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Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The NFL is requiring vaccinated coaches, team personnel and front office staff in Tier 1 and 2 to receive COVID-19 booster shots by Dec. 27, according to a memo the league sent to teams Monday.

Why it matters: If employees don't get a booster by the deadline, they risk losing their vaccination status, an NFL requirement for Tier 1 and 2 staff.

Driving the news: The NFL said in the memo that it's implementing the CDC's booster shot recommendation due to "the increased prevalence of the virus in our communities."

  • A record 37 players tested positive for the virus on Monday, per the NFL Network.

The big picture: The CDC recommends that individuals get a COVID-19 booster if they received a second Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months ago. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster two months on from the injection.

  • Exemptions apply to NFL personnel who are "not eligible for a booster pursuant to the CDC definition" and those "in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID test" under the protocols, according to the memo.
  • Individuals who received monoclonal antibodies within the immediately preceding 90 days and those "whose 'S' antibody level on an antibody test administered via ... BioReference Lab at the club facility is 2500 or greater" also don't have to meet the requirement.

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Jan 15, 2022 - Health

Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron

Three COVID-19 testing companies place testing locations outside Grand Central Terminal on Jan. 14 in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Experts are warning that subsequent COVID-19 variants are likely to come after Omicron, AP reports.

Why it matters: The warnings come as there's no guarantee that subsequent variants "will cause milder illness or that existing vaccines will work against them," underscoring the need for widespread vaccination, AP writes.

Updated Jan 14, 2022 - Axios Twin Cities

Questions about Twin Cities indoor dining vaccine mandates, answered

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Vaccine-or-test mandates for indoor dining go into effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Here are answers to some common questions on the orders:

Q: Are all restaurants covered by the requirement?

A: No, St. Paul's order only covers establishments licensed by the city. That means coffee shops, fast food chains and other places that do not serve alcohol are exempt, according to the Pioneer Press.

14 mins ago - World

Biden will move U.S. troops to Eastern Europe "in the near term"

President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 28. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said on Friday he plans to move U.S. troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”

Driving the news: “Not too many” U.S. troops, Biden added in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pennsylvania.