COVID-19 vaccine

Rachel Herlihy

No mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases, but officials urge vaccination

BY: - August 2, 2021

Like many other states, Colorado is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as students prepare to return to school. But state and local leaders who gave public briefings on Monday appeared unlikely to impose new mask mandates or limit capacity at businesses and events anytime soon. From July 26 through Aug. 1, […]

Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured

BY: - June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have instructed Maryland’s Emergent BioSolutions to scrap some batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substance manufactured at the company’s troubled Baltimore plant, while clearing a small portion to be used in the U.S. or sent abroad.  Two batches of the J&J vaccine substance made in Baltimore were deemed “suitable […]


Masks off: The nuance behind the CDC’s controversial decision

BY: - May 19, 2021

In other times, a “masks off” announcement might have been celebrated. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped straight into controversy. The confusion was palpable. Debates immediately spun out over whether the CDC’s decision to remove masks was backed by science. Some experts quickly condemned the decision. The largest nurses’ union came out […]


HIV/AIDS vaccine: Why don’t we have one after 37 years, when we have several for COVID-19 after a few months?

BY: - May 18, 2021

“HIV/AIDS vaccine: Why don’t we have one after 37 years, when we have several for COVID-19 after a few months?” originally appeared at The Conversation. Smallpox has been eradicated from the face of the Earth following a highly effective, worldwide vaccination campaign. Paralytic poliomyelitis is no longer a problem in the U.S. because of development […]

You can toss your mask if you’re vaccinated, Colorado officials say

BY: - May 14, 2021

A news briefing from Gov. Jared Polis on Friday had a beginning-of-the-end flavor as he announced a shift in Colorado to a largely mask-free new phase of the pandemic. At one point, Polis said, “The pandemic is not yet over, but if you are vaccinated it is largely over for you.” Based on new guidance […]

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel was affirmed swiftly by the agency’s […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents only need to come downstairs.  And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]


Anti-vaxxers and the never-ending pandemic

BY: - May 6, 2021

In 2020, American taxpayers poured over $700 billion into the Department of Defense. At the same time, nearly 600,000 Americans died of a virus within our borders. It’s a telling equation of American priorities and the perception of freedom. This imbalance has been the mantra of a selfish minority of so-called patriots for the entire […]

States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus.  […]

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University of Colorado should mandate COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - April 28, 2021

Editor’s note: The University of Colorado system announced on the afternoon of April 28, 2021 — hours after this commentary published — that it would require all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before the 2021 fall semester, as columnist Trish Zornio called for in the below commentary. CU was joined by […]

Cases, hospitalizations rise as Gov. Polis pleads for Coloradans to get COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - April 27, 2021

Infections are going up. Hospitalizations are going up. And Coloradans should get vaccinated as soon as possible, because the vaccines work. That was the message Gov. Jared Polis conveyed during a Tuesday news briefing, during which he shared what he termed “pretty bleak numbers for our state.” The virus has killed 6,414 people in Colorado. […]