Berkshire Eagle: After receiving second dose, Yo-Yo Ma transforms waiting period into performance at Pittsfield vax clinic

Berkshire Eagle: After receiving second dose, Yo-Yo Ma transforms waiting period into performance at Pittsfield vax clinic. “Yo-Yo Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area, masked and socially distanced away from the others. He went on to pass 15 minutes in observation playing cello for an applauding audience, in what [Richard] Hall called a ‘very special’ concert that capped the day’s vaccination event.”

Poynter: Will journalists be considered front-line workers for COVID-19 vaccines?

Poynter: Will journalists be considered front-line workers for COVID-19 vaccines?. “The National Press Photographers Association filed a request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices asking ‘that journalists who have direct contact with the public on a regular basis, and particularly visual journalists, be expressly included in the phase of the COVID-19 vaccine that includes the essential and critical infrastructure workforce.’”

Johns Hopkins University: Vaccine Opponents Unite Around A ‘Civil Liberties’ Argument On Social Media, Study Finds

Johns Hopkins University: Vaccine Opponents Unite Around A ‘Civil Liberties’ Argument On Social Media, Study Finds. “Anti-vaccination discourse on Facebook increased in volume over the last decade, with opposition to vaccines coalescing around the argument that refusing to vaccinate is a civil right, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. As companies and governments scramble to finalize COVID-19 vaccines and develop rollout policies, the findings suggest that opposition from anti-vaccination groups could be fierce as the groups position themselves as a legitimate political movement.”

Daily Beast: The Young Should Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before the Old & Sick

The Daily Beast: The Young Should Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before the Old & Sick. “We are faculty at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California who have spent decades studying health economics and epidemiology. One of us is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Having seen firsthand the real risks of rapid, asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 among younger adults, we disagree with some of the recommendations. Asymptomatic spread is shutting down schools and universities nationwide and threatening surrounding communities. We argue that this pandemic requires a different model for making vaccination choices.”