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Rachana Pradham

Rachana Pradham

As Omicron lurks, Native Americans are wary of booster

By: - April 3, 2022

When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, Native Americans acted swiftly and with determination to get their shots — as though they had everything to lose. COVID hospitalization and death rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives had skyrocketed past those of non-Hispanic whites. Leveraging established systems like the Indian Health Service and tribal organizations, Native […]

As omicron surges, efforts to vaccine young children stalls

By: and - January 15, 2022

Two months after Pfizer’s COVID vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses. The national effort to vaccinate children has stalled even as the […]

Never mind toys, it’s time to ask Santa for crutches and catheters

By: - December 12, 2021

America’s hospitals, strained by nearly two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, are now scrounging for basic medical supplies. In another consequence of the global supply chain crisis, hospitals managing holiday COVID surges and all their other patients are running short of many necessities of care: crutches, syringes, needles, tubing, gloves, catheters, drapes for surgery, […]

Stark racial disparities exist for vaccination rates across U.S.

By: , and - May 20, 2021

Black Americans’ covid-19 vaccination rates are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign, while Hispanics are closing the gap and Native Americans show the highest rates overall, according to federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News. The data, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a public records request, gives […]

CVS, Walgreens have wasted more vaccine than most states combined

By: and - May 5, 2021

Two national pharmacy chains that the federal government entrusted to inoculate people against covid-19 account for the lion’s share of wasted vaccine doses, according to government data obtained by Kaiser Health News. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 182,874 wasted doses as of late March, three months into the country’s effort to vaccinate […]

Tracking COVID vaccinations is nearly impossible task

By: and - January 30, 2021

As they rush to vaccinate millions of Americans, health officials are struggling to collect critically important information — such as race, ethnicity and occupation — of every person they jab. The data being collected is so scattered that there’s little insight into which health care workers, or first responders, have been among the people getting […]