A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant, the world’s most prevalent.
All adults 18 years old and up are closer to being eligible to get their COVID-19 booster shot. The FDA announced their approval in a meeting Friday morning, but there are a few more steps left to take.
As the holiday season approaches, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is encouraging South Carolinians to take precautions against COVID-19 before and as they celebrate, citing spikes in cases following previous holidays throughout the pandemic.
In Beaufort County, the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination effort for kids ages 5 to 11 will start on Wednesday. Experts say although it’s not typically a high risk population, this is still a big step in the fight against COVID-19.
The new requirements, which were first previewed by President Joe Biden in September, will apply to about 84 million workers at medium and large businesses, although it is not clear how many of those employees are unvaccinated.