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N'amah Yetzhak Abohaikal, a volunteer with the women's unit of United Hatzalah emergency service, prepares administer the COVID-19 vaccine to a teen girl as her brother and grandmother watch Tuesday at Clalit Health Services in Mevaseret Zion.
A fourth dose of Pfizer and Moderna only offers “partial defense” against the contagious COVID-19 variant.
The omicron variant is depleting hospital staffing. Yet beaches were packed this weekend in Argentina and Brazil.
The website COVIDTests.gov will provide free COVID-19 home tests and will not charge for shipping.
The hospital’s transplant patients are immunocompromised. The drug Evusheld can help protect them from COVID-19.

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  1. A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago.
  2. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW, an at-home-rapid-COVID test.
  3. N'amah Yetzhak Abohaikal, a volunteer with the women's unit of United Hatzalah emergency service, prepares administer the COVID-19 vaccine to a teen girl as her brother and grandmother watch Tuesday at Clalit Health Services in Mevaseret Zion.
  4. A health worker applies a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a community health center in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday. Brasilia started the COVID-19 vaccination of children between ages 5 and 11.
  5. Fans cheer at Amalie Arena on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Vancouver Canucks.
  6. Students cross Fishhawk Boulevard to Newsome High in Lithia in October 2020. This week, Newsome reported 104 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff as Tampa Bay area schools saw their highest weekly case count since the pandemic began.
  7. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  8. Tampa General Hospital conducts more than 1,000 transplants a year, a life-changing procedure but one which leaves donor organ recipients immunocompromised and thus vulnerable to COVID-19. It is one of the first hospitals in Florida using Evusheld, a drug intended to prevent at-risk patients including transplant recipients and cancer patients from catching the virus.
  9. Workers register and test patients on Monday at the public drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus.
  10. President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response on Thursday in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington,
  11. The Pinellas County jail was in lockdown this week to quell a spike in coronavirus cases among those incarcerated there.
  12. In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state government and private employees as well as school districts.
  13. The $300 million Taneja Center for Surgery opened at AdventHealth Tampa hospital on E Fletcher Avenue in September. AdventHealth will start restricting patients to one visitor per day at its Tampa Bay hospitals in an attempt to limit the spread of the omicron variant.
  14. Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices Thursday on Margaret Court Arena for the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.
  15. People wait in a line for that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center to get tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 28. Tampa Bay officials are opening more free, public testing sites to meet the demand for testing as the omicron variant drives a surge of cases.
  16. This image provided by Pfizer shows the company's COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. Pfizer's and Merck's COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections.
  17. This artist sketch depicts lawyer Scott Keller standing to argue on behalf of more than two dozen business groups seeking an immediate order from the Supreme Court to halt a Biden administration order to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation's large employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Supreme Court in Washington, Jan. 7.  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. The court's order Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases deals a blow to the administration's efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.
  18. Motorists wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 in parking lot 2 at Tropicana Field in June 2020. The city of St. Petersburg, Impact Health and the Tampa Bay Rays say they have opened a new test site at the Trop.
  19. Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, sponsored a bill that would extend COVID-19 legal protections for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. Times file photo.
  20. President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday.
  21. City Manager Jon Jennings said his COVID symptoms are similar to bronchitis.
  22. A city health department worker in Youngstown, Ohio, grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event.
  23. Teachers protest for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7 in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues.
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