2VIDA! Tackles COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Barriers in Latinx, Black Communities

UC San Diego is collaborating with San Ysidro Health on an NIH-funded outreach program to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Latinx and African American communities. The team runs pop-up vaccination sites across San Diego, and goes door-to-door to homes and local businesses to spread awareness.

Cancer Guidelines Organization Supports Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Workers

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee calls for healthcare workforce vaccine requirements to assure healthcare community is doing all it can to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

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

The study enrolled 120 transplant patients between May 25th and June 3rd. None of them had COVID previously and all of them had received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Half of the participants received a third shot of the vaccine (at the 2-month mark after their second dose) and the other half received placebo.
The primary outcome was based on antibody level greater than 100 U/ml against the spike protein of the virus. In the placebo group – after three doses (where the third dose was placebo), the response rate was only 18% whereas in the Moderna three-dose group, the response rate was 55%.

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

The study enrolled 120 transplant patients between May 25th and June 3rd. None of them had COVID previously and all of them had received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Half of the participants received a third shot of the vaccine (at the 2-month mark after their second dose) and the other half received placebo. The primary outcome was based on antibody level greater than 100 U/ml against the spike protein of the virus. In the placebo group – after three doses (where the third dose was placebo), the response rate was only 18% whereas in the Moderna three-dose group, the response rate was 55%.

Vaccine Hesitancy and Pregnancy: @UCSDHealth expert on why you should get the COVID-19 shot

With recent statewide vaccination mandates, members of the public may have questions or concerns about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination, especially in pregnant mothers. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, professor and chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UC…

Response to COVID-19 Vaccines Varies Widely in Blood Cancer Patients

Patients with a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma had a widely variable response to COVID-19 vaccines—in some cases, no detectable response—pointing to the need for antibody testing and precautions for these patients after vaccination, according to a study published in Cancer Cell in June.

Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

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Chula to Accelerate Research on “Rutin” — An Herbal Extract Against COVID-19

Chula researchers have found that “rutin” extract from orange peel can kill the COVID-19 virus. They are developing it into drugs while pointing out that drug research is still necessary along with vaccine research and suggesting that Thai people should adjust their views on herbs to create added value.

Who Has a Right to Ask if You’re Vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccination has become a lightning rod for controversy over “vaccine passports” and claims of violations of medical privacy or individual rights. But as two experts explain, there’s a long history of efforts to protect the health of others by requiring individuals to provide proof of vaccination or of a past infection, or seek a medical or religious exception.

Rutgers Expert Addresses Questions on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout and Variant Issues

Stanley H. Weiss, an epidemiologist in infectious and chronic diseases, and a professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rutgers School of Public Health, talks about vaccine side effects, the hesitancy that still exists and why it is important to get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

Most young people eager for COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows

As older teens and young adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination across the country, and younger teens await their turn, new survey data suggest a strong readiness that has grown since fall. But just as with older generations, a shrinking but still sizable minority of people age 14 to 24 say they’re not willing to get vaccinated, or that their decision will depend on safety.

New Report: Vaccine Hesitancy and Acceptance Among Parents

A new report shows parents are more vaccine hesitant and resistant than non-parents (in terms of willingness to vaccinate themselves) across all socioeconomic and demographic groups compared. This pattern is largely driven by younger mothers, who are far more vaccine resistant than younger women who are not mothers. Older parents and fathers show little difference from their non-parent peers.

Endocrine Society joins ASBMR and other bone health organizations to provide guidance on COVID-19 vaccine and osteoporosis

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed, the world’s leading bone health research, clinical, and patient advocacy organizations ASBMR, Endocrine Society, AACE, ECTS, NOF, and IOF provide recommendations to assist clinicians in managing osteoporosis treatments for their patients who plan to get vaccinated. The full guidance document with supporting evidence is available at https://www.asbmr.org/about/statement-detail/joint-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-osteoporosis

ACR COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Recommends Vaccination, Addresses Immunosuppressant Drugs & Patient Concerns

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary that provides an official recommendation to vaccinate rheumatology patients with musculoskeletal, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Important considerations and caveats on how to approach vaccination are included for patients with high disease activity and/or those taking immunosuppressant treatments.

Ironing out supply chain kinks key to faster COVID vaccine rollout, expert says

Kinks in new production and distribution supply chains are why COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States have been sluggish finding their way into people’s arms, says an expert in logistics and supply chains at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

NCCN Shares New Guidance Principles for Vaccinating People with Cancer Against COVID-19

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network put out new guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations in people with cancer, based on available evidence plus consensus from top hematology and oncology experts with particular expertise in infectious diseases, vaccine development and delivery, and medical ethics.

COVID Vaccine: Focus on Distribution Speed Over Allocation Prioritization, says Supply Chain Systems Expert

University of Maryland Professor Emeritus Michael O. Ball, a researcher and expert on supply chain management and system reliability, is available to discuss his position that perfect adherence to COVID vaccine allocation prioritization “is not the most desirable way to…

LifeBridge Health Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations of Front-line Caregivers

LifeBridge Health has begun to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to front-line healthcare workers. The first doses of the newly approved Pfizer COVID vaccine arrived at LifeBridge Health on December 17 with 24 team members receiving the vaccine that afternoon at Sinai Hospital.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Releases Guidance on Risk of Allergic Reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

With the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by the FDA on December 11, 2020, and distribution beginning today, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force recommends the following guidance related to risk of an allergic reaction on vaccination for those who receive the vaccine.

Over half of adults over 50 say they’ll get vaccinated against COVID-19, but many will want to wait, poll finds

A new poll of adults ages 50 to 80 suggests that achieving the widespread vaccination against COVID-19 needed to protect this high-risk group and end the pandemic will be an uphill climb, and require clear, transparent communication from health providers and others.

What We Know: Mount Sinai to Host COVID-19 Research Symposium

The COVID-19 Research Symposium, hosted by the Mount Sinai Clinical Intelligence Center (MSCIC), is a one-day comprehensive review of advances in research by the Mount Sinai Health System to better understand and treat the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

New York State Department of Health Grants Emergency Use Authorization to Mount Sinai for Quantitative COVID-19 Antibody Test

The Clinical Laboratories of The Mount Sinai Hospital has received emergency use authorization from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for quantitative use of Mount Sinai’s COVID-19 antibody test, making Mount Sinai’s lab the first in the country to run an authorized, fully quantitative antibody test that can deliver a precise numeric measurement of the level of antibodies in a patient’s blood

Mount Sinai study finds SARS-CoV-2 induces robust antibody responses stable for at least 3 months

Research from the Mount Sinai Health System, just posted to pre-print server MedRxiv (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.14.20151126v1), shows that the vast majority (more than 90%) of infected individuals with mild-to-moderate COVID 19 experience robust IgG antibody responses against the viral spike protein. The researchers also show…

Expert available to speak about legal response to fraudulent COVID-19 cures and treatments

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: May 14, 2020 | 12:36 pm | SHARE: As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to increase, one Florida State University researcher said the number of people looking to profit from the misfortune by offering false, unproven cures is also on the rise. There is no known cure for COVID-19 but Chad Marzen, associate professor of law in the FSU College of Business, said that hasn’t stopped opportunists from looking to capitalize off people’s fears.