Nearly a million COVID-19 tests expired last month in Florida

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Welcome to today's edition of the Florida Coronavirus Watch Newsletter. Let's get you up to speed with the latest news of the day from the USA TODAY Network-Florida.

Here's what's happening across the state

Fact check: Reports of adverse events due to COVID-19 vaccines are unverified

The claim: 1 million 'COVID-vaccine injuries' are reported in a CDC database

The verdict: Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that 1 million "COVID-vaccine injuries" are reported in a CDC database. As of Dec. 24, there were more than 700,000 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination in the VAERS database. But since those reports are unverified, they are not proof of vaccine injuries or deaths. The CDC says serious adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines are rare.

Omicron variant is causing another COVID surge. Here are some helpful links

Because of the COVID case surge — as of Jan. 7, Florida still was No. 4 on a list of states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest — we will include these links in this daily newsletter.

• Is it the flu, a cold, or the omicron variant? How to know, and when to get tested for COVID

Do COVID-19 boosters protect against omicron? Where and when can I get a booster in Florida?

This free tool compares the spread of COVID-19 in your area (this story is free to read)

Symptomatic or not, should you bother getting a COVID-19 test?

COVID vaccine cocktails: A guide to mixing and matching Pfizer, Moderna, J&J booster shots

What to know if you're exposed or test positive for coronavirus

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Chris' note of the day: Hi, I'm back! Took some time off to deal with a different medical issue -- my wife's unexpected triple-bypass -- and now I'm ready to get back to the pandemic.

Here's what else is happening with the coronavirus in Florida today.

— C. A. Bridges, cbridges@gannett.com

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Nearly a million COVID-19 tests expired last month in Florida

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