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…

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial underway

A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is underway in St. Louis, led by Washington University School of Medicine. About 140 area children, ages 6 months to 11 years, are to receive the two-shot Moderna vaccine or placebo at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as part of a clinical trial involving about…

Blood Clotting and COVID-19 Vaccines

The risk of blood clotting is an extremely rare but serious side effect of vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Even rarer is to see blood clotting in combination with a low platelet count ––a factor which helps clotting to occur. Image Credit: Design_Cells/Shutterstock.com Initially, COVID-19 vaccinations were issued without…

World-first COVID vaccine booster randomized clinical trial in transplant patients proves third shot is very effective

Scientists with the Ajmera Transplant Centre at UHN have conducted a first-in-the-world randomized placebo-controlled trial of third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine for transplant patients that shows substantially improved protection. “We knew from previous studies, that two doses were not enough to produce a good immune response against COVID-19 in transplant…