Omicron CDC suggests COVID booster for adults

The CentersFor Disease ControlAnd PreventionOn Monday recommended that all adults get a COVID-19 booster shot following the emergence of the new omicron variant.

Previously, the CDC advised people over 50 or living in a long-term care facility “should” get a booster, while all other adults “may” get boosters at least six months after their previous shots. NowThe CDC recommended that all adults receive a booster.

While South AfricaLast week was the first time that global health authorities were modified to the omicron version. DutchAccording to health officials TuesdayThe alarm was raised several days earlier than the case of omicron. It was found that omicron had already spread to parts of the state. Europe.

FranceAnd JapanThey also reported their first cases. Tuesday. The United StatesHowever, he has not yet reported a case. President Joe Bidenon MondayOmicron is “a cause of concern, not panic,”

HeHe stated that he would publish a plan ThursdayHis administration’s plans to fight COVID-19 in winter using vaccines, boosters, testing and not lockdowns.

ItIt is not known how severe or transmissible omicron infections are, but it is believed that they can be transmitted. World Health Organization said preliminary evidence raises the possibility the variant has mutations that could help it both evade an immune-system response and make it more transmissible. ManyWHO stated that most of the cases were reported in college-aged individuals who tend to have milder infections.

AlsoThe latest:

► A FoodAnd Drug AdministrationPanel will meet TuesdayDiscuss whether you will recommend its use Merck’sAntiviral COVID-19 Pill An FDA analysis released last week found the pill was effective against the virus but identified several potential risks, including possible toxicity and birth defects.

►TheThe omicron variant “will present some challenges in terms prevention and control” in the future Winter OlympicsIn BeijingIt was said Chinese Foreign MinistryRepresentative Zhao Lijianon Tuesday. ButHe said that he was optimistic about the games being held.

► GreeceAnnouncement Tuesday it would mandate vaccination for all people 60 and older, Reuters reported. Unvaccinated people will face a monthly 100 euro fine.

► A judge blocked the federal government on MondayIt is not necessary to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations in certain health care workers within ten states.

► PfizerAnd BioNTech are expected to ask the Food and Drug AdministrationTo authorize the booster shot for 16-year-olds and 17-year olds within the next few days The Washington Post reported. 

► Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome PowellA testimony that was released by the FDA stated that the omicron version may lead to supply-chain disruptions, and inflation. Monday.

📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 48 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 778,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: MoreMore than 262,000,000 cases and 5.2 Million deaths. Nearly196 Million Americans — roughly 59.3% of the population — are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

📘What we’re reading: HowWhat is the severity of omicron? IsIt’s more transmissible than the delta ItUnderstanding COVID-19 variant will take several weeks.

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Survey: MostEmployers will require employees to have COVID-19 shots

TheAccording to a mid-year survey, the majority of U.S. employers have required or will require that employees get vaccinated for COVID-19.November found.

TheSurvey from Willis Towers WatsonA global advisory, brokering, and solutions company, found that only 3 percent of employers claimed their vaccination mandates resulted in an increase in resignations. NearlyHalf of employers who were surveyed believed that mandates could be used to recruit and retain employees.

President Joe BidenIn November issued vaccination-or-testing requirements for companies with at least 100 employees, but businesses and several RepublicanThe rules have been sued by governors and general attorneys.

— Craig Harris, USA TODAY

UnvaccinatedFederal employees won’t lose their jobs during the holiday season even though they missed deadline

Most federal workers who failed to meet the Nov. 22 deadline to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not risk being suspended or losing their jobs until next year, the BidenEnforcement guidance: Administration Monday.

Instead, managers will continue “with robust education and counseling efforts through this holiday season as the first step in an enforcement process,” according to the guidance.

Ninety-two percent of federal workers received at least one dose of the vaccine by the deadline, the administration announced last week. The rest have either not complied with the president’s mandate or asked to be exempted for religious or medical reasons. 

While some agencies may need to accelerate enforcement if there are workplace safety issues or performance problems, agencies were encouraged not to take actions beyond education, counseling or, at most, a letter of reprimand until January.

The next step after a letter is suspension for a period of 14 days or less. WorkersThose who are still unvaccinated and have not been granted an exemption may be disqualified. 

— Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY

DefenseSecretary Oklahoma National GuardMust be vaccinated

MembersYou can find the Oklahoma National GuardNo matter what their duty status is or personal beliefs they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinTelled Gov. Kevin StittOn Monday.

The OklahomaGovernor sent an earlier in the month a request to the defense secretary asking that the members of the Oklahoma National GuardExempted from the Defense Department’s vaccination mandate, which covers active-duty personnel, Guard, ReservesCivil workers.

Austin rejected the governor’s proposal, and told him in a letter that guard members who don’t get vaccinated may be barred from participating in drills and training, and their status in the GuardThis could put at risk.

“ToMaintain a strong and capable military force that can protect the country. AmericanPeople, immediate vaccination against COVID-19, is an essential requirement for military readiness. This applies to all military components and units, including the Oklahoma National Guard,” AustinIn a letter StittDate Monday.

— Chris Casteel, The Oklahoman

Contributing: The Associated Press

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