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Pharmacies responding to renewed demand for COVID-19 vaccinations

PROVIDENCE – As the new omicron variant of COVID-19 stokes anxiety, COVID-19 booster vaccinations are available in Rhode Island – but those scheduling their...
SEEKING A REMEDY: One of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2021 Fall Health Care Summit focused on the COVID-19 vaccine and the workplace. Participating was, clockwise from top left, Matthew Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Michele Lederberg, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Firms should try outreach to reduce COVID-19 vaccine refusals

Private businesses with more than 100 employees could learn a lesson from Rhode Island’s health care facilities. When Gov. Daniel J. McKee set an Oct....

Despite threats, few walk off jobs over vaccines

Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, N.Y., for example, had to shut down...

Myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccination

(Editor's note: This is part of a package of editorial stories The Boston Globe is publishing today and sharing with news outlets throughout the...

Should Rhode Island join other states in offering financial or promotional...

Some states almost seem to be competing to see who can offer the best deals or biggest cash prizes to get more people vaccinated...
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY is requiring all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the upcoming fall semester. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Johnson & Wales University requiring all students to be vaccinated before...

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University is the latest local college to require all students to be vaccinated before the upcoming fall semester. The university...
MOISES FORTES of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe recently, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s new COVID-19 vaccine strategy will involve family doctors

The R.I. Department of Health is moving to include primary care doctors – the health care professionals with the most intimate knowledge of people’s...

Vaccine mandates not only tool to push workers

A workplace showdown may be brewing over mandating vaccinations. Employers would love the sense of certainty that comes with a vaccinated workforce. Workers can be...
IN GOOD HANDS: Jennifer Beaugh, right, pharmacy supervisor at The Miriam Hospital, hands a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Karen Tashima at a clinic at The Miriam. Tashima is overseeing a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t yet received U.S. government approval.  / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

R.I. plays role in making new COVID-19 vaccines

What seemed like an epic race for an effective COVID-19 vaccine has produced several options that have people rolling up their sleeves across Rhode...

UMass ‘vaccine corps’ needs to be replicated

The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to...

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