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A registered nurse cared for a patient in a COVID-19 Unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center in 2020.

About 200 UMass Memorial Health workers fired for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Some 200 employees of UMass Memorial Health, the largest hospital system in Central Massachusetts, have lost their jobs for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the system’s Dec. 1 deadline, a spokesperson said Monday.

At Boston City Hall, Mayor Michelle Wu announced her COVID-19 advisory committee, a group of doctors, public health professionals and multidisciplinary leaders who will assist in decision-making around tackling new variants and working to end the pandemic in Boston.

Boston announces free COVID-19 rapid tests, larger vaccine clinics for hard-hit neighborhoods

The city will be providing 20,000 free rapid antigen home tests as well as free masks to communities with the highest rates of COVID-19 and high barriers to purchasing test kits on their own, Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, announced Monday.

Travelers at San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 24.

Traveling for the holidays? Here’s a guide to restrictions and recommendations amid COVID-19

Ahead of the December holidays, here’s a primer on domestic and international travel guidelines, and a few recommendations from public health experts on how to keep yourself and your family members safe.

Beth Teitell

How we got to ‘Omicron,’ a previously obscure, D-list letter

The Greek letter has grabbed the world stage and become the dreaded “variant of concern.”

Walgreens Pharmacy.

Walgreens apologizes after failing to notify parents of canceled child vaccine appointments

Walgreens apologized to affected customers in an email to The Washington Post and said it was working to prevent such problems moving forward. The company would not say how many of its customers nationwide have suffered the same frustration. Similar tales from angry consumers have popped up on social media around the country since early November.

A man receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, at a vaccination center set at Rome's Cinecitta' film studios.

Unvaccinated Italians face new restrictions as holidays near

Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people as the holidays draw near, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theaters, and museums to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their shots.

A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2021.

J&J booster works well for people who had Pfizer originally, study finds

People who received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines may get as much benefit from a Johnson & Johnson booster shot as a Pfizer one. That’s the finding of a small study released Sunday.

A medical worker administers a nasal swab Covid-19 test to a traveler at the Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care testing site in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

Omicron’s spread across hotel hall highlights transmission worry

The Omicron variant spread among two fully vaccinated travelers across the hallway of a Hong Kong quarantine hotel, underscoring why the highly mutated coronavirus strain is unnerving health authorities.