Children ages five to eleven years old could soon be rolling up their sleeves for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. But will the state be ready to administer those vaccines if the drugmaker is granted Emergency Use Authorization for this age group?
A terrible price has been paid with more than 15,000 Alabamians dying of Covid-19. The Alabama Department of Public Health saying many of these lives could have been saved had they been vaccinated against the virus.
Executive Order GA-40, issued Monday, states receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine “by any individual, including an employee or a consumer,” cannot be mandated when the individual objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
The CDC’s list of those eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster includes several different groups. So, how do you know if you should be rolling up your sleeve for a third shot? Local doctors said two groups should be getting booster shots: anyone 65 and older, and those 50 and older who have underlying health conditions. But there many others who may also need to get an additional shot soon.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Sept. 22, found that the effectiveness of a two-dose regimen was 96 percent for Moderna vaccine and 89 percent for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Williamson said while staff is still stretched thin, transfers are also improving. He said the state is now able to transfer patients to other hospitals again, it just is not happening as quickly as he would like.
Health leaders continue to tell us that the key to recovery is for more people to get vaccinated. With Alabama having one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, what’s the best way to convince those who are still hesitant about getting the shot to change their minds?
Danika Barrett comes to Princeton Baptist every day for a window visit with her husband, Brian, who is battling COVID-19 and on a ventilator. Danika said she and her family believe in the power of prayer and she feels it daily. She said, “It has been overwhelming the people who pray for us.”
UAB hosted a webinar Monday answering questions about flu season and the latest COVID-19 updates. Doctors said only a handful of flu cases have been reported so far, but flu season will be here soon and they want to make sure you have protection against both the flu and COVID.
UAB officials said they are reversing the vaccine mandate while they wait for details from the government about a potential federal mandate, but state leaders said this reversal wont make a huge impact right now.