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Japan to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all citizens

The Japan Times

The government plans to offer vaccinations against the new coronavirus free of charge to all citizens in Japan, sources said Wednesday. The government is set to shoulder all costs to secure by the end of June next year sufficient supplies of coronavirus vaccines that are currently being developed in Japan and abroad. It will spend ¥670 billion from its reserve funds under fiscal 2020 supplementary budgets to secure COVID-19 vaccines. The policy of providing free coronavirus vaccinations will be unveiled at a meeting of a health ministry advisory panel as early next week, according to the sources. With the envisaged free vaccinations, the government aims to encourage the public to get COVID-19 vaccinations promptly soon after the vaccines are developed.


Anyone 16 and older living in L.A. can get the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend, while supplies last

Los Angeles Times

Anyone 16 and older living or working in Los Angeles County can get vaccinated without an appointment this weekend at county-run COVID-19 vaccination sites. County public health officials said walk-in vaccinations would be available this weekend as long supplies last. The move came as the county also lifted suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration concluded it was safe and effective. Providers in L.A. County were cleared to resume administering the J & J vaccine Saturday, provided they distributed updated fact sheets on the vaccine, county health officials said. Federal health authorities had paused the single-dose vaccine for review after cases of a rare and perplexing clotting disorder developed among a handful of recipients.


Why you don't want to post a selfie with your vaccine card

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The liberating, euphoric feeling of receiving your COVID-19 vaccine might be as thrilling as getting, say, that first driver's license. It's one of those first-steps, a milestone, on the road to being able to live life just a bit more freely. And many want to share this small victory on social media. But taking a selfie of you holding your vaccination card is a real no-no, according to consumer watchdogs. While some of these scam warnings have been out for a while, I'm still seeing friends posting photos of their vaccine cards on Facebook.


CDC suggests more time between 1st and 2nd COVID vaccine doses for some people. Here's why

Los Angeles Times

After recommending for more than a year that people wait only a few weeks between their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has adjusted its suggested timeline for some people by another month or so. Since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccinations were first authorized for distribution by federal officials more than 14 months ago, the recommended interval between the first and second dose of those shots was three and four weeks, respectively. But on Tuesday, the CDC said it may be optimal for some people 12 and older to space out their first and second shots by eight weeks -- especially for males ages 12 to 39. The CDC said it continues to recommend the shorter, older interval -- three weeks for Pfizer and four weeks for Moderna -- for people with moderate or severely compromised immune systems; people 65 and older; and anyone else who needs "rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or risk of severe disease." For children ages 5 to 11, the suggested interval between the first and second doses remains the same, with the second dose coming three weeks after the first.


Fascinating graphics show how far we've come with COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and how far we have to go

Mashable

Now we just have to get them to people. So far, several COVID-19 vaccines have been approved around the word. Thanks to a worldwide research effort spurred by a global public health crisis, no vaccine has ever been developed so quickly. But as the vaccine development effort goes on, the world now faces another challenge: actually getting those vaccines to the people who need them. Fortunately, Our World in Data, a data visualization project based out of University of Oxford, has you covered.