COVID News: Vaccine boosters safe and effective, UK study shows

NEW YORK (WABC) — A new study published in the The Lancet suggests that getting any booster shot appears safe and significantly raises antibody levels. The study, conducted in the UK, also looked at AstraZeneca as a primary vaccination, as well as boosters from companies like Curvac and Novovax. These vaccines are not authorized in … Read more

Watch mountain lion stare down pup through glass door of Colorado home. ‘Really scary’

A mountain lion and a dog stare each other down through a patio glass door at a Colorado home. Video Screengrab/Sarah Bole When Sarah Bole got home from work one evening this week, she was greeted by a mountain lion on her patio. Her 13-year-old Shih-Poo was in a stare-down with the cougar from the … Read more

COVID News: CDC orders contact tracing on travelers coming from southern African nations

NEW YORK (WABC) — The CDC is ordering airlines to collect contact tracing information on all passengers heading to the United States from South African nations. The directive follows President Biden’s order barring most foreign nationals from entering the country if they’ve recently been to southern Africa. The information includes a passenger’s full name and … Read more

Nonprofit turns guns into garden tools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Some communities are turning to buyback programs to fight gun violence. Now, a program in Colorado Springs is giving those guns a new use. “I’ve always liked the idea of creating and making things,” said Michael Martin, co-founder of Rawtools, a nonprofit dedicated to turning guns into garden tools. “So, to … Read more

Staying home for the holidays: Federal rental assistance still available for Coloradans

DENVER — It’s the first of the month, and rent is due. If Coloradans are feeling the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of the holiday season, there are millions of federal dollars still available to help with rent. Sarah Buss is the director of the Office of Housing Recovery at the Colorado … Read more

Free COVID-19 vaccines for kids at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

DENVER (KDVR) – Llama Llama Hide & Seek, Milo’s Hat Trick and Violet the Pilot are some of the free books available to young kids from Colorado’s Imagination Library. “I’m so excited to be working with Governor Polis, the Department of Education, and our Colorado affiliate organization to bring my Imagination Library to more children … Read more

COVID News: UFT calls for more testing of adults in NYC schools

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York City Teachers’ Union is now calling for more testing of adults in school buildings. The UFT says testing is important to keep cases down in schools, especially now with the threat of the omicron variant. The Department of Education says they have the country’s largest schools surveillance testing program … Read more

COVID News: NJ Governor Murphy receives booster shot after Orlando vacation

NEW YORK (WABC) — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is encouraging everyone eligible to get their COVID booster shot after getting his own. The governor and his family received their boosters over the weekend at Monmouth Medical Center. They had just come back from a three-night thanksgiving trip to Orlando. He called the process “easy … Read more

COVID News: Vaccine makers preparing in case tweaks needed due to omicron variant

NEW YORK (WABC) — Pfizer and BioNTech say if a variant that evades the vaccine emerges, they would be ready to produce a tailor-made shot against that new variant within about 100 days. The companies released a statement to ABC News in response to growing concerns about the omicron variant. Meanwhile, Moderna says they’ve mobilized … Read more