European Union provides fresh funding to support COVID-19 vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa – World

European Union provides fresh funding to support COVID-19 vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa - World

The programme will reach more than 189 million people DAKAR/NAIROBI, 8 December 2021 – UNICEF has received a new grant from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid to help roll out COVID-19 vaccination in 12 countries in Eastern, Southern, West and Central Africa. The 18-month joint programme will help ensure that as vaccines arrive, countries are … Read more

COVID-19 vaccination rates were low in these NT communities but now they’ve outpaced the Indigenous rate in the rest of the country

COVID-19 vaccination rates were low in these NT communities but now they've outpaced the Indigenous rate in the rest of the country

In Galiwin’ku, a remote Aboriginal community in north-east Arnhem Land, for most of the pandemic COVID-19 has been very far away.There have been no recorded community COVID-19 cases in the whole of East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory.Like many COVID-free pockets of Australia, the vaccine rollout there was initially slow, hampered by misinformation and hesitancy.But … Read more

UK boosts vaccination drive with additional 114m Covid jabs

UK boosts vaccination drive with additional 114m Covid jabs

The UK has expanded its booster programme after the Omicron variant emerged. File photoLONDON: The UK government said late Wednesday it has ordered 114 million additional Covid-19 vaccine doses, from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, to bolster its jabs drive over the next two years.The orders — 60 million extra doses of the Moderna vaccine … Read more

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

Air travellers to U.S. to face tougher COVID-19 testingEU says combating variant is a ‘race against time’Japan expands travel ban to some foreign residentsWHO warns against blanket travel bans over OmicronWASHINGTON/PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Air travellers to the United States will face tougher COVID-19 testing rules to try to slow the spread of the … Read more

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination – Newspaper

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded four more mortalities, all from Peshawar, due to coronavirus and 80 new cases on Tuesday as health department ordered acceleration of vaccination efforts to inoculate the target population. Health Secretary Mohammad Tahir Orakzai issued a notification regarding launching a special three-day drive from December 1 to December 3. It said that … Read more

NIH director: New Covid-19 variant ‘ought to redouble’ vaccination and mitigation efforts

NIH director: New Covid-19 variant 'ought to redouble' vaccination and mitigation efforts

“It’s certainly not good news. We don’t know yet how much of an impact this will have. It ought to redouble our efforts to use the tools that we have, which are vaccinations and boosters, and to be sure we’re getting those to the rest of the world, too, which the US is doing more … Read more

Officials asked to expedite Covid-19 vaccination

Covid-19 claims eight more lives, infects 555 others

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakht-unkhwa Chief Secretary Dr Shehzad Bangash on Friday directed the officials of Health and other departments to expedite the coronavirus vaccination drive. An official handout said the chief secretary instructed the officials at a meeting in the Civil Secretariat about the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination campaign.Muhammad Tahir Orakzai, Secretary Health, Fahad Mohmand, Focal Person … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination

A line up of people with their luggage outside Adelaide Airport

South Australia has recorded another two new cases of COVID-19 — a man and a woman in their 20s who both acquired their infection interstate.Key points:The Premier says South Australia has reached 80 per cent double vaccination for people aged 16 and overThe state has also recorded two new cases of COVID-19Both were acquired interstateSeven people … Read more

Epilepsy and COVID-19: Risks, vaccination, and safety

Epilepsy and COVID-19: Risks, vaccination, and safety

COVID-19 is a disease that can cause a vast range of symptoms. Although most people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection will not experience any symptoms associated with the brain or nervous system, COVID-19 can cause seizures in rare cases.Many people may experience mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms for up to 2 weeks. The symptoms can vary from person … Read more

Logistical challenges hamper COVID-19 vaccination drives in Africa

Logistical challenges hamper COVID-19 vaccination drives in Africa

Deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa have picked upBut many countries’ vaccination programmes face problemsSmall percentage of Africa’s population fully vaccinatedNAIROBI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Many African nations are struggling with the logistics of accelerating their COVID-19 inoculation campaigns as deliveries of vaccines to the continent finally pick up, the head of Africa’s disease control … Read more

Victoria records 1,254 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths as state hits 90pc double vaccination threshold

Pedestrians wearing masks cross the road in front of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Victoria has recorded 1,254 new local COVID-19 cases and five deaths, as the state reaches its target of 90 per cent full vaccination for those aged 12 and over.Key points:Most of Victoria’s COVID restrictions lifted on Friday in anticipation of the state reaching the 90 per cent vaccination targetUnder new rules triggered on Friday, unvaccinated Victorians can … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 82 new cases, province stops reporting vaccination status of hospitalized

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 48 new cases, Horizon and Vitalité return to orange alert level

New Brunswick recorded 82 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest single-day jump in more than a month, and the provincial government has stopped reporting the vaccination status of new cases, people hospitalized and in intensive care with COVID-19. Instead, it provides only the vaccination rates per 100,000 among these groups on the COVID-19 dashboard. Department of Health officials did not … Read more

Carlton’s Liam Jones announces AFL retirement after reportedly refusing COVID-19 vaccination

A Carlton AFL player holds the ball in two hands during a 2021 premiership match.

Carlton’s Liam Jones has announced his retirement from the AFL after reportedly refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.Key points:Jones says he decided to retire for “personal reasons”The Blues had been in “regular contact” with Jones during the off-season periodJones played 161 AFL matches across two clubs, the Blues and BulldogsThe Blues released a media statement … Read more

Sukkur men arrested for making fake Covid vaccination entries

Sukkur men arrested for making fake Covid vaccination entries

The Federal Investigation Agency has arrested three men for making fake Covid-19 vaccination entries in Sukkur’s New Pind. The suspects, identified as Faisal, Fazal, and Haider, were arrested during a raid by the Cyber Crime Circle Friday. They worked as gardener, watchman, and driver, respectively, at the basic health unit in the area. According to … Read more

NSW paramedic John Larter loses COVID vaccination exemption bid in Supreme Court

A paramedic in dark coveralls stands with his hands on his hips in a park.

A Supreme Court Justice has dismissed a bid by a regional New South Wales paramedic to be exempted from receiving COVID-19 vaccines.Key points:Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson accepted the “thought processes” of Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who gave evidence during the caseJustice Adamson said it would be “of no comfort” for a patient under … Read more

COVID updates: Greater Darwin enters fifth day of ‘lockout restrictions’, Queensland expected to hit 80 per cent first-dose vaccination rate — as it happened

COVID updates: Greater Darwin enters fifth day of 'lockout restrictions', Queensland expected to hit 80 per cent first-dose vaccination rate — as it happened

The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT is calling on federal health authorities to pressure the territory government into changing how it measures the local coronavirus vaccination rollout.The government counts the number of  “jabs in arms” whereas the federal government data uses the Australian Immunisation Register data, which is based on addresses registered with Medicare.Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the NT is … Read more

Covid booster shots: who is eligible and how will it affect your vaccination status in Australia? | Australia news

Vaccine clinics and general practitioners have begun administering Covid-19 booster shots to the general population, with almost two million Australians set to be eligible for their third dose by Christmas.More than 170,000 severely immunocompromised Australians had already received third doses as a part of a limited early phase of eligibility, however from Monday, any Australian … Read more

Queensland on track to hit 80pc vaccination as no new COVID-19 community cases detected

Queensland on track to hit 80pc vaccination as no new COVID-19 community cases detected

Queensland has recorded no new community cases of COVID-19.The state has detected three new cases in hotel quarantine – two travellers from overseas and one from interstate.There is currently a small cluster in the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi, with 5,826 tests done in the past 24 hours. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state looked set to hit … Read more

Queensland records zero cases of COVID-19 as Deputy Premier blames regional Queenslanders for low vaccination rates

Queensland records zero cases of COVID-19 as Deputy Premier blames regional Queenslanders for low vaccination rates

The low rates of COVID-19 vaccination in regional Queensland are not due to a lack of resources, the Deputy Premier says, as the state records another day of zero new cases.Key points:The state is due to reopen on December 17 and only 55 per cent of central Queenslanders are vaccinatedSuspended health staff have a week to follow … Read more

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Senior Victorian state government minister Martin Pakula has refuted reports the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party was refusing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission today resumes its public hearings as part of an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct involving Victorian public officers, including members of Parliament.The probe centres … Read more

One In Three Employers Require Covid Vaccination And It’s Only The Beginning

One In Three Employers Require Covid Vaccination And It’s Only The Beginning

A healthcare worker at the Jackson Health Systems receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine from … [+] Susana Flores Villamil, RN from Jackson Health Systems, at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on December 15, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Getty Images At least one in three U.S. employers are requiring their workers to … Read more

Covid-19: Northland cases ‘no surprise’, with low vaccination rates at border

Covid-19: Northland cases 'no surprise', with low vaccination rates at border

New cases of Covid-19 in Northland have come as no surprise to Kaipara’s mayor, who has been advocating for better services in areas next to the Auckland border. Four cases announced over the weekend are all from one household in the Kaiwaka area, which is “right on the border” with alert level 3 Auckland, Dr … Read more

NCOC to lift Covid-19 restrictions from cities with at least 60pc vaccination rate

NCOC to lift Covid-19 restrictions from cities with at least 60pc vaccination rate

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday announced that it will roll back all COVID-19 related restrictions from cities with at least 60 per cent vaccinated population.   The decision was made in a meeting of the NCOC chaired by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar. According to the … Read more

Germany fears fourth Covid wave as vaccination rates remain low | Germany

Concerns are mounting in Germany about a rapidly growing and hard to predict fourth wave of Covid-19 this autumn, as the government is in transition and flatlining vaccination rates lag behind those in the rest of western Europe.An increasingly mobile population, a largely dismantled pop-up testing infrastructure and reduced staffing at hospitals have led some … Read more

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive – Newspaper

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive - Newspaper

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has directed all the deputy commissioners and district health officers (DHOs) to launch a two-week Covid-19 vaccination outreach drive in their respective districts ‘on a pattern similar to the polio campaign’. In this respect, the officials have been told that they can engage the workforce of other … Read more

Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Akrotiri and Dhekelia Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme. Albania Vaccine certificate. Andorra EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine. Angola Will be added to this list 4am Monday 1 November. If you arrive in England … Read more

Covid 19: Conspiracy theorists contribute to disappointing vaccination rates

Covid 19: Conspiracy theorists contribute to disappointing vaccination rates

The small West Coast town of Karamea is a place that attracts artists and people who want to get away from the world. It also has one of the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates of any area in the South Island – but the local district health board’s mobile clinic has only visited three times since … Read more

Covid-19: Auckland midwives weigh up Government’s mandatory vaccination order

Covid-19: Auckland midwives weigh up Government’s mandatory vaccination order

Sarai Tepou has worked as an independent midwife in south Auckland for a number of years and says the Government’s mandatory vaccination order for those in the profession is a step too far. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins announced last week that high-risk workers in the healthcare sector would need to be fully vaccinated by … Read more

Which protects you more against Covid – vaccination or prior infection? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

In the United States, the issue of whether “natural immunity” from prior infection is as good as vaccination is becoming politicised.Fortunately, the Office for National Statistics has released results from a sophisticated analysis of its Covid-19 infection survey that address this issue. Helped by test-and-trace data, it identified respondents’ “infection episodes” and used other data … Read more

Melbourne to ease more COVID curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

Melbourne to ease more COVID curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a deserted city bridge during a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File Photo/File PhotoMELBOURNE, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Melbourne, the world’s most locked-down city that emerged from its latest … Read more

New Zealand Covid: Ardern unveils post-lockdown ‘traffic light’ system linked to 90% vaccination rate | New Zealand

More than 18 months into the pandemic, New Zealand has announced its roadmap for a post-lockdown future – and says dropping restrictions hinges on the country hitting some of the world’s most ambitious vaccination rates.Prime minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced that 90% of eligible New Zealanders needed to be fully vaccinated across each District … Read more

Tasmania reaches 70 per cent double-dose COVID vaccination rate

Nurse giving vaccine to female patient.

Premier Peter Gutwein says 70 per cent of Tasmanians aged over 16 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of today.It marks a milestone on the same day Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the national double-dose vaccination rate had hit 70 per cent.Mr Gutwein told a press conference that about 85 per cent of Tasmanians … Read more

Queensland records zero new COVID-19 cases, vaccination timeline set amid regional jabs push

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk providing COVID-19 update in Rockhampton

Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases as officials urge 400,000 people yet to be vaccinated to act immediately now that border controls on the virus are set to ease.Key points:The Premier says people have 12 days to get vaccinated to be fully protected when borders open to hotspotsShe says about 400,000 Queenslanders … Read more

Covid vaccination increases after being linked with documentation – Newspaper

Covid vaccination increases after being linked with documentation - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Covid-19 vaccination is increasing after government’s decision of linking it with getting admission in educational institutions and land registration and transfer documents. Prof Khalid Mahmood at Lady Reading Hospital told this scribe that all the vaccines currently used had efficacy in the range of 79 to 96 per cent in preventing the infectious disease. … Read more

Australia could see Covid surge from new variants even after 80% vaccination when border reopens | Australia news

If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged 16 years are fully vaccinated, modelling published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says.It comes after the New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, … Read more

COVID-19 vaccination certificates for international travel to be available on MyGov from Tuesday

A digital rendering of the International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate from a government video

New vaccine certificates for international travel will be available from Tuesday morning, as the federal government prepares for the further easing of international border restrictions.Key points:The certificates are proof to border authorities around the world that the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19The certificates can be requested and downloaded through the MyGov websiteThey have QR … Read more

Chicago Launches Series of COVID Vaccine Clinics to Boost City’s Vaccination Numbers – NBC Chicago

Chicago Launches Series of COVID Vaccine Clinics to Boost City’s Vaccination Numbers – NBC Chicago

The city of Chicago is stepping up its efforts to boost COVID vaccination numbers before the end of the year, and numerous local organizations are hosting vaccine drives in the coming week. The drives are part of a new initiative called “Project Chicago 77,” which is aiming to ensure that at least 77% of Chicago … Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta variant: Super Saturday Vaxathon vaccination drive sees record numbers jabbed

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta variant: Super Saturday Vaxathon vaccination drive sees record numbers jabbed

Watch: Kiwis have smashed the government’s ‘Super Saturday’ goal of 100,000 vaccine doses today – and Auckland should hit the 90 per cent first-dose target in the next five days.Finally we can say it, Aotearoa.Hooray for high numbers.On Saturday almost 130,000 Kiwis joined Team Jabbed when they took a wee needle in the arm and … Read more

Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state turns to a novel way to increase vaccination rates.Treasurer Cameron Dick held this morning’s press conference at a Bunnings warehouse in Logan, south of Brisbane.Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available for the first time today at 33 Bunnings stores across the state, … Read more

Tiny Pacific nation beats the world with 99% COVID vaccination, says Red Cross

Tiny Pacific nation beats the world with 99% COVID vaccination, says Red Cross

SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has the world’s highest percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19, the Red Cross said on Thursday, urging the country’s laggard neighbours to follow its example and step up incoluation efforts.Fully 99% of Palau’s population over 12 has had both shots of vaccine for the … Read more

COVID live updates: Victoria’s gyms, clubs and cafes to be vaccination hubs

COVID live updates: Victoria's gyms, clubs and cafes to be vaccination hubs

When oh when can we travel? I don’t have a crystal ball, so can’t answer some of these, but I’ll do my best. I feel your pain, South Aussie desperate to go to NSW! I am in Vic and my wedding dress is stuck in Qld! I’m hoping I can see it at Christmas time, along with … Read more

Alberta launches app to read COVID-19 vaccination QR code

Alberta launches app to read COVID-19 vaccination QR code

A new app is out in Alberta for restaurants and businesses to scan patrons’ proof of COVID-19 vaccine QR code. Click here for Tuesday’s daily COVID-19 numbersAt the beginning of the month, the province announced vaccinated Albertans would be able to sign up for a unique QR code to use as proof of immunization. At the time, … Read more

Jordan backs league’s COVID-19 vaccination stance

Jordan backs league's COVID-19 vaccination stance

Sep 21, 2021; Haven, WI, USA; Former Chicago Bulls NBA basketball player Michael Jordan watches the action from the 11th hole during the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, in Haven, Wis. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti-USA TODAY SportsOct 12 (Reuters) – Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan said he is … Read more

Singleton’s Caledonian Hotel licensee fined for breaching COVID-19 vaccination requirements

The exterior of a hotel with signs reading 'free australia, and anti vaccination messages

Just hours after vowing to defy coronavirus vaccination requirements, the licensee of a notorious “freedom” pub in the NSW Hunter Valley has been fined for breaching public health orders.Key points:The Caledonian Hotel in Singleton pledged to not enforce vaccination requirements on patronsThe licensee and an employee have been issued PINS under NSW public health ordersThe pub gained notoriety for … Read more

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

What do the health experts have to say about the lockdown ending in NSW?Epidemiologist Tony Blakley said in about 10 to 21 days, the government should assess how fast cases are increasing. If the data suggests cases will soon surge to about 4,000 a day or more (at which point over 2,000 would be on hospital on … Read more

Azad Kashmir by-elections, Covid vaccination, dengue outbreak

Azad Kashmir by-elections, Covid vaccination, dengue outbreak

Here are some of the stories we will be following today, Friday, October 10, 2021. Pakistan has seen a steady decline in its coronavirus cases. In the last 24 hours, nearly 750 new cases were reported, while 19 people succumbed to the deadly virus. Sindh has made it mandatory for students above or of the … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

Public Health has made it easier for New Brunswickers to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccination online. Instead of having to attend a regional health authority vaccination clinic to obtain a registration code to create a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information, people can simply type “IR,” followed by one of their vaccination dates for the … Read more

Tasmania needs 90 per cent COVID vaccination rate before fully opening borders, Premier warns

Close up of Premier Peter Gutwein, a man in a puffer vest with a bald head

The Tasmanian Premier has warned that the island state will not reopen its borders to all of the country until it reaches a 90 per cent vaccination rate against COVID-19.Key points:Premier Peter Gutwein says Tasmania could record nearly 15,000 COVID cases within six months if it reopened its borders when it reached 80pc vaccinatedState-specific modelling for … Read more

Victoria records 867 new COVID cases and four deaths as state to hit 80 per cent single-dose vaccination target

A woman walks her dog around Albert Park Lake.

Victoria has recorded 867 new cases of COVID-19 and four further deaths, ahead of a slight easing of restrictions.The cases were detected from 49,450 test results, and it brings the number of active infections in the state to 9,261.The Department of Health has also added 140 new infections to the total reported yesterday, and 9 to … Read more

Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19, Premier says border opening plan depends on vaccination and national plan

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk responds to media questions about the state's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again urged Queenslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and signalled revised modelling due this week would determine the state’s path to reopening to people from New South Wales and Victoria.Ms Palaszczuk has come under pressure to commit to a plan to reopen the state’s borders as Queensland recorded another day with no … Read more