Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:
- The FDA is reportedly planning to allow “mix-and-match” booster shots;
- Nurses say patients have been getting more abusive;
- Thousands of California hospital workers are on strike.
- The FDA is expected to allow a “mix-and-match” approach for COVID-19 booster shots, The New York Times reported.
- The authorization will allow Americans to get a different brand booster than what they initially received.
- It will not recommend one brand over another but may mention it is preferable to receive the same brand, The Times reported.
- 31% of hospital nurses have reported an increase in violence, up from 22% in March 2021.
- Nurses told Insider the tense politics around vaccines and masks may be leading to patient aggression.
- 1 in 4 nurses faces physical violence on the job, and the hospital is one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, according to OSHA.
Thousands of California hospital workers strike over ‘critical staffing shortages’ at nearly a third of hospitals in the state
- Thousands of healthcare workers in California have gone on strike or plan to strike, CalMatters reported.
- They’re striking over burnout and continued staffing shortages fueled by the coronavirus pandemic.
- About a third of California hospitals reported “critical staffing shortages” to the federal government last week.
More stories we’re reading:
- A Florida school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days after each shot, citing a false claim that they’ll infect others (Insider)
- An probe into the origins of COVID-19 was dissolved due to conflicts of interest (Science)
- Teen girls are showing up to the doctor with tics, and experts think anxiety, depression, and TikTok could be playing a role (Insider)
- Here’s why public health departments across the US are facing a crisis (The New York Times)