— About 17 million health care workers in hospitals, clinics and other facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must get vaccinated.
— Some 300,000 employees of Head Start early childhood education and other federal education programs must get vaccinated.
SCHOOLS AND EVENTS
— Governors are urged to require vaccination for school district employees.
— The federal government will continue to follow through with money for widespread testing in schools.
— Stadiums, concert halls and other venues for large events are urged to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.
— Federal agencies will lay the groundwork for a smooth booster shot campaign, starting the week of Sep. 20 — if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes or approves the boosters.
MASKS AND TESTING
— Mask requirements will continue for interstate travel and in federal buildings. The Transportation Security Administration will double fines on airline, train and other travelers who refuse to mask up.
— The number of pharmacies offering free testing will be expanded to 10,000.
— Walmart, Amazon and Kroger will offer at-home COVID tests at cost, about a 35% savings for consumers.
— The Pentagon will double military medical teams helping local hospitals overwhelmed with virus patients.
— Federal agencies will boost shipments of a COVID-19 treatment known as monoclonal antibodies by 50%. Medical teams will be dispatched to help administer the treatments.
— Top loan amounts for small businesses affected by the pandemic will be increased to $2 million from $500,000 currently.