Can I Get A Covid
You might be able to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine from September 2021, especially if you are considered clinically extremely vulnerable or take an immunosuppressant drug. A booster could help keep up the protection that vaccination gives against COVID-19. It could also give added protection against new variants of the virus.
The final plan for booster vaccines across the UK hasnt been finalised yet. That will happen some time before September and it’ll be confirmed by the 4 UK governments.
But on 30 July 2021 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation announced interim advice. This recommends offering a booster jab to people in different priority groups. This would happen in 2 stages.
Stage 1 as soon as possible from September 2021:
- adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed*
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 70 years or over
- adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable
- frontline health and social care workers
*This would likely include people who’ve had HSCT treatment in the last year or recently taken alemtuzumab. It’s also likely to include people who’ve taken cladribine , ocrelizumab or alemtuzumab in the last 6 months AND have 2 or more other risk factors in this list. But exactly who is included hasnt yet been confirmed.
Stage 2 as soon as is practical after Stage 1:
The plan is to roll out the booster jabs alongside the usual annual flu vaccine.
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Here are some of the key events from Sunday:
- NSW is now halfway to its target of having 70 per cent of adults fully vaccinated the milestone at which the state will start to open up but it has recorded 1,218 new local COVID-19 cases and six deaths
- A new mass vaccination hub will open in Queensland. The state recorded one new community case of COVID-19 who has been in home quarantine
- South Australia, Western Australia, the NT and Tasmania all recorded no new COVID cases
- Meanwhile, New Zealand recorded83 new COVID infections
Should I Stop Taking My Daily Dose Of Aspirin Before Getting The Covid
If your daily dose of aspirin was prescribed by your physician following a stroke or heart attack, we recommend speaking to that doctor about whether to stop taking your medication for a day or two prior to vaccination. If, however, your daily dose of aspirin is because you have risk factors for a stroke or heart attack but have never had a stroke or heart attack, you should consider discontinuing the aspirin not only prior to your COVID-19 vaccine, but all together. The data show that while daily aspirin helps prevent second strokes or heart attacks, it does not help prevent first occurrences, even in people who are at increased risk. Our director, Dr. Paul Offit, carefully reviewed the data related to this topic for his book, Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far.
Find out more in this Parents PACK article, “Medications and COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Should Know.”
Louisianas Covid Surge Complicates Its Response To Hurricane Ida
As the Category 4 storm slammed the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards said that evacuating hospitals was not an option because of the high number of coronavirus patients.
Louisiana hospitals scrambled Sunday to deal with two severe challenges, the landfall of Hurricane Ida and a surge of Covid that has stretched hospital capacity and left daily deaths at their highest levels in the pandemic.
Louisianas medical director, Dr. Joseph Kanter, had asked residents on Friday to avoid unnecessary emergency room visits to preserve the states hospital capacity, which has been vastly diminished by its most severe Covid surge of the pandemic.
These are days with a reporting anomaly.
And while plans exist to transfer patients away from coastal areas to inland hospitals ahead of a hurricane, this time evacuations are just not possible, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference.
The hospitals dont have room, he said. We dont have any place to bring those patients not in state, not out of state.
The governor said officials had asked hospitals to check generators and stockpile more water, oxygen and personal protective supplies than usual for a storm. The implications of a strike from a Category 4 hurricane while hospitals were full were beyond what our normal plans are, he added.
Mr. Edwards said he had told President Biden and Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to expect Covid-related emergency requests, including oxygen.
If I Have An Autoimmune Or Immune
People with immune-compromising conditions may get the COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are not in one of the following categories:
- Severe allergy to a vaccine component
- History of severe allergy to any vaccine or injectable medication
However, it is recommended that individuals with compromised immune systems discuss their personal risks and benefits with a healthcare provider to determine whether to receive the vaccine. Data about how well the vaccine works and its safety in immune-compromised individuals are not currently available, so it is possible that these individuals could have a lower immune response to vaccination. On the other hand, persons with these conditions may also be at higher risk of severe disease due to COVID-19. Therefore, the CDC recommended that people who are immune-compromised or taking immunosuppressive medications could receive the vaccine if they wanted as long as they do not have other contraindications.
With this said, knowing the potential for a lower immune response, if someone with an immune-compromising condition decides to get vaccinated, it will be important to get both doses and practice other public health measures until more is known about their protection against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Post-licensure monitoring systems, like the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System and the Vaccine Safety Datalink , will be used to allow for real-time monitoring of these sub-groups.
How Do The Vaccines Work
Vaccines teach our immune system to build specific antibodies against disease-causing viruses and bacteria or their toxins. Your body becomes armed to fight these without ever having to become sick first. So, in the future when the body encounters the viruses or bacteria against which vaccines are made it already knows how to defeat them.
If I Have Already Had Covid
Everyone should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they have already had the infection previously. However, those who are currently infected with COVID-19 should postpone vaccination until after their illness has run its course and after they have met their health authorities criteria to discontinue isolation.
Given that persons who have had COVID-19 develop immunity for at least a few months following illness, health authorities may decide to postpone their vaccination to use their current supply for those not yet affected by the disease and until more vaccines become available.
If My Baby Has Had Some Of Her Vaccines Is She Protected From Covid
A babys vaccines should not be anticipated to protect the baby from COVID-19. So, when trying to decide when it may be safe for family to meet the baby during COVID, parents should not rely on other vaccinations as a source of protection. While some have hypothesized that other vaccines may be protective, this protection would not be specific to COVID-19, and no studies have actually been completed to test this theory.
If I Dont Have Side Effects Does That Mean The Vaccine Did Not Work
Many people will get the vaccine and not experience side effects. This does not mean that the vaccine did not work for them. In the clinical trials side effects occurred at varying rates, for example only about 1 to 20 of every 100 people who received the mRNA vaccine had a fever, but we know that the mRNA vaccine worked for more than 90 of every 100 people.
Will My Family Partner Or Carer Be Eligible For A Covid
If youve got MS, some of those closest to you might also be in the priority list for the COVID-19 vaccine. And as the vaccine is rolled out further they can also get it when it’s offered to everyone in their age group.For example, 16 and 17-year-olds are all being offered the jab now.
The priority list includes:
- anyone 16 or older who lives with you, if you take certain DMTs this was recently added to the priority list for England, Wales and Scotland. Well update when we know about the Northern Ireland.
- partners and unpaid carers who provide care and support
People might also be on the priority list because of their own age, job or health condition.
Do I Need To Prepare Anything Before My Covid
You’ll need to bring a face covering, unless you dont wear one because of your MS or another condition. And if your appointment is at a vaccination centre youll need your booking reference numbers.
You can have someone with you as a carer if you usually would.
When you go for your vaccination, youll be asked to read the patient safety leaflet. This is normal for any kind of vaccination.
What Are Cvst And Thrombocytopenia
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a condition that causes blood clots in large vessels that drain blood from the brain. Although it is uncommon, the condition more often affects women between 20 and 50 years of age.
Thrombocytopenia is low numbers of cells called platelets. Platelets are cells that help our blood clot. When a person has this condition, they are at risk for bleeding since their body lacks the ability to efficiently stop the bleeding.
It is very uncommon for CVST and thrombocytopenia to occur at the same time, which is what makes this diagnosis following receipt of the J&J vaccine so unusual. Likewise, the clots have not just occurred in the large vessels near the brain in some of the affected individuals.
What Should I Do If I Took Pain Medicine Before Getting The Covid
While your initial immune response may have been lower, you will likely still have developed some immunity. Even if your immune response is somewhat lower overall, you are likely to develop sufficient levels of immunity to reduce your chance for infection. In addition, even if you were infected, you would be likely to experience disease that is less severe and of shorter duration.
Questions Continue As Millions Of Americans Get Immunized
Researchers around the world have been working at record speed to develop vaccines to combat COVID-19. Less than a year after the start of the pandemic, that goal became a reality.
One vaccine has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and two others are being administered under emergency use authorization . This FDA designation allows access to treatments and other medical tools during a public health emergency when no other options exist.
The EUA process is faster than standard FDA approval, which can take six to 10 months. However, data proving safety and effectiveness is still required for authorization, and the FDA and an advisory committee of experts use this data to weigh the risks and benefits of the product in question.
Cases In Act Fully Recovered
In some good news, 20 COVID cases in the ACT have now fully recovered, reducing the number of active cases to 230.
All 13 of today’s new cases are linked to known cases or ongoing clusters.
Out of the 10 people in hospital, four are under 40 and six are over 40.
All hospital patients are unvaccinated, says ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman.
Case Numbers And Press Conferences
VIC – Press conference: 11:00am. Locally acquired cases: 92.
NSW – Press conference: 11:00am. Locally acquired cases. 1,218
Qld – Press conference: 10:30am. Locally acquired cases: 1
ACT – Press conference: 11:45am. Locally acquired cases: 13
SA – Press conference: 1:30pm ACST. Locally acquired cases: 0
NZ – Locally acquired cases: 83
Don’t see your state or territory listed? It’ll get added when we know today’s case numbers or press conference time.
The Four Main Types Of Covid
There are four categories of vaccines in clinical trials: whole virus, protein subunit, viral vector and nucleic acid . Some of them try to smuggle the antigen into the body, others use the bodys own cells to make the viral antigen.
Many conventional vaccines use whole viruses to trigger an immune response. There are two main approaches. Live attenuated vaccines use a weakened form of the virus that can still replicate without causing illness. Inactivated vaccines use viruses whose genetic material has been destroyed so they cannot replicate, but can still trigger an immune response. Both types use well-established technology and pathways for regulatory approval, but live attenuated ones may risk causing disease in people with weak immune systems and often require careful cold storage, making their use more challenging in low-resource countries. Inactivated virus vaccines can be given to people with compromised immune systems but might also need cold storage.
Subunit vaccines use pieces of the pathogen – often fragments of protein – to trigger an immune response. Doing so minimises the risk of side effects, but it also means the immune response may be weaker. This is why they often require adjuvants, to help boost the immune response. An example of an existing subunit vaccine is the hepatitis B vaccine.
Some Schools Will Use Rapid Tests As Quebec Mandates Classroom Masks
Masks will be mandatory in nine Quebec regions when elementary and high school students return to classrooms in the coming days, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announced this afternoon.
We want to start the year prudently, Roberge said, citing the rise in cases fuelled by the Delta variant.
The classroom mask rule will be in effect in these regions: Centre-du-Québec, the Eastern Townships, Lanaudière, the Laurentians, Laval, the Mauricie, Montérégie, Montreal and the Outaouais.
Hospital Staff Shortages In The Us Are Putting Patients At Risk
Cyndy OBrien, an emergency room nurse at Ocean Springs Hospital on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, could not believe her eyes as she arrived for work. There were people sprawled out in their cars gasping for air as three ambulances with gravely ill patients idled in the parking lot. Just inside the front doors, a crush of anxious people jostled to get the attention of an overwhelmed triage nurse.
Its like a war zone, said Ms. OBrien, who is the patient care coordinator at Singing River, a small health system near the Alabama border that includes Ocean Springs. We are just barraged with patients and have nowhere to put them.
The bottleneck, however, has little to do with a lack of space. Nearly 30 percent of Singing Rivers 500 beds are empty. With 169 unfilled nursing positions, administrators must keep the beds empty.
Nursing shortages have long vexed hospitals. But in the year and a half since its ferocious debut in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic has stretched the nations nurses as never before, testing their skills and stamina as desperately ill patients with a poorly understood malady flooded emergency rooms. Spurred by a sense of duty, they flocked from across the country, sometimes working as volunteers. More than 1,200 of them have died from the virus.
Which Countries Are Signing Up For India’s Vaccines
India has shipped 66 million doses of vaccines to 95 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. The recipient countries include UK, Canada, Brazil and Mexico.
Both Covishield and Covaxin have been exported – some in the form of “gifts”, others in line with commercial agreements signed between the vaccine makers and the recipient nations, and the rest under the Covax scheme, which is led by the World Health Organization and hopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries in less than a year.
But in March, India placed a temporary hold on all exports of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The government said rising cases meant domestic demand was expected to pick up and so the doses were needed for India’s own rollout.
White House Indicates There Will Be More Covid
From CNN’s Maegan Vazquez
White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated on Monday that the Biden administration expects to roll out more Covid-19 vaccine mandates within the federal government following the FDAs recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Asked if the full approval announcement will lead to any additional vaccine mandates from the Biden administration beyond what has been announced, Psaki said during the press briefing, I expect there will be more, sure, as weve said all along.
And I would note that my colleagues at the Department of Defense conveyed that they would move in the coming days to mandate the vaccine now that the approval has come from the FDA for Pfizer. So we certainly expect there will be more mandates for factions of federal employees, she continued.
In a follow-up question about whether the President will expand its federal vaccine requirement and mandate it so theres no longer an opt-out option, Psaki said, I think youre looking more at agency-to-agency or different factions of the government at this point. But I expect there will be more on that front.
Some more background: Last month, Biden announced all federal employees must attest to being vaccinated against Covid-19 or face strict protocols including regular testing, masking, limits on official travel and other mitigation measures.
Contractors working for the federal government will also be subject to the new rules.
Zoo Breeding Programs Suffering Because Of Covid
Much has been made of the need for intimate partner bubbles during COVID-19 lockdowns and they are proving as important for threatened animals as they are for people.
More than a year into the pandemic, snap border closures and lockdowns continue to affect conservation efforts around the country.
Previously routine movements of animals over state lines have turned into logistical challenges.
“Pretty much every one of our breeding programs that’s across Australia has been impacted in one way or another,” Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said.
If A Person Has Allergic Reactions To A Food Or Medication Can They Get The Vaccine
People with severe allergies to a COVID-19 vaccine ingredient or a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine should not get that type of COVID-19 vaccine . They may be able to get the alternative type after consultation with an allergist or immunologist. Individuals with a known allergy to polysorbate should not get the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
People with immediate allergic reactions to an injectable medication can most often get the COVID-19 vaccine; however, they should remain at the site where they were vaccinated for 30 minutes of observation, instead of the 15 minutes that the general public is recommended to wait. Anyone with this type of allergy who has questions or concerns should discuss the situation with their healthcare provider to assess the potential risks and benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
People who have had an anaphylactic reaction to anything else are allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but should remain at the site where the injection was given for 30 minutes, instead of the 15 minutes that the general population are recommended to wait.
If a person with history of allergies continues to have concerns about whether or not it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine, they should contact their primary care provider or allergist, who has the benefit of their complete medical history and will, therefore, be in the best position to discuss any potential risks and benefits for that individual.
New Ad Campaign Launched In Bid To Further Increase Nsw’s Vaccination Rates
A new campaign has been launched by the NSW Government in a bid to increase the state’s vaccination rates even further.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says in the past week more than 830,000 people have received a coronavirus vaccine dose.
35 per cent of adults in NSW are now fully vaccinated halfway to the state’s 70 per cent target for some degree of opening up.
The Minister for Digital, Victor Dominello, says the ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign has positive images of people returning to their normal lives.
“Without a doubt people are just sick to death of lockdowns, I can understand that they want to know there is hope in the future, they want to see the blue skies, they want to go back to where we were.”
How Do We Know If The Vaccine Is Safe
Its important to know that vaccines go through more testing than any other pharmaceuticals. First, small groups of people receive the trial vaccine. Next, vaccine is given to people with certain characteristics . Then, vaccine is given to tens of thousands of people and tested for effectiveness and safety.
After that, the CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices looks at the data to see whether the vaccine works and is safe. They give advice to the United States Food and Drug Administration . The FDA looks at the data and the advice from the ACIP and decides whether to approve the vaccine. The vaccine is only approved after all of these steps are done, and the experts are sure that it works and is safe.
In Melbourne Australia A Protest Against Covid Restrictions Turned Violent
MELBOURNE, Australia Protesters in Melbourne demonstrating against Covid restrictions on Saturday clashed with the police, who used pepper spray to disperse them. Several officers were injured and hundreds of people were arrested, the police said.
More than 4,000 people joined the protest, one of a number of anti-lockdown demonstrations that were held on Saturday in Australian cities. Protesters in Melbourne, most of whom appeared not to be wearing masks, charged police lines, threw objects at officers and set off flares, according to news reports and footage posted on social media.
Four officers were treated for concussions, one for a broken thumb and two others for possible broken noses, according to the police in the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne. Another officer was treated at the scene for a cut on the neck.
The police said it was the first time officers had been forced to use a range of nonlethal options to disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne, which has seen a number of demonstrations against restrictions. Officers fired pellets and used pepper spray.
While there were some peaceful protesters in attendance, the majority of those who attended came with violence in mind, the police said in a statement.
Earlier Saturday, Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, extended Melbournes lockdown, which has been in place since early August, to the entire state, after 17 new cases were detected in the regional hub of Shepparton.
Severe Weather Forces The Cancellation Of The Concert To Celebrate New York Citys Return After The Pandemic
It was supposed to be a glorious celebration of the re-emergence of New York City after more than a year of pandemic hardship a concert bringing thousands of vaccinated fans on Saturday evening to the Great Lawn of Central Park to hear an all-star lineup.
And for the first couple of hours it was, with messages of New Yorks resilience sandwiched between performances by the New York Philharmonic, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santana, LL Cool J, and Earth, Wind and Fire, among others.
But shortly after 7:30 p.m., as Barry Manilow was performing Cant Smile Without You, lightning brought the concert to a halt. Please seek shelter for your safety, an announcer intoned, stopping the music, as people began filing out of the park.
When the concert was announced by Mr. de Blasio in June, plunging coronavirus case numbers and rising vaccination figures had filled the city with hope.
But circumstances have shifted considerably over the past two months. The spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has led some city businesses to postpone the return to their offices, prompted the city to institute vaccine mandates for indoor dining and entertainment and threatened to destabilize the wider concert business.
How Exactly Do Mrna Vaccines Work
mRNA or messenger RNA is a molecule, composed of nucleotides linked in a unique order to convey genetic information for the cells to produce the proteins or antigens encoded by the mRNA. Once mRNA in a vaccine is inside of the bodys cells, the cells use their genetic machinery to translate the genetic information and produce the antigens encoded by the mRNA vaccine. The antigens are then displayed on the cell surface, where they are recognized by the immune system which generates a response, including the production of antibodies against the antigen.4