Omicron booster, Test score decline

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A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic
In this Sept. 14, 2021 photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. President Joe Biden has directed OSHA to write a rule requiring employers with at least 100 workers to force employees to get vaccinated or produce weekly test results showing they are virus free. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

An infectious disease specialist tells us more about the new COVID-19 vaccine booster designed to fight the Omicron variant. Then, we talk to an education policy professor about a decline in nationwide elementary school test scores since the pandemic.

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    On Thursday, the CDC recommended the new Omicron-targeting booster shot for everyone ages 12 and older. We talk about how this new booster works, how much protection you can expect and how it could impact the wider fight against COVID-19.

  • Why nationwide elementary school test scores are down and how to catch up on learning

    National test scores among 9-year-olds have dropped since the start of the pandemic. We learn more about the disruption to learning and how to help students catch up.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Dr. Dan Shirley Guest
  • Rich Halverson Guest