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

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

‘Like a sucker punch’: Canadian travellers rethink holiday plans as Omicron variant spreads

Canadian travel agents are navigating the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant as clients cancel bookings and reconsider holiday trips. While it is too soon to know how the Omicron variant, which public health officials in southern Africa identified last week, will affect the travel industry, some travellers have already cancelled plans to visit Europe, … 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

Travelers make their return trip home following the holiday weekend

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Travelers will be out in full force Sunday, making the return trip home from their holiday getaway. Sunday is one of busiest travel days of the entire year. Action News was at Philadelphia International Airport Sunday morning, as people tried to catch early flights out of town, or arrive back, before the … Read more

Travelers get early start to beat busiest travel day after Thanksgiving 2021

CHICAGO (WLS) — Just hours shy of a pandemic travel record potentially being set, some travelers are choosing to avoid the big crowds and long wait times that are expected on Sunday. The video featured is from a previous report. According to TSA officials, Sunday is predicted to be one of the busiest travel days … Read more

COVID News: Special clinic on Long Island for kids who took part in vaccine trial

NEW YORK (WABC) — On Long Island today, a special COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held for young participants of a clinical trial in Suffolk County. Children ages 5 to 11 who received a placebo during a clinical trial at Stony Brook got their second Pfizer shot, meaning they will soon be fully vaccinated. The kids … Read more