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Mandating vaccination could reduce voluntary compliance

Citizen opposition to COVID-19 vaccination has emerged across the globe, prompting pushes for mandatory vaccination policies. But a new study based on evidence from Germany and on a model of the dynamic nature of people’s resistance to COVID-19 vaccination sounds an alarm: Mandating vaccination could have a substantial negative impact on voluntary compliance. Majorities in […]

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In Norway, vaccination coverage varies with birth country

Vaccination coverage varies with country of birth, according to a new review about the proportion of people vaccinated among immigrant groups conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The reasons for the differences are unknown. “There is good vaccination coverage in the Coronavirus Immunization Program in Norway. However, we see there are differences in […]

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What Childhood Vaccine Rates Can Teach Us About COVID Vaccines

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Polls show Americans are increasingly interested in getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but such surveys are largely national, leaving a big question: When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood […]

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Vaccination plans must include disability community’s needs

The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center recently launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard to decipher how state policies have—and have not—prioritized the needs of people with disabilities in vaccination plans. The website, created with the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, interprets public information so that the disability community can understand […]

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Russia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed

Maria Piparinen and other elderly residents of Ikhala were relieved when they heard that doctors were finally bringing a few doses of the coronavirus vaccine to their remote, snowy village in the Russian region of Karelia, near the border with Finland. Otherwise, the 75-year-old said she would have had to hire a car to take […]

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Reports of excess doses brings lines to vaccination site

Long lines formed and confusion spread at a mass coronavirus vaccination site in Massachusetts when news spread that there were extra doses available to people who had not made appointments. Curative, the company operating the site at a Danvers hotel, didn’t want the additional doses to go to waste, so workers told patients who were […]

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Brazil starts vaccination campaign two days early

Authorities in Brazil, hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will roll out a nationwide vaccination campaign Monday, two days earlier than announced. The accelerated push comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting impatience in states including Sao Paulo, which has already launched its own inoculation drive. Brazil’s Anvisa regulatory agency on Sunday approved the […]

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States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in US history

With a COVID-19 vaccine drawing closer, public health officials across the country are gearing up for the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history—a monumental undertaking that must distribute hundreds of millions of doses, prioritize who’s first in line and ensure that people who get the initial shot return for the necessary second one. The push […]

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HPV vaccination linked to lower risk of precancerous condition

Vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) reduces the risk of a condition that often leads to cervical cancer, according to an analysis of Danish health registry data. The study, which is published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, followed two groups of women: those born in 1993 who were offered free HPV-vaccination at the […]

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The flu season has started – more than 13,000 cases

Cough, runny nose, hoarseness of the voice: Who was tending so far this Winter with such symptoms, the bed, felt perhaps vergrippt, suffered but probably a harmless cold. Since the turn of the year, experts found in samples of patients but, increasingly, real flu virus, the number of confirmed cases is rising. Officially, the flu […]