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Littleton Public Schools superintendent says he got death threats over vaccine controversy

Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert said he received death threats and other harassing emails after two videos surfaced on a right-wing Twitter account showing minors unaccompanied by their parents cleared to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic at Heritage High School on Jan. 21. The two videos, posted on Jan. 25, have since […]

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Littleton Public Schools shuts down vaccine clinics after videos show alleged minors misled staff about age, consent

By Robert Tann, Colorado Community Media Littleton Public Schools will stop hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics on school campuses after two videos surfaced on a far-right Twitter account on Jan. 24 showing alleged students misleading clinic staff in order to receive a shot. Neither student appears to have actually gone through with a vaccination, the videos […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Weld County’s health department is no longer allowed to post about COVID on social media

Updated Dec. 16, 2021: Following publication, Weld County reversed its decision and will allow the health department to post about COVID on social media. Weld County’s commissioners will no longer publish information about COVID-19 on social media following pushback on posts made to encourage residents to get vaccinated against the disease.  Three members of the […]

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COVID outbreaks have shut down some Colorado schools. Will holidays and cold weather make things worse?

When COVID-19 swept through an elementary, middle and high school in Pagosa Springs in November, many kids in Archuleta School District #50 JT once again had to abandon the classroom to learn at home. Along with shutting down the high school for five school days amid a string of staff absences, the rural southwest Colorado […]

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Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

By Kate Ruder, KHN WESTMINSTER — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, […]

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Two districts account for nearly 90% of Colorado’s very limited COVID testing in schools

Just two school districts accounted for the vast majority of COVID-19 testing in the first month of Colorado’s federally funded program to test students, teachers and staff in schools each week. According to data that the state submitted to federal officials last month, just one district performed nearly 80% of the program’s tests conducted in […]

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Zornio: The geographical privilege of denying COVID-19 vaccines

For years Marc Bernier was a prominent conservative radio host. Based in Daytona, Florida, the self-appointed “Mr. Anti-Vax” regularly dedicated time on his show encouraging listeners to reject the COVID-19 vaccine. A few weeks after publicly declaring “I’m not taking it,” the station announced that their talk show personality had died of the very disease […]

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Opinion: Want to persuade people to get vaccinated? Stop trying

In 2019, even before the pandemic, the World Health Organization called “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate” one of the top 10 threats to global health. Little did the WHO know that attempts to resolve vaccine hesitancy would soon become even more ubiquitous, almost entirely through the use of persuasive tactics. Since the advent of […]