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New York Jets linebacker Vinny Curry is out for the season after developing blood clots and a rare blood disorder.

Curry, who was fully vaccinated in July, shared his diagnoses with followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The father-of-two wrote:

"In July, the Jets doctors diagnosed me with a rare blood disorder. The diagnoses required the removal of my spleen and projected me to return to the field in the middle of September. During my recovery blood clots formed and forced me to go on blood thinners preventing me from having physical contact for the next three to six months."

Curry said he is "incredibly disappointed" that he won't be able to play with his teammates this season. However, he is thankful that doctors identified his condition in time and he is expected to make a full recovery.
 
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Earlier this month, Curry filmed a vaccine PSA in partnership with the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey. He received both vaccines in June and July.

"Hi, I'm Vinny Curry. I got the COVID-19 vaccine and I'm joining our partners at Atlantic Health System to tell you why you should too," he said. "It's easy, safe, effective, and protecting yourself, family, friends, and others against the virus. Let's reach the end zone together. So wash your hands, practice social distance, and most importantly, get vaccinated."

 

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More than 800,000 U.S. military service members are refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccination mandate, according to Pentagon data.

The Pentagon has ordered all active duty military to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
 
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The order came down after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer BioNTech's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23.

More than 800,000 active duty service members (out of 1.4 million) face court martial if they don't roll up their sleeves.

Of the active duty forces, 68 percent are fully vaccinated and 76 percent have received at least one dose.

The Army has the lowest vaccination rate: 40% are fully vaccinated and 57% have at least one dose. The Navy has the highest vaccination rate (73% and 79%).

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered commanders to impose timelines for the stragglers to get their shots.

"To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force," Austin said in a memo.

"After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease... is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people."

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said service members who refuse vaccinations can apply for religious or medical exemptions. But if those are denied, they can sit down with a military physician and their commanders to discuss the "risks" involved if they continue to refuse.

Kirby said the vaccine mandate is a "lawful order", and the soldiers face court martial if they refuse.

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Delta Airlines is fining unvaccinated employees $200 a month, the airline announced on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Unlike other airlines, Delta Airlines is not mandating vaccination for its employees.

Delta says the $200 monthly charge is "necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company."

The $200 fines will commence in November for unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta Airline's health care plan.

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The insurance enrollment form states unvaccinated employees will be assessed a $200-a-month fine.

The news comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA Covid-19 vaccine which was previously authorized for emergency use.

Pfizer-BioNTech can now market its vaccine directly to consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will charge consumers for booster shots.
 
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The Biden administration is urging businesses to push the vaccines to their employers. About 100 million Americans have not received a single dose.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) is forcing public school teachers to get vaccinated.

De Blasio announced the mandate on Monday, Aug. 23.

He previously said all 400,000 city workers must be vaccinated or receive weekly Covid-19 testing.

But now, for public school teachers, weekly Covid-19 testing is not an option.

"We've got to make sure more and more people get vaccinated. We've got to make sure our schools are safe and healthy, in particular for our kids," de Blasio said on Monday.

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A woman seen on the floor of a Duval County, Florida Regeneron antibody clinic is speaking out amid allegations that she is a "crisis actor."

A photo taken by another patient, Louie Lopez, at a temporary Regeneron clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, went viral on Reddit.com on Friday.

Toma Dean told ABC News she is "extremely sick" and she decided to lay down on the floor because she was "out of breath."

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She said she has been in and out of emergency rooms for the past two weeks, and was extremely sick when she arrived in Jacksonville for Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment on Wednesday.

Dean said there were no chairs at the makeshift treatment center, so she made the decision to lie down on the floor to rest until her appointment.

The viral photo sparked rumors that the two people seen on the floor were dead or dying. But others on social media said the two people were crisis actors.

Dean denied being a crisis actor or faking her illness to scare people into taking the vaccines.

"My choices were to stay in and run out of breath and not be able to [receive] the treatment, or sit down on the floor and patiently wait for the line to go through and be able to get the treatment that I need. So I chose to lay down on the floor, and make it through this line. If I had chosen to stand up in line, I'd never make it to the treatment. I'd have been back at an ER. So I laid on the floor, until they got wheelchairs over to assist us."

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opened several Regeneron monoclonal antibody clinics in the state, including one in Lakeland in Polk County.

Regeneron monoclonal antibodies are human-made proteins that simulate antibodies in the human immune system.

According to Regeneron, REGEN-COV was designed specifically to fight infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The center in Jacksonville has ordered more wheelchairs to accommodate the long lines of people waiting for the antibody infusions.

Dean said her Regeneron treatment took four hours and it was "not a fast process." She thanked the facility's staff for being very supportive.

"The picture that's going around online -- it looks terrible, yes, but they were great there. The facility was great," Dean said.
 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech for its Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccine.

Health officials hope the full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community. The vaccination rate in the Black community is the lowest among ethnic groups in America.
 
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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blamed the Russians for the low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.

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Pfizer can now market its vaccine directly to Black consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will begin charging consumers for booster shots.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved a third booster shot for immunocompromised people, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and people who autoimmune disorders.

The FDA approval may lead to more vaccine mandates in blue states where businesses are urged to ban the unvaccinated.

"The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic," acting FDA commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said in a statement on Monday.

"While this and other vaccines have met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product. Today's milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S."

Prior to Monday, Pfizer's vaccine was only available on an emergency basis. Pfizer said the shot is still available to 12-15-year-olds on an emergency authorization basis.

Question: Do you plan to take the shot now that it's fully approved?

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) is facing backlash after blaming unvaccinated Black people for spreading Covid-19 around the country.

Patrick said Blacks are the "biggest group" of unvaccinated people in America.

The lt. governor made the remarks in an interview with host Laura Ingraham of Fox News show The Ingraham Angle.

He said Black people vote for Democrats and he blamed members of the Democratic Party for not making sure Black people get the experimental messenger RNA vaccine.

"Most of the numbers are with the unvaccinated and the Democrats like to blame Republicans on that. Well, the biggest group in most states are African Americans who have not been vaccinated. The last time I checked over 90 percent of them vote for Democrats in their major cities and major counties, so it's up to the Democrats to get just as that it's up to Republicans to try to get as many people vaccinated."

Patrick said he respects the rights of people who don't want to get the vaccines and they won't be forced. However, Patrick said nothing is being done about vaccine hesitancy in the Black community "that has a significantly high number of unvaccinated people."

Patrick's comments came days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Black Twitter unloaded on Patrick, referring to him as "racist" and a "white supremacist."

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Americans who received 2 doses of Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccines are no longer "fully vaccinated," according to new guidance from the CDC.

The CDC announced Wednesday, Aug. 18, that a third dose of the experimental mRNA vaccine will be available for immunosuppressed individuals starting the week of September 20.

The third dose, called "booster" shots, are necessary, according to the CDC, because data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shows the vaccine's effectiveness wears off after 6-8 months.
 
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A reporter asked at a video press conference on Wednesday, "What will it mean to be fully vaccinated once people are eligible for boosters? Will it be two shots or three shots?"

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded:

"Our recommendation, down the line, again pending the advice and the review of the FDA..., is that we believe that that third dose will ultimately be needed to provide the fullest and continual extent of protection that we think people will need for the virus."

Prior to Wednesday, the definition of "fully vaccinated" meant two doses of mRNA vaccine or one shot of the J&J "dead virus" vaccine.

The booster shots will be available for immunocompromised individuals first in mid-September. Then it will become available to health care workers, nursing home residents and the elderly who got the first 2 doses.

The general population who received the first 2 doses will be eligible to receive the third booster shot in late September or early October, pending full approval by the FDA.

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Thousands of fake Covid-19 vaccine cards are flooding the streets of America as more local and state governments announce vaccine mandates.

A Chicago-based pharmacist was arrested on Tuesday for selling more than 100 counterfeit vaccine cards on eBay.com.

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And federal agents seized more than 3,000 counterfeit vaccine cards that arrived at a Memphis port in a shipment from China.

Michael Neipert, Area Port Director of Memphis, said:

"If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don't order a counterfeit, waste my officer's time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself.

"When you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines."

The FBI has warned people that "buying, selling, or using a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime."

In an effort to crack down on counterfeit cards, local health officials in NY City are providing restaurants, retailers and gym owners with instructions on how to spot fake vaxx cards.

The action comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a ban on unvaccinated people in restaurants, stores and gyms.

People with at least one mRNA vaccine dose in their arms are not considered unvaccinated.

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The Biden Administration is recommending Covid-19 mRNA booster shots for all Americans eight months after they are fully vaccinated.

The recommendation will apply to those who received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA injections, not the one-shot J&J "dead virus" vaccine.

Pfizer and Moderna claim the antibodies "wear off" 3-6 months after receiving their mRNA vaccines. Some Americans will require three or more mRNA injections per year.

The healthy human immune system stimulates antibodies that last a lifetime.

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Health officials plan to announce the booster recommendations later this week and begin administering the booster shots in mid-September after full FDA approval.

Among the first recipients of the booster shots will be nurses, doctors and other front-line workers, nursing home residents and the elderly.

Last week, the FDA approved mRNA booster shots for immunosuppressed individuals, including organ transplant recipients and HIV/AIDS patients.

People who are at high-risk for contracting the SARS-Cov-2 virus include those with preexisting conditions, such as cardiac and respiratory problems, cancer, HIV/AIDS, smokers and people with weak immune systems.

The SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) virus causes flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, headache and sore throat.

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Some Covid-19 patients have reported loss of taste and smell after contracting the coronavirus. Doctors say the virus binds to neurotransmitter sensory cells that send signals to the brain.

Question: Do you plan to get the Covid mRNA booster shot?

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blames the Russians for low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.

Just 27% of Black Americans are vaccinated, according to CDC statistics. Caucasians, Asians and Hispanics have higher vaccinations rates than Black people.

Bourla blamed Russia for vaccine hesitancy particularly in minority communities where distrust of the government is highest.
 
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The CEO claims Russia masterminded online campaigns to spread misinformation among Americans.

"So many times we've got information from the [US] state department who tell us: 'We see that Russia is attacking you in an effort to discredit your vaccine.'"

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Pfizer was the first mRNA vaccine to be granted emergency authorization status by the FDA last year. Bourla told Consumeradvisory.com, "We are the most efficient vaccine machine."

Bourla said Pfizer's inoculation is the reason America nearly achieved herd immunity. But there's still a ways to go.

"If mRNA had failed, I think we would have been in a very, very difficult spot right now. We would need to vaccinate way more people to get the same result, in many cases 40 to 50 per cent more."

Bourla said the solution to reduce vaccine hesitancy is by shaming the unvaccinated.

"The worst thing you can do with these people — and there's a lot of this — is saying: 'You're not a man, are you not aware that you're putting everybody else in danger?'" he said.

Bourla said he has "personal views" about mandating vaccines nationwide.

"It's very easy to perceive that we have an interest. More people getting vaccinations means more vaccines sold."

Bourla projects sales of Pfizer vaccine to hit $34 billion in 2021.