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A vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Study says Johnson & Johnson vaccine immune response is lower but more durable than Pfizer and Moderna

The findings, published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine, come from a study of a few dozen people at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which analyzed blood samples of fully vaccinated people.

Kindergarten students at the Osborn School, in Rye, N.Y.

States can order COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week, US health officials say

To help states and cities prepare, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week sent out a seven-page document with guidance on how to set up expanded vaccination programs.

From left: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine tracker: Updates on booster shots and timelines for children

On Thursday an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration recommended the Moderna booster for people over 65 and adults at high risk of severe COVID-19. On Friday, the same panel voted to recommend a Johnson & Johnson booster for all adults at least two months after their primary shot.

A coronavirus vaccination being prepared.

Sunday deadline looms for thousands of Mass. state workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations or risk being fired

The vaccine mandate, announced by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Aug. 19, applies to about 42,000 executive department employees and 2,000 contractors for executive department agencies who must prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk being suspended or fired.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses at a vaccination site at Hammons Field in Missouri.

Moderna shares sink after report of FDA delaying decision on children’s vaccine

The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, that the FDA is delaying a decision on allowing younger people to receive the vaccine over concerns about heart-related side effects.

COVID is shaving years off life expectancy in sun belt, great plains

COVID-19 has cut more than two years from life expectancy in 16 US states in the past year, with the worst damage concentrated in the Sun Belt and the Great Plains.

Travelers in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

US to allow vaccinated foreigners to enter from Nov. 8

The US will open its borders to vaccinated foreign travelers on Nov. 8, a White House official said, a move that will expand travel options for those who’ve gotten their shots and clamp down on those who haven’t.

A nearly full moon rises over the main drag that leads to Stillwater Medical Center in Stillwater, Okla., Sept.21, 2021.

48 hours to live: An Oklahoma hospital’s rush to find an ICU bed for a COVID patient

Oklahoma was on the cusp of a summer surge that would peak Aug. 30, with new cases averaging about 2,800 a day. Intensive care unit admissions soared to an all-time high during the first two weeks of August, at a time when the average length of stay for a covid patient increased significantly, overwhelming ICUs.

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