Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System

In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories of seniors and essential workers.

As states widen eligibility requirements for who can get a covid-19 vaccine, health officials are often taking people’s word that they qualify, thereby prioritizing efficiency over strict adherence to distribution plans.

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“We are doing everything possible to vaccinate only those ‘in phase,’ but we won’t turn away someone who has scheduled their vaccine appointment and tells us that they are in phase if they do not have proof or ID,” said Bill Christian, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health.

Among the states pivoting to vaccinating all … Read more

Coronavirus live news: German lockdown could last up to 10 weeks; Ukraine asks EU for vaccine help

German officials concerned about spread of UK variant; Ukraine resisting turning to Russia for help; China locks down Langfang City

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 9,327,138 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Tuesday morning and distributed 27,696,150 doses.

A total of 4,385,175 vaccine doses were distributed for use in long-term care facilities and 951,774 people in the facilities got their first dose, the agency said.

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US federal officials have agreed to send states additional coronavirus vaccine doses requested by several governors, as the country tries to increase … Read more

California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The coronavirus pandemic doomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plans last year to combat homelessness, expand behavioral health services and create a state agency to control soaring health care costs.

But even as the pandemic continues to rage, California’s Democratic governor said Friday he plans to push forward with those goals in the coming year, due to a rosier budget forecast buoyed by higher tax revenue from wealthy Californians who have fared relatively well during the crisis.

Newsom’s $227.2 billion budget blueprint also prioritizes billions to safely reopen K-12 schools shuttered by the pandemic, $600 payments for nearly 4 million low-income Californians — in addition to federal stimulus payments — and coronavirus relief grants and tax credits for hard-hit small businesses.

However, his 2021-22 fiscal year spending plan does not include additional public health money for local health departments … Read more

Australia news live: second Queenslander has UK Covid strain; McCormack defends Craig Kelly's right to post misinformation

Husband of a hotel quarantine cleaner who contracted new Covid-19 strain tests positive; acting PM says ‘facts are sometimes contentious’ when asked about MP’s Covid posts. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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A man has been charged after allegedly becoming aggressive at a McDonald’s in northwestern Sydney when staff asked him to sign in using a QR code, reports the AAP.

NSW Police will allege in court the man refused to use the Covid-safe check-in at the fast-food outlet in Kellyville Ridge on Saturday evening.

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Beachgoers have been told not to enter the water at a number of popular beaches on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula following a possible shark sighting, the AAP reports.

The possible sighting occurred about 6.15pm on Monday at Thirteenth beach in Barwon Heads, … Read more

Radical? Radical!

Welcome to 2021! An interesting start to the year for my US friends, more of the same for my UK and European friends, and life in NZ and Australia goes on with an added dash of uncertainty because of the new! improved! more contagious Covid19!

I’ve had a few weeks away from my usual Monday morning writing routine, but I return to the blog today with a lovely book I’ve reviewed. There’s no secret about my personal preference for ACT both for living and flourishing in daily life, and for those of us living with persistent pain. Today’s book review is about Radical Relief: A guide to overcome chronic pain, written by Joe Tatta, physiotherapist. From the outset, I’ll acknowledge that I was sent a free promotional copy of this book – but I would have bought it anyway, I promise!

There are a few books I recommend for … Read more