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Vaccine hesitancy is making herd immunity for COVID-19 seem more elusive than ever. Could that change once the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for children as young as 12?

U.S. expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for children as young as 12 to get shots.

Even after the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks outdoors unless they’re in a crowd of strangers, many in L.A. still mask up.

Now that eligibility is expanding to all California adults, we’ve put together a list of the different ways you can try to make an appointment to get a COVID vaccine in Los Angeles County.

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines’ safety have led to hesitancy for some Americans. Experts say there is almost zero cause for concern.

Are vaccines safe? How do I get my second dose? Do I have to wear a mask? We’ve answered hundreds of newsletter readers’ questions. Here’s an archive.

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California Gov. Newsom’s economic recovery plan calls for $600 stimulus checks for eligible Californians. Families with children would get an additional $500.

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This Shangri-La of desert weirdness has drawn tourists from around the world, but even the ‘last free place in America’ couldn’t stand up to COVID-19.

Business owners in Nepal’s Solukhumbu region, which draws mountaineers from all over, are buried in debt, with almost no income and no relief in sight.

The Cactus Ranch feels secret, special even, because as far as nurseries go it’s relatively unknown. During the week, the property is a wholesale nursery business, closed to the public. But on weekends it’s open to anyone.

Sanctioned tent camps sprouted up in San Francisco at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and have become key to the city’s homelessness response.

Congressman Ted Lieu introduced the 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project act on May 6. It all started with an article by David Kipen in the L.A. Times

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The authorization potentially paves the way for millions of the doses to reach needy countries through a U.N.-backed program rolling out vaccines.

In the COVID-19 era, my 12-year-old played more video games than ever. What kind of parent was I to allow this? But then I talked to experts.

It’s not yet known whether COVID-19 vaccines can affect your period, but researchers are starting to study the issue.

Teams of experts also warn that a ‘substantial increase’ in hospitalizations and deaths is possible if unvaccinated people do not follow precautions.

An up-close view of how the coronavirus infects cells in the brain and spinal cord helps explain the neurological symptoms of some COVID-19 patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults ages 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

Last year the World Health Organization launched a program that aimed to scale up production of COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Pfizer and Moderna refused to participate.

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Amid the push for herd immunity, 5% of adults may be avoiding vaccines due to an intense fear of needles. It is common, and it can be overcome.

What kinds of activities are safe for families to do when the adults are fully vaccinated but the kids aren’t?

Lose it? Laminate it? Post it on Instagram? Some dos and don’ts for your vaccination card, the most exciting piece of paper you’ll get this year.

See what people had to say when asked whether they’d take a COVID-19 vaccine, and how experts are thinking about vaccination.

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Good news about vaccinations reducing deaths and illness from COVID-19 is giving some people a new excuse to not get their shots.

Latinos have long been targets of inhumane medical policies. Their hard-earned skepticism toward government is now contributing to vaccine resistance.

Even before the health crisis, it was clear the WHO needed reform if it was to going to achieve the required level of cooperation needed to control pandemics.

Corporations are walking back their pledges not to donate to certain Republicans, so why not do it in a way that gets more people vaccinated?

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Pandemic and Vaccines

The latest totals, where new cases are concentrated, testing numbers, demographcics, nursing homes and California state and county data in context compared to other states.

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It’s a mad commencement scramble to deliver some pomp to the Class of 2021. Universities are changing their plans the very week that wider reopenings are announced.

“We do need to work harder to ensure that there’s good information and easy access to vaccinations for our younger people,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

Orange County will close mass vaccination sites at the Anaheim Convention Center, OC Fair & Event Center, Soka University and Santa Ana College.

The owner of the Old Corner Saloon in San Joaquin County is arrested after allegedly selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to undercover agents.

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