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Gov. Andrew Cuomo again expanded the vaccine eligibility requirements in New York to include anyone over the age of 65.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the state's following new federal guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I don't want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times,” Cuomo said. “And I don't want people to think that people in any other state are eligible when they're not.”

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Monroe County plans to hire 30 registered nurses on a temporary basis to aid in COVID-19 vaccination efforts, officials announced Monday.

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Vaccinating all residents of Monroe County and the Finger Lakes region will take more than a year at the rate at which people are being inoculated, county officials and hospital administrators said Tuesday.

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Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being shipped around the country and a Rochester company has a major role in that distribution.

AeroSafe Global, a cold-chain packaging and shipping company that does a lot of work for the pharmaceutical industry, has been producing tens of thousands of specially designed boxes and related packaging to get COVID-19 vaccines to places like hospitals and nursing homes and pharmacies.

WXXI hosts a live, televised forum addressing COVID-19 vaccines.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York will receive 170,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15, and front-line health care workers and nursing home residents will be among the first to receive it.

The University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health are among the institutions partnering with the drug company Pfizer and the immunotherapy company BioNTech to test a group of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

With all of the talk about a coronavirus vaccine, a concerning trend has taken hold in the United States and around the world: children are missing their routine visits for vaccination. The rates of vaccination are dropping sharply, but the experts hope that's a short-term trend that will soon be reversed. Doctors say a large factor is parents' fear of leaving the house with their kids, and in particular, fear of going to the hospital or doctors’ offices. But the medical community is sending an urgent signal: don't miss vaccination.

Our guests discuss the issues, and answer your questions about medical visits for children during the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and medical director at the New York State Department of Health
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
  • Dr. Laura Jean Shipley, M.D., associate medical director for Accountable Health Partners, and vice chair for behavioral and population health in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. David Topa, M.D., pediatrician at Pittsford Pediatric Associates

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said she “could not be silent” on potential state laws that would mandate the HPV vaccine for children born after 2009 and sex education for all public school students.

Warren said she’s OK with traditional vaccines like those that prevent measles and mumps. But as a mother of a 9-year-old, she said a proposed state law that would require the HPV vaccine is a step too far. 

HPV is a common virus spread through intimate contact that can lead to certain types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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A Yates County family whose son was barred from school after being denied a medical exemption for vaccines was back in court Friday, arguing that he should be allowed back in school permanently.

Carl Schwartz said his son, Thorn, has severe reactions to vaccines. He said the family’s doctor agrees, and Thorn has not been vaccinated in almost a decade.

Still, Carl said no doctor has found a causal link between Thorn’s reactions and a vaccine.