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In all the alarming reports in the past few days about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the key takeaway is they’re working and continue to provide strong protection against serious disease and death.

For months, most employers relied on information campaigns, bonuses and other incentives to encourage their workforces to get the COVID-19 shot. Now, a growing number is imposing rules to make it more onerous for employees to refuse — from outright mandates to requiring the unvaccinated to undergo regular testing.

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The number of families home schooling their children doubled during the pandemic, according to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Federal health officials haven't made an official recommendation about whether or when people should get a COVID booster shot. But people are looking for, and sometimes getting, them, local health officials said. 

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Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others, study shows.

“It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American. It’s such a shame to squander that blessing," President Joe Biden said.