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UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid. Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The health minister for the United Kingdom tweeted on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 following two doses of the vaccine against the virus.

Driving the news: Sajid Javid, who has been in his role for three weeks, has publicly backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to fully reopen England's economy and lift mask requirements and social distancing rules starting Monday.

  • On Friday, the U.K. reported more than 50,000 daily cases for the first time since mid-January, BBC reports.

What he's saying: "This morning I tested positive for COVID," he said in a tweet, adding he had taken a rapid lateral flow test, and was awaiting confirmation from a PCR test, which needs processing in a laboratory.

  • "I'm waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild."
  • He said he is now self-isolating at home.

Background: Javid tweeted on March 17 that he received his first dose of Oxford/AstraZenedca's COVID-19 vaccine, later posting a picture of his second shot on May 16.

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Hawaii invites fully vaccinated travelers to return from Nov. 1

Hawaii Gov. David Ige. Photo: Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) announced plans Wednesday to soon welcome back nonresidents to the island state who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for nonessential travel.

Why it matters: Hawaii's tourist-dependent labor market suffered one of the worst blows in the U.S. last year and the state's climb out of its pandemic-sized hole is moving slowly, Axios' Courtenay Brown notes.

Oct 20, 2021 - Health

In-N-Out refuses to follow San Francisco's vaccine mandate

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The California burger chain In-N-Out is refusing to follow San Francisco's vaccination mandate, which requires restaurants to check for customers' proof of vaccination to dine indoors, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: The San Francisco Public Health Department has had to remind employees multiple times to check for proof of vaccination since September, ultimately resulting in the city's only In-N-Out location getting shut down on Oct. 14. It is the only time the agency has ordered a restaurant's closure over a mandate violation, officials told the Post.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.

Driving the news: Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, tested positive during "routine pre-travel protocols," DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa announced in a tweet.