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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 COVID-19 Vaccines Administered: Percent Vaccinated

CDC reports the numbers and percent of Covid-19 vaccine doses that are actually administered (shots in the arm) or received by people. As of the morning of October 25, 2021, CDC reports 66% of the total population have received at least one dose; 57% fully vaccinated. So far, 221 million people have gotten at least one shot; 191M people are reported as fully vaccinated. Of the eligible population ages 12 and up, 67% are fully vaccinated, and more than 3/4 have at least started the process.

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 October 21, 2021, an amazing number of studies – over 6,800 – were listed. Of those, 1,710 studies have been completed (including 333 in the US); another 372 have been terminated, suspended or withdrawn. Almost 3,100 studies were recruiting or enrolling subjects by invitation; 750 were recruiting or enrolling in the US. The speed since the pandemic was declared March 11, 2020 is impressive. A recent search for COVID vaccine showed over 960 studies, 214 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). While the number is shrinking, there are still 11 hydroxychloroquine studies actively recruiting or enrolling participants in the US; 17 such studies were completed.

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. As of Oct. 8, the US ranks 44th in the world for greatest percentage of population that is fully vaccinated. The US has reached 57% (just ahead of Saudi Arabia). The best performing country, UAE, leads with 86% fully vaccinated. For reference, Canada is at 73%; Sweden 65%.

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

Axios-Ipsos weekly poll (Wave 51) conducted Aug. 13-16, 2021, finds the perception of risks of in-person gatherings having increased since the end of July. Now, 52% perceive such gatherings as a large or moderate risk, compared to 46% in the July 30-Aug. 2 poll.

Mask-wearing has increased somewhat, with 63% report wearing a mask all or sometimes when leaving their home, compared to 57% in the prior survey wave. A majority support both employee vaccination requirements, and mask wearing in both public places and in schools. Levels of concern about coronavirus did not change significantly.

Trust in both the federal government and the CDC have slipped. While higher than pre-election 2020 levels, trust in the federal government declined from its peak in May 2021. Now, only 39% have a great deal or fair amount of confidence that the federal government provides accurate information about coronavirus or COVID19. Confidence in the CDC continued its decline from the beginning of the pandemic and its peak in trust in March of 2020. It is now at 62%.

The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 51 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 Monitor Survey: Sept. 2021 (KFF) Editor's Pick

A new survey finds 12% of people will “definitely not” get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if required. Vaccine Monitor Survey was conducted by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) September 13-22, 2021. Among those who have been recently vaccinated, the top reasons to get the shot were: “Someone they know got seriously ill or died” from Covid; they “wanted to participate in certain activities that required vaccination”; they had concerns about local hospitals and ICUs filling up with Covid patients; and they saw an “increase in cases due to the Delta variant”. Vaccinated people had different explanations for the recent surge, citing people not taking enough precautions such as masks and social distancing, people refusing the vaccine, a more infectious Delta variant and lifting mask mandates and other restrictions too soon. A majority of unvaccinated people explained the surge as the vaccines not being as effective as expected in preventing the spread. As political divides continue to be studied, generally Democrats and Independents cited the same top 4 reasons for the surge as vaccinated people did. Surprisingly, however, 55% of Republicans said the major reason for high case numbers was immigrants and tourists bringing COVID-10 into the U.S. None of the other 4 factors were seen by a Republican majority as a major reason. The margin of error is +/- 3 points on the full sample.

How Much Does Medicare Pay for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

How much does Medicare pay for a Covid-19 vaccine shot?  About $40. Here are the rates as of Aug. 12, 2021, including additional (3rd) doses. From CMS.

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