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Fall updated boosters aren’t yet approved by the FDA, so they’re a little behind schedule. The CDC expects that they’ll be ready by early October, even though back-to-school fall surges may happen sooner. This is a bit of a moot point, though, since only about 15% of Americans have gotten their first booster. If you’re at high risk or over 65, we recommend going to get the currently available (bivalent) booster as soon as possible. It’s not worth the risk in the meantime, and you can always get the updated booster later when your immunity is waning. For those who aren’t at particularly high risk, we do recommend getting an updated booster and flu shot this fall. If you can wait until the updated COVID booster is available, that’s great. If not, get whatever is available the day you go to get your flu shot!
Source: SF Chronicle
Testing is a major issue with this spike in COVID cases now that the government isn’t shipping out free tests, and most major insurers stopped covering them once the federal emergency ended back in May. On top of that, the tests that many of us had stockpiled are now expiring. There are some community health clinics, libraries, and other local resources that still provide some free tests. If employees want to test, they can search for locations at testinglocator.cdc.gov, or try their local community health center, food bank, library, or independent pharmacy. If you have an ongoing outbreak with multiple sick employees, consider purchasing some tests (about $12 each) and sharing them for free.
Source: Washington Post
Short answer: no. Unless you work in healthcare or another workplace that requires annual vaccinations as a job requirement, you’re not likely to need to show your vaccination card now that COVID is considered a standard annual vaccination like the flu shot. If you lost your card, go get the updated booster this fall and ask for a new card with the booster on it, or a printed vaccination record. Even if it doesn’t show your previous vaccinations on that card, the updated booster is all you need to prove that you’re protected, so any proof of that should be sufficient.
Restaurants are adding air conditioning to their kitchens, seeing higher electricity costs, and learning to spot heat exhaustion in workers. Some are moving their prep time earlier in the morning to avoid the hottest parts of the day, and a few have even had to close amid 120°+ days:
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