A mass vaccination site in Colorado has been closed after 11 people suffered “side effects” including nausea and dizziness after receiving the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
Centura Health said in a declaration that Wednesday’s shutdown “followed our protocols and with an abundance of caution, took the decision – in partnership with the State – to suspend operations for the rest of the day”.
Two patients were taken to hospital for observation while paramedics treated the other nine people with juice and water, the state health department said.
More than 1,700 people received vaccines at the Commerce City site, a few miles north of Denver, so the problems were in less than 1% of vaccinations. The 640 patients who were unable to receive their vaccine due to the break will automatically be carried over to Sunday, Centura said. The state said the Pfizer vaccine, requiring two doses, will be administered on Sunday.
“We know it can be alarming to hear people being taken to hospital,” said Scott Bookman, the COVID-19 incident commander. “From what we know, the side effects today were consistent with what one would expect.”
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►Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state has taken legal action against the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end the dry dock in the cruise industry. Cruise ships have been prevented from leaving ports with passengers by a banning navigation order issued by the CDC more than a year ago. “Florida is fighting back,” said the governor, surrounded by cruise line employees and local and state officials. “It’s not reasonable. It’s not rational.”
►Florida officials have considered and rejected the use of Dollar General stores to deliver COVID vaccine to rural counties and historically underserved urban areas. The reason: There weren’t enough people going there for COVID testing.
►Hawaii has announced plans to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 19, becoming the last state to commit to responding to President Joe Biden’s call to lift conditions for eligibility by that date.
►A mass vaccination site in Los Angeles will allow any adult to line up for a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday through Sunday after vaccination appointments have not been filled in recent days, the office said. governor’s emergency services.
►Baseball fans traveling to the San Francisco Giants’ home opener on Friday will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result to be admitted, the team said on its website.
►The University of Notre Dame has said it will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester, but will accept documented medical or religious exemptions. Notre Dame joins Cornell, Brown and Rutgers among universities already announcing the requirement for the fall term.
►Idaho Gov. Brad Little joined with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in banning state governments from requiring or issuing “vaccine passports” against COVID- 19.
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If UK is any sign, vaccines could have a blunt impact from the US spring surge
Wednesday’s announcement by the CDC that the highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first identified in Britain is now the dominant strain in the United States has worrying implications, but recent developments in the United Kingdom offer a glimmer hope.
Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections fell by around 60% in March, with national lockdowns slowing the spread of the virus. People 65 and older were the least likely to be infected because they benefited the most from the vaccination program, which initially focused on the elderly.
The study also found that the relationship between infections and deaths is divergent, “suggesting that infections may have resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths since the start of generalized vaccination.”
In the United States, even though infections have increased by 14% in the past two weeks, the rate of hospitalizations has only increased by 5% and reported deaths – which are typically about four weeks behind – are down 31%, according to the New York Times. tracker.
The United States follows only Great Britain among the major countries in the number of vaccine doses given per 100 people, 55-51. In comparison, France is just under 19 years old. The United States has also given at least one vaccine vaccine to 75% of its population aged 65 and over, who are most vulnerable to the virus.
This suggests that the spring surge that many health experts fear will not be as brutal as that of winter, which was capped by a record high of more than 95,000 deaths in January.
“It’s almost a race between getting people vaccinated and this wave that looks set to increase,” Presidential Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday.
Filipino dies after being punished for breaking quarantine
Authorities in the Philippines have opened an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man who was allegedly forced to do nearly 300 squat drills after officials said he ignored quarantine rules last week. Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, was apprehended by village guards on April 1 in General Trias City, south of Manila, while buying water after 6 p.m. The curfew lasts from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Arab News reports that he and other violators were allegedly forced to do 100 synchronized squats. If they couldn’t do them simultaneously, they would have to start over. Some, including Peñaredondo, ended up doing nearly 300 squats.
“Early in the morning on Saturday he had a seizure, but we were able to revive him at home” before he was rushed to hospital and died a few hours later, published Adrian Lucena, the cousin of Peñaredondo on social networks.
Michigan Should Now Restrict Indoor Youth Sports To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19, CDC Says
The director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday Michigan and other states with high rates of coronavirus transmission should restrict indoor sports for young people and consider other measures now, such as a potential break on indoor meals, to curb the spread of the virus.
“I would advocate some sort of stronger mitigation strategies … to somehow decrease community activity and increase mask wear,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. White House COVID-19 response team briefing.
Walensky’s comments came a day after Governor Gretchen Whitmer attributed the rise in cases in the state to pandemic fatigue and its variants.
“It’s not a policy problem. It looks like, you know, maybe we could do some tweaking around the edges, but taking a step back won’t solve the problem. What we need to do is really put our foot down pedaling on vaccines and imploring people to do what we know protects us: masking, removing, washing our hands. “
Michigan’s case rate currently leads the country: 452.5 cases per 100,000 population.
– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press
Contribute: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID news: Michigan virus growth, Hawaii opens vaccine eligibility