Vaccine rollouts offer dose of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Vaccine rollouts offer glimmer of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Why Pfizer’s Covid vaccine has been authorized in the UK but not the U.S. yet

The U.K. this week became the first country to authorize Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, likely adding pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly do the same.

To be sure, the U.S. and the U.K. review vaccines differently. Pfizer had been submitting data on its vaccine with BioNtech on a “rolling basis” to the U.K., meaning regulators there were able to review the data in real time

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Boris Johnson under pressure to prioritise vaccine for care homes

Boris Johnson is facing pressure to speed up the immunisation of care home residents against Covid after the Scottish government announced it would start doing so on 14 December and logistical difficulties cited by the prime minister were called into question.



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Care home residents were named by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI) as the top priority for the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine, but Johnson and the NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said on Wednesday they would not come first. Health workers have also been moved down the list.

Johnson said getting the vaccine to care homes was an “immense logistical challenge”, and it would take “months” before all of the most vulnerable were protected, partly because of having to keep the vaccine at -70C.

Stevens also said limitations imposed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory

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DeSantis says nursing homes will be 1st to get COVID vaccine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine when Florida begins receiving it later this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ priorities, announced in in a video Wednesday evening, largely reflect the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We want to get as much vaccine for our citizens as possible, but we know we will not, nor will any state, have enough to vaccinate everyone right off the bat,” DeSantis said in the three-minute video.

He said long-term care residents are most vulnerable to the virus.

“They are at the greatest risk and this vaccine can have a tremendously positive impact on them. No. 2 will be health care workers who are in high-risk and high-contact environments. And No. 3, to the extent we have enough, we want to start getting it out to the

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No guarantee Pfizer vaccine will be distributed direct to English care homes, official says

LONDON (Reuters) – There is no guarantee that Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in English care homes but the health service and regulator are working to make it possible, deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination of BioNTech and Pfizer is pictured in this undated handout photo, as Britain became the first western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, in Mainz, Germany. BioNTech SE 2020, all rights reserved/Handout via REUTERS

Britain became the first country to approve the vaccine candidate developed by Germany’s BioNTech and Pfizer, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin a crucial mass inoculation programme.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of logistical challenges in distributing the vaccine, which has to be stored at -70C (-94F), across the National Health Service (NHS).

Following the emergency approval, roll-out will initially

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English Health Service Looking at Ways to Deploy Pfizer Vaccine in Care Homes – Official | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s National Health Service (NHS) is looking at ways to deploy Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in care homes with the medical regulator, but there is no guarantee that it will happen, deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said.

Britain became the first country to approve the vaccine candidate developed by Germany’s BioNTech and Pfizer on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin a crucial mass inoculation programme.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “fantastic news” but warned of logistical challenges in distributing the vaccine, which has to be stored at -70C (-94F).

Although it can be kept for five days in a regular fridge, Van-Tam said there was a limit to how often it can be taken out of a fridge and put back, with implications for its distribution to care homes.

“The NHS, the (medicine regulator) MHRA are working

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Nursing homes to get first round of vaccine in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prioritize nursing home residents and staff members when it begins distributing the first doses of a vaccine for the coronavirus, hopefully this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

The state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine by Dec. 15, if the pharmaceutical company gets the federal government’s OK to make it available to the public on an emergency basis, Cuomo said.

The Democrat said New York expects at a later date to receive at least 40,000 more doses of a vaccine made by Moderna, if it gets federal authorization.

That would be enough to cover the state’s roughly 85,000 nursing home residents and 130,000 staff members, though Cuomo said he expects not all residents and staff members will agree to take the vaccine.

Remaining doses could then go to New York’s next priority: congregate care facilities and then some of

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NY to Send First Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccine to Nursing Homes | New York News

By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prioritize nursing home residents and staff when it begins distributing the first doses of coronavirus vaccine, hopefully later this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine by Dec. 15, if the pharmaceutical company gets the federal government’s OK to make it available to the public on an emergency basis.

The governor said New York expects at a later date to receive at least 40,000 more doses of a vaccine made by Moderna, if it gets federal authorization.

That would be enough to cover the state’s roughly 85,000 nursing home residents and 130,000 staff members, though Cuomo said he expects not all residents and staff members will agree to take the vaccine.

Remaining doses could then go to New York’s next priority: congregate care facilities and then some

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Fed not considering pulling back on bond-buying in light of COVID-19 vaccine optimism

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

The Federal Reserve isn’t contemplating pulling back on its bond-buying program even though there is widespread optimism about the medium-term economic outlook given promising news on COVID-19 vaccines, Fed chief Jerome Powell said Wednesday.

During a House Financial Services committee hearing, Rep. Bryan Steil, a Republican of Wisconsin, asked Powell about the balance sheet policy in light of the vaccine development.

“Can you comment on the indicators that you are watching closely as you consider taking steps to begin to restore the Fed’s balance sheet to its pre-pandemic levels?” Steil asked.

The Fed’s balance sheet is $7.2 trillion, more than $3 trillion bigger than at the beginning of the year. The central bank has been buying $120 billion per month of Treasurys and asset-backed mortgages since June.

In response, Powell said the Fed is “going to keep our rates low and keep our tools working until

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