May 17, 2021: 41.0% of Texas residents have received their first vaccine dose. 32.3% of residents have completed vaccination.
May 14, 2021: Target, Home Depot, CVS and Harris Teeter are among the chains that will continue to require masks in store, though they are reviewing new CDC guidance and reevaluating store policies.
May 14, 2021: Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, says fully vaccinated employees and customers will not need to wear a mask inside stores beginning on Tuesday, based on the latest guidance from the CDC.
May 13, 2021: CDC: If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.
May 10, 2021: The FDA has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents 12 and older. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.
May 5, 2021: Walgreens will offer same-day COVID vaccination appointments in all retail locations nationwide beginning Wednesday, with walk-in appointments available at select stores as well. Since vaccinations began in December, Walgreens says it has administered more than 15 million vaccine doses. (nbc)
May 4, 2021: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for administration to adolescents by early next week, according to a federal health official with knowledge of the agency's plans. The move would allow many American middle- and high-school students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 well before the start of the next school year, using a shot Pfizer claims demonstrated "100% efficacy" in children as young as 12 years old with side effects similar to those that have occurred in young adults. (CBS News)
May 3, 2021: The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID tops 100 million. This means 39% of the nation's adult population has been fully vaccinated. (abc)
May 3, 2021: The U.S. announced it will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, citing the devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. While the overall number of lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S. has eclipsed 575,000, deaths have plummeted to an average of about 670 per day from a peak of around 3,400 in mid-January. (abc)
April 29, 2021: Appointments are no longer required to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center in Downtown El Paso. The vaccination site is open to walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, a city spokesperson said. The city of El Paso is also hosting “pop-up” vaccine events where people can walk up, register and get vaccinated.
April 29, 2021: People with a history or risk of lymphedema in both arms, who have (or had) breast cancer, and people who need a mammogram within six weeks of their Covid-19 vaccine should consider seeking a vaccine site that will administer the vaccine in their thigh. “I just advise patients to call ahead, let the vaccine clinic know or the pharmacy know that they’re asking for the vaccine in the thigh,” said Cheryl Brunelle, the associate director of the Lymphedema Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “I also counsel patients that if a local facility or practitioner giving the vaccine is not familiar with the thigh as an approved alternate site, the patient can share the C.D.C. Standing Orders document that lists the thigh as an alternative site for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.”
April 28, 2021: The United States is reporting an average of 2.7 million daily COVID-19 vaccinations over the past week, according to data from the CDC, about equivalent to levels one month ago. Daily reported vaccinations peaked at 3.4 million on April 13. More than 40% of Americans have received at least one shot, and that figure is roughly 54% for those age 18 and older. Half of the adults are at least partially vaccinated in a majority of states. (CNBC)
April 27, 2021: The Texas Department of State Health Services brought its 16-foot-tall COVID-19 vaccine outreach display to Longview in the Walmart parking lot off Estes Parkway on Monday as part of a campaign to encourage vaccination throughout the state. The screen showed a looped presentation featuring facts about the vaccine and its effectiveness.
April 27, 2021: The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. continued to slide in recent days, according to CDC data, as the seven-day average of daily shots reported administered fell to 2.7 million on Monday, the lowest level since late March.
April 26, 2021: The Houston Methodist system — made up of 26,000 employees across one medical center and six community hospitals — is the nation's first hospital system to require that all employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The health system is mandating that all employees get vaccinated by June 7.
April 26, 2021: Doctors with the Memorial Hermann Health System said the models they watch project COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths will continue dropping in Texas as we head into summer. However, Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson said that will only happen if people continue to get vaccinated.
April 26, 2021: As of Sunday, April 25, Virginia has had 654,210 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That total reflects a 884 case increase since Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.1% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 5.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests. 16 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 10,691.
April 23, 2021: A single dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 65% in adults of all ages, British researchers have found.
April 23, 2021: A CDC advisory committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is set to meet on Friday to continue its discussion of the rare blood clots seen in a small number of patients who have received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
April 23, 2021: CDC: Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration should be resumed immediately with a warning about potential rare blood clots
April 22, 2021: More than 86 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated with more than 200 million shots administered, but experts fear that enthusiasm for getting the vaccine could be falling and many Americans may be too eager to take off their masks.
April 21, 2021: 31.2% of Louisiana residents have received their first vaccine dose. 24.1% of residents have completed vaccination.
April 21, 2021: One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy boosts evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed.The study consisted of 35,000 U.S. women who received either the Moderna or Pfizer shots while pregnant. Their rates of miscarriage, premature births and other complications were comparable to those observed in published reports on pregnant women before the pandemic.
April 19, 2021: According to data compiled by Denver Public Health, Latinos comprise only 13 percent of city residents who have gotten an initial shot, compared to 72 percent of white residents (the race and/or ethnicity of at least 12 percent of people who got their first vaccine is unknown). Meanwhile, Latinos make up 48 percent of COVID-19 cases in the city and 30 percent of the city’s overall population.
April 19, 2021: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, which currently requires two doses and is said to be over 90 percent effective against the virus, will likely include a third shot made available later this year.
April 18, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that half of all US adults have received at least one COVID shot. Nearly 130 million people 18 and older, or 50.4% of the total adult population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. (CDC)
April 16, 2021: Pfizer CEO announced that recipients of their vaccine will likely need a booster shot within 12 months. He stated that "I think for planning purposes only, we should expect that we may have to boost.” A booster shot may be an important safeguard against new variants of the COVID-19 virus. (nbc)
April 15, 2021: Dr. Fauci says this is a pause and not a cancellation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. It will likely last days to weeks to determine next steps. "I doubt very seriously if we're talking about weeks to months," he told CNN on Wednesday.
April 13, 2021: CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns; six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot caused the initial concern.
April 9, 2021: Just short of 20 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, giving some 66 million people a strong measure of protection against a disease that has already killed more than 500,000 Americans. (Washington Post)
April 6, 2021: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order barring government agencies, private businesses and institutions that receive state funding from requiring people to show proof that they have been vaccinated
April 6, 2021: Vaccination eligibility is opening up throughout the country. However, there are more people eligible for a vaccine right now than there are doses. Securing an appointment continues to be a long, difficult process for many. Here are 10 tips for getting a vaccine sooner →
April 6, 2021: President Joe Biden is expected to announce that states should open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all U.S. adults by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday.
April 5, 2021: Austin Public Health opened up Covid-19 vaccine appointments Thursday evening, but by the end of the night, it still had 2,800 appointments available, raising questions about how the agency is distributing doses. This is the second week in a row it has had unclaimed appointments after a Thursday night release.
April 3, 2021: The El Paso Convention Center will be a new vaccination site, city health leaders said during a news conference on Friday afternoon. Officials with the El Paso Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management said it will be able to vaccinate up to 10,000 El Pasoans a day.
April 3, 2021: Pfizer/BioNTech have announced their COVID-19 vaccine affords at least 6 months of protection following the second dose. The vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 in an analysis of 927 symptomatic people through March 13, as indicated by real-world data compiled since the vaccine was given emergency use authorization. This compares to 95% efficacy reported in the interim results that were announced on Nov. 18, 2020.
April 3, 2021: More than 100 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. The news comes just two weeks after President Joe Biden announced he reached his 100-day goal of administering 100 million doses and expanded his goal to 200 million. As of Thursday, 157.6 million doses have been administered, according to CDC data. More than 200 million doses have been delivered to states and vaccine providers.
April 3, 2021: The Biden administration on Saturday put Johnson & Johnson in charge of a Baltimore manufacturing plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, and stopped the facility from making another vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
April 3, 2021: More than 4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, setting a new record and bringing the seven-day average over 3 million a day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday.
April 2, 2021: Fauci said the United States has enough contracts with other vaccine makers to vaccinate its entire population, and may not need AstraZeneca Covid vaccine even for booster shots in the fall
April 2, 2021: A recent study of 131 women recently conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows the COVID vaccines are not only safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, they may also offer some protection for their babies.
March 31, 2021: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and 100% effective in preventing the illness in ages 12 to 15 and plans to request emergency use authorization extending vaccine administration to the adolescent age group.
March 31, 2021: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC: "Vaccinated people do not carry the virus — they don’t get sick.” Walensky was referring to a new CDC study that suggests those fully inoculated with the vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer don’t transmit the virus.
March 30, 2021: The state is launching a rapid COVID-19 testing program for Texas summer youth camps licensed by the Department of State Health Services, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management announced Tuesday. The TDEM will provide participating summer camps with rapid antigen tests that will be administered to staff members and campers on a voluntary basis.
March 30, 2021: Ninety percent of Americans will be eligible for their shots by April 19, President Joe Biden said yesterday as he expanded the number of vaccine sites. More than a dozen states are opening vaccines to all adults this week.
March 25, 2021: Pregnant mothers pass COVID antibodies to their newborns. A large study at Massachusetts General Hospital has determined that mothers pass COVID immunity to their children through the placenta and breastmilk. [harvard.edu]
March 11, 2021: As of March 13, CVS has added 12 more states to its list of pharmacies offering vaccinations. The new states are: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. After previously expanding to New York and Pennsylvania.
March 1, 2021: The FDA has authorized use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine.
February 25, 2021: Pfizer expects to triple its vaccine production by mid-March. An FDA advisory board will meet to determine whether to grant Johnson & Johnson an EAU.
February 12, 2021: Walmart, Giant Eagle, Good Neighbor, HEB, Walgreens and Sam's club to begin administering vaccines on February 12, 2021. 3 new mass vaccination sites have been added in Texas.
January 28, 2021: Texas is slated to receive 385,000 vaccine doses next week. 2 million doses have already been administered in Texas.
January 23, 2021: Texas will receive 332,750 doses of the vaccine from the federal government to be distributed to 212 providers across the state. 82 of these are hub providers geared toward large community vaccination efforts. The other 130 will continue to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older and those 16 and older with a greater risk of life-threatening complications.