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News by Topic: Vaccination

Jan 12, 2021 - Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths across the country. Explains how grocers and pharmacies are helping distribute the vaccine and setting up locations at schools and libraries could help distribution in rural communities.
Source: RFD TV
Jan 11, 2021 - Highlights tribal health departments in Wisconsin, who quickly administered the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their first shipments in December, and are awaiting more doses for mass vaccination events. Describes how Oneida Nation has been working on its mass vaccination plan for ten years.
Source: Post Crescent
Jan 8, 2021 - Highlights rural communities that have taken the initiative to successfully distribute the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. Discusses how healthcare is historically difficult to access in rural areas, but some rural communities face fewer logistical hurdles and smaller numbers to vaccinate.
Source: NPR
Jan 8, 2021 - Highlights efforts by tribal healthcare providers to deliver thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to remote and rural areas of Alaska. Vials have been airlifted to villages via charter plane, others driven on a water taxi, and some of the clinicians giving shots were even shuttled around villages on sleds, pulled behind snow machines.
Source: Alaska Public Media
Jan 7, 2021 - The next group of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine include food and agricultural workers, but a study found about a third of farmworkers said they were unsure or unlikely to get vaccinated. Discusses the need for outreach to provide education on the vaccine in rural communities.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 7, 2021 - Describes West Virginia's success in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine, putting the state ahead of other states in terms of distribution. Discusses how they are utilizing existing relationships with independent pharmacies to distribute the vaccine in rural and small communities.
Source: NPR
Jan 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will provide support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 5, 2021 - Features the Republic of Palau, which has not recorded a single coronavirus case or virus-related death and has received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. Discusses how the islands have managed to stay COVID-free and how they hope to be one of the first nations inoculated against the virus.
Source: CNN
Jan 5, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found nearly a third of rural counties do not have a pharmacy that is listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) COVID-19 vaccine distribution partnerships. Describes an HHS announcement that says additional agreements could be reached to include independent and regional-chain pharmacies in distribution, but the study identified 110 rural counties that have no pharmacies capable of vaccine services.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 4, 2021 - Details the concerns of primary care physicians who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and are unsure of when or where they will receive it. Features primary care doctors in rural communities, discusses how they have been impacted by the pandemic and the crucial role they play in supporting the healthcare system overall.
Source: Stat News