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CVS has administered 30 million COVID-19 shots as of June 30. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines has increased at Walgreens and CVS stores in the past month after slow uptake in May and June.

Why it matters: Vaccinations are vital to slow the spread of the Delta variant, and the amount of rising coronavirus cases appears to be nudging some unvaccinated people into a pharmacy.

What they're saying: Walgreens has now administered more than 29 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, up from 25 million shots at the end of May. CVS is at 30 million doses, executives said on a conference call.

  • Some of Walgreens' main growth during the past two months has been in states with low vaccination rates and high rates of COVID hospitalizations, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
  • CVS CFO Shawn Guertin said "the recent rise in COVID-19 cases" has led to more people getting their first shots.

Yes, but: Vaccines are still down from peak levels in April, and CVS lowered estimates of how many COVID-19 vaccines it will administer this year.

  • CVS expects to dish out 32 million to 36 million shots, compared with 29 million to 44 million projected earlier this year.

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Sep 16, 2021 - Health

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

A nurse tends to a patient at a hospital in France. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty images.

France has suspended about 3,000 health workers without pay for failing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The suspensions came after Wednesday's government-imposed deadline for the country's 2.7 million health workers to get at least one dose of the vaccine.

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Italy to mandate COVID health pass for all workers

Italian minister of public administration Renato Brunetta. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The Italian government mandated on Thursday that all workers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce such a sweeping mandate, per Reuters.

Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars

A busy bar in Pasadena after reopening in June. Photo: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles County will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to indoor drinking establishments including bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries next month, officials announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Customers and employees in the nation's most populous county will have to show proof at such drinking venues that they've had at least one vaccine dose from Oct. 7 and both by Nov. 4. It's not mandatory at restaurants but is encouraged, per an L.A. County Public Health statement.