COVID-19 booster shots; student loans; drug take-back day; local sports

COVID-19 booster photographs; student loans; drug take-back day; native sports activities

This morning, Colin Powell’s household introduced on Facebook that he had died from COVID-19 issues. Powell served as the primary Black U.S. secretary of state within the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. He was 84 years outdated and totally vaccinated in opposition to the virus.

A federal advisory committee helps booster photographs for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Thus far, the FDA licensed boosters just for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for high-risk populations. The two different vaccines are working their means by means of the regulatory course of, and booster photographs for senior residents and the immunocompromised may very well be accessible quickly.

Guest: Dr. Michelle Aquino, Baptist Health hospitalist and Action News Jax medical correspondent.

Student loans

The Biden administration has given some respiration room to school students paying again student loans.

The newest extension for student loan compensation offers those that borrowed cash for faculty a reprieve by means of January of 2022. The Department of Education additionally canceled $5.8 billion in student loan money owed for debtors with whole and everlasting incapacity and for these students who had been victims of fraud by faculties and universities.

By midyear 2021, almost 500,000 candidates had money owed wiped away, however that’s nonetheless solely 2% of total whole student debt loans, and this debt will proceed to be a part of the nationwide dialog about faculty affordability.

Guest: Tina Bodnar, senior vp, non-public banking relationship supervisor, IBERIABANK First Horizon.

Drug take-back day

Memorial Hospital plans a drug take-back day to assist crush the opioid epidemic. On Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., group members can flip in unused and expired treatment for protected disposal.

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The occasion is a part of a nationwide initiative by HCA Healthcare. Last yr, the group collected greater than 400lbs of medicines.

Guest: Dr. Ron McGrier, pharmacy operations supervisor for Memorial Hospital.

Local sports activities

After 20 straight regular-season losses, the Jaguars received a sport in London yesterday. WJCT sports activities analyst Josh Torres joined us with a recap.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs may be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.