Welcome to the daily news! Today we cover the latest in vaccine news and other coronavirus updates. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org.
Anchorage Daily News, Published in Anchorage, Alaska
At a hospital in Juneau, Alaska, nearly 100 healthcare workers have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Two staff members have had varying degrees of an allergic reaction to the shot with the more serious case requiring overnight hospitalization. Health officials say that the vaccine is still safe, but recipients should be monitored for 15-30 minutes afterward for allergic reactions.
The Fresno Bee, Published in Fresno, California
Since California issued a second stay-at-home order in early December requiring restaurants to close in-person dining, many establishments have been defiant. Some restaurant owners are openly resisting the orders and even organizing protests. The city is issuing citations and fines to offenders based on tips from the public. A team of state agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is responsible for cracking down on these violations.
Tampa Bay Times, Published in St. Petersburg, Florida
Among staff in three Florida hospitals, nearly half said that they would decline the coronavirus vaccine initially. The fears stem from worry over potential unknown long-term side effects after the vaccine was expedited in a 10 month development. However, the vaccine had high support amongst doctors and more skepticism among lesser qualified hospital staff. Health officials say that it is crucial that the general public take the vaccine as soon as possible since only when there is 75-80% resistance in the population will things begin to return to normal.
The Boston Globe, Published in Boston, Massachusetts
The large amount of snowfall yesterday and today is posing new challenges toward combating the virus. Many outdoor testing sites will be closed and the rate of testing is expected to significantly drop. The inclement weather is also a disruption to supply chains shipping the vaccine to hospitals and local businesses struggling to stay afloat.
The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, New York
A long-awaited new pandemic relief package is now in the works in Congress. The bill is expected to extend enhanced unemployment aid, include additional direct stimulus checks, make provisions for vaccine distribution and other forms of economic assistance for entities such as businesses and schools. The package is expected to pass in the House and Senate.
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