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NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul and top state officials will consider adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s list of required inoculations for students attending New York school districts as federal regulators are expected to approve the shot for children ages 5 to 11 this month.

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(TNS) – Vaccinations against COVID-19 have likely prevented the hospitalizations and deaths of tens of thousands of older and more vulnerable American residents in the last five months, according to a new study from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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(TNS)– Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday that it has requested an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, which would protect more than 28 million people in the U.S.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul doubled down to defend the state’s vaccine mandate for health workers, expressing confidence the legal mandates will hold up in court following several challenges from workers’ unions and affected employees.

BATAVIA — The health departments in Genesee and Orleans counties continue to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week at their respective departments, but say they don’t know how much of an impact the state vaccine mandate for health care workers, which went into effect Monday, has had on th…

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WASHINGTON (TNS) — People over age 65 and those at high risk of severe COVID-19 can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration said, opening a new and more controversial phase of the U.S. immunization campaign.

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BATAVIA — The Genesee County Legislature urged Gov. Kathy Hochul and state Mental Health Commissioner Ann Marie T. Sullivan to modify the COVID-19 mandate for all healthcare workers on Wednesday.

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ALBANY — Upstate lawmakers and parents have filed two lawsuits to end the statewide mask mandate for millions of students in New York schools.

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(TNS) – The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths has surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

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There are more than 250 active cases of COVID-19 in the four-county GLOW region as of this week, according to data from public health departments in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced expanded mask requirements to thwart the COVID-19 virus in advance of the anticipated spike in cases throughout fall and winter.

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(TNS) – A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621 or mu by the World Health Organization is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the U.S. or elsewhere, says Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician.

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NEW YORK — The state launched a new digital marketing campaign Wednesday to maximize the number of 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19 as officials fight to ward off new variants of the fatal upper respiratory illness.

Since being discovered in Colombia in January, the mu variant of COVID-19 has spread to nearly four dozen countries and has made its presence known in Hawaii and Alaska. It has so far been found in 49 states with Nebraska being the only state to not have a mu variant case detected.

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Daily coronavirus cases are four times higher than they were following Labor Day weekend of last year with the number of daily deaths twice as high as they were this time in 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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ALBANY — Senate and Assembly Republicans blasted their Democratic colleagues for deciding to extend the state’s eviction moratorium before Wednesday’s extraordinary session commenced for extending the eviction moratorium.