• On Monday, the FDA approved an updated, monovalent COVID-19 booster designed to target the XBB1.5 variant, and the CDC followed suit on Tuesday by recommending that anyone 6 months of age or older, regardless of previous vaccination status, get an updated mRNA vaccine if they have not had a booster in the last 2 months. The vaccine will be available at no cost to those without insurance through pharmacies participating in the CDC’s Bridge Access program or at state and local health departments. The CDC expects updated vaccines to become available later this week. Visit vaccines.gov to find no-cost updated COVID-19 vaccines through the Bridge Access Program
  • The COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, and a new variant, BA.2.86, has drawn quite a bit of attention. Like many other variants, BA.2.86 is detectable through COVID-19 testing, and infections are treatable with Paxlovid. What to know more about BA.2.86? Check out this blog.

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  • The Somerset County Health Department in Maryland is hiring for the role of Public Affairs Specialist! Somerset County Health Department has supported PPP as well as CDM’s language access project, and the Public Affairs Specialist will be uniquely positioned to strengthen outreach to migrant & immigrant communities. Additional and future employment opportunities can be found on Somerset County Health Department’s website.   

  • A majority of people in the U.S. (71%) support labor unions according to a recent study, and young people are particularly supportive 
  • Do you work with migrants, immigrants and/or essential workers? Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) has made additional updates to their  COVID-19 FAQ. You can find updated information about COVID-19, vaccines, treatments, workplace considerations, among other topics.
  • Sur Legal shared a series of graphics about the work of minors in the United States. Check out the firstsecond and third parts of the series to learn more about the history of child labor and how it has changed over time.
  • Find CDM’s updated COVID-19 vaccine materials in Haitian Creole and resource flyers by state on our Health Within Our Reach microsite. 
  • Tri Community Mediation is organizing a few One-Stop Shop events in the coming weeks:

    • This Saturday, September 16, Tri Community is hosting their One-Stop Shop in Pocomoke Community Gardens, at 327 Clarke Avenue, Pocomoke City, MD from 10-12PM. They will offer free food, vaccines, hand sanitizer, and provide information about local resources!
    • Next Saturday, September 23 from 9-12PM, Tri Community is partnering with St. James AME Zion Church on the One-Stop Shop. 521 Mack Ave, Salisbury, MD 21801, from 9:00 to 12:00. Join for vaccines/information, access to resources, masks, sanitizer, and more!
  • The Hispanic Health Coalition, Refugee Women’s Network, and other organizations are hosting “Health Equity Day,” on September 30 at 815 Park North Blvd, Clarkston, GA from 10AM – 2PM. People are invited to come and take advantage of health screenings, vaccines, and other fun kids’ activities!
  • El Vínculo Hispano is hosting their annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta on September 16 from 12-6PM at 200 N Chatham Ave Siler City, NC! There will be entertainment, traditional dance performances, resources, and food, raffle drawings, and more!
If you have questions about labor rights in the United States and COVID-19, Sol is ready to answer them at covid-chat.org