FDA’s advisory panel recommends Pfizer booster for 65 and older, those at high risk
Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.
Vaccine Hunters of Michigan volunteer group helps seniors book COVID-19 vaccine appointments
DETROIT – Many people have been struggling to get an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Seniors have been struggling the most and a woman in Michigan noticed the need for help. She launched a volunteer group to take the burden away from the people looking to get vaccinated. Detroit Area Vaccine Hunters of Michigan is one of them, the other two are based out of West Michigan and Northern Michigan. Since the group launched, 1,700 people have signed up.
81-year-old mother from Westland set to receive COVID vaccine after struggle
WAYNE COUNTY, mich. – Last week, Local 4 spoke with a Westland Family that was unable to schedule a vaccine appointment for their 81-year-old mother. Dorothy Bigalow, 81, is now set to receive the vaccine later this week. READ: Wayne County family frustrated over 81-year-old mother’s inability to get vaccinatedMany seniors have been left behind in state and local COVID-19 vaccination efforts. When Sue Woody spoke with Local 4 on Friday, there was an overwhelming response. The Administrator of Beaumont Dearborn personally spoke with Sue Woody on the phone on Saturday and scheduled a vaccine appointment for her for Wednesday.
Michigan officials urge mask wearing even after COVID vaccination
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials are urging residents to continue wearing face masks, even after receiving coronavirus vaccinations. Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging people, even those who have been vaccinated against the virus, to wear face coverings to prevent COVID-19 spread and infection. The data shows the importance of wearing a mask correctly and making sure it fits snugly over the mouth and nose. Officials recommend doubling up by wearing a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, a nylon covering over a mask or a mask fitter. AdMichigan residents in need of a face mask can contact their local Community Action Agency or local DHHS office for one.
Michigan officials walk seniors through COVID vaccine sign up process amid confusion
Beyond getting the actual shot, getting signed up for a vaccination appointment can be a huge and confusing process for elderly residents -- especially since computers are needed to do so. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, from Michigan, had called on the state to set up a phone system to help simplify the appointment scheduling process for seniors. On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) held a virtual COVID vaccine information session, hearing from seniors who are beyond frustrated by the sign up process. Michigan health officials walked seniors through the state’s COVID vaccine website, where individuals are advised to seek information about vaccinations in their local communities. Officials then encouraged seniors to call 2-1-1 for assistance with scheduling a vaccination appointment, especially if they do not have access to the internet or a computer.
Report: White House to FDA chief: Approve Pfizer vaccine Friday or quit
The Trump administration has ordered the head of the FDA to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday -- or to submit his resignation, according to a report from the Washington Post. WaPo reports White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday told Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, to submit his resignation if the agency does not clear the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine by day’s end. On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans. Shots could begin within days, depending on how quickly the Food and Drug Administration signs off, as expected, on the expert committee’s recommendation. In a 17-4 vote with one abstention, the government advisers concluded that the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech appears safe and effective for emergency use in adults and teenagers 16 and over.
Couple in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial share experience
READ: Health officials testify science, integrity will guide COVID-19 vaccine process“My first thought was no, no, this is crazy. That was Brooks' reaction when her husband, Dave Gomez, told her he wanted to sign up for Phase 3 Moderna Vaccine Trial. “It was, I don’t want to say scary, or really nervous, but it’s, ‘You’re getting this injection,’ you don’t know,” Gomez said. The vaccine trails also need people of color to participate, communities that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. I don’t want my friends to get sick,” Brooks said.