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Can the world eradicate COVID-19?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — In 1980, after a massive global effort, the World Health Organization declared that Smallpox had been eradicated. The CDC says it’s often considered the biggest achievement in international public health. “Smallpox is the only (human) disease that the world has been able to completely eradicate,” Dr. Sharon Isern, a professor of Biological Sciences at FGCU, explained to NBC2. Can it be done again with COVID-19? Can the world eradicate — completely wipe out — this deadly disease?  VACCINES: A CRUCIAL TOOL IN FIGHTING DISEASES The rapid...

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Trader Joe’s drops mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers

The grocery store Trader Joe’s announced that customers will no longer have to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the company said on Friday in a statement. The decision follows the CDC updating their guidelines to be more relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated. People who are unvaccinated should still wear their masks when shopping. The post Trader Joe’s...

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Cape Coral COVID-19 vaccine site opens next week

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The City of Cape Coral is teaming up with Curative to offer coronavirus vaccine to the community. Starting Monday, May 17, people can get a COVID-19 shot at the current testing site located across from City Hall at 1020 Cultural Park Boulevard. Walk ups are allowed at this site, but appointments can also be made. CLICK HERE to make an appointment. The vaccine site is offering the Moderna vaccine and will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The site plans on also offering the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the next couple weeks.  If you made...

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Local teens begin getting Pfizer vaccine after FDA authorization

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Teenagers began getting the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday after the recent FDA authorization that allows people aged 12-15 to get the Pfizer vaccine. Many said they were excited to be protected and said it would make them feel safer going to school and hanging out with friends. Over the last two months, the medical experts said there has been an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among 12 to 17 year olds. “I just wanted to get my COVID vaccine the moment I could, so I was excited when they released it for my age group,” said Daniel Cho, a...

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SWFL nurse heading to India to help fight COVID-19 crisis

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Millions of people are suffering in India, with high COVID-19 case numbers and low levels of medical supplies. A Southwest Florida nurse is doing her part to help. Sonal Payne will travel with dozens of nurses to the country’s capital for a month-long trip. She was born and raised in India, and pursued her nursing career after moving to the United States.  Payne said updates from her family and friends living in India have gotten worse over time.  “Talking to my friends who are very well-affiliated and have a lot of money and everything,”...

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CDC drops mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

NBC News – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] announced that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or socially distance inside or outside in most situations. The update comes more than a year after the CDC issued guidelines recommending that Americans wear a mask to protect against the virus. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose is administered. That gives the immune system enough time to create antibodies to combat the virus. So far, more than 35% of the United States has been fully vaccinated,...

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Where 12 to 15-year-olds can get vaccinated in SWFL today

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just gave the Pfizer vaccine the final go-ahead to drop the minimum age of who can get the shot. Kids under 17-years-old make up a big portion of recent coronavirus cases, according to the CDC. So, this is a major milestone in the fight to end the pandemic. The CDC’s recommendation comes just days after the FDA also recommended lowering the age in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Vaccinating in this age group is critical in helping the country reach herd immunity, medical experts said. Over...

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NBC2’S Vax Facts

This page is devoted to helping you get your COVID-19 vaccine from one of the various sources currently giving shots. NOTE: The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine eligibility age was lowered to 12-years-old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be with a parent or legal guardian to get their shot. Who is eligible for a vaccine? Anyone 12+ Frontline healthcare workers Law enforcement officers & first responders Long-term care facility residents & staff K-12 employees & staff can be vaccinated at federal pharmacy vaccination sites and FEMA sites People under 12 can also be vaccinated if they...

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