Some vaccine sites operating far below capacity in Alabama

While about 1.4 million people in Alabama have received at least one dose, Alabama is last nationally in its immunization rate.

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  Nevada woman, 18, ‘improving slowly’ from seizures, brain clots after J&J vaccine

  Family at a loss after buying dream home that former tenant refuses to leave

  Alabama governor visits EAMC community COVID-19 vaccine clinic

COVID-19 hospitalizations up 20% in Alabama in 10 days

  EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

Gov. Kay Ivey to visit EAMC COVID-19 vaccination clinic

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  US warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

  Health officials say you don’t need another vaccine if you got Johnson & Johnson

State health officials giving Pfizer vaccine to J&J providers during vaccine pause, but it could lead to vaccine waste

  ADPH: 180-190 Alabamians tested positive after COVID-19 vaccinations

Baptist Health offers to cover those who missed Montgomery second dose clinic

  COVID over-cleaning: Don’t forget about mask wearing, social distancing

  CDC to meet Friday to discuss J&J COVID vaccine pause

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is in limbo in the U.S. after federal health advisers said last week they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot.

  Montgomery holds second-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic Monday

A second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic is being held Monday.

  Police: Man dragged, assaulted officer after mask demand

The suspect faces multiple assault charges for allegedly hitting the officer with a rescue hammer and a store employee with a piece of lumber.

  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday.

  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

  Health officials say children ages 12-15 will be crucial in reaching herd immunity

  Law firm gives meals to Baptist Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic workers

ADPH: Current hospitalizations lowest since April 2020 as COVID-19 vaccination distribution expands

Budweiser is offering free beer for COVID-19 vaccine recipients

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The new effort, which relies on money approved by Congress as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, aims to break what experts say is a feast-or-famine cycle in U.S. preparedness for biological threats, of which the coronavirus is only one example.

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

The company is teaming up with medical researchers to see if its devices can predict early signs of respiratory illnesses, like the flu or coronavirus.

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

Lee County School District no longer requiring masks since state mandate ended

While most East Alabama school districts are still requiring masks for students and staff, the Lee County School District is not.

COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held in Chilton County

The Alabama Department of Public Health will be holding a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Chilton County.

  Alabama veterans homes expand COVID-19 vaccination program

There are major changes in the state’s four veterans homes to help win the battle against COVID-19.

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

  Alabama temporarily pauses J&J COVID-19 vaccine out of caution

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said Alabama will follow federal recommendations and temporarily halt use of the vaccine while several cases of blood clots are investigated.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

  Children’s of Alabama approved as new COVID-19 vaccine study site for young children

Children’s of Alabama has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine study site for young children.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ community project reflects on pandemic

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is displaying its new Community Togetherness Project: “Art for Our Future” which reflects on the COVID-19 health pandemic.

  State Health Officer says no problems with J&J vaccine in Alabama

Several COVID-19 vaccine clinics have had to shut down in at least four states after people had adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine leading some to wonder about the safety of the shot.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

Alabama senior centers can reopen beginning April 19

Senior centers are allowed to reopen for indoor activities beginning Monday, April 19, 2021.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

Health experts say we won’t reach heard immunity until younger age groups get vaccinated

Local health officials are worried not enough young people will get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Virus recovery funds to promote tourism on Alabama coast

Beach season is heating up, and Alabama’s coast is getting federal money to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

Health officials say COVID-19 vaccine is the solution to variant strains

"The virus is in a race with us and it is trying to find a way to survive.."

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  FEMA accepting COVID-19 funeral assistance applications starting Monday

To be eligible for funeral assistance, the death must have occurred in the U.S. and the death certificate must indicate the death was because of COVID-19.

  Alabamians react to statewide mask mandate lifting

In downtown Prattville, some families were eager to get out and enjoy a Friday night mask-free.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

Ala. National Guard to begin 2nd dose clinics, offer Johnson & Johnson vaccine

As the Alabama National Guard wraps up their primary dose clinics, they will start revisiting each county they originally went to so they can offer second-dose clinics next week.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

Experts say seek COVID testing if you feel symptoms, even if vaccinated

With only a portion of the state vaccinated, testing is still important.

  State health officer discusses latest on COVID-19 cases, vaccines

More than half the states in the U.S. are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, but Alabama is not one of those. However, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said it’s still a little too early to say that we’ve won the battle.

Selma mayor planning new COVID-19 ordinance

Mayor James Perkins said the ordinance will likely include more restrictions that what’s in Gov. Kay Ivey’s new Safer Apart health order, which goes into effect on April 9,

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  CDC says you can ease up on disinfectants

Instead of scrubbing everything down with disinfectant, you can use plain old soap and water.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Hundreds of air purifiers coming to Selma City Schools

School district leaders say this is an attempt to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 even more.

  Russell Co. ranks last statewide for percentage of people vaccinated, according to ADPH dashboard

Statewide, Russell County is last when it comes to the percentage of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to ADPH’s vaccine dashboard.

Some cities, school systems to still require masks after state mandate expires

While Alabama’s mask mandate expires Friday, some cities and school systems say they will continue to require mask-wearing.

  Alabama moves to Safer Apart COVID-19 order

Alabama will transition from an amended Safer at Home order to a new Safer Apart Order on April 9, the day the state’s mask mandate expires,

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

More younger people are being hospitalized with COVID-19

Younger people are now ending up in hospitals around the state and country. It’s a big shift from before.