Almost 4,000 Fully Vaccinated People in Massachusetts Have Tested Positive for COVID
Nearly 4,000 fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts have tested positive for COVID-19, according to recent data from the state Department of Public Health.
The number of breakthrough cases in the state has been infrequent so far — accounting for approximately one in 1,000 vaccinated people.
As of June 12, there were 3,791 coronavirus cases among the more than 3.7 million fully vaccinated individuals in Massachusetts, reports said.
Pfizer COVID Vaccine Linked to Rare Blood Clot Disorder, Israeli Researchers Say
Israeli researchers on Monday said they discovered a link between Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare blood disease.
Scientists with the Institute of Hematology at Shamir Medical Center said they began researching the possible link after reports of a sudden increase in TTP across Israel — four cases detected in one month compared to two or three cases per year.
‘Likely’ Link Between Heart Inflammation and Pfizer, Moderna COVID Vaccines, Says CDC Advisory Committee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said Wednesday there is a “likely association” of “mild” heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults after vaccination with an mRNA COVID vaccine and a warning statement is warranted.
According to a report by the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group, the risk of myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination with the mRNA-based shots in adolescents and young adults is notably higher after the second dose and in males.
Exclusive: Teen Suffers Severe Heart Damage After Second Pfizer Dose, Mother Says Hospital ‘Clueless’ About Reporting to VAERS
Laura Mallozzi’s 18-year-old son, David, was hospitalized with myocarditis on June 10 — two days after his second dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.
According to Mallozzi, David, from Indiana, felt pressured at work by his employer and co-workers to get vaccinated.
“They were uncomfortable that he wasn’t vaccinated,” she said. “So he got the COVID vaccine without telling me.”
COVID Delta Variant Reignites Fear — How Real Is the Threat?
According to the regional director of the European office of the World Health Organization, Hans Henri Kluge, a new coronavirus variant called “Delta” (its scientific name being B.1.617.2 and originating in India) is “poised to take hold” in Europe, which may necessitate renewed lockdowns.
In a June 10 article, The Hill reported that the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant “can spread quickly and infect those who have received one of two vaccine doses at higher rates than the fully vaccinated.”
According to Kluge, Europe is facing the same situation as they did back in the winter of 2020, when cases rapidly rose, resulting in “a devastating resurgence, lockdowns and loss of life.” “Let’s not make that mistake again,” Kluge said during the press conference.
The Heart of the Matter — COVID Vaccine Reactions in Younger Patients
As the government analyzes heart inflammation in young people after COVID-19 vaccination, scientists are calling on universities to remove their vaccine mandates, pointing out that the vaccines are potentially harmful and are not universally necessary for students.
In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, University of California-Irvine medical ethicist Aaron Kheriaty and University of Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley address the problems with these vaccine mandates, writing, “Schools have for decades required vaccination against infectious diseases, but these mandates are unprecedented—and unethical. Never before have colleges insisted that students or employees receive an experimental vaccine as a condition of attendance or employment.”
Most of Idaho Nursing Home Staffers Have Not Received COVID Vaccine, Federal Data Say
Jen Schneider eagerly awaited the COVID-19 vaccine. Her elderly parents live at Arbor Village at Hillcrest, a Boise assisted living facility, with medical conditions and ages that place them at high risk of severe illness. They were both fully vaccinated early this year — a relief for Schneider.
But shortly after, new fears erupted: Her 84-year-old stepfather told Schneider of unvaccinated staffers who tested positive for COVID-19. He spoke with one employee who told him she would not get vaccinated, Schneider said.
“It feels like we got them across the finish line. We got them vaccinated,” Schneider said. “But then to hear that the staff are unvaccinated — that was just a punch in the gut to be honest.”
They Relied on Chinese COVID Vaccines. Now They’re Battling Outbreaks
New York Times via Seattle Times reported:
Mongolia promised its people a “COVID-free summer.” Bahrain said there would be a “return to normal life.” The tiny island nation of the Seychelles aimed to jump-start its economy.
All three put their faith, at least in part, in easily accessible Chinese-made vaccines, which would allow them to roll out ambitious inoculation programs at a time when much of the world was going without.
But instead of freedom from the coronavirus, all three countries are now battling a surge in infections.
Why Do So Many Los Angeles Cops Refuse COVID Vaccines? Politics, Conspiracy Theories, Distrust, Chief Says
Only around half of Los Angeles Police Department employees have received at least one vaccine dose protecting them against COVID, the chief of police said Tuesday.
That rate lags far behind the general public — as of last week, 67% of L.A. County residents have had at least one dose, according to the most recent numbers from the Department of Public Health. At least 58% were fully vaccinated.
Italy’s Right Seizes on Teen’s Death Linked to Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine
The death of a teenager who developed blood clots after having the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is igniting a political storm in Italy — with most of the fire coming from the right.
At issue is the practice of regional health authorities running vaccination “open days” as a way to get rid of unused Oxford/AstraZeneca doses. Some regions took this route despite a national government recommendation that the jab should “preferably” be used only for those aged over 60, for whom the risk is lower.
Oxford University Explores Anti-Parasitic Drug Ivermectin as COVID Treatment
The University of Oxford said on Wednesday it was testing antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a possible treatment for COVID-19, as part of a British government-backed study that aims to aid recoveries in non-hospital settings.
Ivermectin resulted in a reduction of virus replication in laboratory studies, the university said, adding that a small pilot showed giving the drug early could reduce viral load and the duration of symptoms in some patients with mild COVID-19.
Officials: 1.6% Of COVID Deaths Have Occurred in Breakthrough Cases in 2021
As Illinois prepares to move into Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan, state health officials say that the number of so-called “breakthrough” COVID hospitalizations and deaths remains low among those who have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, a total of 413 fully vaccinated individuals have been hospitalized because of COVID so far in 2021. Of those patients, 106 died either of COVID or from complications related to the virus.
Those 106 deaths represent 1.63% of the total number of coronavirus deaths that the state has confirmed so far in 2021. According to IDPH data, a total of 6,524 residents have passed away due to COVID so far this year, with 23,014 confirmed deaths during the pandemic.
Reporter April Moss Says Bosses Objected to Candace Owens Interview, Vaccine Questions
April Moss, the reporter at a Detroit CBS station who was fired for saying on-air she was planning to accuse her employer of discrimination, says her complaints largely concern coronavirus vaccinations, with a bit of Candace Owens and Gayle King in the mix.
In a video released by James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas late Tuesday, Moss complains that when she suggested interviewing Candace Owens during International Women’s Month, the idea was nixed as “too political,” and she was instead assigned an interview with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun of the Department of Health and Human Services.
When she interviewed Khaldun, Moss asked her to clarify her statement that COVID-19 vaccines prevent the need for hospitalization, since “there have been many studies showing that people have been hospitalized after the vaccine.”
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