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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.