COVID-19

Who can get a booster shot after CDC sign-off? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 23, 2021

This post was updated at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 24 to reflect late-breaking CDC recommendations WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing children

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Georgia parents welcome prospect of COVID vaccine OK for young children

BY: - September 20, 2021

The first results of a COVID-19 vaccination study found the treatments are safe and effective for children between 5 and 11, Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday after a study of more than 2,200 children. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and up, and people between 12 to 15 […]

Regular flu season looms as wildcard as Georgia hospitals strain to treat COVID patients

BY: - September 20, 2021

It won’t be long before autumn comes to Georgia, but the changing season could bring more than just cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. For pharmacists, cold weather means more people coming through their doors looking for relief from stuffy noses and sore throats or to ward off infection with a flu vaccine. October marks the […]

Carr, 23 other Republican AGs urge Biden administration to drop vaccine mandates

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining with more than 20 other Republican state attorneys general threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. “In yet another example of blatant disregard for the rule of […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: GOP leaders should tell faithful to get vaccinated and quit their damn whining

BY: - September 16, 2021

Under current Georgia law, “No child shall be admitted to or attend any school or facility in this state unless the child shall first have submitted a certificate of immunization to the responsible official of the school or facility.” That, my friends, is a government vaccine mandate, and it has been on the books for […]

Georgia’s college-bound students hit SAT highs despite pandemic turmoil

BY: - September 15, 2021

Georgia’s class of 2021 showed significant increases in their SAT scores and performed better than the national average, though significantly fewer students took the test than in previous years. Public school students across the state increased their average math score from 511 to 531 over last year’s class, and evidence-based reading and writing went from […]

Public health official urges vigilance as delta wave shows signs of easing

BY: - September 14, 2021

A top state public health official says the fourth wave of the pandemic – brought on by the more easily transmissible delta variant – may have already peaked in Georgia. But state epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek said Tuesday it’s too soon to know for sure whether the recent decline represents the start of a lasting […]

Professors start week of campus protests against statewide classroom mask ban

BY: - September 14, 2021

College professors across Georgia took up signs and bullhorns Monday to protest statewide policies barring university leadership from requiring COVID-19 safety precautions like mandatory masks inside campus buildings. The protests, the first in this week’s planned daily demonstrations around the state, are being organized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. […]

Kemp vows fight after Biden plans to mandate COVID vaccines, tests for U.S. workers

BY: - September 10, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp quickly vowed to go to court and other Georgia Republicans responded with angry charges of government overreach after President Joe Biden outlined a plan of expansive new federal vaccine requirements to attack the surge of COVID-19. More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get […]

Georgia public university leader reaffirms statewide ban on campus mask mandates

BY: - September 9, 2021

At two Atlanta meetings Thursday morning, two groups of education leaders outlined opposing visions for the COVID-19 safety measures students and employees should be subject to at Georgia’s colleges and universities. Georgia Board of Regents acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney said the focus should be on encouraging, but not requiring, as many students as possible to […]

Biden to require COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]