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COVID-19 vaccine

State warns against scammers targeting COVID-19 vaccine recipients

Using text messages, scammers are attempting to impersonate the NYS Department of Health and tell text message recipients they are required to enter their information to validate their vaccination status. The text messages link to fraudulent sites. Anyone who receives such a text message should delete it right away.

Vaccine rights event cosponsored by Giglio is scheduled, then quickly canceled

An event in Riverhead planned by Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio and another state lawmaker, advertised as an “informational meeting about your constitutional rights regarding vaccinations and vaccine mandates” was canceled after social media posts condemned the event for hosting representatives of an anti-vaccine pseudoscience group.

COVID test positivity rate in Suffolk’s school-age children was 67% higher than overall county rate during first month of school

Since the beginning of the school year, 2,818 Suffolk children ages 5-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 — a 7.2% test positivity rate for 39,170 tests since Sept. 1 — more than 67% higher than the average test positivity rate in Suffolk overall since Sept. 1, which was 4.3%.

New York officials worry vaccine mandate will drive healthcare worker shortage

State lawmakers on the East End say they fear an impending staffing crisis in local hospitals and nursing homes due to vaccine resistance among workers.

Protest outside Riverhead hospital draws crowd of vaccine mandate opponents

Protesters against the state's vaccine mandate for health care workers took to the street on Route 58 in Riverhead Saturday, lining up around the traffic circle near Peconic Bay Medical Center.

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. 

New York mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all healthcare workers

All healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities — nursing homes, adult care and other congregate care settings — will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, Sept. 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.

Riverhead heart transplant recipient on negotiating a pandemic without an immune system to protect you from a deadly virus

Since his transplant surgery five years ago, Ed Schaefer of Riverhead must take medication to prevent his body from rejecting his transplanted heart. Though he had both doses of the Moderna vaccine, he has no COVID antibodies because of his meds. That leaves him in a very vulnerable place as the virus surges anew.

After weeks of declining numbers COVID-19 vaccinations on the uptick in Suffolk

COVID vaccinations plummeted in Suffolk from an average of more than 50,000 weekly doses in March and April to an average of just 10,000 weekly doses in July. The drop was not fo a lack of eligible arms and vaccination numbers are rising again.

No plan to impose mask mandate in Suffolk, despite governor’s urging

Suffolk County has no plans to reinstate a mask mandate, officials said yesterday, despite the governor urging local governments to do so, as the highly infectious delta variant spreads and COVID infections and hospitalizations rise. Instead, the county will focus its efforts on increasing vaccination rates among residents.