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                                The state is trying to determine how to distribute retroactive hazard pay to 7,800 unionized public workers who faced health risks at public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laurie Chang, a curriculum coordinator and instructional coach for Aliiolani Elementary School, sanitizes a table at the school.
Thousands of HGEA members entitled to COVID pay

Gov. Josh Green and the state Legislature will have to figure out how to pay for an estimated $120 million to $150 million in retroactive hazard pay due to 7,800 unionized public workers who faced health risks at Hawaii public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

                                Christmas holiday travelers at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in Queens, New York, on Dec. 21. COVID cases and hospitalizations have started picking up recently.
How big is the latest COVID wave?

Reported levels of the virus in U.S. wastewater are higher than they have been since the first omicron wave, according to data from the CDC. Read more

                                Junior doctors and members of the British Medical Association (BMA) demonstrate outside St Thomas’ Hospital, London as they take to picket lines for six days. Doctors in the early stages of their careers in England have started a 72-hour strike in their long-running dispute over pay levels.
Thousands of doctors in Britain walk off the job

Managers said tens of thousands of appointments and operations will be postponed because of the walkout across England by junior doctors, those in the first years of their careers. The doctors, who form the backbone of hospital and clinic care, plan to stay off the job until 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Read more

                                A man carries a child walk out from a crowded holding room of a children’s hospital in Beijing on Oct. 30, 2023. A surge in respiratory illnesses across China that has drawn the attention of the World Health Organization is caused by the flu and other known pathogens and not by a novel virus, the country’s health ministry said.
China: Surge in respiratory illnesses caused by flu

The ministry called on local authorities to open more fever clinics and promote vaccinations among children and the elderly as the country grapples with a wave of respiratory illnesses in its first full winter since the removal of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more

                                A pharmacist administers a Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine at a drug store, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Cypress, Texas.
RSV shots available for Kaiser members

Kaiser Permanente announced Monday it is now offering the respiratory syncytial virus vaccine to all its members ages 60 years and older in Hawaii. Read more

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