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Moderna announces full US approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, January 31, 2022
Moderna announced Monday that US health regulators granted full approval to its COVID-19 vaccine, a shot that’s been given to tens of millions of Americans since its emergency authorization over a year ago. The action by the Food and Drug Administration means the agency has completed the same rigorous, time-consuming review of Moderna’s shot as dozens of other long-established vaccines. Read more »

For marginalized groups, COVID testing shortages a bigger burden, January 17, 2022
Take-home rapid tests and PCR testing appointments are hard to come by for everyone amid the surge in coronavirus cases. But for marginalized groups statewide, the scavenger hunt for COVID testing is tougher to navigate. Read more »

Help is on the way for hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19, January 13, 2022
Happy Thursday, Daily Briefing readers! It's double duty for President Biden, who's sending medical teams to six states to help hospitals overburdened by COVID-19. He'll also meet privately with Senate Democrats about a path forward for voting rights legislation. And, kids ages 5 and up hoping to set sail on a Disney cruise will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more »

When should you get a COVID test? Mass. has issued new guidance, January 11, 2022
Massachusetts on Tuesday issued new guidance on when residents should seek COVID-19 testing, aligning the state with measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The guidance was updated as Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that the state has secured an order to get 26 million rapid antigen COVID-19 tests over the next three months. Read more »

State issues COVID-19 booster mandate for nursing home workers, January 9, 2022
More nursing home workers will now be forced to roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 booster or risk losing their jobs. That's thanks to a statewide booster mandate for all eligible nursing home staff handed down by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The state set a Feb. 28 deadline for receiving the additional vaccination. Read more »

"Its a perfect storm", strained healthcare workforce juggles testing, vaccinations, January 5, 2022
The frustration factor of waiting for a COVID test has been palpable across Massachusetts in long lines that haven't been subsiding. With Boston and other communities looking to expand testing, health care advocates point to several challenges on the horizon. Michael Curry, CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, calls it "a perfect storm". Read more »

Heres to you, 2022: What's ahead for health care, cultural challenges in Greater Boston?, January 3, 2022
Big picture, what's the early diagnosis for what we can expect and hope for in health care? What's ahead for community health centers? Also, the mental and physical health of health care workers? And what are they dreaming up in all those life science buildings popping up throughout Greater Boston? Read more »