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A Pfizer shot being prepared.

Here’s who the CDC says should get a Pfizer vaccine booster shot — and how we got to this point

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that millions of people who have gotten their two shots of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine should get a booster shot. Here’s what you need to know.

Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday, Sept. 10, that a Tallahassee judge should not have lifted an automatic stay two days ago that halted enforcement of the mask mandate ban.

Pediatric COVID-19 cases rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday offered more evidence that school masks requirements can help keep children healthy and in classrooms, showing lower spikes in pediatric covid cases and fewer school closures in places that require them.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with Boston Globe Spotlight Team editor Patricia Wen at the inaugural Globe Summit.

CDC director says she’s disappointed at politics playing a role in people’s COVID-19 vaccination decisions

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at the inaugural Globe Summit that she’s not surprised some people need to be persuaded to get coronavirus vaccinations, but she was dismayed by the politicization of the issue.

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Robin Mercier, a Lifespan Health Care registered nurse, receives a new COVID-19 vaccine in Providence in December 2020.

Health care workers sue R.I. for not accepting religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine

“If across America religious exemptions can be accommodated consistent with patient safety, then as a matter of law and logic, the same applies here,” wrote the lawyer for the unvaccinated health care workers.

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky decided to make the recommendation that the panel had previously rejected.

A nurse administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a patient.

Walensky overrules advisory panel, endorses boosters for at-risk workers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recommended boosters late Thursday for people 65 and older, nursing home residents, those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems, and people at risk because of their jobs.

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Dr. Seth Koenig, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Kent Hospital stands outside a COVID-19 patient's room in the intensive care unit in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Hospitals in R.I. are struggling with burnout and staffing issues — and the problems are bigger than COVID

“People are still working 12 hour shifts in full PPE,” one chief nursing executive said. “It’s day in and day out, and really gets to you.”

Medical personnel adjusted their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York on May 27, 2020.

NY hospitals fear staff shortage as vaccine deadline looms

Hospitals and nursing homes in New York are bracing for the possibility that a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers could lead to staff shortages when it takes effect Monday.

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