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As more of the population becomes vaccinated against COVID-19 and variants emerge, the question of whether or not booster shots will be needed continues to surface.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is participating in a new nationwide clinical trial that will examine whether or not a booster shot is needed. The trial will also see if the body will create a more robust immune response if original vaccines are mixed with a booster from a different manufacturer .

A historically Black sorority is doing its part to further eliminate vaccine hesitancy among people of color. 

The Theta Omega Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will host Protect Your Team, Learn About the Vaccine,a virtual panel discussion among Black professionals who were once hesitant but are now completely inoculated and want to share their stories.

Jessica Lewis, one of the event organizers, said more Black people are doing their research and getting vaccinated, but some still need more information before making a decision.

"There's still a segment of the population who is apprehensive, who are on the fence, and that's why this event is going to be critical,” Lewis said.

Kimberly Brown, a seventh-grade teacher in the Rochester City School District, will speak at the event. She said among other things, protecting herself and her students superseded her hesitancy.

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The University of Rochester Medical Center is again at the forefront of another COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. This time, researchers will be looking at how well the vaccine generates a response in children ages 11 and younger.

The nationwide trial will test the vaccine on 200 to 300 volunteers; about 45 will be from the Rochester area.

Dr. Mary Caserta, the co-leader of the local effort, said safety is more important than efficacy with this particular age group.


UR Medicine Home Care has announced that beginning in July, the agency will move to a $15 per hour minimum wage for personal care aides and other hourly positions.

Home Health Aides will have a starting rate of $15.50 per hour.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is joining a national clinical trial that will study the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women and their babies.

The trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will enroll 2,000 pregnant or breastfeeding women across the U.S. as well as their babies — including 135 women from the Rochester area. Of the 135 women, 100 must be recently vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated while pregnant, and 35 should be vaccinated shortly after giving birth.

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Urban gun violence disproportionately affects segregated Black neighborhoods is one of the main points that a physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania want to get across.

Dr. Eugenia South, a physician at Penn Medicine was a keynote speaker Thursday at the annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, presented by the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Both UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health hospitals are updating their visitation policies based on new state guidelines that permit additional flexibility, as cases of COVID-19 have declined and vaccine becomes more widely available in the region.

Most UR Medicine hospitals are now allowing a patient’s two designated visitors to see the patient on the same day.

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It's been a year since Daniel Prude died after Rochester police officers restrained him during a mental health arrest. He had been rendered brain-dead during the March 23 arrest and was taken off life support a week later. 

What happened to Prude reignited an already active movement for racial justice, this time focusing on mental health and policing. 

Some police officers receive crisis intervention team, or CIT, training. It's a program that’s been in place since 2004. 


Health care workers around the globe have endured prolonged trauma throughout the pandemic. Long shifts. Difficult cases. At times hospital rooms and hallways overflowing with patients with no end in sight.

While psychology experts warn that there are early indicators of post-traumatic stress disorder among medical workers, there are also newly proposed roads to healing.

AstraZeneca vaccine deemed safe, waiting FDA approval

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UPDATE: A safety board overseeing AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial is raising concerns about the company's data. In an unusual post-midnight statement released on March 23, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, which monitors the trial, is concerned "outdated information" may have been included in the trial results.