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Shared Harvest, myCovidMD and VAXEQUITY partnered to host the COVID-19 clinic at Homeboy Industries in downtown Los Angeles in April. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The federal government said Friday that it is legal for companies to require workers to get coronavirus vaccines. Companies can also offer unlimited rewards to workers to get vaccinated, as long as the employer doesn’t administer the vaccine.

Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finally cleared legal questions tied to how employers can increase the country’s vaccination rates.

Go deeper: Employers dangle rewards for vaccination despite legal hurdles

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Tina Reed, author of Vitals
May 28, 2021 - Health

Companies, states up the ante on vaccine incentives

Data: Ohio Department of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

For those who haven't been convinced to get a vaccine yet, companies have begun offering everything from date nights to tropical vacations to coax Americans to get the shot.

Why it matters: The giveaways are just the latest examples of increasingly lucrative rewards, including Ohio's $1 million lottery prizes, aimed at luring the hesitant.

May 28, 2021 - Health

Small number of Big Ten athletes had myocarditis after COVID-19

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Only about 2% of college athletes who recovered from COVID-19 were later diagnosed with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, according to a new study published Thursday in JAMA Cardiology.

Why it matters: The study, with some of the most comprehensive data yet on the cardiac condition connected to COVID-19, reveals its prevalence is less than previously recorded.

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