As the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge in Minnesota, vaccine mandates in Minneapolis and St. Paul begin Wednesday, Jan. 19. But what does that mean? Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about the vaccine mandate and its impacts:
The University of Minnesota is imposing a temporary vaccine mandate for large indoor events.
The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.
Pfizer confirmed it plans to start human trials of its omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine later this month, potentially making it available to the public as soon as March.
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about the vaccine-or-testing requirement for large employers and a separate mandate for health care workers.
Families have a new tool in their fight against COVID-19 as cases of the omicron variant continue to spike. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed a plan to give Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to kids from ages 12 to 15.
New research on childbirths conducted in part by the HealthPartners Institute shows the COVID-19 vaccine does not result in preterm birth or low birth weight.
The CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, will weigh the panel’s advice before making a final decision soon.
The injunction is a new challenge to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's decision to make vaccinations mandatory for all members of the military.
The agency also recommended that severely immunocompromised kids ages 5-11 should get an additional primary dose of the Pfizer vaccine 28 days after their second shot.
Dozens of Marines have been discharged over the past week for their refusal to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Israel approved a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people most vulnerable to the virus, the first country to do so.
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 booster shot was found to reduce the risk of omicron-related hospitalization by about 85%, according to a South African clinical trial.
The first person in the U.S. to get a COVID-19 vaccine, New York nurse Sandra Lindsay, has since become a prominent face in the vaccination campaign.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s too soon to decide if Americans would need a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The omicron variant is now estimated to be the dominant COVID-19 strain in Minnesota, state health officials said Wednesday.
In what could be an unprecedented move in California, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he wants to make all city employees and visitors who enter city-owned facilities, to have a booster shot or third round of vaccinations. There will surely be pushback to the plan.
Moderna said its COVID-19 booster shot appears to provide protection against the omicron variant but it will continue developing a tweaked jab.
Pfizer said its special low-dose COVID-19 vaccine didn’t have as strong an immune response as expected in 2- to 4-year-olds, and it’s now testing three doses.
SmartHealth Cards have been adopted by over 20 states and it’s considered by some as a trusted source for people to access and verify their vaccine status.