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COVID-19

Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine 91% effective in children

Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. The shots could begin in early November, with ...

White House details vaccine plan for kids age 5-11

WASHINGTON — Children ages 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, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school ...

State court hears school mask case

A Pennsylvania appeals court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the Wolf administration had the legal right to impose a mask mandate on K-12 schools and child care facilities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The state’s acting health secretary ordered students, teachers and staff ...

TASD solicitor ‘scaring’ board

The Tyrone Area School Board solicitor was accused of scaring the board into abiding by the Wolf administration’s mask mandate during the public input portion of the board’s Tuesday work session. “I don’t know how you would possibly advise them that they could be liable for willful ...

B-A sends Wolf mask letter

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School District Superintendent Thomas McInroy — on behalf of the school district — this week sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam — upset with the masking mandate sent out to schools on Aug. 31. The school board has held ...

Vaccine rates rise in prison staffers

HARRISBURG — The number of vaccinated state prison system employees has nearly doubled in the two months since Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf mandated vaccines or weekly testing to help contain the coronavirus, a policy prison guards unsuccessfully challenged in court. The Corrections ...