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COVID-19 VACCINE

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The mandate, which was imposed in August 2021, requires all U.S. service members to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Pfizer said it has the capacity to ship up to 6 million pediatric doses in the first seven calendar days following the receipt of authorization, without any impact to distribution output of the doses for individuals aged 12 years and older.
Sanford Health in Bemidji is offering both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations this fall. The Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster will be available starting Thursday, Sept. 15, at Bemidji family medicine, internal medicine and children’s clinics. The new booster will also be available at other Sanford clinic locations over the coming days.
Since Paxlovid became available seven months ago, it has eclipsed other available therapies created to forestall life-threatening COVID symptoms in high-risk patients. Some doctors are quick to prescribe it, but as with so much about the COVID pandemic, there is controversy. Some patients are concerned about a possible rebound of the disease, while others have difficulty convincing their doctors they are good candidates for the drug.
Cases in the United States are up more than 25% in the last month, according to CDC data, as the rapidly spreading BA.5 subvariant has taken hold.
More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.

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Children ages 6 months to 4 years old will now be able to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Sanford Health, starting June 28.
A COVID-19 vaccine event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N.
The vaccines for the youngest of kids are expected to be rolled out as early as June 21, the Biden administration said earlier this month.

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