COVID-19 weekly news: February 21-27

Mayo Clinic in Rochester to ease visitor restrictions for hospital patients

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines The number of visitors per adult inpatient will be eased to two consistent designated visitors. Visitors must be at least 5 years old. This is consistent with pediatric patient restrictions, which were relaxed on Feb. 7. A responsible adult must accompany all visitors under age 16.

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Mayo Clinic expert discusses how COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy may protect babies after birth

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 during pregnancy might protect not only the pregnant woman, but also the baby after birth. That's what a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study suggests. Data show that being vaccinated, even before pregnancy, can prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations among infants 6 months and younger.

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Mayo Clinic researchers recommend investments in vaccine safety in Nature commentary

Gregory Poland, M.D., and Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., write in their commentary in the scientific journal Nature Reviews Immunology that greater focus on understanding vaccines' downstream effects, not only on immunity but also on all the other biological systems will provide information that can help make vaccines safer for all and increase public trust in vaccines.

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.