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Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant. The government’s expansive new rules, announced Thursday, mandate that…

AP source: Biden requiring federal workers to get COVID shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is toughening COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery. Biden will sign a new…

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom…

Crowd voices resentment against vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — A large crowd has gathered across the UHS on Main Street in Johnson City to rally against a vaccine mandate in healthcare settings. That mandate was put in place by the State of New York in August. The crowd at the rally said they are against the mandate, which requires…

SUNY aims to get students vaccinated before deadline

TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras visited SUNY Broome Tuesday to answer questions about the vaccine and announce a vaccine clinic taking place at the school on Thursday for students. Malatras said the school has about 80% of students vaccinated, which is why the SUNY system…

SUNY mandates vaccinations for all students within 35 days

VESTAL (WBNG) — Monday’s FDA announcement that the Pfizer vaccine would be fully approved triggered a vaccine mandate for students within the SUNY system. The blanket policy has been in place for months in anticipation of the announcement. The mandate includes a 35-day period for students to…

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NYC mandates vaccinations for public school teachers, staff

NEW YORK (AP) — All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Officials announced the new policy Monday as the nation’s largest school system prepares for classes to start next month. The city previously said teachers, like other…

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U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has given full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Monday may help lift public confidence in vaccinations as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet. The full approval designation is for…

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Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will require that nursing home staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. President Joe Biden announced the move Wednesday afternoon in a White House address as…

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80% of Pennsylvanians are now vaccinated against COVID-19

(WBNG) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that 80% of people in the state are now vaccinated, as of Aug. 16. In a tweet, Governor Wolf said Pennsylvania hit a “milestone” and thanked the state’s residents “who helped make it happen.” Pennsylvania just hit a big vaccine milestone. More…

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US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are recommending all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The plan, as outlined by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and…

Broome County anticipates school districts mandating masks for all

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department said Monday they believe that districts will follow CDC and New York Department of Education guidance and mandate masks for everyone. Health Director Rebecca Kaufman said with cases spreading to younger people while children under 12 years…

New York City set to begin requiring proof of vaccination

New York (AP) — New York City will begin Tuesday requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone dining indoors at restaurants, works out at a gym or attends an indoor performance. While the new requirement goes into effect Tuesday, enforcement won’t begin until Sept. 13. The new program is an…

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State mandates all healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccine

(WBNG) — New York State will require all hospitals and long-term care facilities to ensure all of their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In a news release, state officials said all staff at hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other congregate care facilities will need to…

NY reviewing new US policy on extra vaccinations for some

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) –New York health officials say they will soon issue state guidance on giving additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to people with severely weakened immune systems, now that the federal government is allowing them extra shots. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said Saturday…

Broome County considers state of emergency as COVID-19 cases spike

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As Broome County’s coronavirus cases spike over recent weeks, county leadership is considering reinstating a state of emergency. “It’s a possibility,” Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said. “It’s something that we’ve talked about as recently as today.” He said this is a…

Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) –Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak’s epicenter. Friday’s report by the Health Department came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred…

Maine-Endwell Central School District announces vaccination clinics

MAINE-ENDWELL (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell school district has announced it will be hosting vaccination clinics for students and the community. Officials say the clinics will be held at M-E High School and Maine Memorial Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 2, and Monday, Aug. 23. The clinics will run…

Cornell University selected as one of 5 labs to study COVID-19 variants

ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Cornell’s virology lab was selected by New York State to study the mutation of the coronavirus in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement. He said $20 million would be split among the five labs to study COVID-19…

Still need the vaccine? Here’s where you can get vaccinated

(WBNG) — Since Broome County officials closed the vaccination site at the SUNY Broome Ice Center and New York State closed the state-run mass vaccination site at the former Gannett Printing Building in Johnson City, you may be wondering where you can still get the COVID-19 vaccine. Broome County…

SUNY prepares for students to return to campus without restrictions

ALBANY (WBNG) — As the school year nears, the SUNY system is working to get students back on campus safely and without restrictions. Jim Malatras, the SUNY chancellor, told 12 News Tuesday that there will be challenges with the upcoming semester, but he’s confident that SUNY schools will be…

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