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What Will It Take to Boost Vaccinations? The Scene From Kentucky’s Back Roads

2021-10-19 What Will It Take to Boost Vaccinations? The Scene From Kentucky’s Back Roads Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News SMILAX, Ky. — In the end it was the delta variant that drove Rose Mitchell, 89, down the winding mountain road to the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ to get the shot. Her pastor, Billy […]

NY Reaches Agreement With DOJ Over Vaccine Access for Blind People

2021-10-11 NY Reaches Agreement With DOJ Over Vaccine Access for Blind People Lauren Weber and Hannah Recht   Five New York state and local government agencies agreed to fix covid-19 vaccine websites to make them accessible for blind users following a Department of Justice investigation spurred by a KHN story. New York State’s Department of […]

Student Nurses Who Refuse Vaccination Struggle to Complete Degrees

2021-10-05 Student Nurses Who Refuse Vaccination Struggle to Complete Degrees Michelle Andrews complete a 15-month accelerated nursing program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in December. For her clinical training this fall, she’s working 12-hour shifts on weekends with medical-surgical patients at a hospital. But Hevner and nursing students like her who refuse […]

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A Colorado Town Is About as Vaccinated as It Can Get. Covid Still Isn’t Over There.

2021-10-04 A Colorado Town Is About as Vaccinated as It Can Get. Covid Still Isn’t Over There. Rae Ellen Bichell San Juan County, Colorado, can boast that 99.9% of its eligible population has received at least one dose of covid-19 vaccine, putting it in the top 10 counties in the nation, according to data from […]

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Firefighters on Front Lines, No Strangers to Risk, Push Back Against Covid Vaccine Mandates

2021-09-28 Firefighters on Front Lines, No Strangers to Risk, Push Back Against Covid Vaccine Mandates Sandy West   Kentucky firefighter Jimmy Adams saw the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic when he served as a medic who helped care for the sick on medical calls amid surging covid cases. He knew retired firefighters who died of […]

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A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

2021-09-25 A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Within a day of testing positive for covid-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having trouble breathing, symptoms […]

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I Got a ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known.

2021-09-22 I Got a ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known. Will Stone   The test results that hot day in early August shouldn’t have surprised me — all the symptoms were there. A few days earlier, fatigue had enveloped me like a weighted blanket. I chalked it up to my weekend of […]

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Covid-Overwhelmed Hospitals Postpone Cancer Care and Other Treatment

2021-09-21 Covid-Overwhelmed Hospitals Postpone Cancer Care and Other Treatment Erik Neumann, Jefferson Public Radio It’s a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That’s the message from some doctors, as hospitals fill up with covid-19 patients and other medical conditions go untreated. Charlie Callagan looked perfectly healthy sitting outside recently on his deck in the […]

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When Covid Deaths Are Dismissed or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame and Anger

2021-09-19 When Covid Deaths Are Dismissed or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame and Anger Brett Sholtis, WITF [Editor’s note: This story contains language references that some readers may find offensive.] Months after Kyle Dixon died, his old house in Lanse, Pennsylvania, is full of reminders of a life cut short. His tent and hiking […]

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