaccine in stock or not. CVS, Walgreens, your local pharmacy, and many other providers are included. Authorized by the CDC. This might be the best website government ever created. Editor’s Pick. Another choice is to text your Zip Code to 438829, but the 3 pharmacy sites they list for you might be out of stock. The website gives consumers much more information and lists more Covid vaccine sites.

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations on COVID-19 Vaccines (MMWR)

Read the Interim Recommendations on COVID-19 vaccines, from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is outlined in the December 13, 2020 MMWR, after the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on Dec. 11. The Moderna vaccine is outlined in the Dec. 20, 2020 MMWR. The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is outlined in the updated April 30, 2021 MMWR. While the MMWR is geared to medical professionals, much of it is understandable to the general public. The recommendations explain what meetings, experts and evidence were involved in ACIP’s work. Find who should get the vaccines in Phase 1a, Phase 1b and Phase 1c, as published Dec. 22 and Dec. 3. Priority groups for the first set of shots include healthcare workers and long-term care (LTC) residents. LTC includes skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and assisted living. The CDC recommends that every person get the EUA Fact Sheet BEFORE vaccination. Recommendations will be updated as more information and clinical evidence become available.

CDC Vaccine Doses Delivered vs Received (shots in the arm), COVID-19

CDC reports the overall Covid-19 vaccine doses that are actually administered (shots in the arm) or received by people, compared to the number of doses delivered. As of the morning of July 29, 2021, 344 million of 397 million doses delivered/distributed doses had been given as shots in the arm. CDC reports 57% of the total population have received at least one dose; 49% fully vaccinated. So far, 190 million people have gotten at least one shot; 164M people are reported as fully vaccinated. About 53 million doses are “un-administered”; i.e. still on the shelf. Most of the un-administered doses are of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. For the week ending July 24, daily vaccinations averaged 583,000 per day – about 70,000 per day higher than the prior week.

As of May 10, all COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, and the newer Johnson & Johnson) have been available for all, ages 16 and up. In addition, the Pfizer vaccine is available to ages 12 and up. Both vaccine and ancillary kits (syringes, etc.) are shipped. UPS, FedEx and McKesson are the national distributors. Although early vaccination rollout was slower than expected, it gained speed. Instead of the 1 million doses per day (vaccinations) expected in December, that cumulative milestone was reached two months later, on March 1. The federal partnership program for long-term care ended April 23. By that date, long-term care vaccines administered were 7.8 million, with 4.9 million in LTC having received at least the first dose, and 2.9 million fully vaccinated.

Clinical Trials for Coronavirus, NIH Editor's Pick

Find the latest update on clinical trials for vaccines and drugs that might be able to treat COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. This official site is from NIH (National Institutes of Health) National Library of Medicine. As of January 7, 2021, an amazing number of studies – nearly 4,400 – were listed. Of those, 611 studies have been completed (including 79 in the US); another 143 have been terminated, suspended or withdrawn. While 1,250 studies were not yet recruiting participants, almost 2,400 were recruiting or enrolling subjects by invitation. The speed since the pandemic was declared March 11, is quite impressive. A recent search for COVID vaccine showed over 350 studies, 78 of which were in the United States. Short summaries available for each study may give an idea of how long the study will continue, and show if it was completed (with or without results posted). There are still 19 hydroxychloroquine studies actively recruiting or enrolling participants in the US.

Covid Act Now Model and State Trends – Georgetown, Stanford

A model by Covid Act Now, supported by Georgetown and Stanford universities, provides trends on daily cases per 100,000, infection rates (how fast the COVID infection is spreading), the positive test rate, and the percent of people who are vaccinated. In each state, there are likely some county-specific data to help understand the direction of their forecast. Easy to read.

FDA Updates on Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s and other personal protective equipment PPE) and vaccines. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.

Vaccines for COVID-19 – MedlinePlus

Find information on vaccines for COVID-19, from MedlinePlus. This ad-free website stays up to date on available vaccines. Learn about vaccine safety. As vaccines receive emergency use authorization (EUA), this site reports it. Good site. However, the site does not report on the number of people vaccinated in each state.

What Does “Fully Vaccinated” Mean in the Covid-19 Pandemic?

What does “fully vaccinated” mean in the COVID-19 pandemic? According to the CDC, fully vaccinated means:

  • 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

So when the ballpark offers you a Covid vaccination on the day of the game that you are planning to attend, you’re still NOT fully vaccinated – only barely and possibly partially vaccinated. You must take all the precautions expected of unvaccinated people. It takes 2 weeks for each dose to give protection from the antibodies being made. If you had already contracted the virus and weren’t showing symptoms yet, you could still be infectious during that 2 week period.

Which Countries Have the Highest Vaccination Rates for Covid-19?

Which countries have the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates? See this chart and tracking tool by Johns Hopkins showing vaccination rates by country.

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Axios-Ipsos Weekly Views about Coronavirus (May 2021 update)

New Axios-Ipsos weekly poll (Wave 46) conducted May 21-24, 2021, finds 3/4 of adults saying they either have already had the Covid vaccine, or are at least somewhat likely to get it as soon as it’s available. Almost one in 5 (17%) are not at all likely to get the vaccine, and 7% report they would like to wait a year or more after it’s first available. These groups have shrunk in size from the “nevers” last September (23%) and “wait a year” (18% last September). For parents of children under age 18, almost half (46%) plan to get their child vaccinated against Covid.

People continue to report wearing a mask, with 76% report wearing a mask all or sometimes when leaving their home. However, just 45% said “at all times”. It is worth noting, that in the prior week’s survey, vaccinated people were almost 20 points more likely than the un-vaccinated to report adhering to masking protocols. A majority of Americans (63%) visited friends or relatives in the last week and 58% had gone out to eat. Just 1/3 perceived attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their own households as being a large or moderate risk. Only 4 in 10 said they stayed home last week as much as possible, which is understandable as CDC removed restrictive guidance for those who are vaccinated. Six in 10 perceived returning to their normal pre-coronavirus life as having small to no risk.

The CDC is still well regarded; about 2/3 (66%) trust CDC information on Covid and the coronavirus. Trust in state government information on Covid (55%) was similar to trust levels in information from the “federal government” (53%). Just over half (55%) had a great deal or fair amount of trust in Joe Biden. Generally, people trusted Covid information from their family and friends (63%), which is almost as much as the CDC. Finally, 82% know someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Over 1/3 of people reported personally knowing someone who died from the disease.

The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 46 of near-weekly surveys conducted by Axios-Ipsos. The current poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.2 percentage points.

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey: December 2020 (KFF) Editor's Pick

A new survey finds 71% of people will “definitely” or “probably” get the COVID-19 vaccine. Survey was conducted by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) the first week of December 2020. A number of groups, however, are hesitant: Republicans, people ages 30-49, rural residents, and Black adults. The most common concern is possible side effects. More than half (53%) of those reluctant to get the vaccine wanted to “wait and see” how it works for other people first; for hesitant Black adults, 71% were taking a wait-and-see approach. Republicans’ top two reasons for being hesitant to get the vaccine were “The risks of COVID-19 are being exaggerated”, and they “do not trust the government to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective.” Furthermore, 71% of Republicans saw vaccination as a personal choice rather than part of everyone’s responsibility” to protect health. Generally, among people who said they would “definitely not” get the vaccine, fewer than half of wear a face mask consistently in public; two-thirds had one or more misconceptions about mask-wearing. All groups tended to trust their own doctor (85% overall) for reliable information about the vaccine. More than 3/4 of Republicans (78%) also trust President Trump a great deal or fair amount to provide reliable COVID-19 vaccine information.

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