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There’s No Letup For Nurses, Doctors

KHN Morning Briefing

In New York, data released last week show that nurses filed 26,219 complaints to hospital and nursing home managers about understaffing in 2019 and 2020.

Medicare Cuts Loom If Relief Bill Passes And Waiver Isn’t Approved

KHN Morning Briefing

Automatic PAYGO cuts to Medicare, student loan and farm subsidy programs would be triggered by the $1.9 billion stimulus package, the Congressional Budget Office says. Lawmakers could override the funding cuts, but that gives Republicans a bargaining chip as the Senate considers the legislation.

Florida Now Allows Anyone Who Is ‘Extremely Vulnerable’ To Get A Shot

KHN Morning Briefing

The executive order, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed late Friday, specifies that people must be deemed “extremely vulnerable” by their physician. The order provided little information about how the process would work, but other states have asked people for a doctor’s note.

J&J Starts Moving Out Newly Authorized Covid Vaccine

KHN Morning Briefing

The first doses are set to arrive at vaccine sites for injections on Tuesday. Johnson & Johnson’s entire inventory of 3.9 million doses is being distributed; another tranche should be ready to deliver in a few weeks.

When Will Kids Get The Shot? Most Likely in 2022, Fauci Says

KHN Morning Briefing

“If you project realistically, when we will be able to get enough data to be able to say that elementary school children will be able to be vaccinated, I would think that would be, at the earliest, the end of the year, and very likely the first quarter of 2022,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on “Meet the Press.”