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So did all those vaccine lotteries in the US work?

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Q: Did more people get vaccinated? A: Overall, mixed results. Also: turns out it’s harder to answer that question than you might think! You need a counterfactual. Since the announcement of Ohio’s “Vax-a-Million” sweepstakes on May 12, many states, counties and cities in the US have followed suit as public health officials grasp at President

Did the World Health Organization say kids should *not* get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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A: No. The WHO said that where vaccine supplies are limited, vaccinating children is not a priority. Viral social media posts and some popular anti-vaccine channels did a great job this week spreading misinformation about the World Health Organization’s stance on vaccinating children with available COVID-19 vaccines. As is often the case with misinformation, it’s

Were COVID-19 vaccines developed too fast to be safe?

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A: No. There are several reasons why COVID-19 vaccines were able to be developed safely AND quickly! Here’s how: *SARS-CoV-2 was new, but research on coronaviruses was not. Scientists have studied this family of viruses for a long time. They already knew that spike protein plays a key role in how coronaviruses enter our cells.

UPDATE ON mRNA VACCINES AND MYOCARDITIS:

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The U.S. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today (June 23rd) to review evidence of rare reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) following mRNA vaccination. 💥 KEY TAKEAWAYS: Scientists determined there IS likely an association between mRNA vaccines and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) in adolescents and young adults—meaning the observed rates

If the Delta variant is more transmissible, are normal precautions (masks, 6 foot distance, being outside) less effective?

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A: Luckily, no. Virus mutations still don’t defy the laws of physics. But we need to be more vigilant about existing precautions, including getting BOTH doses of your vaccination. TL;DR: The new variants are transmitted the same way as all the other variants of SARS-CoV-2, so you can reduce risk by using your #SMARTS: ↔️