When can kids get the COVID-19 vaccine? A pediatrician answers 5 key questions

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Both Moderna and Pfizer are testing the vaccine in children now. A big question among parents and teachers as more schools reopen is when their kids will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Some have wondered whether the vaccine is even necessary for children. Dr. James Wood , a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases, explains what doctors know today about the risk children face of getting and spreading the coronavirus and when vaccines might be available. Read Full Story

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‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question

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Operation Warp Speed successfully helped develop a vaccine in record time, but it did not develop a plan for last-mile delivery—and Americans’ lives are at stake. After months of darkness, the nation received a glimmer of light as pictures of frontline workers getting vaccinations hit social media. But that small ray of light is dimming as nearly all states struggle to administer the vaccine with no federally coordinated rollout plan, and faulty technology guiding their efforts. Read Full Story

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Will you need a COVID-19 vaccine to fly?

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‘Immunity passports’ might be coming to air travel—but should they? Airlines have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic with policies on face masks, keeping middle seats empty, and requiring evidence of a negative coronavirus test before heading to some destinations. So when the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are rolled out in the coming months, will you have to prove your immunization to board a plane? Read Full Story

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How many people need to be vaccinated before COVID-19 transmission starts to drop?

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Experts say at least 50% of the U.S. likely needs to be vaccinated before the infection rate starts to change. But there are more complicated factors to consider. As with the many other questions that still remain about the coronavirus, no one is precisely sure of the answer to one of the key questions: how many people will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity—the threshold at which there are enough people immunized that it indirectly protects the rest of the yet-unvaccinated public—and fully end the pandemic. In December, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci estimated that the cutoff was at least 75%, and closer to 85% . Read Full Story

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This handy state-by-state COVID vaccine planner lets you see when you can get your shot

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Comcast NBCUniversal has launched a new website to help people find exactly what they need to know about getting the vaccine in their own state. Information about the COVID-19 vaccine is coming at us fast and furiously. Updates about availability, eligibility, and other factors determine who can get it soon and who has to wait. Multiply that out by 50, because each state is handling their own vaccine distribution. Read Full Story

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When will COVID-19 vaccines and treatments be ready? Follow this tracker to see

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Updated daily at 12 Eastern, you can now see the progress worldwide researchers are making to fight the coronavirus There are currently no COVID-19 vaccines and no recognized treatments, but as the coronavirus pandemic continues, with more than 200,000 cases worldwide, scientists are busy at work looking for those answers. To keep track of those developments, and to reassure the public that these efforts are underway, nonprofit Milken Institute has launched a COVID-19 treatment and vaccine tracker. Read Full Story

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Tech giants want to help you prove you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19

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Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, and electronic health record companies Epic and Cerner are all getting behind a single standard for vaccine certification. Before people can return to work, school, or travel, they may soon have to prove that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. In order to both coordinate and track vaccination, a coalition of tech companies have come together to design an open-source standard for vaccination records that makes them portable between healthcare providers and certifies a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. Read Full Story

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine by volunteering

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As vaccination sites expand, states need volunteers to help with the logistics of vaccinating the masses. Psssst. Are you eagerly seeking a COVID-19 vaccine but are not yet eligible in your state? There’s one possible path to getting that priceless stab in your arm that you can feel good about: Volunteering at a vaccination site, which could make you a frontline worker and therefore immediately eligible. Read Full Story

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