Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

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  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

  South Health District: Appointments still available for church site vaccinations

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

  Albany restaurant owner grateful for relaxed COVID restrictions

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

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Steiner: Phoebe near ‘low point’ for COVID-19 hospitalizations; virus still spreading

Thomas Co. Jail begins inmate COVID-19 vaccinations

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Friday COVID-19 press conference

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

COVID-19 antibody treatment seeing success at Phoebe

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

‘Neighbor 2 Neighbor’ vaccine clinic set for Saturday in Cuthbert

The shot is free and you must be 18-years-old or older.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

Some Georgia COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

  State Representatives comment on the idea of vaccine passports

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

  Is Dougherty Co. ready for relaxed COVID-19 restrictions?

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

Voices of COVID-19, Season 2, Episode 8: Peanuts pack a punch during the pandemic

Host Krista Monk spoke with Joy Crosby, the assistant executive director for the Georgia Peanut Commission. While farmers and the peanut commission were impacted by the pandemic, peanuts and farmers were needed just as much, if not more than ever.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  Tift Co. sees decrease in COVID-19 cases, officials considering mask ordinance

Tift County leaders are looking to move away from their current mask ordinance.

  Albany Boys & Girls Club aims to get kids active with summer camp

The Boys & Girls Club is putting its final touches on its summer program.

  DCSS continues safety measures after students return from spring break

Director of Community Relations LaKesha Bruce said they kept the same protocols they have been practicing all year.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

DPH Southwest Health District announces online vaccine registration now available

The scheduling system will allow users to search for the nearest vaccine appointment, based on that user’s zip code and availability.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Cuthbert, Ga.

The clinic will be held Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

South Health District partners with churches to vaccinate communities

South Health District has been working with Valdosta churches to help vaccinate the community.

4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine adminstered in the Peach State

As of Saturday, over four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Georgia, according to Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

FTC warns of new COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

Attempts to steal your money and information usually range from online dating to unemployment benefits scams.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  CDC releases new COVID-19 guidance ahead of Easter weekend

As many prepare for Easter weekend, the CDC has released new guidelines for celebrating safely.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

Phoebe sees ‘exciting milestone’ in recent COVID-19 numbers

However, Steiner said there are “concerning indications of a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.”

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is releasing its COVID-19 numbers.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  ‘Determining what our priorities are’: Dougherty Co. leaders considering options for $17 million in aid

Seventeen million dollars is heading to Dougherty County in the form of COVID-19 relief and county leaders said it’s needed.

  A year later: Health officials reflect on lessons learned amid pandemic

There’s not one person the pandemic hasn’t impacted in some way this past year.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

  $21 million in COVID relief funds coming to SWGA health centers

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock announced that $143 million is on the way to Georgia’s critical healthcare centers to help communities out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

Kemp signs new COVID-19 executive orders; some restrictions to roll back

One of the orders, which will go into effect on April 8, will roll back a number of restrictions put in place because of the pandemic.

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.

Voices of COVID-19, Season 2, Episode 7: The bond between a COVID patient and her nurse

Host Krista Monk spoke with Laconyea Lynn, one of the first COVID-19 patients at Phoebe, and Traveling Nurse Kim Sloan, who helped treat Laconyea.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  South Health District sees high demand for Janssen vaccines; drive-thru clinic vaccinates over 500

They remained open until 7 p.m. to give extra time for those who have work can pass by.

  Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use for people under 60 over clots

Authorities in Berlin and Munich are again suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for residents under age 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who recently received the shots, officials said Tuesday.

  ‘Help is here’: Ossoff stops in Albany to talk economic relief amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ossoff said this rescue plan is about giving more access to the vaccine free of charge, ultimately laying the foundation for a strong economy.

  More than a dozen states to open vaccines to all adults

More than a dozen states are set to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults this week.

  VSU sees students lining up to get COVID-19 vaccine

Valdosta State University is seeing a positive response from students getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Effects of the pandemic seen at the psychologist’s office

Mental Health has been an ongoing topic throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. A Clinical Psychologist at the Renaissance Center in Albany said she saw a rise in anxiety and depression.