COVID-19 Vaccine Resources - News and Information Archive

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 12/31/20, Pfizer vs. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What’s the Same  What’s Different. Two COVID-19 vaccines, one from Moderna and one from Pfizer, have been given emergency approval from the FDA. The two vaccines are similar in the technology they use, and the timeline of their development, but also differ in several ways. READ MORE

 

  • OC Health Care Agency Press Release, 12/31/20, State Announces Partnership with CVS and Walgreens to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines to Residents, Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities. Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that California has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership. At no cost to the state or local government, CVS and Walgreens will administer the Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. READ MORE

 

  • APNews, 12/29/20, Will COIVD-19 Vaccines Work on the New Coronavirus Variant? Experts believe so, but they’re working to confirm that. A coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom has caused alarm because of the possibility that it might spread more easily. But even if that turns out to be true, experts say the COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out will likely still work on the variant. READ MORE

 

  • Office of the Governor, 12/28/20, Governor Newsom Announces Partnership with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Residents and Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities. READ MORE

 

  • PBS News Hour, 12/22/20, Can Employers make COVID-19 Vaccination Mandatory? Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory? Yes, with some exceptions. Experts say employers can require employees to take safety measures, including vaccination. That doesn’t necessarily mean you would get fired if you refuse, but you might need to sign a waiver or agree to work under specific conditions to limit any risk you might pose to yourself or others. READ MORE

 

  • Reuters, 12/21/20, BioNTech Confident COVID-19 Vaccine Effective Against New UK Mutation. BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin said on Monday he was confident a COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by his company would be effective against a variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain. READ MORE

 

  • Washington Post, 12/21/20, Why Many Bosses Won’t Require Workers to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Some of America’s largest businesses say they will encourage—but not mandate—employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, using a mix of incentives and consequences to ensure as many workers as possible are inoculated. READ MORE

 

  • OC Breeze, 12/21/20 – CalOptima to Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations. CalOptima joins the broader health care community in welcoming the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations in Orange County this week. Frontline hospital staff who serve CalOptima members and CalOptima members residing in long-term care facilities will be among the first recipients of the FDA-authorized vaccine. READ MORE

 

  • Forbes, 12/20/20, Surgeon General: Undocumented Residents Shouldn’t Fear Getting Coronavirus Vaccine. Seeking to quell fear among the undocumented population about any potential legal repercussions of getting the coronavirus vaccine, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said during a Sunday interview that he’s been “assured” that it’s safe for everyone—regardless of immigration status. READ MORE

 

  • Office of Governew Newsom, 12/20/20, Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Recommends Moderna Vaccine,Confirms it is Safe and Efficacious. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington this morning, making the Moderna vaccine the second COVID-19 vaccine supported for use in these states. Shipments are expected early this week. READ MORE

 

  • Washington Post, 12/20/20, Shipments of Second Coronavirus Vaccine Rolls Out as Officials Warn About Christmas Surge in Cases. The latest leg of a massive vaccinationeffort took place in a distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. There, vials with the nation’s second coronavirus vaccine were loaded into boxes, ready to head out across the country to help states gripped by the surging pandemic READ MORE

 

  • Endpoints News, 12/18/20, It’s a Big Day For Moderna – and the world – as the FDA stamps an EUA on their vaccine. And there are some important lessons to remember. READ MORE

 

  • NASDAQ, 12/18/2020, Moderna’s (MRNA) COVID-19 Vaccine Gets FDA Panel’s Backing. “Moderna, Inc. MRNA announced that the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has voted in favor of FDA granting an emergency use authorization (EUA) to its mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273. From the panel, 20 members voted in support of providing the EUA, while there was no vote against it. The same committee had voted 17-4 recommending Pfizer PFE/BioNTech’s BNTX mRNA-based vaccine, BNT162b2. One member abstained during both advisory committee meetings.” READ MORE

 

  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Expert Insights, 12/17/20, Side Effects and COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Expect. It’s totally normal to experience side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s what you need to know. READ MORE

 

  • Reuters, 12/17/20, FDA Expert Panel Reviews Modern Conoravirus Vaccine Ahead of Expected Endorsement, “The FDA advisory committee is likely to discuss Moderna’s reports of side effects from its 30,000-person trial, which were more frequent than those reported by Pfizer. These were primarily relatively short-lived reactions to the vaccination rather than serious adverse events.” READ MORE

 

  • JAMA NETWORK, 12/17/20, covid-19 As the Leading Cause of Death in the  United States, “By October 2020 COVID-19 had become the third leading cause of death for persons aged 45 through 84 years and the second leading cause of death for those aged 85 years or older. Adults 45 years or older were more likely to die from COVID-19 during those months than from chronic lower respiratory disease, transport accidents (eg, motor vehicle fatalities), drug overdoses, suicide, or homicide. In contrast, for individuals younger than age 45 years, other causes of death, such as drug overdoses, suicide, transport accidents, cancer, and homicide exceeded those from COVID-19.” READ MORE

 

  • Gov. Newsom Press Release, 12/14/20, Governor Newsome Launches “Vaccinate All 58” Campaign based on Safety and Equity as First Vaccines Arrive to California. Front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care settings first to be vaccinated as first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in California. READ MORE

 

  • FDA Press Release, 12/11/20, On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. READ MORE

 

  • CDPH Issues Allocation Guidelines, 12/5/20, During Phase 1a of allocation, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to the following persons in California, broken into three tiers. READ MORE

 

  • NY Times, 12/5/20, 'Natural Immunity' From Covid Is Not Safe Than A Vaccine. On the heels of last month’s news of stunning results from Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental Covid-19 vaccines, Senator Rand Paul tweeted a provocative comparison. READ MORE

    "As we learn more about the importance of vaccines to opening our economy sooner and safer, an important question to the discussion is whether one still needs to take a vaccine when they've had Covid. Here's a thoughtful piece concluding that the answer is 'yes.' I commend it for your review." -- Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council

 

  • Press Release, 12/8/20, OC Health Care Agency, County of Orange health officials were notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on December 1, 2020 that the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) should make preparations to receive 25,350 doses of Pfizer-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine on December 15, 2020. READ MORE: https://mailchi.mp/ochca/occovid19vaccine

 

  • Press Release, 12/3/20, Diocese of Orange Bishops, California Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Care Ministries and Catholic Charities Suport COVID-19 Vaccinations. Following is a statement from the bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, regarding COVID-19 vaccines. “The Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange fully support the California Catholic Conference’s statement on the COVID-19 vaccinations. After thorough research and reviewing the statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life, we find the vaccines morally acceptable and imperative in the ongoing effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: https://www.rcbo.org/california-catholic-conference-catholic-health-care-ministries-andcatholic- charities-support-covid-19-vaccinations

 

  • BBC News, COVID-19 Oxford University Vaccine is highly effective by James Gallagher. The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing COVID-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose. The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection. READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55040635

 

  • Medical News, 9/3/2020, COVID-19 and mRNA Vaccines – First Large Test for a New Approach, by Jennifer Abbasi. On January 10, Chinese researchers posted the novel coronavirus’ RNA sequence on a preprint server. Immediately, scientists who study genetic vaccines turned their efforts to the emerging pathogen that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They knew that rapid response genetic platforms could shave off precious weeks to months of development, crucial during a pandemic. READ MORE: https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.16866

 

  • Nature Editorial, 11/24/2020, The COVID-19 vaccine challenges that lie ahead. As positive results emerge at last, researchers must help the world to address vaccine hesitancy, supply logistics and pricing. READ MORE: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03334-w