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Department of Health Collier offers vaccine appointments

The Department of Health in Collier County announced it will administer first-dose Moderna vaccines next week. The appointment registration system opened on Friday. To make an appointment, click here. The appointments run from Monday, April 19 to Friday, April 23 at North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall at 15000 Livingston Road. The appointment is a […]

COVID vaccine found highly effective in real-world US study

The U.S government’s first look at the real-world use of COVID-19 vaccines found their effectiveness was nearly as robust as it was in controlled studies. The two vaccines available since December – Pfizer and Moderna – were 90% effective after two doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. In testing, the vaccines […]

More vaccines heading to Florida as part of federal retail pharmacy program

We learned Monday vaccines are heading to more Florida pharmacies this week. The federal program is sending those doses directly to certain big box stores. According to CDC website, companies will take part in the federal retail pharmacy program. Florida will be limited to three of the participating stores at least to start. It includes […]

Immunity could last at least 1 year after second COVID-19 vaccine dose, researchers say

Researchers are trying to pin down how long the coronavirus vaccine will protect people. We looked at the research for the Moderna vaccine and what it means for getting people’s lives back to normal. Researchers say, even after the second dose, there’s no data that proves immunity will last into 2022. “From what we’ve seen […]

22 Publix stores to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

Seniors living in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 while shopping at Publix, under an agreement Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration reached with the Florida-based supermarket chain. The state is directing 15,000 vaccine doses to 22 Publix stores across the three Central Florida counties as the administration works to […]

2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in US ships out

Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. left a distribution center Sunday, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. The trucks left the Memphis-area factory with the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The much-needed shots are expected […]

Lee Health expects to get vaccine, says absence on list was miscommunication

NOTE: No COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to the general public on request. Health experts are meeting to review the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, which could get FDA approval as soon as Friday. A government advisory panel has endorsed the biotechnology company’s COVID-19 vaccine. Once it’s approved, the vaccine will be going to the biggest […]

2nd COVID-19 vaccine set for OK in US with panel endorsement

A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the vaccine from Moderna and the National Institutes of Health. The FDA advisers, in a 20-0 vote, agreed the […]

SWFL health systems look toward receiving COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed in its first phases nationwide. We looked at the time frame for major health systems in Southwest Florida to receive it. Lee Health in Lee County says Monday it expects to get the coronavirus vaccine next week. The health system will give it to staff in the […]

Doctors say getting a COVID-19 vaccine safer than banking on natural immunity

Many of us may have different reasons for being worried about a COVID-19 vaccine, but doctors say people are best served getting it rather than hoping natural immunity will serve them better. That’s a message from doctors as well as people who’ve had the virus. The United States could be days away from a COVID-19 […]