The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.

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The problem, health leaders say, is twofold: Nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the crisis.

And many are leaving for lucrative temporary jobs with traveling-nurse agencies that can pay $5,000 or more a week.

The explosion in salaries has wreaked havoc on hospitals without deep enough pockets.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.