FDA Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5 Years Old

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The FDA has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 5 to as young as 6-months – and pending recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control – parents could begin scheduling vaccines for their children as early as next week. The FDA authorized emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.…

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Md. Rolls Out Program To Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations To Children

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About 515,000 more children in Maryland are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday that schools, health departments, pediatricians and pharmacies will receive allocations of the Pfizer vaccine for children. The state’s vaccine equity task force will work to ensure that families in underserved communities will have access to the…

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Del., Md. Advance COVID-19 Vax Booster Programs

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Delaware and Maryland providers of COVID-19 vaccines can start providing booster shots for vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, to certain populations that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The Pfizer vaccine received booster authorization last month. Delaware Public Health officials issued this guidance Friday: Based on CDC recommendations for…

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Coronavirus Booster Vaccinations Begin Next Week in Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties

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At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amendment of the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow specific individuals with compromised immune systems to receive a third additional vaccine dose (booster). Patients should talk to their…

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Del. Tinkers With Plans For 2nd COVID Vaccine Dose

Bayhealth nurse Elisabeth Cote received the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Tuesday in Dover (photo: Delaware Public Health)
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Delaware Public Health is revising the state’s vaccination plans regarding the second dose. The CDC has announced that a second shot could be scheduled 42 days after the first dose, if it’s not possible to meet Pfizer’s recommendation of 21 days or Moderna’s guideline of 28 days. Because of the limited supply, DPH is recommending…

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DE Coronavirus Numbers Rising as Vaccine is Rolled Out

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Following the holidays, Delaware’s coronavirus numbers continue to rise. After 2 days of no deaths from coronavirus – Public Health officials report 7 deaths on Sunday. All range in age from their 60s into their 90s and they all had underlying health conditions. Two were residents of long-term care facilities. Of the 7, 4 were…

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Wicomico Co. Ramps Up Vaccination Program

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Wicomico County, with a rising positivity rate for COVID-19, has begun a vaccination program in accordance with the State of Maryland’s Plan. First to get the vaccine were healthcare front-line staff and first-responders. The Wicomico County Health Department also held drive-through clinics last week for more health workers and first responders. As the county receives…

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Del. Plans For Next Phase Of COVID Vaccination Program

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Delaware Public Health has finalized a recommended plan for the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Phase 1-B, as it will be known, will seek to vaccinate people age 65 and older as well as frontline essential workers. Such workers could include first responders, educators and school staff, and people who work in food,…

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Md. Allocates More COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies

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Maryland continues to vaccinate its nursing home residents and staff and hospital and healthcare workers for COVID-19 this week. The state has allocated an additional 82,800 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Some supplies are going to local health departments to begin vaccination clinics for their first responders. Maryland’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccine supplies…

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Del. Introduces Vaccine Hotline

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Delaware is opening a vaccine call center hotline where questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be addressed. The vaccine call center number will be 302-672-6150. It will be staffed weekdays and Saturdays. Questions can also be e-mailed to vaccine@delaware.gov. The state this week received 8,875 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, directing them to healthcare…

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7,800 More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arrive In Del.

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong looks over t he shipment of 7,800 doses of Pfizer vaccine as it arrives at the DPH warehouse on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 (photo courtesy of Delaware Public Health)
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Delaware has obtained 7,800 additional doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two days after getting an original shipment of 975 doses. 3,900 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in Delaware next week. Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay was on hand at DPH’s cold-storage warehouse in Kent County, where the vaccines…

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First Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine Arrive in DE

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Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today that Delaware has received its first shipment of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday. Delaware, which pre-ordered its 8,775 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is estimated to be one of the first states in the nation to receive it. “The Pfizer vaccine’s…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Headed to DE

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Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced Delaware’s plans to distribute the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that was granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Friday evening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also voted Saturday to recommend the use…

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Del. Obtains Vaccine Cold-Storage Unit

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Delaware has acquired an ultra-cold storage unit for keeping of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine must be kept at minus-94 F or minus-70 C to be effective. The cold-storage unit is being kept at the Delaware Public Health warehouse. The state could receive initial doses of the vaccine as early as next week. Phase…

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MD & DE Included in Multi-state Antitrust Lawsuit in Generic Drug Price-Fixing Conspiracy

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Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced a multistate lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the…

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