MIT Technology Review: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof

MIT Technology Review: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof. “Spamming review portals with negative ratings is not a new phenomenon. Throughout the pandemic, the tactic has also been deployed to attack bars and restaurants that enforced mask-wearing for safety. As pandemic restrictions have lifted, businesses like Mother’s Ruin have sought to ensure that safety by requiring proof of vaccination using state-sponsored apps like New York’s Excelsior Pass, vaccine passports, or simply flashing vaccine cards at the door — practices that have instigated a second surge of spam reviews.”

Digital Inspiration: Get Email Alerts When COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Near You

(This was developed for India.) Digital Inspiration: Get Email Alerts When COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Near You. “Based on the public CoWIN API, I have developed an open-source vaccine tracker that will automatically monitor vaccine availability near your location and will send email alerts as stocks become available. If you have taken the first vaccine dose already, you can specify your vaccine preference – Covaxin or Covishield – and monitor availability of specific vaccine.”

DCist: D.C. Launches Website For Vaccine Records, But Your Data Might Not Be In There Yet

DCist: D.C. Launches Website For Vaccine Records, But Your Data Might Not Be In There Yet. “The portal will allow residents to view and print official copies of their vaccination records, and their dependents’ records, at any time. Perfect for if you lost your vaccination card or ran it through the wash on accident. The record can also be used as proof for places that require COVID immunization. But many people on social media reported that despite being vaccinated, their data hasn’t shown up on the website.”

CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer

CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer. “New Jersey is launching a program it’s calling a ‘Shot and a Beer’ to encourage those 21 and older to get vaccinated, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday. Any New Jersey resident who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the month of May can take their vaccination card to one of more than a dozen participating breweries for a free beer.”

ABC News: Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s menstrual cycles? Here’s what we know

ABC News: Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s menstrual cycles? Here’s what we know. “With nearly 30% of U.S. adults fully vaccinated, scientists and doctors still don’t know why — or even if — vaccines might impact menstruation. However, they’re listening to women’s experiences, and calling for more studies to unpack any potential link. And, experts agree these changes are likely to be temporary, and there is no reason for women to worry about fertility.”

San Francisco Chronicle: New website collects examples of Asian language discrimination in vaccine access

San Francisco Chronicle: New website collects examples of Asian language discrimination in vaccine access. “Language barriers often hinder Asian Americans’ access to lifesaving coronavirus vaccines, says a coalition led by a Bay Area health center. To measure and highlight the problem, Asian Health Services in Oakland unveiled a new website Monday to collect and publish such stories from around the country.”

KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated

KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated. “Amy St. Peter is the deputy executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments. ‘And for some of the appointments, it’s in the middle of the night,’ she said. ‘So if even if they’re able to drive, is it really safe, and do they want to drive by themselves at late at night, and so with being able to provide better access to transportation, that’s really part of the COVID response.’ St. Peter says website users can input their service area and the type of transportation they require. The service is not just for rural Arizonans. She says many folks who live in urban areas also struggle finding rides.”

Mashable: Got a strange text about your COVID vaccine? Here’s what could be going on.

Mashable: Got a strange text about your COVID vaccine? Here’s what could be going on.. “Policy under health data portability and privacy law HIPAA allows health care providers to share patient information with ‘business associates’ as long as those companies securely store data. But that arrangement means people may be receiving communications about their vaccines — sensitive health information — from entities they might not have heard of before.”

NBC News: Pfizer says Covid vaccine 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15

NBC News: Pfizer says Covid vaccine 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15. “The vaccine, given in two doses three weeks apart, is already cleared for emergency use in people ages 16 and up. The company plans to request emergency use authorization for 12- to 15-year-olds in the coming weeks, “with the hope of starting to vaccinate this age group before the start of the next school year,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement.”