Both Lee Health and NCH caring for record numbers of COVID-19 patients

Two hospital systems in Southwest Florida are shattering records with the numbers of COVID-19 patients each is caring for. On Monday, Lee Health announced its treating 629 COVID-19 patients across its hospitals, which is the most it has ever had. Eight of those patients are children. 72 people are on ventilators and 94 are in […]

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s mobile pediatric vaccination clinic schedule

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Mobile Pediatric Vaccination Clinic will be making stops around Southwest Florida next week to vaccinate children 12 years old and older for COVID-19. The Mobile Pediatric Vaccination Clinic is walk-up only, and there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be Pfizer. * Indicates that this spot is primarily for […]

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First Team: Las Vegas Raiders to make fans prove they’ve been vaccinated

Large events held in Nevada can add themselves to the growing number of places in the U.S. where people in crowds are asked to prove they have been inoculated against COVID-19, the governor said Monday. Hours after the announcement, the Las Vegas Raiders went public with a plan made possible by the new directive to require […]

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Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards worry college officials

As the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, a growing number of colleges and universities are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students to attend in-person classes. But the new mandate has opened the door for those opposed to getting the vaccine to cheat the system, according to interviews with students, education and […]

Fauci hopeful COVID vaccines get full OK by FDA within weeks

The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Sunday that he was hopeful the Food and Drug Administration will give full approval to the coronavirus vaccine by month’s end and predicted the potential move will spur a wave of vaccine mandates in the private sector as well as schools and universities. The […]

NCH doctors: Misinformation fueling COVID surge

Desperate and emotional, doctors with a Southwest Florida health system are pleading for people to come together in a critical moment. “Everybody keeps asking me ‘What can I do? What can I do to help?’ I say just go get the vaccine… we are having people die… and it is getting harder to come to […]

Graham says he told Trump to ‘speak up’ on COVID vaccines

As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the South Carolina Republican called “the antidote to the virus that’s wreaking havoc on our hospitals.” “I’ve urged him to be aggressive […]

FDOH to host mobile vaccine clinics in Hendry County

The Florida Department of Health is holding mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Hendry County. Walk-in clinics will be held in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven, and you can choose from the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for ages 18 and older. The clinic will also provide free […]

Mobile vaccine clinic for kids to visit Immokalee, 2 Lee County neighborhoods

School starts in just a few weeks, and the push is on to make sure kids aged 12 and older get the COVID-19 vaccine before hitting the halls. To help, Golisano Children’s Hospital will have a mobile vaccine clinic on Sunday in Immokalee. Those between the ages of 12 and 15 aren’t getting vaccinated at […]

Drug companies refocusing efforts on vaccines, leading to other shortages

The vaccine rollout effort has disrupted the medicine supply chain. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is now reporting shortages of birth control after the company reorganized its priorities to producing COVID-19 shots. For more than 40 years, Cypress Pharmacy has helped people get the medical care they need, but this year, it’s harder. “There’s been instances where […]