Racial Disparities in Kids’ Vaccinations Are Hard to Track

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community…

France’s Macron Extends Booster Shots

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that booster shots for the COVID vaccine will be extended to those aged 50 and over from early December, and that the booster would become a requirement for health passes to remain valid. The third shot is so far available…

Schools Take Lead Role in Promoting Vaccines for Youngsters

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning in person and making the…

Novavax Seeks UK Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine

(Reuters) – Novavax Inc said on Wednesday it had completed the real-time submission of an application for the authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the United Kingdom. The submission is based on data from a late-stage trial involving 15,000 volunteers in the UK, showing that the experimental vaccine was…

Bill Would Remove ‘Conscience’ as Basis for Refusing Vaccine

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois law has for more than four decades protected those who oppose providing or receiving medical treatment because of their religious beliefs. Now Democrats want an exception to allow repercussions for those who refuse vaccinations in the battle against COVID-19. Long considered a shield for physicians…

80% of Eligible Californians at Least Partially Vaccinated

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in California have received at least one dose, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, a pandemic milestone for the nation’s most…

Montana Only State to Ban Vaccine Requirements for Employees

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte receives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Drew Garton at a Walgreen’s pharmacy in Helena, Mont. HELENA, Mont. (AP) — While many large companies across the U.S. have announced…

EXPLAINER: Employers Have Legal Right to Mandate COVID Shots

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A patient has her body temperature screened after showing her COVID-19 vaccine card at the Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles. WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — The US Department of Veterans…