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Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective in Kids 12 To 15

CBS Boston – Pfizer says that its COVID-19 vaccine is 100-percent effective in children ages 12 to 15. Right now their two-shot vaccine is approved for people 16 and older. But the company now hopes to expand that to ages 12 and up after preliminary results from this small study. Pfizer said 2,260 children ages 12…

More Massachusetts Residents Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Boston Globe – The universe of Massachusetts residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine dramatically expanded on Monday as appointments opened to people 55 and older and those with one qualifying health condition, which now includes anyone who qualifies as overweight. Massachusetts health officials on Friday added being overweight to the list of health conditions that allow someone to…

Thousands of Students Return to Full-Time, In-Person Learning on Monday

WGBH – On Monday, thousands of elementary students headed back to classrooms full-time, many for the first time in months. For parents and students, it’s a mixed bag of emotions — especially as coronavirus cases tick back up. Dr. Fatima Watt is the director of behavioral health services at Franciscan Children’s in Boston. She said talking…

Biden, CDC Director: Don’t Let Up Now on Coronavirus Safety Measures

President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director are sounding the alarm on rising coronavirus cases across the country, urging people to not let their guard down and “just hold on a little longer” amid the vaccine rollout. Virus case counts in the past week spiked by 10 percent across the country, and cases…

BREAKING: Paycheck Protection Program Extended to May 31

As President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law today, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said: “Today, President Biden…

Final Person Vaccinated at Fenway Park

MassLive – As Fenway Park’s role as a Massachusetts COVID vaccination site came to a close, the vendor running the location posted a video celebrating the last person to receive a shot at the Boston stadium. CIC Health posted a video showing Frannie Chan leaving Fenway Park. Workers clapped as Chan walked out of the stadium.…

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines up to 90% Effective at Preventing Infections

Bloomberg – Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. effectively prevented coronavirus infections, not just illness, with substantial protection evident two weeks after the first dose, government researchers said. Two doses of the vaccines provide as much as 90 percent protection against infection, according to data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study…

Legislators Left with Lingering Questions After Vaccine Hearing

State House News – The chairs of a legislative oversight committee came out of a lengthy hearing convinced that they need to “dig deeper” into why the Baker administration felt local public-health experts and the emergency plans they’ve fine-tuned for decades were not viable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Jo Comerford of Northampton and Rep.…

Baker Hesitant to Mandate Vaccines in Public Sector

State House News – Massachusetts “should not necessarily head down” the road of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for state troopers and other public workers at this point, Gov. Charlie Baker said, voicing an interest in first seeing more “normalization to the whole idea of getting vaccinated.” Asked during a radio interview if he believes the shots should…

Virus Cases Up 20 Percent in 11 Days

The Department of Public Health’s projection of active COVID-19 cases crept above 30,000 on Sunday, reflecting the increase in new cases in Massachusetts that has drawn attention from health experts. Sunday’s estimate of 30,772 active cases, roughly equivalent to the population of Needham, is the highest since Feb. 26 and an increase of more than…
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