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CDC Funds ADPH with Over $40 Million Grant to Address COVID-19 Related Health Disparities

CDC has awarded the Alabama Department of Public Health $40,452,096 to address COVID-19-related health disparities. The funding, part of a $2.25 billion nationwide investment, seeks to advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services. This is CDC’s largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States.

CDC: Many Americans Can Now Go Outside Without a Mask

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday. Previously the CDC had been advising that people should wear…

Fauci Says He Expects Decision Soon on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

FILE – (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet Friday to discuss the pause in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the top U.S. infectious disease expert says he’d be “very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday.” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that “a decision…

CDC: Half of U.S. Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Shot

Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The announcement on Sunday marks another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign. It also leaves more work to be done to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. The CDC says almost 130 million…

Jackson Hospital Pausing Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Jackson Hospital says it will follow the government recommendation that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be paused. In a joint statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. More than 6.8 million…

Gov. Ivey Announces All People Age 16 and Up Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced that starting Monday, April 5, all Alabamians ages 16+ will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. She made the announcement while attending the Alabama National Guard’s free vaccination clinic in her hometown of Camden. Ivey says the state is on the path forward in recovering from the pandemic. She says she believes the vaccine…

CDC Tracking COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

More than 40 million Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As with other vaccines, there can be side effects. The CDC is tracking those side effects, even launching a new app so people can check in after receiving the vaccine. Common symptoms can include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site. Some skin rashes have also been reported. Doctors…

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks or Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control says people fully vaccinated from COVID-19 can gather with those at low risk for the coronavirus without masks but should still cover their faces in public. The long-awaited guidance from the CDC begins the process of providing clarity to Americans as more become vaccinated. Under the guidelines, fully vaccinated people could gather in groups without…

Health Officials Recommend Steps for Healthy Holiday Travel

If you are planning to travel for the holiday season, might as well do it safely right? The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking Alabamians to either get tested or self-monitor yourself for any possible symptoms. These are the best ways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials say. The ADPH recommend the ‘GuideSafe’ app to help monitor…