News to Know (8/24/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

JOPLIN, Mo. – State numbers show the city of Joplin is out-pacing other cities in the state when it comes to vaccination numbers, becoming the first to hit 50 percent fully vaccinated. State data shows 50.9% of the state is fully vaccinated. 62% of all adults 18 and older have started the vaccination process. Joplin leads the state in vaccinations with 50 percent of its population fully vaccinated against covid-19. Nine jurisdictions in the state are at least 40 percent vaccinated. Joplin is outpacing the rest of Missouri on vaccination rates

ATLANTA, Ga. – Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine becomes the first in the U.S. to receive full approval from the FDA. The approval comes after eight months of emergency use, when more than 200-million doses of the vaccine were administered. The approval is for those 16 and older, but it still has emergency use authorization for teens 12 to 15 years old. What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean?

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With the FDA authorization, Cox Health has moved to require covid-19 vaccinations among its employees. Hospital officials say the decision was led by the health system’s physician leaders, and was due in part to the FDA’s full authorization of the Pfizer vaccine. Cox Health CEO Steve Edwards said in a media release quote, “This decision is ultimately led by science, which has shown us that vaccinations are the way we can end this pandemic.” To date, nearly 70% of Cox Health employees are already vaccinated against covid-19, as well as more than 90 percent of physicians. CoxHealth moves forward with vaccine requirement for employees

MIAMI, Okla. – Police in Miami, Oklahoma, investigate a stabbing death at B Street Northeast Monday morning. Officers found 37-year-old Johnny Euran lying in the yard with stab wounds. Euran died at the hospital. Authorities then identified a suspect, and arrested that person at a Miami home across town. Suspect arrested following deadly stabbing in Miami, Oklahoma

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