Vermonters 70 and older can make vaccination appointments starting Tuesday

Local pharmacies will offer the COVID-19 vaccine

A more infectious virus variant that emerged in neighbouring South Africa past year has stoked concern, piling pressure on authorities amid growing anti-government sentiment. All had gotten their second dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before testing positive.

Sidelinger said two of the people are from Yamhill County and two are from Lane County.

State health officials are still operating under its phased-eligibility protocols, now in its Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1.

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health is offering everyone over 65 a vaccine by the end of February as it works its way through priority groups four and five, though it is expected to help the United Kingdom meet its overall target.

These historical cases have all been previously reported, the ministry says. He said they either had no symptoms or mild symptoms. He said the province has also received an order of 39,000 low dead-space syringes from the federal government so health care providers can extract the "sixth dose" from vials of the Pfizer vaccine. In those cases, even though the participants got COVID, the vaccines reduced the severity of illness. "We're trying to keep people safe", he added.

CureVac is also working with Britain's GSK to develop a COVID-19 vaccine from next year that could target several variants with one shot, as new, more contagious mutations of the coronavirus have emerged.

South African variant found in Birmingham
Tang also said, enabling spread of the virus could also enable a "melting pot" for various different variants that emerge. The company has yet to test its vaccine against real-world COVID-19 variants.

Results from genomic sequencing samples taken from the four patients are expected next week, officials said.

Medical experts still advise fully vaccinated people to take precautions to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus - because a small portion of people are still susceptible to infection and it's unknown if fully vaccinated people might be silent spreaders.

Dr. Thomas Sequist, chief patient experience and equity officer for Mass General Brigham, the largest health network in MA, said the reduction will force the network to scale back its vaccination effort, including programs in hard-hit communities such as Chelsea, Revere, and Lynn.

In further developments, NHS England said people aged 65 to 69 can now have a Covid-19 vaccine in England if Global Positioning System have supplies. "We're just contemplating all kinds of options", Scott said.

- All incoming travellers must provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR tests (the kind typically taken with a deep nasal swab) done within 72 hours of boarding their aircraft.

The Thai government has purchased two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac, with 200,000 doses to arrive in the first batch later this month, to be followed by 800,000 doses in March, and 1 million doses in April.

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