Terrell Owens claims he punched out heckler in self-defense after video emerges: 'Swung at me first'
Video of Terrell Owens punching out an alleged heckler emerged on Sunday, showing the Hall of Fame wide receiver squaring up with the man in a CVS parking lot. From the AP:"The aggressor continued threatening the fan just as he did in the store," Owens told the AP. Owens said the man "swung at me first" before he "felt obligated to prevent the aggressor from becoming more violent." The video begins with each man in the process of throwing hands, with Owens eventually dropping his opponent with a hard right. After a minute or so of talking, Owens walks away.wftv.com
CVS Health tops forecasts, reserves billions for settlement
She noted that state attorneys general were at the negotiating table when CVS Health began discussions late last month. CVS Health also recorded a $2.5 billion loss in the quarter on assets held for sale to write down the company’s struggling Omnicare long-term care business. CVS Health also saw sales growth in the quarter from all three of its main businesses as total revenue climbed 10% to $81.2 billion. CVS Health now expects adjusted earnings of $8.55 to $8.65 per share for this year, a higher and narrower forecast than it made in August. Shares of CVS Health Corp., based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, climbed 4%, or $3.89, to $98.51 Wednesday morning while broader indexes slipped.wftv.com
CVS Health tops 3Q expectations, raises 2022 forecast again
CVS Health topped third-quarter expectations and hiked its 2022 earnings forecast for the third time after booking revenue growth in all three segments of its business. In the third quarter, adjusted earnings were $2.09 per share, as total revenue climbed 10% to $81.2 billion. Analysts expected, on average, adjusted earnings of $2 per share on $76.74 billion. CVS operates one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains with nearly 10,000 retail locations. Shares of CVS Health Corp., based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, climbed about 5% before the opening bell.wftv.com
FDA warns that a common antibiotic is in short supply
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that the liquid version of a common antibiotic is in short supply. A representative of Sandoz, a division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, described a “supply situation” that resulted in a “significant uptake” in demand for amoxicillin. “Generally, what we see in the drug shortages is on the production side. CVS said in a statement that it has seen “isolated” shortages of the drug. “We’re working with manufacturers to replenish supply as quickly as possible.”Walgreens said it had not seen shortages yet.wftv.com
Indiana drugstore worker held in 2017 killings of teen girls
Authorities on Monday announced an arrest in the unsolved murders of two teenage girls -- a drugstore worker who has been living in the same small northern Indiana community where their bodies were found after they went on a hike nearly six years ago. Richard Matthew Allen, 50, was arrested Friday on two murder counts in the killings of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, in a case that has haunted the Indiana city of about 3,000 people. The investigation is “far from complete,” State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said at a news conference on Monday.news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 boosters: FDA will release more doses of updated Moderna boosters
“The government supply of the updated Moderna COVID-19 booster is currently limited, causing appointments for the product to vary across the country,” Walgreens said in a statement on Tuesday. “The updated Pfizer COVID-19 booster remains available.”The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech updated COVID-19 boosters were authorized for use in the United States by the FDA earlier this month. According to FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum, the agency did not authorize as many Moderna updated boosters because it had not completed an inspection of one of Moderna’s facilities. The “FDA did not include this facility as an authorized manufacturing facility for the updated COVID-19 vaccine booster at that time,” Felberbaum said. Moderna said it’s still on track to deliver 70 million doses of its updated vaccine to pharmacies and health care facilities by the end of 2022.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines now in pharmacies
The updated, omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shots approved last week by the Food and Drug Administration are now in many local pharmacies and health care facilities. The updated Pfizer booster will be available to anyone age 12 or older, and the Moderna shot is available for those age 18 and older. In addition, the CDC recommends that those who have had COVID-19 recently should wait at least three months before getting the updated booster. Some pharmacies do not yet have the updated boosters, but they will soon. According to Dr. Ashish Jha, the head of the White House COVID-19 Response Team, said newly authorized updated COVID-19 boosters will be free of charge to those who qualify for them.wftv.com
CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay $650.5 million in Ohio opioids case
Ohio opioid case A federal judge on Wednesday order pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart to pay $650.5 million to two Ohio counties, saying the companies are accountable for their part in fueling the opioid epidemic in the area. (Steve Heap/Getty Images/iStockphoto)>> Read more trending newsA federal judge on Wednesday ordered pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart to pay $650.5 million to two Ohio counties, saying the companies are accountable for their part in fueling the opioid epidemic in the area. Lake County will get $306 million over 15 years and Trumbull County will receive $344 million over the same period. The counties’ attorneys argued that the retailers oversupplied the Ohio counties with more pills than could have possibly been medically necessary, The Washington Post reported. Between 2012 and 2016, pharmacies dispensed 61 million pills in Lake County, enough to supply every man, woman and child with 265 pills, lawyers have estimated.wftv.com
Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit
Opioid Crisis Pharmacies FILE - This undated combination of file photos show the signs of CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said in the ruling that the money will be used to abate a continuing opioid crisis in Lake and Trumbull counties, outside Cleveland. Attorneys for the counties put the total price tag at $3 billion for the damage done to the counties. It was then left to Polster to decide how much the counties should receive from the three pharmacy companies. Mark Lanier, an attorney for the counties, said during trial that the pharmacies were attempting to blame everyone but themselves.wftv.com
Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit
Opioid Crisis Pharmacies FILE - This undated combination of file photos show the signs of CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. Attorneys for the counties had put the price tag at $1 billion for the damage done to each of the counties. It was then left to Polster to decide how much the counties should receive from the three pharmacy companies. It was the first time pharmacy companies completed a trial to defend themselves in a drug crisis that has killed a half-million Americans since 1999. Mark Lanier, an attorney for the counties, said during trial that the pharmacies were attempting to blame everyone but themselves.wftv.com
FDA: Take 3 home tests if exposed to COVID to boost accuracy
Previously, the Food and Drug Administration had advised taking two rapid antigen tests over two or three days to rule out infection. Thursday's update reflects the evolving understanding of the accuracy of antigen tests, which are less sensitive than laboratory tests but have become the standard testing approach due to their speed and convenience. Instead of detecting the coronavirus itself, they detect protein traces, known as antigens, similar to rapid flu tests. All 22 home antigen tests on the U.S. market were authorized for emergency use based on preliminary data, while companies and researchers gathered more definitive metrics on their accuracy. The FDA said its latest decision reflects new information on the accuracy of antigen tests.wftv.com
Shoplifter arrested with more than $11,500 in over-the-counter medications, police say
Shoplifter arrested with more than $11,500 in over-the-counter medications, police say Evidence photo. (North Attleboro Police Department)NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Police arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in over-the-counter medications from pharmacies across New England. The North Attleboro Police Department shared a photo on its Facebook page showing the items seized during the arrest. The items, all over-the-counter medications, covered several tables and were estimated to value more than $11,500.wftv.com
US stocks rise following solid earnings reports
Oil prices fell after the OPEC oil cartel and its allies decided to boost production in September by a much slower pace than in previous months. Only energy sector stocks fell, dragged down by lower oil prices. Drugstore chain CVS rose 6.4% after reporting solid financial results and raising its profit forecast for the year. Oil prices fell following OPEC's decision to boost production in September at a much slower pace than previous months. U.S. crude oil fell 4% to settle at $90.66 per barrel, while Brent crude, the international standard, settled 3.7% lower at $96.78 per barrel.wftv.com
US stocks extend gains following solid earnings reports
Only energy sector stocks fell, dragged down by lower oil prices. Earnings remain in focus this week as investors parse the latest results and statements from companies to better understand how inflation is affecting businesses and consumers. Drugstore chain CVS rose 6.4% after reporting solid financial results and raising its profit forecast for the year. Starbucks rose 4.6% after also reporting solid financial results. The pullback in oil prices weighed on energy sector stocks.wftv.com
US stocks rise as more big companies report solid earnings
Financial Markets Wall Street FILE - The New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. Stocks are falling on Wall Street Tuesday, Aug. 2, amid threats from Beijing over a possible visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File) (Julia Nikhinson)NEW YORK — (AP) — Stocks rose in morning trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors reviewed another, mostly encouraging, batch of earnings from several big companies. Drugstore chain CVS rose 4.6% after reporting solid financial results and raising its profit forecast for the year. Starbucks rose 1.2% after also reporting solid financial results.wftv.com
Decoy pill bottle leads agents to armed robber targeting Michigan pharmacies
Decoy pill bottle leads agents to armed robber targeting Michigan pharmacies File photo. The pill bottle was controlled by "3SI," a company that creates tracking devices disguised as merchandise intended to be stolen by thieves. (Darwin Brandis/Getty Images/iStockphoto)Federal agents are crediting a hidden tracker in a decoy pill bottle for leading them to a man suspected of robbing pharmacies for narcotics. >> Read more trending newsKristopher Kukola is accused of robbing four CVS pharmacies in eastern Michigan between May 24 and July 7, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. Federal agents said that Kukola admitted to the robberies when questioned by detectives, and said he used a BB gun in all the robberies.wftv.com
Pharmacies limit purchases of ‘Plan B’ due to spike in demand following Roe v. Wade ruling
VIDEO: Pharmacies limit purchases of ‘Plan B’ due to spike in demand following Roe v. Wade ruling Several retailers are limiting the sale of emergency contraceptives as people try to stock up following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on abortion rights. Major pharmacies like CVS, Walmart, and Rite-Aid have announced purchasing limits on Plan B, or the “morning after” pill. READ: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years on racketeering, sex trafficking chargesRepresentatives from each pharmacy claimed they’ve seen a spike in purchases since the Supreme Court’s ruling. READ: Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement to take effect ThursdayRite-Aid currently has a limit of three Plan B purchases per customer. Neither company would share precisely how much of an increase they’ve seen in Plan B purchases.wftv.com
Publix not offering COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5 ‘at this time’
As Pfizer’s and Moderna’s lower-dose COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 are rolled out across the U.S., Lakeland-based supermarket chain Publix confirmed this week that it is not administering the shots to that age group “at this time,” offering little explanation.
Vi-Jon, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CVS Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative Oral Solution Lemon Flavor Due to Microbial Contamination
Vi-Jon, LLC is voluntarily recalling 1 (one) lot of CVS Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative Oral Solution Lemon Flavor, 10 FL OZ (296 mL) to the consumer level. Testing identified the affected lot of the product to contain the bacteria Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens.wftv.com
House Dems propose $28 million to address formula shortage
Baby Formula Shortage An employee walks near empty shelves where baby formula would normally be located at a CVS in New Orleans on Monday, May 16, 2022. President Joe Biden's administration has announced new steps to ease the national shortage of baby formula, including allowing more imports from overseas. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP) (Chris Granger)WASHINGTON — (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said the bill would help the Food and Drug Administration take important steps to restore the formula supply in a safe and secure manner. Lawmakers are expected to focus much of the discussion on the formula shortage.wftv.com
CVS exec: People deserve fair shot at being healthy
The new chief health equity officer at CVS Health hopes she will have more influence in fixing care disparities before they land patients in the hospital. (Tracy Grosshans/CVS via AP) (Tracy Grosshans)Dr. Joneigh Khaldun sees care disparities play out routinely as an emergency physician. She hopes her new role with CVS Health gives her more influence to fix those problems before they land patients in the hospital. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island, company’s first chief health equity officer says she is focused on giving everyone a fair chance to be as healthy as possible, a task made easier by her employer’s broad reach. The 42-year-old former chief medical executive of Michigan is one of several chief health equity officers appointed by health care companies in the past year.wftv.com
Judge to decide how much pharmacies owe over opioid crisis
Opioid Crisis Lawsuits FILE - In this undated combination of photos shown are CVS, Walmart and Walgreens locations. A jury in November 2021 concluded that the three pharmacy chains were responsible for damage wrought by the opioid epidemic in Lake and Trumbull counties. (AP Photo/File) (Uncredited)CLEVELAND — (AP) — How much money should CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies pay two Ohio counties in damages to help abate the effects of the opioid crisis? It was the first time pharmacies in the U.S. have been held responsible for the opioid crisis. So far, drug makers, distributors and pharmacies have agreed to settlements totaling well over $40 billion, according to an Associated Press tally.wftv.com
Judge to decide abatement amounts in opioid pharmacy case
Opioid Crisis Lawsuits FILE - In this undated combination of photos shown are CVS, Walmart and Walgreens locations. A jury in November 2021 concluded that the three pharmacy chains were responsible for damage wrought by the opioid epidemic in Lake and Trumbull counties. (AP Photo/File) (Uncredited)CLEVELAND — (AP) — How much money should CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies pay two Ohio counties in damages to help abate the effects of the opioid crisis? That's the question in front of a federal judge in Cleveland, who will begin hearing testimony on Tuesday after a jury found the three giant pharmacy chains responsible last fall for recklessly distributing massive amounts of pain pills in Lake and Trumbull counties. It was the first time pharmacies in the U.S. have been held responsible for the opioid crisis.wftv.com
After another strong quarter, CVS raises outlook for 2022
Virus Outbreak Moderna Kids FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Matt Rourke)COVID-19 vaccines and tests for the virus continue to boost CVS Health and the health care giant raised its annual forecast after another strong quarter. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager said Wednesday that it now expects earnings of $8.20 to $8.40 per share for 2022. CVS Health also administered six million tests in the first quarter and its drugstores got a boost from customers buying additional tests as the omicron surge of the virus peaked at the start of the quarter. Shares of CVS Health Corp., based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, started climbing before the opening bell.wftv.com
CVS Health tops 4Q forecasts, reaffirms 2022 outlook
(AP Photos/Stefanie Dazio) (Stefanie Dazio)COVID-19 vaccines and tests for the virus helped push CVS Health past fourth-quarter expectations. CVS Health Corp. posted adjusted earnings of $1.98 per share in the final quarter of 2021, as total revenue grew 10% to $76.6 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.83 per share on $75.66 billion in revenue, according to FactSet. CVS Health said in December that it expected adjusted earnings of $8.10 to $8.30 per share in 2022. CVS Health operates one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains with nearly 10,000 retail locations.wftv.com
CVS, Walgreens drop limits on the number of COVID-19 tests customers can purchase
CVS, Walgreens lift limits on tests Walgreens and CVS pharmacies have announced that they will remove limits on at-home COVID-19 tests. (Daisy Daisy/Getty Images/iStockphoto)Walgreens and CVS pharmacies have announced that they will remove limits on at-home COVID-19 tests, according to The New York Times. Representatives from both pharmacy chains told the Times that while they had capped the number of tests customers could buy, an increase in inventory has allowed them to drop the restriction. >> Read more trending newsIn December, Walgreens limited customers to four tests, while CVS capped the number of tests customers could purchase at six. In January, the Biden administration announced a program that would send American households four free at-home tests.wftv.com
CVS Pharmacy expanding vaccine locations across Florida
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – CVS Pharmacy will be receiving more COVID-19 vaccine doses and expanding its inoculations across Florida beginning Friday, Gov. Under Florida vaccine eligibility groups: K-12 school employees, law enforcement officers and firefighters, all 50 and older, can also get vaccinated. AdCVS, CVS Pharmacy y más, Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart pharmacies are also offering vaccines in Florida by appointment. I mentioned we are going to probably do another Walgreens would be really, really good,” DeSantis said. Just make an appointment come into your local pharmacy, do it.”Find a list of CVS Pharmacy locations and make an appointment for a vaccine here.
Walgreens in Marion County offering vaccinations, first in Central Florida
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Walgreens will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations at two locations in Ocala this week. These will be the first Walgreens locations in Central Florida to offer the shots. The governor announced the first Walgreens locations to begin offering the vaccine Wednesday, during a news conference in Pasco County, where two locations began offering shots Friday. DeSantis said he is looking to get more Walgreens locations involved in vaccination, along with competing pharmacy chain CVS. “We’re going to be doing more with both Walgreens and with CVS, because I think it’s close to a lot of people.
Here’s where Florida teachers, school staff and child care workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine
Under new federal vaccine eligibility, President Joe Biden is pushing to get people who work with children inoculated by the end of March. [RELATED COVERAGE: All Florida teachers, child care workers can now get COVID-19 vaccine at these pharmacies]AdBelow is a list of places offering the vaccine to those individuals under federal guidelines. The website now lists openings for K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers. PublixBeginning March 4, all Florida child care, teachers and school personnel will be eligible to make an appointment at Publix pharmacies across the state. AdWalmartWalmart also amended its website to include K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers with no age restrictions.
Vaccine eligibility expands as Florida reports 6,144 new COVID-19 cases
As of Thursday morning, nearly 1.78 million Floridians have had their vaccinations complete, according to the Florida Department of Health. [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Federally backed vaccine site opens in Orlando as state reports 5,555 new COVID-19 cases]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on March 4. AdCasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 6,144 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,930,232 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state. As of Thursday afternoon, 3,258,997 people have received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Second day for Orlando FEMA vaccine site sees higher turnout
ORLANDO, Fla. – The second day of Orlando’s FEMA mass vaccination site began with higher turnout after the location failed to reach its 2,000-dose capacity on Wednesday. The site nearly reached 90% capacity on day one, according to officials, blaming the lower-than-expected turnout on the wet weather Wednesday morning and the fact that it was the first day. So, day by day, we’re making improvements to this site to make sure that we can take care of the people of Orlando,” Fisher said. FEMA vaccine site at Valencia College in Orlando (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) Second day of operation at FEMA site in Orlando saw a higher turnout (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
UPDATE: All Florida teachers, child care workers can now get COVID-19 vaccine at these pharmacies
According to CVS’ website, 24 pharmacies in Florida can provide shots. Previously, only those 65 and older were eligible, along with health care workers. The website now lists openings for K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers. On Thursday, Walmart also amended its website to include K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers with no age restrictions. https://t.co/8w5lTrLQLd — Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) March 4, 2021Publix soon followed suit, also expanding its eligibility requirements on Thursday to Florida teachers and child care workers of all ages.
FEMA vaccine sites saw ‘tepid’ demand across Florida, governor says
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – The four FEMA COVID-19 vaccination sites now open across Florida saw a “tepid” demand on their first-day operation, according to Gov. And so you know, that’s just the first day you’ll we’ll see how that goes as we go forward,’ DeSantis said. So we’re very much appreciative of having more vaccine here.”The four sites opened Wednesday in Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami and in Orlando at Valencia College. The chain also began vaccinating day care and preschool teachers, although DeSantis has not yet opened the vaccination program to them. And so the pharmacies are obviously going to accommodate that, these sites will accommodate that.”AdFor teachers, Florida limits the vaccine to educators 50 and older who work in kindergarten through 12th grade.
46-year-old Lakeland man receives COVID-19 vaccine after latest executive order
LAKELAND, Fla. – Doug Veal, 46, of Lakeland was able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine a day after the Florida Department of Health released the eligibility form for “extremely vulnerable” patients. The Lakeland man said he used a letter he received from his physician to obtain a vaccine from CVS. [RELATED: Florida releases eligibility form for ‘extremely vulnerable’ patients for COVID-19 vaccine]CLICK HERE FOR THE FORMAdThe 46-year-old said he is in the latest priority group for people deemed extremely vulnerable by a doctor. The prioritization requires “medically vulnerable” patients to provide a state-issued form found on the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) homepage. “The state is asking folks to fill out a specific form that was published by the Florida Department of Health.
FAMU to open COVID-19 vaccination site as early as next week
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida A&M University will host a state-operated community COVID-19 vaccination site as early as next week, said President Larry Robinson in a news release on Saturday. “We want to reach out to the community, which has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” said Tanya Tatum, FAMU director of Student Health Services. “This is how we are going to start reaching the underserved.”FAMU started running a community-based COVID-19 testing site at Bragg Memorial Stadium on April 25, 2020, administering nearly 250,000 tests. Given FAMU’s Robinson said a vaccination site on campus would make sense. The FAMU site will help remedy these problems,” said Robinson, who was among FAMU eligible employees and students who received their first vaccination dose in January at the Student Health Center on campus.
Don’t share COVID-19 vaccine card on social media, BBB says
All rights reserved)Vaccination record cards are shown before residents are inoculated, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Isles of Vero Beach assisted and independent senior living community in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)The latest scam has to do with COVID-19 vaccine cards. Vaccination cards have personal information on them like your full name, your birthday and where you got your vaccine. AdScammers have been caught selling fake vaccination cards online in Great Britain. If you want to share the momentous occasion online, you can take a photo of your vaccine sticker or take a selfie at the clinic.
Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs
Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the White House said. The administration is also boosting by 500,000 the weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks, up to 10.5 million. It is allowing state and local governments to receive additional federal dollars to cover previously incurred expenses relating to the pandemic. The number of participating pharmacies and the allocation of vaccines are expected to accelerate as drug makers increase production. The Biden administration has sought to increase certainty to state governments on their upcoming allocations to streamline deliveries and prevent stockpiling of second doses for the two-dose regimens.
Report: Many US nursing home staff decline first COVID shots
The CDC looked at more than 11,000 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that had at least one vaccination clinic between the middle of December and the middle of January. Data previously showed that people who work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities get flu vaccines at lower rates than other health-care workers. Surveys suggest that long-term care workers are skeptical the shots work and don't think viruses spread easily from them to the people they care for. The government tasked CVS and Walgreens with administering the shots to long-term care homes in nearly every state. Each vaccine requires two shots a few weeks apart, and CVS and Walgreens say they have wrapped up first-dose clinics in nursing homes.
‘We will be done by the end of the week:’ Long term care facilities will be vaccinated, CEO says
TALLAHASSEE, Fla – CEO of CDR Health Tina Vidal-Duart says they will be finished with vaccinating all leftover assisted living facilities in the state of Florida by the end of this week. [TRENDING: Video shows officer slamming student | Man shoots at ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend 94 times | These men are paying $55M to go to space station]“We started the process with only 10% of assisted living facilities had been vaccinated and as of this morning about 75% of assisted living facilities have been vaccinated,” Vidal-Duart said. However, the company moved so fast that it caused chaos and confusion for some assisted living facilities like Golden Pond in Winter Garden. As for assisted living facilities, we’ve completed all first doses of the vaccine. We are still administering vaccinations in the vast majority of these long-term care facilities, including 189 skilled nursing facilities and over 1,100 assisted living facilities that scheduled their clinics by Jan. 23.
'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout
More shots have gone into people’s arms per capita across West Virginia than in any other state, with at least 7.4% of the population receiving the first of two shots, according to state data. “Little old West Virginia, that was thought of for hundreds of years, you know, as a place where maybe we were backward or dark or dingy,” Justice said last week. Instead, it turns out that “West Virginia has been the diamond in the rough,” Justice said on CBS’ "Face the Nation" on Sunday. The federal partnership involving both companies would have allowed Washington officials to dictate the terms of nursing home vaccinations, said Marty Wright, the head of the West Virginia Health Care Association, which represents health care companies. The governor wants in-person learning to resume at as many schools as possible by Tuesday, long before teachers will have received their second vaccine doses.
Residents, employees of Melbourne senior-living community get COVID-19 vaccine
MELBOURNE, Fla. – For seniors and employees at The Fountains on Stack Boulevard, the COVID-19 vaccine came to them Wednesday. From 11-5, CVS pharmacists vaccinated 320 people on-site of the senior-living community. The Fountains said none of its residents have caught COVID-19 since the beginning of the Pandemic. Most will get their second vaccine that day, including employee Tony Anthony who received his first shot Wednesday. “I didn’t have to wait in line, didn’t have to make an appointment that may not be there so this is great,” Anthony said.
Florida reports 10,772 new COVID-19 cases as second week of vaccination efforts begins
A worker carries a box containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for shipping at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. There are more than 321,000 residents and staff at such facilities across Florida, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. Florida has been seeing rising COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations during the past few weeks. Editor’s note: Along with the resources previously utilized by News 6 (state and county-by-county data), as of Dec. 7, WKMG has added state data pulled from the Florida Department of Health’s Florida COVID19 State Testing Totals. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Seminole leaders ‘very confident’ they can distribute COVID-19 vaccine quickly, safely
(AP Photo/Stephen Dunn,POOL)SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – With Seminole County leaders set to receive a shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, leaders there said they’re confident that they can distribute the shots in a safe and efficient way. Seminole County Chairman Lee Constantine, Seminole County Fire Department Chief Otto Drozd and Florida Department of Health in Seminole Health Officer Donna Walsh spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon to provide the community with the latest on its distribution plans. Others who are at the front of the line include health department workers, EMTs, paramedics and health care workers. Drozd said the men and women at the Seminole County Fire Department will receive training within the next few days on how to administer the vaccine. “I can tell you the personnel on the strike teams will have to have the vaccine in order to administer the vaccine in the point of dispensing.
California hospitals discuss rationing care as virus surges
Plans for rationing care are not in place yet, but they need to be established because “the worst is yet to come,” said Los Angeles County's health services director, Dr. Christina Ghaly. Until then, four hospitals run by Los Angeles County are weighing what to do if they cannot treat everyone because of a shortage of beds or staffers. Some hospitals have canceled non-essential elective surgeries, such as hip replacements, that might take up beds that could soon be needed for COVID-19 patients. Scientists are working to determine whether the strain spreads more easily, said Moncef Slaoui, the chief science adviser for the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine effort. Bill Lee on Sunday announced new social gathering restrictions while still refusing to implement a mask mandate despite pleas from front-line health care workers.
CVS, Walgreens get to work delivering COVID-19 vaccines at long-term care facilities in Florida
“CVS Health expects to complete its long-term care facility vaccination effort in approximately 12 weeks. Ron DeSantis said in a tweet Walgreens began inoculating staff and residents at Jacksonville long-term care facilities on Dec. 18, ahead of schedule. This week, Walgreens will ramp up visits to 800 long-term care facilities in 12 states. Orange County has more than 9,000 individuals and employees in long-term care facilities. Some include memory care facilities with individuals suffering from dementia.
EXPLAINER: What to know about COVID-19 vaccination in the US
Dr. Michelle Chester draws the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. Even with vaccination, you'll still need to take precautions, like wearing a mask and social distancing, health officials say. Once doses are widely available, people should be able to use an existing government website, www.vaccinefinder.org, to find COVID-19 shots. The panel also suggests avoiding getting other vaccinations for two weeks before and after a COVID-19 shot. COVID-19 vaccines can’t be mixed and matched, so if a second dose is needed, providers will be checking to make sure you get the right one.
Orange County could use your help administering COVID-19 vaccine
Locally, officials in Orange County say, if allowed, they’re willing and able to help speed up the vaccinations of those residents. “What I can tell you is that Orange County is ready. And we have expressed our desire.”Pino said he expects the vaccine to arrive in Orange County between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20. If you have the ability and the time, we may need your help to quickly vaccinate all our county,” Pino said. We anticipate perhaps only into the 10s of 1,000s, maybe low 10s of 1000s to really come to Orange County on that first wave,” Banks said.
Gov. DeSantis hopes all long-term residents will have access to vaccine by end of year
Ron DeSantis said that he expects all residents of the state’s long-term care facilities to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month. “We are prioritizing long-term care residents and staff and then the tip of the sphere healthcare workers. As we get past that, that we think we can do with the first couple weeks of doses that were allocated,” DeSantis said. DeSantis said he expects more vaccines to be sent to Florida as more are approved by the FDA. Both CVS and Walgreens also said on Tuesday that they are preparing to administer vaccines to more than 70,000 long-term care facilities across the country.
Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up another industry
The retail colossus opened an online pharmacy Tuesday that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days. All have upped online services and touted their abilities to deliver prescriptions and other goods as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more consumers to stay home. The company said its online pharmacy will offer commonly prescribed medications in the U.S., including creams, pills, as well as medications that need to stay refrigerated, like insulin. They can also get discounts at 50,000 physical pharmacies around the country at Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and other stores. Two years ago, it spent $750 million to buy online pharmacy PillPack, which organizes medication in packets by what time and day they need to be taken.
CVS to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season
Tuesday is Pharmacy Technician Day and if you’re a licensed pharmacy tech looking for work, CVS Health is hiring 10,000 ahead of flu season. The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots. An expanded scope of practice allows trained pharmacy techs to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, as long as they’re under the supervision of an immunization-certified pharmacist. CVS is also recruiting several thousand work-from-home customer service rep positions. If you’re interested, you can apply online and take an online virtual job tryout.