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COVID-19

UPMC: Vaccine remains critical

The most important advice regarding COVID-19 vaccinations is what experts have been giving for months: If you’re not vaccinated, get a shot, said two UPMC doctors. While attention this week was on booster shots, Donald Yealy, UPMC’s chief medical officer, and Graham Snyder, UPMC’s ...

Williamsburg: District to ask Pa. for COVID controls

WILLIAMSBURG — Arguments erupted between Williamsburg Community School Board members and those in the audience over whether to defy a state mask mandate. Instead the board voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution asking state officials to give the district control over COVID-19 related ...

Medicare launches vaccine data tool

WASHINGTON — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The information is now being made ...

State readying for vaccine boosters

HERSHEY — Pennsylvania’s network of vaccine providers is ready to deliver booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as federal authorities sign off, the state’s top health official said Tuesday. More than 2,000 providers have COVID-19 vaccine inventory and will be able to ...

US COVID-19 deaths top 1,900 a day

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans. The increasingly lethal turn has filled hospitals, complicated the ...

Panel backs booster shots only for seniors, high risk

WASHINGTON — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe ...