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California extends COVID-19 supplemental sick leave until end of the year
US regulators authorize updated COVID-19 boosters
COVID-19 By The Numbers
Thursday, September 1
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved an extension to the state’s COVID-19 supplemental sick leave until the end of the year.
Originally, the leave was set to expire on Sept. 30.
Workers can use the sick leave if they are infected with COVID-19 to care for a sick family member or to receive a vaccination/booster.
The bill would also allocate an additional $70 million — on top of the $250 million approved earlier this year — to aid small businesses in paying for the supplemental leave.
U.S. regulators have authorized updated COVID-19 boosters, the first to directly target today’s most common omicron strain.
According to the Associated Press, the move by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that already have saved millions of lives.
The hope is that the modified boosters will blunt yet another winter surge. Until now, COVID-19 vaccines given in the U.S. have targeted the original coronavirus strain.
The new boosters are half the original recipe and half protection against the newest, super-contagious omicron versions.
Find older coronavirus updates on our previous blog page here.
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