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COVID-19: The Latest

Justice: Face covering mandate lifted for fully vaccinated

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice today said he is lifting the face covering mandate for residents who are fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Justice was reacting to the recommendations on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control that said people who have been ...

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

WASHINGTON — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and inside in most situations. The new ...

US to reallocate COVID shots to states with greater interest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin shifting how it allocates COVID-19 shots to states, moving doses from states with lower demand to those with stronger interest in vaccines, an administration official said Tuesday. The change away from a strict by-population allocation ...

Pennsylvania lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 restrictions — except an order to wear a mask while in public — on Memorial Day, the Wolf administration announced Tuesday. Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will go away on May 31, ...

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. The move comes as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden's goal of administering 200 million ...

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...