US falls short of Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 vaccine goal

The United States remains still millions of shots away from meeting President Biden’s original goal of 70% of American adults receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, a milestone that White House officials conceded late last month that they were likely to miss by at least a few weeks. Now as some of the […]

Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine in cancer patients, survivors studied

Cancer treatment can affect the immune system, which can leave patients susceptible to infections. Many medical groups recommend most cancer patients and survivors receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are some questions about the effectiveness of the shot for this group. Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have launched a study to […]

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

U.S. regulators on Monday expanded the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12, offering a way to protect the nation’s adolescents before they head back to school in the fall and paving the way for them to return to more normal activities. Shots could begin as soon as Thursday, after a […]

Naples theater offers COVID-19 vaccine as supply outpaces demand

Fewer people are scrambling to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Demand has fallen off over the last few weeks in Southwest Florida. And one study has found vaccine supply is outpacing demand. Experts say between 70 and 80% of the population needs to be vaccinated before herd immunity kicks in. The goal now is to make […]

Governor DeSantis unhappy with federal Johnson & Johnson vaccine response

Governor DeSantis expressed his displeasure with the federal government during a press conference in Lakeland, FL on Friday. DeSantis says their message involving vaccines is horrific. He cites putting the J&J vaccine on hold and asking people to double-mask and prime examples of what is wrong at the federal level. The governor says he’s been […]

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. It’s a heartbreaking reality that experts acknowledged was always likely to occur. Thousands of shots have been wasted in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio and many other states. The reasons vary […]

More CVS stores to carry vaccine, DeSantis announces during news conference in Lehigh Acres

The governor announced the expansion of vaccine availability at CVS pharmacies across the state, including here in Southwest Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at a CVS in Lehigh Acres. 76 more CVS pharmacies will begin vaccinating Floridians. Signups will begin on Thursday for appointments starting Friday. Visit to register […]

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Official: Merck to help produce rival J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine

Drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly, the White House said Tuesday. The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose vaccine. Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine […]

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has killed […]

Women dress up as elderly people to get vaccines

Two young women pose as grandmothers to get a first-dose COVID-19 vaccine

Two young women posed as elderly people and were able to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. But they were caught after trying to get their second in Orange County. Now, there are procedures in place to make sure this doesn’t happen in Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, this is what it’s come to. “This is the […]