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Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Massachusetts announced Wednesday that most nursing home workers will be required be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 10.

Driving the news: The requirement comes as cases driven by the Delta variant rise across the U.S. and Massachusetts reported 883 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

  • The state has 378 nursing facilities, as well as the two long-term care facilities for veterans in Massachusetts. As of Aug. 2, 155 facilities had less than 75% of their staff fully vaccinated.

The big picture: The mandate applies to “all individuals employed directly or by contract” at long-term care facilities. Unvaccinated workers must get at least one dose by Sept. 1, and be fully vaccinated by Oct. 10.

  • Workers can request an exemption for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • The requirement is meant to “strengthen infection control and protect vulnerable residents.”

What they're saying: “Today’s actions reinforce the state’s commitment to ensuring the safety and care for these residents, some of our most vulnerable residents,” a statement from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's office said.

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Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Nearly 1 million kids 5–11 on track for first week COVID vaccine

August Lopez, 6, gets the COVID-19 vaccine, Nov. 8, Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 900,000 children aged 5–11 will have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose by the end of Wednesday, according to the White House.

Driving the news: The CDC approved a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children 5–11 on Nov. 2, with some kids receiving their first dose the following day. First lady Jill Biden on Monday kicked off a "nationwide effort" to get more young children vaccinated.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Exclusive: U.S. will speed COVID vaccines to conflict zones

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Biden administration is set to announce today that it has brokered a deal to get more doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine into conflict zones around the world, a senior White House official tells Axios.

Why it matters: Getting the rest of the world vaccinated will save lives — and reduce the chances of more new variants.

John Frank, author of Denver
Nov 9, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado sounds the COVID alarm as FEMA team arrives at hospital

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado's COVID-19 infections continue to rise faster than any state in the nation, new data shows.

Threat level: At the same time, the number available hospital beds across the state is dwindling — hitting a low of 80 at the start of this week.