This issue brief provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccine passports, including what they are, where they are being used, and potential implementation issues.
Around the country and in parts of the world, COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to grow, leaving people wondering about vaccine requirements and ways to certify vaccine status. “Vaccine passports,” a paper or digital form certifying that a person has been vaccinated, have garnered increased interest… Read More »Vaccine Passports: What We Know and What to Consider
Cuatro meses después del lanzamiento del plan de inmunización masiva más grande del país en décadas, ha quedado claro que los mensajes que rodean los esfuerzos de vacunación contra covid-19 son tan importantes como la ciencia que los respalda. Se observó cuando se comenzaron a… Read More »Cuatro respuestas sobre el freno a la vacuna contra covid de Johnson & Johnson
Four months into the largest U.S. vaccine rollout in decades, it’s become clear that the messaging surrounding covid-19 vaccination efforts is as important as the science behind them. That was true when the first covid vaccines were introduced in December at hospitals and nursing homes… Read More »4 Things to Know About the J&J Covid Vaccine Pause
Blood clots found in six people given Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine have led federal health officials to recommend a pause on dosing with that shot. A CDC advisory committee on vaccine practices is meeting Wednesday to review the cases, which so appear similar cases… Read More »FDA & CDC “pause” J&J Covid-19 vaccine to launch inquiry into rare blood clot cases
Mary Ann Steiner condujo dos horas y media desde su casa en University City, un suburbio de St. Louis, hasta la pequeña ciudad de Ozark, en Centerville, Missouri, para vacunarse contra covid-19. Después de poner su auto en fila en el estacionamiento de una iglesia,… Read More »Brecha de género contra covid: se vacunan más mujeres que hombres
The COVID-19 pandemic has left no person unaffected, but Black Americans have been disproportionately impacted. Black adults are nearly four times more likely to be hospitalized from the virus and nearly three times more likely to die from the virus than their white counterparts. At… Read More »Diversifying clinical trials and fighting disease requires equity and trust
This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. Mary Ann Steiner drove 2½ hours from her home in the St. Louis suburb of University City to the tiny Ozark town of Centerville, Missouri, to get vaccinated against covid-19. After pulling… Read More »The Gender Vaccine Gap: More Women Than Men Are Getting Covid Shots
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Glucose Monitors Can Benefit All Types I disagree with the negative tone of a recent KHN article about whether continuous glucose… Read More »Readers and Tweeters Give Tips on Treating Diabetes and Long Covid
Senior KHN correspondent Christina Jewett spoke on Thursday with NPR’s “Morning Edition” and the PBS NewsHour about the yearlong project, “Lost on the Frontline,” in which KHN and The Guardian counted and profiled health care workers who have died of covid-19. Click here to hear… Read More »Journalists Document True Toll of Covid on Health Care’s Front-Line Force
This brief presents available data on COVID-19 vaccinations among AIAN people from federal and state sources and discusses factors contributing to success in these vaccination efforts.
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Health care makes some surprising appearances in President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, even though more health proposals are expected in a second proposal later this month. The bill that would help rebuild roads,… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Health Care as Infrastructure
A European Medicines Agency review concluded AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to cases of blood clots. The regulator directed the company to conduct more studies to learn more but stopped short of recommending other vaccines as alternatives.
As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, a key question is whether and how far governments and employers can go to require the public and workers to get vaccinated. Our new issue brief explains the legal basis for vaccine mandates and what limitations might… Read More »Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
RA Capital led the $100 million Series B round of funding for Icosavax, a startup developing vaccines based on virus-like particles. The biotech is preparing for clinical tests of vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, and SARS-CoV-2.
Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in the… Read More »California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors
Antonio Espinoza amaba a los Dodgers de Los Angeles. Los quería tanto que para su velatorio lo vistieron con su camiseta del equipo. Su familia y amigos, incluido su hijo de 3 años, también usaron remeras, y gorras de béisbol azul y blancas, en su… Read More »Para este enfermero de cuidados paliativos, la vacuna de covid llegó demasiado tarde
CORONA, Calif. — Antonio Espinoza loved the Los Angeles Dodgers. He loved them so much that he was laid to rest in his favorite Dodgers jersey. His family and friends, including his 3-year-old son, donned a sea of blue-and-white baseball shirts and caps in his… Read More »For This Hospice Nurse, the Covid Shot Came Too Late
Dr. Sarah Van Orman treads carefully around the word “normal” when she describes what the fall 2021 term will look like at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and other colleges nationwide. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It… Read More »Colleges and Universities Plan for Normal-ish Campus Life in the Fall
In this Axios column, Drew Altman examines why doctors and nurses are such critical messengers in the effort to build vaccine confidence.
States have tried with limited success to get covid vaccines to people of color, who have been disproportionately killed and hospitalized by the virus. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Starting Thursday, Vermont explicitly gave Black adults and people from other minority… Read More »Vermont Is 1st State to Give Blacks and Other Minority Residents Vaccine Priority
MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine eligibility to all people 16… Read More »Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands
The FDA increased the maximum number of doses permitted for each vial of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, a change intended to make more doses available. The regulator also authorized storage changes for the vaccines at vaccination sites.
Leonor Garcia held her clipboard close to her chest and rapped on the car window with her knuckles. The driver was in one of dozens of cars lined up on a quiet stretch of road in Adelanto, California, a small city near the southwestern edge… Read More »Beating the Pavement to Vaccinate the Underrepresented — And Protect Everyone
Scientists and lawmakers agree that over-the-counter covid tests could allow desk workers to settle back into their cubicles and make it easier to reopen schools and travel. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. But even as entrepreneurs race their… Read More »Backed by Millions in Public and Private Cash, Rapid Covid Tests Are Coming to Stores Near You
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Congress is out of session, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats from planning their next round of health legislation. Together with President Joe Biden, they are looking at a broad array of possibilities, from allowing Medicare… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Planning for Round Two
At 70, Linda Findley has long been active in her small town of Fort Scott, Kansas, which sits more than an hour away from any major city. Findley, whose husband died in an accident just after the local hospital closed, helps with the Elks and… Read More »‘It Didn’t Really Stick With Me’: Understanding the Rural Shrug Over Covid and Vaccines
In California’s Mendocino County, public health officials and community clinics say they have hit their vaccination stride. This story also ran on The Mendocino Beacon. It can be republished for free. Despite the county’s remoteness and its largely rural population spread among wooded mountains, rugged… Read More »In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken
Based on the efficacy and safety data for their Covid-19 vaccine in younger teens, Pfizer and BioNTech plan to ask regulators to expand emergency authorization to include this younger group. The expansion could make the mRNA vaccine available to this age group in time for… Read More »Pfizer & BioNTech report Covid-19 vaccine shows 100% efficacy in kids 12 to 15
Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink
Among Those Who Have Not Been Vaccinated, 3 in 10 Are Unsure if They are Eligible Yet; Hispanic Adults and People with Low Incomes More Likely to Be Unsure The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds enthusiasm for getting a COVID-19 vaccine continuing to… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink
This Vaccine Monitor finds a growing share of U.S. adults say they have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It explores vaccine intentions, information gaps, vaccine brand preferences, and tests a variety of… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: March 2021
A new poll of attitudes toward covid vaccinations shows Americans are growing more enthusiastic about being vaccinated, with the most positive change in the past month occurring among Black Americans. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. About 55% of Black adults said… Read More »Covid Vaccine Hesitancy Drops Among All Americans, New Survey Shows
The development of the first covid vaccines may have seemed to occur at a dizzying pace. After all, scientists identified a new virus and created vaccines to protect against its most severe effects within a year. This story also ran on PolitiFact. It can be… Read More »Ask KHN-PolitiFact: How Can Covid Vaccines Be Safe When They Were Developed So Fast?
“Sorry Dr Fauci and other fearmongers, new study shows vaccines and naturally acquired immunity DO effectively neutralize COVID variants. Good news for everyone but bureaucrats and petty tyrants!” — Sen. Rand Paul in a tweet, March 21, 2021 That Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky often… Read More »In His Continued Sparring With Fauci, Sen. Rand Paul Oversimplified the Science
Reporter Fred Mogul discussed how college students are using loopholes to get vaccinated for travel with Newsy on Thursday. Click here to watch Mogul on Newsy Read Mogul’s “Some Dream — Others Scheme — To Find a Vaccine Before Spring Break” California politics correspondent Samantha… Read More »Journalists Dish on Vaccination Loopholes and Alliances
ST. LOUIS — Missourians have driven hours to find vaccines in rural counties — at least those with cars and the time. Tens of thousands of doses are waiting to be distributed, slowly being rolled out in a federal long-term care program. Waitlists are hundreds… Read More »How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. As questions swirl about the covid vaccine made by AstraZeneca, public health experts are worried the confusion could create more doubts among people already hesitant to get a vaccine. Meanwhile, the first Senate-confirmed officials are… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Getting Down to Work at HHS
AstraZeneca’s latest efficacy data for its Covid-19 vaccine are down slightly from the 79% it previously reported. The most recent data will form the basis of an application for emergency use authorization, which the company still expects to file with the FDA in coming weeks.
For months, journalists, politicians and health officials — including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci — have invoked the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to explain why Black Americans are more hesitant than white Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine. This story is… Read More »Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not an ‘Excuse’ for Current Medical Racism.
One November night in a Missouri prison, Charles Graham woke his cellmate of more than a dozen years, Frank Flanders, saying he couldn’t breathe. Flanders pressed the call button. No one answered, so he kicked the door until a guard came. This story also ran… Read More »Inmates’ Distrust of Prison Health Care Fuels Distrust of Covid Vaccines
This brief explores issues related to risks related to COVID-19, vaccine priority in state plans, and other policy options that affect access to vaccines for people experiencing homelessness.
Federal health authorities say safety observers are concerned AstraZeneca did not release complete information about the efficacy of its Covid-18 vaccine. The company responded by saying its data were from a pre-specified analysis and it will provide the most up to date efficacy data within… Read More »AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine data may have ‘outdated information,’ NIH cautions
ViewPoints Interview: SiO2’s Lawrence Ganti Shares Insight on the Efforts to Scale Up the Manufacturing of Vials for COVID-19 Vaccines
In an interview with PharmaShots, Lawrence Ganti, President & Chief Business Officer at SiO2 Materials Science shared his views on the efforts to scale up the manufacturing of vials to combat COVID-19. Additionally, he also shared the benefits of using SiO2’s smart vials and shed… Read More »ViewPoints Interview: SiO2’s Lawrence Ganti Shares Insight on the Efforts to Scale Up the Manufacturing of Vials for COVID-19 Vaccines
AstraZeneca has been rebuked by a US health authority after a trial monitoring board said data published from a large study of its COVID-19 vaccine may be out of date and may not give a representative view of its efficacy. The company’s share price ticked… Read More »Doubts emerge over AZ’s ‘outdated’ US vaccine trial data
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In Philadelphia, the good, the bad and the ugly have all been on vivid display in the covid vaccine rollout. The Bad comes with a giant serving of gall: For a while, the city put its mass-vaccination… Read More »‘An Arm and a Leg’: In Vaccinating Philadelphia, A Mix of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
In late February, a week after Virginia launched a centralized website and call center for covid-19 vaccine preregistration, Zowee Aquino alerted the state to a glitch that could prove fatal for non-English speakers trying to secure a shot. This story also ran on U.S. News… Read More »‘Press 1 for English’: Vaccination Sign-Ups Prove Daunting for Speakers of Other Languages
El esfuerzo de vacunación contra covid en este país ha sido un parto doloroso: problemas de registro, mala comunicación, datos incorrectos y un escaso suministro de vacunas; todo ello exacerbado por una asignación desigual, un supuesto favoritismo político y una indecorosa competencia por las vacunas.… Read More »Ya te has vacunado contra covid. ¿Y ahora qué?
AstraZeneca reported that its Covid-19 vaccine was 79% effective at preventing severe infection and 100% effective at preventing hospitalization. The company expects to file a submission seeking FDA emergency use authorization in coming weeks.
Throughout the COVID-19 vaccine research and development process, the biopharmaceutical industry has worked to uphold the highest standards of research, clinical testing and manufacturing.
Hawaii, Florida, Seattle and the South of France are on the minds of New York City college students. Those are some of the destinations that undergrads mentioned when asked where they’d go for spring break, if they weren’t grounded by covid-19. This story also ran… Read More »Some Dream — Others Scheme — To Find a Vaccine Before Spring Break
In North Carolina, the nation’s leading tobacco producer, any adult who has smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime can now be vaccinated against covid. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. In Florida, people under 50 with underlying health conditions can… Read More »In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility Is a ‘Crazy Quilt’ of State Rules
As you surely know, this country’s covid vaccination effort has been plagued by major birth pangs: registration snafus, poor communication, faulty data and a scant supply of vaccine — all exacerbated by inequitable allocation, alleged political favoritism and unseemly jockeying for shots. Use Our Content… Read More »So You’re Vaccinated Against Covid. Now What?
SACRAMENTO — Gavin Newsom was just making a name for himself as mayor of San Francisco in 2005 when Blue Shield of California wrote him its first major check. USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. The young, business-friendly Democrat had exploded onto… Read More »Blue Shield Spent Years Cultivating a Relationship with Newsom. It Got the State Vaccine Contract.
A Senate committee grilled federal officials about the shortage of vaccines to protect Americans against a pandemic virus. Two months later, the U.S. public had lost interest in the virus, and millions of vaccines were sitting in warehouses — although poor countries still needed them.… Read More »The Case for Donating US Covid Vaccines Overseas
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The covid relief bill signed by President Joe Biden a week ago includes billions of dollars in new health benefits for consumers. But those benefits may be hard for people to take advantage of because… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: ACA Packs More Benefits — And More Confusion
Acknowledging that chronic underfunding of public health contributed significantly to the nation’s fragmented response to the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats included more than $100 billion in the recently enacted relief package to address urgent needs and enhance future efforts. Use Our Content It can be republished… Read More »Landmark Covid Relief Law Pumps More Than $100 Billion Into Public Health
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cristina Davila wasn’t used to being happy about waiting in line. As a server at the Navy Proof Restaurant and Bar, the specter of covid has weighed heavily on her mind for the past several months. Davila has been especially worried… Read More »‘Super-Sized’ Vaccine Clinic Offers Food Workers Some Relief
The Series B round of funding for University of Oxford spinout Vaccitech includes the type of financial backers that could support an IPO. While Vaccitech might be best known for its association with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, the startup also has programs for other infectious diseases… Read More »Oxford vaccines spinout Vaccitech raises $168M, laying groundwork for an IPO
Joan Phillips, a certified nursing assistant in a Florida nursing home, loved her job but dreaded the danger of going to work in the pandemic. When vaccines became available in December, she jumped at the chance to get one. Months later, it appears that danger… Read More »Covid Cases Plummet 83% Among Nursing Home Staffers Despite Vaccine Hesitancy
As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out gains in intensity, it has become common to hear people toss out the names of pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca with the same ease that they refer to their favorite brands of ketchup or peanut butter. This isn’t… Read More »Harris Poll Finds Large Boost in Pharma Industry Reputation
Chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed how the $1.9 trillion covid relief bill will help bolster the Affordable Care Act with “PBS NewsHour” on Wednesday. Click here to hear Rovner on PBS Colorado correspondent Rae Ellen Bichell spoke with KUNC’s “Colorado Edition” on Wednesday about… Read More »Journalists Explore Covid Relief Bill and Vaccine Issues
As of February 2021, there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. and states are playing a central role in their timely distribution and prioritizing eligible populations. Because Medicaid covers for over 77 million enrollees, including groups disproportionately at risk of… Read More »A Look at How Medicaid Agencies Are Assisting with the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out
The twists and turns of the American health system can sometimes leave people lost, confused and looking for answers. We’ve created a new video series — “Explained by KHN” — in which our correspondents and editors answer common health care and health policy questions. As… Read More »‘Explained by KHN’: Consumer Concerns About the Covid Vaccines
President Joe Biden has promised enough covid vaccine to immunize every willing adult by June 1. But right now, the gap between supply and demand is so dramatic that vaccinators are discovering ways to suck the final drops out of each vaccine vial — if… Read More »To Extract More Doses per Vial, Vaccinators Put Squeeze on FDA to Relax Vaccine Handling Advice
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. For the first time since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is slated for major benefit expansions, courtesy of the covid relief bill approved by Congress this week. But the changes are only… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Expanding the ACA in an Unpredicted Way
A vaccine communication playbook developed by WELL™ Health offers guidance to providers on how to meet the communication challenges to ensure patients get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This story also ran on KCET. It can be republished for free. Ana Guevara was determined to get a covid vaccine for her mother, 85-year-old Adelina Coto, but she needed help. Guevara, a full-time nanny in Los Angeles, didn’t have the time or knowledge to… Read More »Vaccine Altruists Find Appointments for Those Who Can’t
In January, as Mississippi health officials planned for their incoming shipments of covid-19 vaccine, they assessed the state’s most vulnerable: health care workers, of course, and elderly people in nursing homes. But among those who needed urgent protection from the virus ripping across the Magnolia… Read More »High Obesity Rates in Southern States Magnify Covid Threat
Martha Gallagher, a 75-year-old retired school nurse, wanted to volunteer for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps to administer covid-19 vaccines. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. She knew Delaware might need more vaccinators and thought, “Why not do something to help get… Read More »Meet the Retired Nurse Who Could Give Covid Shots But Couldn’t Get One
More than half of those who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through a community health center were people of color, suggesting that health centers appear to be doing a better job of reaching people of color than are overall vaccination efforts, finds… Read More »Early COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts Through Community Health Centers Are Reaching People of Color
This analysis examines the extent to which early vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching people of color using data from the federal government’s weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey. Additionally, this analysis may shed light on the Biden administration’s recent partnership with health centers… Read More »Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?
This brief reviews information available through state websites and publicly available vaccine distribution plans to provide greater insight into how states are addressing equity through vaccine allocation and distribution strategies, outreach and communications efforts, and data collection and reporting. It provides a snapshot and examples… Read More »How are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?
Polls show Americans are increasingly interested in getting vaccinated against covid-19, but such surveys are largely national, leaving a big question: When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood to keep your community… Read More »What Childhood Vaccine Rates Can, and Can’t, Teach Us About Covid Vaccines
Pfizer’s management knew last year there was “a mold issue” at the Kansas facility now slated to produce the drugmaker’s urgently needed covid-19 vaccine, according to a Food and Drug Administration inspection report. This story also ran on The Daily Beast. It can be republished… Read More »Pfizer’s Newest Vaccine Plant Has Persistent Mold Issues, History of Recalls
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information
Many Relied on Another Person’s Help to Try to Get a Vaccine Appointment As many states and local authorities ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report provides the first in-depth look at Americans’ experiences trying to gather relevant information… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information
This report shows about half over the age of 65 say they have already received at least one dose of the vaccine or have scheduled an appointment to do so. It also examines how easy or difficult it has been for people to get an… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: Experiences With Vaccine Access And Information Needs
Each night it’s the same. Story after story on the TV news is about the covid vaccination effort, and they are all illustrated with footage of needles sinking into exposed upper arms. Could those visuals, ostensibly making this all seem routine, backfire? More than causing… Read More »Ouch! Needle-Phobic People Scarred by So Many Images of Covid Shots
KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital. The Behind The Byline series on YouTube and Instagram TV offers an insider’s view. Journalists and producers from across KHN’s newsrooms take you behind the scenes in these bite-size videos to… Read More »Behind The Byline: Reporting Road Trip
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Last week, as covid vaccine appointment slots were snapped up within an hour at CVS stores in 20 states, slots remained open all day at CVS pharmacies in Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana. The dozens of… Read More »In Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana, CVS Vaccine Appointments Go Unfilled
ICYMI: WSJ showcases breakthrough science of COVID-19 vaccines and implications for future medicines
Building on deep scientific knowledge gained from decades of experience with viruses such as MERS, SARS, influenza, HIV and Hepatitis C, biopharmaceutical companies have made unprecedented progress in advancing treatments and vaccines to help fight COVID-19. At this time, three vaccines and several treatments have… Read More »ICYMI: WSJ showcases breakthrough science of COVID-19 vaccines and implications for future medicines
“When I came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. We rectified that.” — President Joe Biden, March 2 news conference During a March 2 news conference on the covid-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden claimed… Read More »Biden’s Criticism of Trump Team’s Vaccine Contracts Is a Stretch
As cold weather descended upon Washington, D.C., last fall, I deleted my dating apps. I had tried a few video-chat dates when the pandemic was new last spring. They were fun and novel at the time, and felt like a “quarantine experience.” By summer, I… Read More »On Vacci-Dating: Singles Seem Enamored of Sharing Vaccination Status Online. Is That Wise?
KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan discussed vaccine production and supply chains on KERA’s “Think” with host Krys Boyd, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and PBS’ “NewsHour Weekend.” She also joined Newsy to discuss how federal rules restrict patients and their doctors from knowing whether someone has been infected… Read More »Journalists Dissect Covid Vaccines and Variants
Earlier today, 31 PhRMA board members signed a letter to President Joe Biden applauding the Administration’s accelerating COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but also warning against efforts to undermine American intellectual property and innovation-dependent manufacturing jobs.
This story also ran on San Diego Union Tribune. It can be republished for free. California rolled out a statewide covid vaccination website this week aiming to streamline the appointment process after months of criticism, but the site is riddled with its own snags, preventing… Read More »California’s Vaccine Appointment Website Has Glitches. No Surprise?
Several California counties and Washington state dropped One Medical as a partner in distributing vaccines after reports that it let people who weren’t eligible for the vaccine jump the line. A House panel is also launching an investigation into the company’s practices.
This story also ran on KCUR. It can be republished for free. Tim Dupin thought — or at least hoped — that Missouri firefighters, paramedics and other emergency medical services personnel would be among the first to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. After months of… Read More »Firefighters — ‘Health Care Providers on a Truck’ — Signal Pandemic Burnout
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. There’s good news and bad news on covid-19 this week. On the one hand, several million doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine authorized by the FDA for emergency use are already going into… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Good and Not-So-Good News on Covid
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. As managed-care giant Kaiser Permanente assumes a prominent role in California’s new covid-19 vaccination strategy, it is drawing mixed reviews from members across the country for the way it has run its own vaccine program over… Read More »Kaiser Permanente, Big Player in California Vaccine Effort, Has Had Trouble Vaccinating Own Members
Across the industry, biopharmaceutical companies are working around the clock to meet the demands of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing. Companies are working to source needed raw materials and other supplies and increasing manufacturing capacity to get COVID-19 vaccine shots in as many arms as possible. Even… Read More »How industry collaboration and partnerships are supporting COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing
This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR, Illinois Public Media and KHN. It can be republished for free. With more than 20 million acres of corn and soybeans, Illinois is among the top U.S. producers of those crops. To make it all happen, the… Read More »To Help Farmworkers Get Covid Tests and Vaccine, Build Trust and a Safety Net
As the speed of covid vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. And it’s more than just a handful at the end of the day because of a few appointment cancellations. Health officials are trying to rein in waste without… Read More »Accidentally Trashed, Thawed or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage
For nearly a year, nursing homes and assisted living centers have been mostly closed to visitors. Now, it’s time for them to open back up and relieve residents of crushing isolation, according to a growing chorus of long-term care experts, caregivers, consumer groups and physicians.… Read More »Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities Is ‘an Absolute Necessity for Our Well-Being’
THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines
March 4, 2021 – THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us. is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines co-developed by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID. Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation and… Read More »THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines
En California, la confusión y la comunicación fallida han provocado que algunos padres elegibles y cuidadores familiares de personas con discapacidades sean rechazados en los sitios de vacunación de covid. Oscar Madrigal es uno de esos cuidadores. Sus dos hijos están en el espectro del… Read More »Rechazan a cuidadores familiares en sitios de vacunación contra covid de California
This story is part of a partnership that includes KPCC, NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. In California, confusion and botched communication has caused some eligible parents and family caregivers of people with disabilities to be turned away at covid vaccination sites.… Read More »In California, Caregivers of People With Disabilities Are Being Turned Away at COVID Vaccine Sites
This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent analysis by the… Read More »Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines
President Biden used the Defense Production Act to direct Merck to convert two of its facilities into production sites for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, he said J&J will run its own vaccine production sites 24/7.
Novavax says it’s building up its manufacturing capacity now to be ready to ship Covid-19 vaccine globally as emergency authorizations are granted in coming months. The company expects to seek FDA authorization in the second quarter.
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. How to Explain Vaccines to People Who Resist Them Here is an attempt to write something that might convince people who… Read More »Readers and Tweeters Dispense Timely Advice for Difficult Times
Many Nonelderly People With Disabilities Face COVID-19 Risks Similar to Those of the Elderly in Nursing Homes, But Do Not Have Equal Footing When it Comes to Vaccine Priority
While the toll of COVID-19 on nursing home residents has been well documented, less noticed has been the experience of nonelderly people with disabilities who rely on long-term care services and supports outside of nursing homes. In many ways the two groups face similar health… Read More »Many Nonelderly People With Disabilities Face COVID-19 Risks Similar to Those of the Elderly in Nursing Homes, But Do Not Have Equal Footing When it Comes to Vaccine Priority
This issue brief presents current state-level data about COVID-19 cases and deaths in settings that primarily serve nonelderly people with disabilities and summarizes available research on this population’s elevated risk of severe illness and death; explains how nonelderly people with disabilities and their LTSS providers… Read More »COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities
In this Axios column, Drew Altman paints a more optimistic picture of the prospects for getting to herd immunity as vaccine confidence grows, but underscores the urgency of building vaccine confidence in Black and Latino communities where barriers to access and good information are obstacles… Read More »Vaccine Confidence Isn’t The Main Obstacle To Reaching Herd Immunity
This story also ran on The Mercury News. It can be republished for free. In the hospital with covid-19 in December, Lavina Wafer tired of the tubes in her nose and wondered impatiently why she couldn’t be discharged. A phone call with her pastor helped… Read More »Black Churches Fill a Unique Role in Combating Vaccine Fears
With covid vaccines expected to remain scarce into early spring, Connecticut has scrapped its complicated plans to prioritize immunizations for people under 65 with certain chronic conditions and front-line workers. Instead, the state will primarily base eligibility on age. Gov. Ned Lamont pointed to statistics… Read More »Connecticut Is Doling Out Vaccines Based Strictly on Age. It’s Simpler, but Is it Fair?
Johnson & Johsnon’s Covid-19 vaccine is now the third one granted FDA emergency authorization. The company expects to deliver enough vials to for vaccinating more than 200 million people in the U.S. by the middle of this year.
The committee voted 22-0 on the question of whether the benefits of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine outweigh its risks. FDA emergency use authorization would bring the public a third vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups
While Enthusiasm Rises, a Persistent Minority Say They Definitely Will Not Get Vaccinated; Republicans, Rural Residents, and Essential Workers Outside Health Care Are Most Reluctant Groups More than half of Americans (55%) now say they want to get vaccinated as soon as possible (37%) or… Read More »Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups
States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have vaccinated at least one-third of their residents who are 65 and older against COVID-19, an updated KFF analysis finds, but no state has crossed the threshold of vaccinating 50 percent or more of its older population. The share… Read More »States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population
KHN senior correspondent Noam Levey discussed Xavier Becerra’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with KQED’s “Forum” on Tuesday. Click here to hear Levey on KQED Read “‘It’s a Minefield’: Biden Health Pick Must Tread Carefully on Abortion and Family… Read More »Journalists Weigh In on Biden’s HHS Pick
This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. As health care workers in the U.S. began lining up for their first coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 14, Esmeralda Campos-Loredo was already fighting for oxygen. The 49-year-old nursing assistant and mother of… Read More »As Covid Surged, Vaccines Came Too Late for at Least 400 Medical Workers
This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. The World Health Organization greenlighted emergency use of AstraZeneca and Oxford’s covid-19 vaccine this month, following in the steps of the United Kingdom, the European Union and others, who are already injecting it… Read More »Why AstraZeneca and J&J’s Vaccines, In Use the World Over, Are Still on Hold in America
The Latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds a growing share of U.S. adults say they have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Black and Hispanic adults remain more likely to want to wait… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: February 2021
This analysis examines COVID-19 vaccination rates among older adults in states that report these data at the person-level. It also looks at the change in vaccination rates between February 4 and February 23 among a subset of these states.
Coming together to fight COVID-19: A conversation with Paul Perreault, CEO and Managing Director of CSL
This year, our industry has been working around the clock to combat the COVID-19 virus, including developing effective therapeutics to treat COVID-19 and vaccines to prevent future infections.
This issue brief explores the impact of COVID-19 on justice-involved populations, examines how states have prioritized these populations for vaccination, and highlights the significance of Medicaid coverage for this population as well as proposals to expand access to Medicaid coverage.
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines
The number of residents contracting and dying of COVID-19 in nursing homes has declined markedly following the introduction of vaccination efforts in long-term care facilities, a KFF analysis finds. Resident deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes have decreased by two-thirds (66%) since vaccination efforts began… Read More »COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines
Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping
This analysis compares trends in new COVID-19 cases and deaths among nursing facility residents with trends in all other new COVID-19 cases and deaths excluding nursing facility residents through February 7, 2021. This analysis shows a marked divergence in new cases and deaths per week… Read More »Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping
The protein-based Covid-19 vaccine from Clover Biopharmaceuticals has distribution and storage advantages compared to messenger RNA vaccines. If the vaccine succeeds in a Phase 2/3 test, China-based Clover will distribute it globally via COVAX.
After Billions of Dollars and Dozens of Wartime Declarations, Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply?
This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. The U.S. government has invested billions of dollars in manufacturing, used a wartime act dozens of times to boost supplies and yet there’s still not enough covid vaccine on the way to meet… Read More »After Billions of Dollars and Dozens of Wartime Declarations, Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply?
This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Beating back covid right now comes down to balancing supply and demand. With hopes pinned to vaccines, demand has far outstripped the supply of doses. But, as an increasing number of vaccine… Read More »Calling All Vaccinators: Closing the Next Gap in Covid Supply and Demand
This policy watch piece highlights the potential challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations among Hispanic people, whose health and finances have been extremely hard hit by the pandemic. Low rates of vaccination among Hispanic people would leave them at increased risk for the virus, could further widen… Read More »Growing Gaps in COVID-19 Vaccinations among Hispanic People
As the world continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biopharmaceutical industry is working around the clock to develop and manufacture safe and effective vaccines. To date, two vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States by the U.S. Food… Read More »Fighting variants of COVID-19
This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. Opening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors. Boston… Read More »Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. Posting about their day is a regular practice for Generations Y and Z, especially when they have something novel or exclusive to share. So, in the thick of a global pandemic, and… Read More »The Do’s and Don’ts on Social Media for Vaccine Haves and Have-Nots
This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. In the midst of a national shortage of N95 masks, the U.S. government quietly granted an exception to its export ban on protective gear, allowing as many as 5 million of the masks… Read More »Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More
Pfizer and BioNTech say they have data supporting two-week storage of their vaccine at temperatures found in medical-grade freezers. They say FDA approval of an additional temperature option would give vaccination sites more flexibility.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, West Africa is facing a new outbreak of Ebola. A global emergency stockpile of Ebola vaccine is being deployed to curb the epidemic, although experts are confident that synergies in public health practises will ensure a rapid response to both. With… Read More »West Africa prepares for Ebola vaccination program
KHN Montana correspondent Katheryn Houghton discussed Thursday on Newsy how covid’s impact on disabled group housing isn’t tracked. Click here to watch Houghton on Newsy Read Houghton’s “Lack of Covid Data on People With Intellectual Disabilities ‘Comes With a Body Count’“ California Healthline senior correspondent… Read More »Journalists Field Questions on Covid Coverage
This story also ran on Time. It can be republished for free. Linda Watson draped a sweater with the words “Little Shell Chippewa Tribe” over her as she received the newly recognized tribal nation’s first dose of covid-19 vaccine. “I wanted to show my pride… Read More »Spurred by Pandemic, Little Shell Tribe Fast-Tracks Its Health Service Debut
This story also ran on Time. It can be republished for free. A Learjet 31 took off before daybreak from Helena Regional Airport in Montana, carrying six Veterans Affairs medical providers and 250 doses of historic cargo cradled in a plug-in cooler designed to minimize… Read More »To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundra
This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with… Read More »Companies Pan for Marketing Gold in Vaccines
We have looked back at some of the biggest advances in 2020, but it’s a new year and time to look ahead, so we asked our Life Sciences team what they are looking forward to in 2021. “Predicting the unknown!” says Thibault Géoui, Senior Director… Read More »What Excites You Most About the Life Sciences Industry in 2021?
New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity
KFF has an updated analysis of state-reported data as of February 16, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, and deaths by race/ethnicity. New to the analysis are comparisons of vaccination rates in each racial/ethnic group based on state-reported data of total people who have received at… Read More »New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity
KFF is collecting and analyzing data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race/ethnicity to gain increased insight who is receiving the vaccine and whether some groups are facing disparities in vaccination.
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. An estimated 9 million Americans eligible for free or reduced premium health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have a second chance to sign up for 2021 coverage, since the Biden administration reopened enrollment on… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open Enrollment, One More Time
This policy watch looks at the expected ramp up in vaccine supply, and what this could mean for increasing the number of people getting vaccinated.
En el este de Tennessee, los médicos han visto de primera mano cómo una política de inmigración dura puede afectar la salud y el bienestar de una comunidad. En 2018, agentes federales allanaron una planta empacadora de carne en Morristown, en el Valle de Tennessee,… Read More »El discurso anti inmigrante complica la vacunación contra covid en estados del sur
Robin Davidson entered the lobby of Houston Methodist Hospital, where her 89-year-old father, Joe, was being treated for a flare-up of congestive heart failure. This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. Before her stretched a line of people waiting to… Read More »Family Caregivers, Routinely Left Off Vaccine Lists, Worry What Would Happen ‘If I Get Sick’
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. ANTIOCH, Calif. — A mobile “strike team” is bringing vaccines to some of Northern California’s most vulnerable residents along with a message: This is how you avoid dying from covid-19. So far, that message has been… Read More »Vaccines Go Mobile to Keep Seniors From Slipping Through the Cracks
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. In eastern Tennessee, doctors have seen firsthand how a hard-line immigration policy can affect the health and well-being of a community. In 2018, federal agents raided a meatpacking plant in Morristown, a… Read More »Anti-Immigrant Vitriol Complicates Vaccine Rollout in Southern States
“Pfizer and Moderna could share their design with dozens of other pharma companies who stand ready to produce their vaccines and end the pandemic.” — Feb. 3 in a Facebook post This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. Vaccine… Read More »Can Pfizer and Moderna End the Pandemic by Sharing Their Vaccine Designs? It’s Not that Simple
During the 55th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world is at nearly 108 million COVID-19 cases. The U.S. approached 27.4 million cases and a total of 475,400 deaths.
Too little covid vaccine and too great a demand: That’s what KHN readers from around the country detail in their often exasperating quest to snag a shot, although they are often clearly eligible under their local guidelines and priority system. Public health officials say the… Read More »In Search of the Shot
KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby discussed Hillsdale Hospital and the complications of covid-19 vaccine distribution with Michigan Radio’s “Stateside” on Feb. 4. Click here to hear Appleby on Michigan Radio Read Appleby’s “How a Bounty of Vaccines Flooded a Small Hospital and Its Nearby College“… Read More »Journalists Broach Topics From Vaccines and Super Bowl to True Love
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Joe Biden has said he still wants a bipartisan bill to provide the next round of covid relief. But in case that doesn’t happen, House committees this week got down to work on a… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: All About Budget Reconciliation
This story is from a partnership that includes NPR, Nashville Public Radio and KHN. It can be republished for free. Mary Barnett is one of about a dozen seniors who got a covid vaccine on a recent morning at Neighborhood Health, a clinic tucked in… Read More »Vaccine Equity Is ‘North Star,’ Feds Say, and Clinics Are Key to Fair Distribution
Is the exaggerated reaction of many Crohn’s disease patients to baker’s, brewer’s, and nutritional yeast just a consequence of their inflamed leaky gut, or might the yeast be a contributing cause? “Baker’s Yeast in Crohn’s Disease—Can It Kill You?” is the inflammatory title (no pun… Read More »Does Nutritional Yeast Trigger Crohn’s Disease?
This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. On Jan. 14 at 8:43 p.m., Patrick McKenzie tweeted a plea for tech engineers to help him set up a website to track covid-19 vaccine availability in California. McKenzie, who heads a Bay… Read More »Tech Companies Mobilize to Schedule Vaccine Appointments, But Often Fall Short
As the number of vaccinations increases, vaccine hesitancy will decrease, says Drew Altman, because knowing someone who has been vaccinated without adverse effects is a major reason people get vaccinated themselves, he writes in his Axios column.
This story also ran on The Charlotte Observer. It can be republished for free. Kim Wagenaar has been preparing to bring covid-19 vaccines to western North Carolina for months. She’s signed up the community health center she operates in Asheville to receive and distribute the… Read More »Farmworker Camps to Urban Tent Cities: Tailoring Vaccine Info to Where It’s Most Needed
We examine the Biden administration’s proposal to partner with community health centers to speed up vaccinations, especially in hard-to-reach populations.
“Now he [Biden] is saying that people who came here illegally can jump ahead of other Americans who have been waiting to get the vaccine.” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) During a Feb. 2 interview on Fox News, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) claimed President Joe Biden… Read More »Scalise’s Claim That Unauthorized Immigrants Are Getting Priority for Vaccination Misses the Point
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. CONCORD, N.C. — It had been months since Tremellia Hobbs had an excuse to bring out the pompoms. Before the pandemic, they were a crowd favorite at movie nights and bingo tournaments that… Read More »Vaccine Hesitancy vs. Vaccine Refusal: Nursing Home Staffers Say There’s a Difference
This report summarizes the public’s response to a series of open-ended questions aimed at better understanding people’s concerns around receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and the views of the messages and messengers that could affect their willingness to get one,
At This Early Stage of the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Most Older Adults Have Not Yet Been Vaccinated As Supply Remains Limited
This analysis looks at vaccination rates among older adults at the state level, and the share of all vaccines administered that have been given to older adults, among states reporting vaccination data by age.
Kaitlyn Romoser contrajo covid-19 por primera vez en marzo, probablemente en un viaje a Dinamarca y Suecia, justo cuando se empezaba a comprender el alcance de la pandemia. Romoser, de 23 años e investigadora en un laboratorio en College Station, Texas, dio positivo y tuvo… Read More »Por qué Estados Unidos subestima las reinfecciones por covid
A new playbook from WELL™ Health offers hospitals a roadmap during this public health crisis for providing efficient and timely patient communication including appointments, virtual care, testing, and more.
Shots: The collaboration combines expertise, resources and technology from both parties to develop and manufacture variant vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 variants. CureVac is expected to supply 50M doses of variant vaccines to the UK, following the regulatory approval The VTF and the CureVac will deploy mRNA… Read More »CureVac Collaborate with UK Government to Develop Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2 variants
This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. WOODFORDS, Calif. — In the winter, the roughly three-hour drive from Alpine County’s main health clinic in Woodfords to the remote enclave of Bear Valley winds along snowy two-lane roads and… Read More »California’s Smallest County Makes Big Vaccination Gains
California mom Megan Bacigalupi has had enough. She wants her kindergartner and second grader back in their Oakland classrooms. This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. But the coronavirus is spreading too quickly to open schools in Alameda County,… Read More »Schools Walk the Tightrope Between Ideal Safety and the Reality of Covid
Kaitlyn Romoser first caught covid-19 in March, likely on a trip to Denmark and Sweden, just as the scope of the pandemic was becoming clear. Romoser, who is 23 and a laboratory researcher in College Station, Texas, tested positive and had a few days of… Read More »Why the U.S. Is Underestimating Covid Reinfection
As we settle into a new year, it’s always good to take a moment to consider what was accomplished in the previous one. That’s why we asked members of Elsevier’s Life Sciences team what they felt were among the most noteworthy advances in the life… Read More »What Were the Biggest Advances in Life Sciences in 2020?
This issue brief examines key issues related to multi-dose vaccination series generally as well as issues specific to COVID-19.
KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber spoke about the covid-19 vaccine rollout for WAMU’s “1A” on Jan. 29. Click here to hear Weber on WAMU KHN social media manager Chaseedaw Giles discussed racial disparities in covid vaccine distribution with NBC LX News on Feb. 3. Click… Read More »Journalists Explore Inefficiency and Inequities of Vaccine Rollout
Even as the pace of vaccination against covid-19 has steadily accelerated — hitting an average of 1.3 million doses a day in the last days of January — the frustration felt by many of those unable to secure an appointment hasn’t waned. Why, they wonder,… Read More »The State of Vaccine Supply: ‘Opaque.’ Unpredictable. ‘Hard to Pin Down.’
Date: March 22, 2021 Issue #: 1620 Summary: On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson adenovirus-based vaccine for prevention of COVID-19 in persons ≥18 years old. It is the third COVID-19 vaccine to become available… Read More »FDA Authorizes Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Nearly a year into the pandemic, many public schools are still closed to in-person instruction. But while there is increasing evidence that schools are not a major source of infection, teachers and staffers remain concerned… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Covid and Kids
Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a single-stranded molecule, which is complementary to the DNA strands of a gene. It plays a prominent role in the process of protein synthesis, wherein mRNA is responsible for transferring genetic information from DNA to ribosomes, a specialized structure, or organelle,… Read More »mRNA: the Higgs boson of modern medicine?
With millions of older Americans eligible for covid-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The efforts to… Read More »‘Cruel’ Digital Race For Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind
Updated analysis of state-reported data as of February 1, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, and deaths by race/ethnicity is now available. Based on nearly half of states reporting vaccination data by race/ethnicity, Black and Hispanic people continue to receive smaller shares of vaccinations compared to… Read More »Data as of February 1 on State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity
El 30 de abril se cumplirán los primeros 100 días de mandato del presidente Joe Biden. Este es un punto de referencia que los presidentes suelen establecer para cumplir con las promesas de campaña de alta prioridad. A principios de diciembre, Biden anunció que una… Read More »Cien millones de vacunas contra covid en 100 días no nos hará volver a la normalidad
Additional Data Available Through Online Vaccine Monitor Dashboard As vaccination efforts ramp up across the country, the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines where the public is getting its relevant information. Large shares of the public report that they are getting at least a fair amount… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: Where People are Getting Information About COVID-19 Vaccinations
This story also ran on Radio Bilingue. It can be republished for free. MECCA, Calif. — Dust swirled in the air as Luz Gallegos parked her SUV on the side of a dirt road. She had just learned that her aunt died of covid-19 —… Read More »Dispelling Vaccine Misinformation and Myths in California’s Breadbasket
Communities of color have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. But advocates in Texas say those communities are likely to have a harder time getting the vaccine in the coming months, so they are urging local leaders to step in. This story is… Read More »In Austin, Some Try to Address Vaccine Inequity, but a Broad Plan Is Elusive
April 30 will mark the end of the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s tenure. That’s a benchmark presidents often set for making good on high-priority campaign promises. In early December, Biden announced that one promise would be to get 100 million covid-19 vaccines… Read More »100 Million Covid Shots in 100 Days Doesn’t Get Us Back to Normal
Este artículo también fue publicado por Radio Bilingüe. It can be republished for free. MECCA, Calif. — El polvo hace remolinos en el aire mientras Luz Gallegos estaciona su SUV a un lado de la calle de tierra. Acaba de enterarse que su tía murió… Read More »Disipando información errónea y mitos sobre las vacunas en la región agrícola de California
KFF is collecting and analyzing data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race/ethnicity to gain increased insight who is receiving the vaccine and whether some groups are facing disparities in vaccination.
It started as a group of college friends who wanted to help during the pandemic. They had tech skills, so they used 3D printers to make face shields. Then they organized as a nonprofit, Philly Fighting Covid, and opened a testing site in a Philadelphia… Read More »In Philadelphia, a Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination Startup Led by 22-Year-Old
This story also ran on The New York Times. It can be republished for free. The Biden administration’s much-needed national strategy to end the covid-19 pandemic includes plans to remedy the chaotic vaccination effort with “more people, more places, more supply.” The Federal Emergency Management… Read More »With Demand Far Exceeding Supply, It Matters That People Are Jumping the Vaccine Line
The therapeutic vaccine will be based on Gritstone Oncology’s technology and will use antigens from Gilead Sciences. It’s the latest in a string of partnerships Gilead has signed in its search for an HIV cure.
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, struggling to salvage a once-bright political future dimmed by his mishandling of the covid crisis, tapped nonprofit health insurer Blue Shield of California last week to allocate the state’s covid vaccine. The… Read More »Head-Scratching Over Newsom’s Choice of Blue Shield to Lead Vaccination Push
Adultos mayores hispanos quedan rezagados en la carrera por vacunarse contra covid Está surgiendo una brecha entre los que tienen recursos y los que no, a medida que los adultos mayores de todo el país luchan por recibir la vacuna contra covid-19. Las personas mayores… Read More »Adultos mayores sin familia o amigos quedan atrás en la carrera por vacunarse
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. When getting vaccinated against covid-19, there’s no sense being picky. You should take the first authorized vaccine that’s offered, experts say. The newest covid vaccine on the horizon, from Johnson & Johnson, is probably a little… Read More »When Your Chance for a Covid Shot Comes, Don’t Worry About the Numbers
A divide between “haves” and “have-nots” is emerging as older adults across the country struggle to get covid-19 vaccines. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Seniors with family members or friends to help them are getting vaccine appointments, even if it takes… Read More »Older Adults Without Family or Friends Lag in Race to Get Vaccines
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science… Read More »How a Bounty of Vaccines Flooded a Small Hospital and Its Nearby College
During the 53rd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world surpassed 100 million COVID-19 cases, with the United States accounting for a quarter of them. The U.S. also accounts for one-fifth (433,200) of the world’s nearly 2.2 million reported… Read More »This Week in Coronavirus: January 22 to January 28
Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine could be added to the UK’s growing arsenal of shots against the disease after it showed 89.3% efficacy in a late-stage trial. The shot is the first to show efficacy against the new variant found in the UK which accounted for around… Read More »Novavax’s COVID-19 shot effective against UK strain
California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed California’s rocky covid-19 vaccine rollout with KALW’s “Your Call” on Wednesday. Click here to hear Barry-Jester on KALW KHN data reporter Hannah Recht discussed covid vaccination gaps by race with Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here… Read More »Journalists Stay on Top of Rocky Vaccine Rollout
Black Americans are still receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans even as the chaotic rollout reaches more people, according to a new KHN analysis. Almost seven weeks into the vaccine rollout, states have expanded eligibility beyond front-line health care workers to… Read More »As Vaccine Rollout Expands, Black Americans Still Left Behind
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. Joyce Hanson was thrilled when she heard Gov. Gavin Newsom announce Jan. 13 that Californians age 65 and older would be eligible to get vaccinated against covid-19. Infections and hospitalizations had been… Read More »Vaccination Chaos Fuels Push to Recall Newsom
According to researchers writing in The Lancet, we need a majority of Americans to have the confidence to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if we are going to be effective in moving the United States toward population-level control of viral spread. As Dr. Anthony Fauci has… Read More »Growing trend: Increased vaccine confidence
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Thursday was “health day” in President Joe Biden’s sprint to launch his presidency, and he signed two executive orders addressing health coverage and women’s reproductive rights. The orders will reopen enrollment under the Affordable Care… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Long Road to Unwinding Trump Health Policies
The covid-19 variants that have emerged in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and now Southern California are eliciting two notably distinct responses from U.S. public health officials. First, broad concern. A variant that wreaked havoc in the U.K., leading to a spike in cases… Read More »Can the US Keep Covid Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes
Bingo is back in the dining room. In-person visits have returned, too, though with masks and plexiglass. The Haven Assisted Living Facility’s residents are even planning a field trip for a private movie screening once they’ve all gotten their second round of covid-19 vaccines. Such… Read More »At Colorado’s Rural Edges, Vaccines Help Assisted Living Homes Crack Open the Doors
As they rush to vaccinate millions of Americans, health officials are struggling to collect critically important information — such as race, ethnicity and occupation — of every person they jab. The data being collected is so scattered that there’s little insight into which health care… Read More »Huge Gaps in Vaccine Data Make It Next to Impossible to Know Who Got the Shots
La renuencia de los estadounidenses a vacunarse contra covid-19 está disminuyendo, según una encuesta publicada el miércoles 27 de enero. Casi la mitad de los adultos encuestados en enero dijeron que ya han sido vacunados o que quieren la vacuna tan pronto como puedan, en… Read More »Encuesta: casi la mitad de los adultos ahora quiere vacunarse contra covid lo antes posible
In medical research, trust has traditionally been hard-fought for. Terms like “lab rats” and “guinea pigs” are often used in conversations about clinical trials. For some communities, the historic unethical treatment of participants is also still a raw memory. People tend to remember when things… Read More »Mistrust in medical research: a patient perspective
As public demand grows for limited supplies of covid-19 vaccines, questions remain about the vaccines’ appropriateness for older adults with various illnesses. Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives and people with autoimmune conditions. Recently, a… Read More »If I Have Cancer, Dementia or MS, Should I Get the Covid Vaccine?
Remdesivir, Given to Half of Hospitalized Covid Patients in U.S., Is Big Win for Gilead — Boosted by Taxpayers
It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced “highly significant” news about a drug called remdesivir. That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by… Read More »Remdesivir, Given to Half of Hospitalized Covid Patients in U.S., Is Big Win for Gilead — Boosted by Taxpayers
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Americans’ reluctance to get vaccinated for covid-19 is waning, according to a poll released Wednesday. Nearly half of adults surveyed in January said they have either already been vaccinated or want the vaccine as soon as… Read More »Poll: Nearly Half of American Adults Now Want the Covid Vaccine — ASAP
Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December
Most Convincing Messages to Promote Vaccination Highlight Effectiveness at Preventing Illness and a Return to Normal Life; Hearing about Rare Allergic Reactions and Side Effects May Discourage Some New KFF Dashboard Features Key Data and Insights from the Vaccine Monitor With millions of Americans getting… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December
This brief reviews why racial diversity within COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials is important, discusses the barriers to participation in clinical trials among people of color, and examines the racial/ethnic composition of clinical trial participants for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Miles de estadounidenses están muriendo a causa de covid-19, pero los esfuerzos para aumentar la producción de vacunas que potencialmente salvan vidas están en un callejón sin salida. Moderna y Pfizer-BioNTech, los fabricantes de las dos vacunas disponibles hasta el momento, están operando al máximo,… Read More »Por qué ni siquiera la presión presidencial podría acelerar las vacunas contra covid
Debate about how many vaccinations are needed by when has been in the news. Drew Altman lays it out in his latest column.
This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. As states await the promise of a renewed federal pandemic response and expand the number of Americans who qualify for a shot, some governors are trying to scale… Read More »Big Business Boosts Vaccine Effort, but It’s ‘Complex Choreography’ to Get Shots in Arms
Computer science teacher Suzy Lebo saw covid-19 dangers frequently in her Indiana high school: classes with about 30 students sitting less than 18 inches apart. Students crowding teachers in hallways. Students and staff members taking off their masks around others. “I’m concerned,” said Lebo, who… Read More »‘We’re Not Controlling It in Our Schools’: Covid Safety Lapses Abound Across US
Americans are dying of covid-19 by the thousands, but efforts to ramp up production of potentially lifesaving vaccines are hitting a brick wall. Vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are running their factories full tilt and are under enormous pressure to expand production or collaborate with… Read More »Why Even Presidential Pressure Might Not Get More Vaccine to Market Faster
Los grupos antivacunas están explotando el sufrimiento y la muerte de las personas que se enferman después de recibir la vacuna contra covid, lo que amenaza con socavar la campaña de vacunación más grande en la historia de los Estados Unidos. En algunos casos, están… Read More »Activistas antivacunas difunden falsas teorías de que las dosis de covid son letales
Cuando los hospitales de todo el país luchan contra la nueva ola de la pandemia, no son camas ni ventiladores lo que escasean. Son las personas que cuidan de los enfermos. Pero existe mano de obra altamente calificada de médicos, enfermeras y otros trabajadores de… Read More »Estados permiten contratar profesionales de salud extranjeros por la pandemia
Anti-vaccine groups are exploiting the suffering and death of people who happen to fall ill after receiving a covid shot, threatening to undermine the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history. In some cases, anti-vaccine activists are fabricating stories of deaths that never occurred. “This is… Read More »Anti-Vaccine Activists Peddle Theories That Covid Shots Are Deadly, Undermining Vaccination
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. As hospitals nationwide struggle with the latest covid-19 surge, it’s not so much beds or ventilators in short supply. It’s the people to care for the sick. Yet a large, highly skilled workforce of foreign-educated doctors,… Read More »Amid Covid Health Worker Shortage, Foreign-Trained Professionals Sit on Sidelines
This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, under growing pressure to jump-start a faltering covid-19 vaccine rollout, jetted to Los Angeles on Jan. 15 to unveil a massive new vaccination site at Dodger Stadium… Read More »Vaccine Ramp-Up Squeezes Covid Testing and Tracing
During the 52nd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 24.6 million total cases and 410,100 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.
A new Policy Watch, Early State Vaccination Data Raise Warning Flags for Racial Equity, explores the latest state-reported data on vaccination by race/ethnicity available on KFF’s COVID-19 state data and policy tracker. As of January 19, 2021, 17 states were reporting some vaccination data by… Read More »New Resources Track State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity and Examine Demographics of Health Workers
Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information
Despite Optimism about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Future, Half Say They are Frustrated with the Current Situation and Nearly a Quarter are Angry While older Americans are a high-priority group for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds that, among those who… Read More »Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to a poll released Friday. Nearly 6 in 10 people 65… Read More »Covid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shots
This KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds many people, including older adults and essential workers, do not have enough information about where and when to receive a vaccine. It also looks at views of vaccine distribution and the federal and state efforts.
Across states, data to understand access to and uptake of the vaccine by race/ethnicity and other demographic factors will be central to efforts to ensure equity. KFF is compiling and will regularly update state-reported data on vaccination by race/ethnicity through its COVID-19 state data and… Read More »Early State Vaccination Data Raise Warning Flags for Racial Equity
This analysis updates the approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines based on revised federal guidance and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort.… Read More »The COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Line Continues to Change as States Make Further Updates
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Joe Biden wasted no time getting down to work. Among the raft of executive orders he signed on Inauguration Day were several aimed at curtailing the covid crisis, including one requiring mask-wearing by federal… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Biden Health Agenda
This analysis provides an overview of demographic characteristics and health insurance coverage of health care workers with direct patient contact, including those working in hospital and long-term care settings.
This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR, WLRN and KHN. It can be republished for free. Little Havana is a neighborhood in Miami that, until the pandemic, was known for its active street life along Calle Ocho, including live music venues, ventanitas serving Cuban coffee… Read More »Door to Door in Miami’s Little Havana to Build Trust in Testing, Vaccination
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Joe Biden on Wednesday took the oath to become the 46th president of the United States, vowing to bring the nation together in the midst of an ongoing pandemic that has claimed more than 400,000 lives,… Read More »Biden Takes the Reins, Calls for a United Front Against Covid and Other Threats
Está en la naturaleza de los candidatos presidenciales y de los flamantes presidentes: prometer grandes cosas. Apenas unos meses antes de su juramentación en 1961, el presidente John F. Kennedy prometió que iba a enviar un hombre a la luna antes de que terminara la… Read More »Biden prometió 100 millones de vacunas de covid en 100 días. No será fácil de cumplir
This story also ran on PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. It’s in the nature of presidential candidates and new presidents to promise big things. Just months after his 1961 inauguration, President John F. Kennedy vowed to send a man to the moon by… Read More »Biden’s Covid Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won’t Be Easy.
By the time he tested positive for covid-19 on Jan. 12, Gary Herritz was feeling pretty sick. He suspects he was infected a week earlier, during a medical appointment in which he saw health workers who were wearing masks beneath their noses or who had… Read More »Patients Fend for Themselves to Access Highly Touted Covid Antibody Treatments
Black Americans are receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans in the first weeks of the chaotic rollout, according to a new KHN analysis. About 3% of Americans have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine so far. But in… Read More »Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans
During the 51st week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 23.3 million total cases and 388,700 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.
Como médica de emergencias, la doctora Eugenia South fue parte del primer grupo de personas en recibir la vacuna contra covid. Tuvo su segunda dosis a principios de enero, incluso antes que el presidente electo Joe Biden. Así y todo, South dice que no tiene… Read More »Covid: 5 razones para seguir usando máscara después de vacunarse
The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus. As of Thursday, more than 4.7 million doses of… Read More »CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes
California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed public health backlash on WABE’s “Did You Wash Your Hands?” on Jan. 5. Click here to hear Barry-Jester on WABE Read Barry-Jester’s “Pandemic Backlash Jeopardizes Public Health Powers, Leaders“ KHN Colorado correspondent Rae Ellen Bichell dissected how… Read More »Journalists Examine How Covid Polarizes Communities
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Dr. Monte Junker, an Oregon dentist, is waiting for his turn to get vaccinated for covid even though he considers himself a front-line health worker. “If they offered it to me today, I would be there,”… Read More »Geography Is Destiny: Dentists’ Access to Covid Shots Depends on Where They Live
As an emergency physician, Dr. Eugenia South was in the first group of people to receive a covid vaccine. She received her second dose last week — even before President-elect Joe Biden. Yet South said she’s in no rush to throw away her face mask.… Read More »5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The reverberations from the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump continue. A broad array of business groups, including many from the health industry, are halting contributions to Republicans… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Capitol Hill, Actions Have Consequences
A new analysis of KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey data finds that most Hispanic adults across the country want to get a COVID-19 vaccine at some point though younger adults are more hesitant, in part because of lower confidence that it is safe and effective.… Read More »Most Hispanic Adults Lean Towards Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine, But Many Younger Adults are Hesitant
Based on data from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, this poll finding explores attitudes among Hispanic Americans toward the coronavirus and a generational gap in willingness to get a potential vaccine.
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USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. In these first lumbering weeks of the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan has had a battlefront view of a daunting logistical operation. Vaishampayan is the health officer in Stanislaus County, an almond-growing… Read More »California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. For weeks, doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. “When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?” these patients want to know. “And where?” Frustration… Read More »Vaccination Disarray Leaves Seniors Confused About When They Can Get a Shot
For Heather Suri, a registered nurse in Virginia, the race to vaccinate Americans against covid has thrown up some unprecedented obstacles. The vaccines themselves are delicate and require a fair bit of focus over time. Consider Moderna’s instructions for preparing its doses: Select the number… Read More »Delicate Covid Vaccines Slow Rollout — Leading to Shots Given Out of Turn or, Worse, Wasted
This brief provides an overview of key issues to consider for reaching noncitizen immigrants as part of COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Dr. Andrew Carroll — a family doctor in Chandler, Arizona — wants to help his patients get immunized against covid, so he paid more than $4,000 to buy an ultra-low-temperature freezer from eBay needed to store the Pfizer vaccine. But he’s not sure he’ll get… Read More »Feeling Left Out: Private Practice Doctors, Patients Wonder When It’s Their Turn for Vaccine
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Last week, after finishing inoculations of some front-line hospital staff, Jupiter Medical Center was left with 40 doses of precious covid vaccine. So, officials offered shots to the South Florida hospital’s board of directors and their… Read More »Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness
In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories… Read More »Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, KFF President Drew Altman calls for a simplification of the troubled COVID-19 vaccine distribution system.
In his latest Axios column, Drew Altman looks at the challenge of vaccine hesitancy in rural America and its implications. One of them: a highly tailored outreach campaign is needed. “Addressing this hesitancy will require convincing rural Americans about the seriousness of the pandemic, and… Read More »The Challenge of Vaccine Hesitancy In Rural America
USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The coronavirus pandemic doomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plans last year to combat homelessness, expand behavioral health services and create a state agency to control soaring health care costs. But even as the… Read More »California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says
A new KFF analysis examines the different approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort. Based on… Read More »New Analysis Takes In-Depth Look at How States are Prioritizing Who Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine
This analysis examines the different approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort. It includes a state… Read More »The COVID-19 “Vaccination Line”: An Update on State Prioritization Plans