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FDA OKs Mixing COVID Vaccines; Backs Moderna, J&J Boosters

The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign.
a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion.

White House Details Plans to Vaccinate Kids

Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school.
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Most ME Paramedics are Vaccinated, but Mandate Squeezes Rural Areas

Nine in 10 Maine paramedics have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a mandate going into effect later this month.
This Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 file photo shows vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a temporary clinic in Exeter, N.H.

Why Weren’t COVID Boosters Tweaked to Better Match Variants?

When it’s your turn, you’ll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michelle Torres from Madigan Army Medical Center trains Army combat medics with the 4th Infantry Division on a variety of syringes at the Community Vaccination Center at California State University Los Angeles, March 15, 2021.

EMS Vaccine Administration Warrants a National Standard

Establishing a national standard for EMS vaccine administration can improve healthcare resource utilization, the authors write.
This Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 photo shows a bottle of aspirin in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Heart Attacks? No, Group Says

Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, a group said.
This May 13, 2021, file photo shows syringes filled with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Miami.

Next on FDA’s Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

The FDA will convene for the first stage in the process of deciding whether extra doses of the two vaccines should be dispensed.
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RI Judge Strikes Down Challenge to Vaccine Mandate on Religious Grounds

A federal judge on Thursday rejected healthcare workers' request for an order blocking the state COVID vaccination mandate from taking effect Friday.
This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication.

Merck Says Its Pill Cuts Worst Effects of COVID-19

If cleared, the drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic.
A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle.

CDC Leader Adds Healthcare Workers to COVID Booster List

People who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters, as well as health care workers, are included.