Boy who had cardiac arrest after first Pfizer vaccine dose out of ICU

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In its response to Yahoo News Singapore's media query, the ministry said that he has been transferred to a high dependency ward in the National University Hospital (NUH)'s coronary care unit for "close monitoring and observation". 

He remains stable and the MOH is still investigating the underlying cause leading to his cardiac arrest, the ministry added.

"Our priority is the well-being of the patient and he is under the close medical care of an excellent team in the (NUH) and our hopes and well wishes are with him and his family for a steady recovery," said the MOH.

The boy had been taking supplements and was lifting weights almost twice his body at the gym when he collapsed on the morning of 3 July, six days after he received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine on 27 June.

The boy was transferred on the same evening to the NUH's ICU in critical condition from the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), where he was first treated.

In the same statement on Thursday, the MOH reiterated that the recent death of a 16-year-old boy, whose obituary went viral online, was not vaccine-related. 

The boy had not received any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the ministry stressed. The obituary in question stated that the boy, who was born in 2005, had died on 10 July.

"We urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may add to the family’s grief or cause public alarm," it said.

As of 30 June, there have been 12 reports of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, or inflammation of the lining around the heart, occurring in individuals following their vaccinations with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines authorised for use in Singapore under the nationwide programme are based on mRNA technology.

Five of the cases occurred in adults aged 30 years old and above.

The remaining seven involved males aged below 30 years old, higher than expected for the particular age group, based on background incidence rates.

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Businesses encourage vaccinations in states with high rates of COVID-19 variant

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It's a logical effort, health experts said, as some people who are vaccine-wary are more likely to trust information coming from a community source with whom they have a relationship than they are information from, say, a government official or pedigreed doctor.

The Biden Administration's "Shots at the Shop" vaccine initiative, designed to encourage Americans to get their jabs in nearly 1,000 salons and barbershops — spaces that are intimately familiar to many— has helped bump up vaccination rates in African-American communities across the U.S.

Katrina Randolph, owner of Tre Shadez Hair Studio in Capitol Heights, Maryland, has transformed her salon into a makeshift information center and vaccine clinic where customers can receive their vaccines — after getting their hair done. Randolph, who is also a community health worker, said she has known many of her clients for more than 20 years. Roughly 43% of Prince George's County residents are vaccinated, falling below both the state and national averages. 

"While they are sitting in my chair I try to have that conversation for as long as they are sitting there to try to help them make a decision by the time they walk out the door," she told CBSN.  

In Georgia, where COVID-19 hospitalizations are creeping upward as the more ferociously transmissible Delta variant surges, the Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend partnered with state health officials to promote vaccination at a concert at the track — the first since the start of the pandemic — ahead of a Nascar race. 

Vaccines were made available to local fans who could choose to participate in the state's "I Said Yes!" campaign, empowering residents to get the vaccine for their own reasons. 

"'I Said Yes' demonstrates that everyone has their own reason for saying yes to the vaccine; from seeing their family again, to getting back to work, to getting back to racing, and more," the Georgia Department of Health said in a statement. 

The event targeted Nascar fans, who make up "a pretty broad audience," Nancy Nydam, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Health, told CBS MoneyWatch. "We are really trying to reach people who are unvaccinated where they live, where they play, where they work."

Less than 38% of all Georgia residents were fully vaccinated as of July 15, according to the latest state data. Nydam said some individuals who have yet to become immunized against COVID-19 aren't necessarily opposed to the vaccine but say getting jabbed can be inconvenient.

"We said, 'OK, we'll bring the vaccine to you where you are and that can mean bringing it into a business or particular community or area. It's not only the accessibility part of it but people also tend to do what they see other people do," Nydam said. 

The Delta variant has not stopped visitors from flocking to Branson, Missouri, a tourist hub and now one of the hardest-hit locales for the state's Delta variant outbreak. 

"Low vaccination rates in these counties, coupled with high case rates and lax mitigation policies that do not protect those who are unvaccinated from disease, will certainly and sadly lead to more unnecessary suffering, hospitalization and potential death," Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said of southwestern Missouri in a briefing last week. "We are really encouraging people who are not vaccinated yet to get vaccinated and wear a mask until you do."

Low vaccination rates and high numbers of Covid-19 cases are the norm across Missouri, which relies heavily on tourism, particularly during the summer months. Just shy of 40% of all Missourians are fully vaccinated, with vaccine rates as low as 12% in some counties of the Show Me State. 

To that end, local businesses are urging residents to get vaccinated so they can continue to entertain visitors without reverting to the kinds of restrictions that were in place at the pandemic's peak. 

Through its "Covid Stops Here" initiative, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrates businesses that achieve a 70% vaccination rate or higher among employees by giving out bronze, silver and gold designations. The chamber's signs, ranked by percentage rates, let customers and clients know an establishment is a safe place to do business.

The new program, announced Thursday, has already received a handful of applications, according to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. 

"You need a lot of people to get injections to get to 70%," said Dan Mehan, the chamber's CEO. "Some employers are already there but it's going to be a stretch for a lot of employers." 

At this late stage in the pandemic, COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to the entire adult population in the U.S. — meaning anyone who wants to get vaccinated, can do so. 

"You're not going to not get a shot because it's not available," Mehan said. "The state's doing a good job of making it available, it's just a matter of getting people to cross the line and get it."

The only barrier that remains is convincing the vaccine-resistant to get jabbed. 

"This is a unique opportunity to highlight businesses that are out in front on this and give them something to place inside their workplace, celebrating the fact that they're leading the charge on vaccination," said Jacob Luecke, the chamber's director of communications. "They can also place something in their entryway to let the public know, when you enter this workplace, it's a safe place, where the staff is vaccinated."

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Sen. Hawley trusts Missourians will make ‘good choices’ as Delta variant spreads

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri’s health department is reporting the highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases since the dead of winter, and the association representing the state’s hospital has warned that the health care system is potentially on the brink of a crisis.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services cited 2,302 newly confirmed cases of the virus on Thursday, the largest one-day count since mid-January, as the delta variant continues to spread in a state with one of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates.

The Missouri Hospital Association, in its weekly COVID-19 update, calls the situation in southwestern Missouri “dire” and says signals for the rest of Missouri are “foreboding.” Low vaccination rates are leading to the spread of the virus near the Lake of the Ozarks.

According to the post-vaccination rates in Greene (34.2%), Jasper (30%), McDonald (14.7%), Newton (18.4%), and Barry (28.7%) counties are below the state rate of nearly 40%. Experts say at least 70% of people need immunity to minimize spread within a community. According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department dashboard, 40% of Greene County residents have been vaccinated.

“The numbers are too high. You want to see them low and declining. That is why it is vital we get folks all of the information we can about the vaccines; where they’re available,” said Senator Josh Hawley. “I always tell people that I am vaccinated and that I encourage folks to go get vaccinated. Ultimately, I trust Missourians to make their own medical decisions. My view is that you just have to get them the facts. For those who want to get vaccinated, let them know where they can do it.”

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“I think going door-to-door, as the president has said the federal government is going to do. That is a huge mistake. I think that implying that the federal government is somehow going to force people to make a particular medical decision is crazy. I think it is wrong and it will backfire. You will find Missourians saying, ‘Don’t tell me what medical decisions I need to make for myself and my family. ‘

That is the wrong approach. What you do is get people the information and you trust them to make good choices. For those who want the vaccine, you make it available. As it is, for free, and widely available all over the state,” said Sen Hawley.

While 67% of American adults have gotten at least one dose, officials are increasingly worried about vast geographic disparity in vaccination rates, and the emergence of what some experts warn could be two dramatically different realities for the country in the coming months: High vaccine uptake and lower caseloads in more Democratic-leaning parts of the country, and fresh hot spots and the development of dangerous variants in more GOP-leaning areas.

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The lab at Mizzou is the sole location wastewater from around the state is tested. Marc Johnson, a Mizzou professor who is leading the study, says the variant spread so fast, they barely had time to warn the state. 

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