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Biden to provide 400 million N95 masks to Americans

As the Omicron variant surges and hospitals are pushed to capacity, the Biden administration announced a new program Wednesday to give 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks to Americans free of charge to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

With Az’s health care system at breaking point, experts plead for vaccinations, masks & distancing

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire in Arizona and shatter previous records in the pandemic, health experts are pleading with people to vaccinate, mask up and socially distance themselves to reduce stress on the health care system.... Read more»

Supreme Court leaves country in limbo over federal vaccine mandates

Businesses all but assured that the Supreme Court would issue guidelines on the new federal vaccine-or-test mandate set to take effect Monday got only crickets, creating national confusion about policy that prompted the justices to hold a special session last week. ... Read more»

Pandemic adds pressure on doctors, who already had one of the highest rates of suicide

Physicians have one of the highest rates of death by suicide, and the intensities and difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic have only increased the stressors that care providers are under. ... Read more»

Fifth Circuit overturns nationwide injunction on vaccine mandate for health care workers

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday overruled a lower court’s nationwide injunction against a Biden administration mandate that required healthcare workers at federally funded facilities to receive COVID-19 vaccines. ... Read more»

No Supreme Court relief for N.Y. health care workers who passed on COVID-19 vaccine

The Supreme Court used its shadow docket Monday afternoon to turn down a group of health care workers who have been denied a religious exemption to New York state's mandate that they get the coronavirus vaccine.... Read more»

Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military rolls back benefits

While much of the attention to education benefits for service members focuses on veterans, most of the military’s 1.3 million active-duty personnel are also eligible for tuition assistance, but restrictions mean many service members have to wait for college until they leave the military.... Read more»

Finally, new federal cash will bolster public health ranks

Funds from this year’s American Rescue Plan Act are designed to more than double the number of disease investigators and contact tracers working at state and local health agencies - and that money is just one part of the $7.6 billion fund for public health workforce development.... Read more»

Lack of vaccine mandate becomes competitive advantage in hospital staffing wars

As of August 26, about 39% of U.S. hospitals had announced vaccine mandates, and across the nation, hospitals are weighing more than patient and caregiver health in deciding whether to mandate COVID vaccines for staffers.... Read more»