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A sign is posted outside a CVS pharmacy on Thursday in Indianapolis. A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the country. That has led to frazzled workers and even temporary pharmacy closures.
The nation depends on short-staffed pharmacies to give out COVID vaccines, boosters and flu shots.
Vaccinations and boosters were up as the omicron variant is detected in the U.S.
South African scientists are still studying the omicron variant, but say the new COVID-19 strain may be more contagious.
The preliminary findings show that a past COVID-19 infection may not grant immunity from the omicron variant.

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  1. A sign is posted outside a CVS pharmacy on Thursday in Indianapolis. A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the country. That has led to frazzled workers and even temporary pharmacy closures.
  2. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  3. An Orange Farm, South Africa, resident receives her jab against COVID-19 on Friday at the Orange Farm multipurpose center. South Africa has accelerated its vaccination campaign a week after the discovery of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
  4. A woman receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a center, in Soweto, South Africa, on Nov. 29. The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world’s desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.
  5. Consumer watchdogs are warning of an uptick in holiday scams this season.
  6. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  7. A vaccination sticker seen while the residents and staff at the Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences in Boca Raton received their Pfizer booster shots in September.
  8. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus Wednesday in Washington.
  9. In this Nov. 20 file photo, a man takes part in a demonstration against the country's coronavirus restrictions in Vienna, Austria. The  omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday, as reports of infections linked to the mutant strain cropped up in more parts of the globe, and one official said that the wait for more information on its dangers felt like “an eternity.”
  10. Licensed practical nurse Yokasta Castro, of Warwick, R.I., draws a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a mass vaccination clinic on May 19 at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. While all eyes are on the new and little-understood omicron variant, the delta form of the coronavirus isn't finished wreaking havoc in the U.S. There is much that is unknown about omicron, including whether it is more contagious than previous versions, makes people sicker or more easily thwarts the vaccine or breaks through the immunity that people get from a bout of COVID-19.
  11. This artist sketch depicts Center for Reproductive Rights Litigation Director Julie Rikelman speaking to the Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington. Seated to Rikelman's right is Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar.  Justices seated from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
  12. The South Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando. The Florida Department of Corrections and Disability Rights Florida have reached a settlement that will add accommodations for prisoners with disabilities.
  13. In this Sept. 29, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump looks at his face mask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. A book by Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate in September 2020.
  14. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, speaks alongside U.S. President Joe Biden as he delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting of the COVID-19 response team at the White House on Monday.
  15. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  16. Marcus Lamb, founder of evangelical television network Daystar and an outspoken opponent of COVID-19 vaccines, has died after being hospitalized with the virus, the network announced on Tuesday; he was 64..
  17. Nurse Jordan Dierksheide prepares paperwork while Josemaria Mejia, 7, of Ruskin, lifts his arm before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event hosted by Enterprising Latinas at  Wimauma Opportunity Center in Wimauma on Nov. 14.
  18. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
  19. The hills are alive with the sound of variants!
  20. Jane Morse, photographed in the 1990s for the series Three Little Words.
  21. This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication.
  22. Jonathan Pagliarulo, 11, gets tested for COVID-19 in August after vaccinated family members tested positive for the virus in North Miami.
  23. This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new experimental COVID-19 pill.
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