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New Zealand Forces Vaccination Mandate On All Education, Health-Care Workers

New Zealand Forces Vaccination Mandate On All Education, Health-Care Workers New Zealand announced late Monday that it would join the growing list of developed nations forcing workers - or at least certain workers - to choose: either accept the jab, or lose your job. One week after Canada adopted mandatory vaccination rules for federal workers and travelers, New Zealand has announced its own vaccine mandates for most teachers and health care workers. Per NZ's Liberal-led government, doctors, nurses and other health-care workers must be fully vaxxed by Dec. 1, while everyone working in education who has contact with students must be vaccinated by Jan. 1. "We can’t leave anything to chance so that's why we are making it mandatory," said COVID Response Minister Chris Hipkins, who is also the country's education minister. "Vaccination remains our strongest and most effective tool to protect against infection and disease," Hipkins said. New Zealand briefly enjoyed COVID-free status after the initial global outbreak, but the country's "drawbridge" strategy was unable to keep out the delta variant, imposing a lockdown in Auckland, the country's largest city after confirming just a single case. As cases spread despite the tightening restrictions, the government was forced to finally abandon its "COVIDZero" strategy. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said the highly transmissible delta variant had proved a "game-changer" that can't be easily eliminated. As kiwis confront the new system, the Guardian is reporting that New Zealand's epidemiology "experts" were taken by surprise when Ardern abandoned "COVIDZero". They said they weren't consulted about the government's new system, which will lessen restrictions in three stages. “We were obviously surprised on Monday last week when the government seemed to say that we were moving away from elimination,” said prof Michael Baker, one of the country’s most prominent pandemic communicators and a member of the ministry’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory group. “A decision of that size – changing your major strategy – you’d think you would consult with [the] quite small batch of scientists and other advisers who work very hard to support the government … explaining things to the public.” “That was very unusual. I think the government’s done a great job generally with consultation and getting us all to at least understand the rationale for change.” Others insisted that the only way out for the country is full vaccination. Now, keep in mind, New Zealand has confirmed fewer than 5K cases and fewer than 30 deaths. Tyler Durden Wed, 10/13/2021 - 19:45.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 13th, 2021

New Zealand Forces Vaccination Mandate On All Education, Health-Care Workers

New Zealand Forces Vaccination Mandate On All Education, Health-Care Workers New Zealand announced late Monday that it would join the growing list of developed nations forcing workers - or at least certain workers - to choose: either accept the jab, or lose your job. One week after Canada adopted mandatory vaccination rules for federal workers and travelers, New Zealand has announced its own vaccine mandates for most teachers and health care workers. Per NZ's Liberal-led government, doctors, nurses and other health-care workers must be fully vaxxed by Dec. 1, while everyone working in education who has contact with students must be vaccinated by Jan. 1. "We can’t leave anything to chance so that's why we are making it mandatory," said COVID Response Minister Chris Hipkins, who is also the country's education minister. "Vaccination remains our strongest and most effective tool to protect against infection and disease," Hipkins said. New Zealand briefly enjoyed COVID-free status after the initial global outbreak, but the country's "drawbridge" strategy was unable to keep out the delta variant, imposing a lockdown in Auckland, the country's largest city after confirming just a single case. As cases spread despite the tightening restrictions, the government was forced to finally abandon its "COVIDZero" strategy. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said the highly transmissible delta variant had proved a "game-changer" that can't be easily eliminated. As kiwis confront the new system, the Guardian is reporting that New Zealand's epidemiology "experts" were taken by surprise when Ardern abandoned "COVIDZero". They said they weren't consulted about the government's new system, which will lessen restrictions in three stages. “We were obviously surprised on Monday last week when the government seemed to say that we were moving away from elimination,” said prof Michael Baker, one of the country’s most prominent pandemic communicators and a member of the ministry’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory group. “A decision of that size – changing your major strategy – you’d think you would consult with [the] quite small batch of scientists and other advisers who work very hard to support the government … explaining things to the public.” “That was very unusual. I think the government’s done a great job generally with consultation and getting us all to at least understand the rationale for change.” Others insisted that the only way out for the country is full vaccination. Now, keep in mind, New Zealand has confirmed fewer than 5K cases and fewer than 30 deaths. Tyler Durden Wed, 10/13/2021 - 19:45.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 13th, 2021

Why Big Businesses in Texas Are Ignoring Gov. Abbott’s Vaccine Mandate Ban

Mandates have proven to be an effective but controversial method for compelling vaccine-shy Americans to receive their shots. But as the Biden Administration has doubled down on requiring COVID-19 vaccination—including proposing a rule that businesses with more than 100 employees mandate vaccination—for some Republicans, opposition to mandates is proving to be an essential credential for… Mandates have proven to be an effective but controversial method for compelling vaccine-shy Americans to receive their shots. But as the Biden Administration has doubled down on requiring COVID-19 vaccination—including proposing a rule that businesses with more than 100 employees mandate vaccination—for some Republicans, opposition to mandates is proving to be an essential credential for showcasing leaders’ conservative bonafides. On Oct. 11, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott—who has opposed masking but came under fire from a Republican political rival recently for allegedly failing to push back hard enough on federal vaccine mandates—took a strong stand against vaccine mandates, issuing an executive order banning any “entity” in Texas from mandating vaccination for people who object to the vaccine for any reason, including “personal conscience.” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Stuck between following federal guidance and the state executive order, representatives for high-profile businesses based in Texas told TIME that they feel that federal law as well as employees and customers’ safety supersedes Abbott’s rule. And those that already required employees to be vaccinated have no intention of changing course. Dell, which is based in Round Rock, Tex., and boasted revenue of $92.2 billion last year, is requiring employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing to work in the office. “Any employee or contractor who experiences challenges with the policy will have the option, by role, to work remotely,” the company told TIME in a statement on Oct. 12. “We believe this policy provides multiple options for anyone who works for or with Dell, and allows us to maintain safe working environments around the world.” IBM, which has large offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio and reported revenue of $73.6 billion last year, said all direct employees of federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8, or get a medical or religious exemption. “We will continue to protect the health and safety of IBM employees and clients, and we will continue to follow federal requirements,” the company told TIME in a statement. The air travel industry, which has come out strongly in favor of vaccine mandates, has also declined to change course. American Airlines, the largest airline in the U.S. which has its headquarters in Fort Worth, told Bloomberg that it feels the pending federal rule “supersedes any conflicting state laws.” The company is requiring all employees be fully vaccinated by Nov. 24. A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines, which is headquartered in Dallas, echoed American Airlines in a statement to TIME, writing, “federal action supersedes any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” Southwest employees must be vaccinated by Dec. 8. Other organizations responded to Abbott’s rule with greater caution. Chevron, which has facilities in Texas and is one of the largest oil companies in the world, told TIME that its employees who travel internationally, work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, or work aboard tankers must be vaccinated. However, a statement from the company noted that the federal rule has not been formally issued yet, “so it is premature to say what its impact will have on our operations.” “To the extent federal, state and local laws are not in conflict, we endeavor to remain in compliance with all of them,” the statement read. “​​When a new law is put into effect, we review our practices and adjust them as may be necessary.” Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, which currently requires its employees to be vaccinated, told TIME that it is reviewing Abbott’s order, but reaffirmed its commitment to vaccination, noting that many of the women and children it serves are immunocompromised. “We support the ability of private employers to determine the best vaccine policy for their operations and employee safety,” a representative told TIME in a statement. Houston Methodist announced an employee vaccine mandate in March, and later fended off a lawsuit from employees who opposed the mandate; more than 153 employees in a workforce of 26,000 ultimately resigned or were fired in June after they failed to to be vaccinated by a final deadline. Dr. Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist, told TIME that because the hospital implemented the mandate early, it won’t be immediately affected by the order, as most employees are already vaccinated. But he added that the hospital system is taking a closer look at the executive order to determine its implications. “We are concerned for other Texas hospitals that may not be able to continue their mandates now with this executive order,” Boom said. “Health care workers all have an obligation to safely care for their patients and this order makes that promise harder.”  .....»»

Category: topSource: timeOct 12th, 2021

NYC’s Unvaccinated Teachers Must Waive Right To Sue If They Want To Keep Health Benefits

NYC’s Unvaccinated Teachers Must Waive Right To Sue If They Want To Keep Health Benefits Authred by Petr Svab via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Teachers and others protesting against vaccination mandates in front of the Department of Education building in Brooklyn, New York City, on Oct. 4, 2021. (Petr Svab/The Epoch Times) Aside from being put on unpaid leave, New York City teachers who’ve declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine won’t be allowed to keep their health benefits for another year unless they give up their right to sue the city over its vaccine mandate. This condition was the result of an arbitration invoked by the city’s largest teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). The union touted the arbitration verdict as a victory that forced the city to acknowledge medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination. It also allowed the teachers to take a year of unpaid leave with continued health care coverage or voluntarily resign with unused sick days paid out and a year of continued health insurance. But the UFT Sept. 10 press release on the issue left out the caveat that the health benefits would only continue beyond Nov. 30 for those who sign waivers preventing them from suing the city for getting fired. It did include a link to the arbitration verdict that, on page 17, states the waiver requirement. But several teachers told The Epoch Times the DOE only explicitly told them about the condition about a week ago, right before the mandate went into effect. Based on last week’s data, several thousand teachers and other school workers remain unvaccinated. An official with the city’s Department of Education (DOE) distanced the agency from imposing the waiver requirement. “This stipulation was given out by a third-party arbitrator,” the official told The Epoch Times on the condition of anonymity. “Unions and DOE both agreed to it; DOE didn’t make this decision.” But the arbitration verdict says its rulings “reflect” what the parties agreed to before and during the mediation as well as the “language” the parties agreed to in response to the arbitrator’s interim rulings. It suggests that the conditions of the unpaid leave in particular were left to the parties to sort out. “I concluded the parties are more familiar with Department [of Education] policy and how leave and entitlements have been administered in accordance with prior agreements,” the arbiter said. The ruling says the affected employees have from Nov. 1 to 30 to extend their leave and the connected benefits. “An employee must file a form created by the DOE which includes a waiver of the employee’s rights to challenge the employee’s voluntary resignation, including, but not limited to, through a contractual or statutory disciplinary process,” it says. It’s not clear how hard the union pushed against the requirement. It hasn’t responded to a request for comment. The issue underscores the dissatisfaction of the unvaccinated teachers with both the city and the union. They feel justified in holding back on the vaccine and believe the city has tossed them aside and the union failed to protect them, according to several conversations between them and The Epoch Times. The vaccines, developed in record time and still in the process of clinical trials, are known to cause severe side effects such as myocarditis, particularly in young men, and blood clots, though authorities and experts say these are rare and pose a lower risk than the disease itself. The vaccines don’t necessarily prevent one from contracting and spreading COVID-19, but clinical trials indicate they minimize symptoms, which are primarily a concern for the elderly or those with preexisting conditions. Tyler Durden Tue, 10/12/2021 - 16:25.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 12th, 2021

How the Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Can Work Together

While the transitions to WFH may have appeared to have been smooth-ish (in hindsight), coming back to work will be all the more anxiety-driving. One apparent challenge is how to get vaccinated and unvaccinated people to work together. While vaccinations are a personal choice, in trying to implement policies, you don’t want to offend anyone, […] While the transitions to WFH may have appeared to have been smooth-ish (in hindsight), coming back to work will be all the more anxiety-driving. One apparent challenge is how to get vaccinated and unvaccinated people to work together. 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Get the entire 10-part series on our in-depth study on activist investing in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or print it out to read anywhere! Sign up below! (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more As an employer, you now find yourself in new and volatile territory. In fact, while you did nothing to ‘find yourself’ in this position, you have a very active role – to chart this territory for your organization, clear a path in the ever-changing terrain, and guide your employees along with as few casualties as possible. How then can you navigate this task? I’ve been studying medical decision-making, publishing academic papers about it, and consulting within the industry for nearly two decades now. Health and medical choices raise ethical issues for everyone. My guiding principle—based on my education and the knowledge that I bring in psychology and behavioural economics—is to make sure that information is conveyed clearly so that people can understand it. As an employer, I suggest you solve the foggy ethical issues by using safety as your guiding principle. This, followed by principles that consider the complexity of the matter, will empower you to maximize health and minimize grudges. The ABCDEF model I developed suggests that you: Acknowledge beliefs and concerns. Be transparent about your policy. Cite the law. Do not get into medical arguments. Enforce. Form alternatives, where possible. But safety first. The only way an employer can tread there safely is by making employee safety their North Star. Actual safety, in the physical sense, is, therefore, the first item on my list. Ironically, the Safety First movement was formed in the early 20th century to protect employees from hazardous working conditions. Now the hazard to employees comes from their own choices, which they are free to make, as long as safety isn’t compromised. This goes for vaccinations, as well as for masking and other protective measures. Though people are free to make decisions, their choices affect others, and the consequences can be harmful. The only person that is safer when you get vaccinated is yourself. Yes, you supposedly decrease viral load with vaccines which then decreases the number of people you infect if you get it, but the best way to really decrease infecting others is to not be in super spreader situations with them. Or to take the proper precautions if you must be in those situations. With that in mind, you should make your workplace into a non-super-spreader event (open windows, good air filtration, meetings outdoors, etc.). That’s actually practicing safety first. However, such precautions are not always possible. Good luck having an outdoor meeting, or keeping the windows open, when it’s 12 degrees. Good luck being an unvaccinated nurse who needs to measure blood pressure while maintaining social distance from the patient. This is why, as an employer, vaccinations are your best, most consistent line of protection. Some employers, like the City of New York, are now enforcing vaccination mandates, such as for school workers. But not every employer can or wants to take such steps. How then can you keep everyone safe and everyone’s emotions (more or less) intact? Acknowledge Beliefs And Concerns Employees’ emotions cannot be wrong, even if their fears are unfounded. It’s a fine line, and you’d better not cross it. People need to be heard, so hear them out, merely reflecting back their words, a technique taken from Imago Relationship Therapy. Acknowledging helps maintain the employer-employee relationship that can definitely be trying when at this point, as employers navigate legal demands, safety concerns, keeping the business going, and employee preferences. This is what acknowledging sounds like: “I hear you. You believe that you eat organic food and work out, and you think this will protect you from COVID, so you do not need to vaccinate.” Mind you, acknowledging does not mean agreeing. Be Transparent About Your Policy Trust is the foundation of all relationships, including our relationships with institutions and governments and lack of transparency. When there isn’t reasoning behind decisions, trust is eroded. Create a policy that is founded on the law, and make it known to all, with no exceptions. If the COVID terrain changes and the policy needs to change, then, by all means, change it, but again, make it crystal clear what the changes are based on. Cite The Law You are not arm wrestling with your employees when you ask that they vaccinate or that if they choose not to vaccinate, they maintain social distancing,  mask up at all times, and provide negative proof of testing once a week. You’re merely following the law. Companies have a legal right to require employees to get vaccinated unless they have a conflicting disability or religious belief. That is one strong argument. In fact, if you neglect to follow the law, you might expect backlash from employees. There have been lawsuits against employers for being COVID-negligent, especially when employees got sick. Do Not Go Into Medical Arguments Chances are you are ill-equipped to deal with arguments like, “I have endometriosis, and the vaccine will hurt my fertility even further,” or, “My entire family was sick; my father died from COVID, and I was near him the whole time. So, for sure, I have antibodies or some natural immunity and do not need the vaccine.” These are conversations that you do not want to have or even need to have. Because there is no winning here. As I suggested above, you can acknowledge concerns by reflecting them back, even if you find no medical evidence that they are valid. And in any event, it is not your role to determine the validity of medical claims or to change employees’ views with data. Enforce Rules are worthless unless followed. Remember, COVID vaccination and other rules are meant to protect employees and to allow them to work together. Once you cut corners, such as allowing your most essential employee to show up unvaccinated and unmasked, you compromise safety and throw transparency out the window. That said, enforcement needs to be done both firmly and politely. The employer can say, “Our policy, based on the law, is for unvaccinated employees to bring negative COVID testing. You failed to do so, and I ask you to leave the premises right now.” Insults are unacceptable in any context (such as “are you so stupid that you don’t want to vaccinate against a disease that killed over 700,000 Americans?!). But so is neglecting to follow up on the company COVID policy you’ve outlined. Form Alternatives For example, is it possible for employees to work from home? This would remove the friction between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. If so, offer this possibility to both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, so you’re not discriminating against anyone. Act within reason, all the while remembering that this is a workplace, so it’s problematic if people cannot do their jobs. For example, if a nurse won’t adhere to the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, she cannot phone in an ER shift. Indeed, the State of New York has mandated vaccinations for healthcare workers because safe alternatives could not be found. But it did so with legal backup and allowed time for employees to meet the requirement. Conclusion These steps should allow you to keep everyone’s emotions intact: both yours and your employees’ - vaccinated and unvaccinated. And, above all, to keep everyone healthy. Keep everyone productive because when teams are also comprised of friends, they perform better. And most importantly – follow this model to keep everyone safe. About the Author Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz is a keynote speaker, consultant, and researcher at the intersection of medicine and behavioral economics. She is the author of the new book, Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health. She is full professor at the business school of the Ono Academic College in Israel, senior fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest in New York, and a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge. Miron-Shatz was a post-doctoral researcher at Princeton University, and a lecturer at Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of over 60 academic papers on medical decision-making. She is CEO of CureMyWay, an international health consulting firm whose clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Samsung. Updated on Oct 12, 2021, 5:06 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkOct 12th, 2021

Judge Overrules NY Governor - Says Employers Must Grant Religious Exemptions To Healthcare Workers

Judge Overrules NY Governor - Says Employers Must Grant Religious Exemptions To Healthcare Workers A federal judge in New York ruled on Tuesday that State Health Officials must allow employers to grant religious exemptions to a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers while a lawsuit challenging the mandate proceeds through the courts, according to the NY Times. "The question is whether the State’s summary imposition of § 2.61 conflicts with plaintiffs’ and other individuals’ federally protected right to seek a religious accommodation from their individual employers," wrote Judge David N. Hurd, a Bill Clinton appointee. "The answer to this question is clearly yes. Plaintiffs have established that § 2.61 conflicts with longstanding federal protections for religious beliefs and that they and others will suffer irreparable harm in the absence of injunctive relief," reads the 27-page ruling, which offers a reprieve for thousands of unvaccinated doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who would have otherwise been fired or prevented from working on Tuesday if the ruling had gone the other way. Hurd issued a preliminary injunction preventing the NY Department of Health from acting against any employer who grants religious exemptions, adding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their case. "The Department of Health is barred from interfering in any way with the granting of religious exemptions from Covid-19 vaccination going forward, or with the operation of exemptions already granted," reads the ruling. New York Governor Kathy M. Hochul indicated that the state would appeal. "My responsibility as governor is to protect the people of this state, and requiring health care workers to get vaccinated accomplishes that," she said. "I stand behind this mandate, and I will fight this decision in court to keep New Yorkers safe." In late-August, Hochul's administration overrode a religious exemption contained within former Gov. Cuomo's original vaccine mandate - prompting 17 healthcare workers to sue the state in federal court, claiming that the mandate conflicted with their religious beliefs "because they all employ fetal cell lines derived from procured abortion in testing." "With this decision, the court rightly recognized that yesterday’s ‘front line heroes’ in dealing with Covid cannot suddenly be treated as disease-carrying villains and kicked to the curb by the command of a state health bureaucracy," said Christopher Ferrara of the Thomas More Society. Tuesday's order technically extends an earlier temporary restraining order which applied to religious exemptions filed in mid-September onward - effectively allowing many healthcare workers to continue working even after the mandate went into effect. In the federal case, titled Dr. A et al v. Hochul, the 17 health care workers argued that they could not consent to be inoculated with vaccines “that were tested, developed or produced with fetal cell lines derived from procured abortions.” Pope Francis has said that Catholics may get the Covid-19 vaccines; most of the health care workers suing in the case are Catholic. But Judge Hurd did not question whether the health care workers were correct in their religious objections. Instead, he focused on their broader constitutional right to have their religious beliefs considered, and when possible, accommodated. -NYT Now do cops, firefighters, teachers, and other professions. Tyler Durden Tue, 10/12/2021 - 15:45.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 12th, 2021

The White House says vaccine mandates raised employee vaccination by 20+ percentage points

Several organizations didn't wait for the White house rules to come into effect to roll out their own policies. President Joe Biden delivers remark on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images A White House report says vaccine mandates helped raise vaccination rates. The report argues that the requirements were increased employee vaccination rates by 20+ percentage points. The mandate for private employers has not been enacted yet, but some businesses moved pre-emptively. See more stories on Insider's business page. The White House said that vaccine mandates have "increase vaccination rates by 20+ percentage points" in workplace settings in a report published on Thursday.President Joe Biden's message is "clear: vaccination requirements work," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in a press briefing on Wednesday.Biden announced a vaccine mandate for all private employers with more than 100 staff. The detail has yet to be finalized, but many businesses have moved to align with the rules ahead of time.More than 25% of businesses and 40% of hospitals had put in place vaccine requirements, with "thousands more" moving ahead with mandates in coming weeks, White House officials said.Requirements are also in place in colleges and universities serving 37% of all graduates and undergraduate students, said the report. "As data demonstrate, when organizations implement vaccination requirements, vaccination rates have soared to 90% or greater among the workforce," it concluded.There were 95 million Americans unvaccinated in late July when the first vaccine requirements for federal government workers were announced.That number has now reached about 67 million today, "thanks in part" to the vaccine requirements, per the report. In spite of employee lawsuits and protestations against the vaccine requirements, notably from Republican Governors and GOP officials, organizations have reported that most of their workforce was complying with the mandates. United Airlines reported last month that 97% of its workforce had been vaccinated. New York state officials reported almost 90% of their hospital staff were vaccinated and that 96% of their teaching staff were now vaccinated.The Henry Ford Health System, a Detroit-based hospital system, reported only 1% of its 33,000 workforce quit over its mandate. Some have taken their vaccine requirements further than advised by the government. New York last month said that most health care workers fired for refusing to get vaccinated will not be able to collect unemployment benefits. Some companies are also contemplating charging unvaccinated people more for health insurance.Louisiana's largest health system said that people whose spouses were not vaccinated would need to pay an extra $200 a month to continue covering their partner. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 7th, 2021

Kaiser Permanente suspends 2,200 employees who have not yet gotten the COVID-19 vaccine - less than 2% of its workforce

Any employee who changes their mind has until December 1 to get the COVID-19 vaccine and go back to work. COVID vaccine Reuters Kaiser Permanente suspended nearly 5,000 employees who have not yet gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. This accounts for about 2% of the healthcare company's 240,000 employees. Anyone who changes their mind has until December 1 to get the vaccine and return to work. See more stories on Insider's business page. The vaccination rate at Kaiser Permanent has jumped 14% since the health care company announced in August that it would be requiring employees to be inoculated against COVID-19.But the California-based company - which previously announced its vaccine mandate would go into effect September 30 - has had to place, as of October 4, just over 2,200 employees on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the requirement, a spokesperson said.That number is down from the nearly 5,000 employees that were put on leave at the end of last montth.Those suspended account for less than 1% of the company's 240,000 workers. They have until December 1 to change their mind and get the vaccine."We hope none of our employees will choose to leave their jobs rather than be vaccinated, but we won't know with certainty until then," Marc Brown, a spokesperson for the company, said in a statement. "We will continue to work with this group of employees to allay concerns and educate them about the vaccines, their benefits, and risks."At the time Kaiser Permanente announced its mandate in early August, 78% of its employees were fully vaccinated, according to the company Since then, the number has risen to 92%, with the company providing exemptions for medical or religious reasons.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

New York mandate increased COVID-19 vaccine rate of healthcare workers

The rate of vaccination rose twice as much for hospital workers as for adults overall in the state, according to data from the CDC. RN Janelle Roper, left, administers the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Nurse Anesthetist Kate-Alden Hartman. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images New York's vaccine mandate helped more healthcare workers get vaccinated, according to state data. 87% of hospital workers in the state are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are currently facing staffing shortages as nurses leave citing burnout and difficult working conditions. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since New York mandated the coronavirus vaccine for healthcare workers in the state, the vaccination rate of hospital employees has doubled compared to the rate of adults in the state.The mandate, which went into full effect on Monday, created an ultimatum for healthcare workers in New York to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or lose their jobs.As of Wednesday, 87% of hospital workers in the state have completed their vaccination series, meaning they have received all required doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Out of all the adults living in New York, under 75% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the New York department of health.Before the mandate was announced, only 76% of hospital workers were fully vaccinated, causing an 11-percentage-point increase in the state, according to data obtained by the Wall Street Journal. There was a 5-point rise for all adults in the state too after the mandate was announced. New York governor Kathy Hochul prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members and workers outside New York to aid with a potential shortage of healthcare workers once the mandate went into effect. In a press release on Tuesday, Hochul said she was feeling optimistic about the mandate after the increase in the vaccination rate amongst healthcare workers in the state. "This new information shows that holding firm on the vaccine mandate for health care workers is simply the right thing to do to protect our vulnerable family members and loved ones from COVID-19," Hochul said in a statement. "I am pleased to see that health care workers are getting vaccinated to keep New Yorkers safe, and I am continuing to monitor developments and ready to take action to alleviate potential staffing shortage situations in our health care systems."Although healthcare workers have higher vaccination rates than the general population in the US, those who refuse vaccinations against coronavirus will place an added strain on already understaffed hospitals and care facilities. With an influx of patients because of the Delta variant and fewer nurses due to burnout and difficult working conditions, many healthcare facilities are facing staffing shortages, Insider reported. However, a nursing shortage has been looming for years, only accelerated by the pandemic as fear of contracting COVID-19 worsened working conditions. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytOct 2nd, 2021

Liberal Justice Sotomayor Rejects NYC Teachers" Pro-Choice Vaccine Plea

Liberal Justice Sotomayor Rejects NYC Teachers' Pro-Choice Vaccine Plea Update (2000ET): This is going to take some serious cognitive dissonance - the most pro-choice of Supreme Court Justices just refused to block NYC's teachers' vaccine mandate that stands in direct contradiction of the 'my body, my choice' doctrine when it comes to medical intervention. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor - who is responsible for emergency matters originating from New York - refused to block a requirement that all of New York City’s public school teachers and employees be vaccinated, specifically denying a challenge by a group of teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt the city’s vaccine mandate while litigation over the dispute continues in lower courts. Among the most liberal of the Justices, Sotomayor rejected the emergency request without providing an explanation. She also did not refer the case to the full nine-member court for review. Teachers were ordered to be vaccinated by 5 pm today or face being placed on unpaid leave until September 2022. This marks the second time the court has refused to take up a vaccine mandate case. The first one was from a group of students who sued Indiana University over its vaccine requirements. *  *  * As The Epoch Times' Zachary Stieber detailed earlier, a group of teachers on Thursday filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court, asking justices to block New York City’s school COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, a group of teachers, said in a 99-page petition that the mandate “threatens the education of thousands of children in the largest public-school system in the country and violates the substantive due process and equal protection rights afforded to all public-school employees.” The mandate forces teachers and other school workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine to remain employed unless they are approved for a religious or medical exemption. A federal judge last week granted a temporary injunction against it but a federal appeals panel on Monday decided to let the mandate take effect. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel did not explain their ruling. Thousands of teachers will lose their jobs when the order imposes punishment at 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 even though municipal employees who don’t work for schools can opt-out of a separate mandate by submitting to weekly testing, lawyers for the teachers wrote to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama nominee. That amounts to discrimination against public school workers, they argued, appealing for intervention from the nation’s top court. “Applicants will suffer irreparable harm if their request for injunctive relief is denied,” they said. Emergency requests can be filed to the Supreme Court by lawyers who think lower courts have ruled wrongly and who believe “irreparable harm” will result if a stay is not granted. The requests are sent to a single judge, who has the power to deny them or to agree, which would temporarily block the mandate and move the matter to the full court for consideration. Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who announced the vaccine mandate, said on social media that the teacher plaintiffs “have no valid claims.” New York City’s Department of Education “has the authority to implement a mandate that is firmly grounded in science & the expertise of public health officials from across the nation,” she added. Tyler Durden Fri, 10/01/2021 - 20:29.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 1st, 2021

NYC Teachers File Emergency Request With Supreme Court To Block COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

NYC Teachers File Emergency Request With Supreme Court To Block COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, A group of teachers on Thursday filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court, asking justices to block New York City’s school COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, a group of teachers, said in a 99-page petition that the mandate “threatens the education of thousands of children in the largest public-school system in the country and violates the substantive due process and equal protection rights afforded to all public-school employees.” The mandate forces teachers and other school workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine to remain employed unless they are approved for a religious or medical exemption. A federal judge last week granted a temporary injunction against it but a federal appeals panel on Monday decided to let the mandate take effect. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel did not explain their ruling. Thousands of teachers will lose their jobs when the order imposes punishment at 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 even though municipal employees who don’t work for schools can opt-out of a separate mandate by submitting to weekly testing, lawyers for the teachers wrote to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama nominee. That amounts to discrimination against public school workers, they argued, appealing for intervention from the nation’s top court. “Applicants will suffer irreparable harm if their request for injunctive relief is denied,” they said. Emergency requests can be filed to the Supreme Court by lawyers who think lower courts have ruled wrongly and who believe “irreparable harm” will result if a stay is not granted. The requests are sent to a single judge, who has the power to deny them or to agree, which would temporarily block the mandate and move the matter to the full court for consideration. Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who announced the vaccine mandate, said on social media that the teacher plaintiffs “have no valid claims.” New York City’s Department of Education “has the authority to implement a mandate that is firmly grounded in science & the expertise of public health officials from across the nation,” she added. Tyler Durden Fri, 10/01/2021 - 12:20.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 1st, 2021

An NBA Star & New York"s Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse Is Devoid Of Science

An NBA Star & New York's Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse Is Devoid Of Science Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, It is virtually a religious belief in the dominant liberal culture that people who do not want the COVID vaccine are stupid, ignorant, immoral and dangerous. As large sectors of the population continue to question or disobey their COVID decrees, they have begun to make more explicit this condescending view. NBA player Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic explains why he is hesitant to take the COVID vaccine at a post-game press conference, Sept. 27, 2021. Liberals feel free to disparage them as "stupid” notwithstanding long-standing (though diminishing) racial disparities among this group. A CNN headline from last month told part of the story: “Black New Yorkers may have the lowest vaccination rates, but community groups refuse to give up.” Citing data from the city's health agency, the network reported that “citywide, just 28% of Black New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 44 are fully vaccinated. The Hispanic community is the second-least fully vaccinated population in that age group, with 49% being fully vaccinated.” Two weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that while some of the unvaccinated are unable to get the vaccine (due to work pressures or health conditions), most of them are vaccine-hesitant by choice and continue to reflect racial disparities. Under the headline “U.S. Racial Vaccine Gaps Are Bigger Than We Thought: Covid-19 Tracker,” the news outlet reported: “the White vaccination rate is not as bad as it had seemed and Hispanic communities are lagging more than previously thought.” Yet liberal elites continue to call anyone who is unvaccinated "stupid,” ignorant and immoral. On Sunday, New York's Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, when announcing her intent to use National Guard soldiers to replace health care workers fired for refusing the vaccine, told her audience: “yes, I know you're vaccinated, you're the smart ones.” She then said those who refuse to get the vaccine are not just stupid but have turned their back on God: “there's people out there who aren't listening to God and what God wants.” Gov. Hochul added that the vaccine “is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God,” and said to her "smart” vaccinated supporters: “I need you to be my apostles.” On September 16, CNN host Don Lemon maligned those who have chosen not to be vaccinated as "stupid,” "selfish,” filled with “ignorance,” and “not acting on logic, reason and science." He then issued this decree: “it’s time to start shaming them or leave them behind.” When controversy erupted over the lavish indoor gala former President Obama threw for himself, at which his guests were unmasked while the servants were masked, New York Times reporter Annie Karni explained on CNN that while some of Obama's neighbors on Martha's Vineyard objected, many believed that a maskless party was fine because “this is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd." Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel suggested the unvaccinated should be deprioritized for health care in hospitals, while Howard Stern recently lambasted the unvaccinated as “imbeciles” and “nut jobs” and argued they should be denied health care and be left to die. That the unvaccinated are inherently primitive and stupid troglodytes was always a claim as baseless and offensive as it is counter-productive. Although I personally took the vaccine the first day it was available to me — as I repeatedly said I would in every forum where I speak, including Fox News — it was always clear that there were cogent reasons why those with different circumstances and risk factors (age, health, prior COVID status) might assess their own risks differently and reach a different conclusion. And what made me most comfortable about my choice to get vaccinated, or to decide whether my kids should, was precisely that it was my choice, after informing myself: the idea of forcing someone to do it against their will, or condition people's rights and privileges on vaccine compliance — as both President Biden and the ACLU astonishingly advocated — always struck me as inconceivable. The attempt to equate being unvaccinated with stupidity and ignorance suffered a massive blow on Wednesday night when NBA star Jonathan Isaac was asked why he was hesitant to take the vaccine. Like many unions, the NBA's player union has refused a vaccine mandate, and Isaac, the 23-year-old player with the Orlando Magic who previously had and recovered from COVID, gave a stunningly compelling, informed, well-reasoned and thoughtful exposition on his rationale for not wanting the vaccine. Isaac also defended the right of individuals to make their own choice. One need not agree with his ultimate conclusion on the vaccine to see how groundless (and obnoxious) it is to claim that anyone who chooses not to take the vaccine — like him — is stupid, ignorant and primitive. I really encourage everyone to watch his two-minute master class in demonstrating why such a choice can, depending on one's circumstances, be perfectly rational: Is there anyone who can argue with a straight face that Isaac sounds stupid, ignorant or evil? One can cogently dispute the wisdom of his conclusion: while it is true that most people who recover from COVID (as he did) enjoy "natural immunity” in the form of antibodies — indeed, one major study found that “the natural immune protection that develops after a SARS-CoV-2 infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine" — some studies conclude that immunity is stronger still with the vaccine. Nonetheless, Issac is indisputably right that the risk of dying or becoming seriously ill from COVID is extremely low for someone like him: early 20s, healthy and with natural immunity. In fact, during the entire course of the pandemic, the total number of people aged 15-24 (Isaac's age group) who have died of COVID — in a country of 330 million people — is 1,372: fewer than the number in that age group who have died of non-COVID pneumonia. Add onto that Isaac's physical fitness and the fact that he already had COVID once, and it is clear that his risk from contracting the virus is vanishingly small. It is true that the long-term effects of COVID are unknown, but that is also true of the long-term risks from these new vaccines. Isaac is also right.... * * * Subscribe here Tyler Durden Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 29th, 2021

An NBA Star And New York"s Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse Is Devoid Of Science

An NBA Star And New York's Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse Is Devoid Of Science Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, It is virtually a religious belief in the dominant liberal culture that people who do not want the COVID vaccine are stupid, ignorant, immoral and dangerous. As large sectors of the population continue to question or disobey their COVID decrees, they have begun to make more explicit this condescending view. NBA player Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic explains why he is hesitant to take the COVID vaccine at a post-game press conference, Sept. 27, 2021. Liberals feel free to disparage them as "stupid” notwithstanding long-standing (though diminishing) racial disparities among this group. A CNN headline from last month told part of the story: “Black New Yorkers may have the lowest vaccination rates, but community groups refuse to give up.” Citing data from the city's health agency, the network reported that “citywide, just 28% of Black New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 44 are fully vaccinated. The Hispanic community is the second-least fully vaccinated population in that age group, with 49% being fully vaccinated.” Two weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that while some of the unvaccinated are unable to get the vaccine (due to work pressures or health conditions), most of them are vaccine-hesitant by choice and continue to reflect racial disparities. Under the headline “U.S. Racial Vaccine Gaps Are Bigger Than We Thought: Covid-19 Tracker,” the news outlet reported: “the White vaccination rate is not as bad as it had seemed and Hispanic communities are lagging more than previously thought.” Yet liberal elites continue to call anyone who is unvaccinated "stupid,” ignorant and immoral. On Sunday, New York's Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, when announcing her intent to use National Guard soldiers to replace health care workers fired for refusing the vaccine, told her audience: “yes, I know you're vaccinated, you're the smart ones.” She then said those who refuse to get the vaccine are not just stupid but have turned their back on God: “there's people out there who aren't listening to God and what God wants.” Gov. Hochul added that the vaccine “is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God,” and said to her "smart” vaccinated supporters: “I need you to be my apostles.” On September 16, CNN host Don Lemon maligned those who have chosen not to be vaccinated as "stupid,” "selfish,” filled with “ignorance,” and “not acting on logic, reason and science." He then issued this decree: “it’s time to start shaming them or leave them behind.” When controversy erupted over the lavish indoor gala former President Obama threw for himself, at which his guests were unmasked while the servants were masked, New York Times reporter Annie Karni explained on CNN that while some of Obama's neighbors on Martha's Vineyard objected, many believed that a maskless party was fine because “this is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd." Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel suggested the unvaccinated should be deprioritized for health care in hospitals, while Howard Stern recently lambasted the unvaccinated as “imbeciles” and “nut jobs” and argued they should be denied health care and be left to die. That the unvaccinated are inherently primitive and stupid troglodytes was always a claim as baseless and offensive as it is counter-productive. Although I personally took the vaccine the first day it was available to me — as I repeatedly said I would in every forum where I speak, including Fox News — it was always clear that there were cogent reasons why those with different circumstances and risk factors (age, health, prior COVID status) might assess their own risks differently and reach a different conclusion. And what made me most comfortable about my choice to get vaccinated, or to decide whether my kids should, was precisely that it was my choice, after informing myself: the idea of forcing someone to do it against their will, or condition people's rights and privileges on vaccine compliance — as both President Biden and the ACLU astonishingly advocated — always struck me as inconceivable. The attempt to equate being unvaccinated with stupidity and ignorance suffered a massive blow on Wednesday night when NBA star Jonathan Isaac was asked why he was hesitant to take the vaccine. Like many unions, the NBA's player union has refused a vaccine mandate, and Isaac, the 23-year-old player with the Orlando Magic who previously had and recovered from COVID, gave a stunningly compelling, informed, well-reasoned and thoughtful exposition on his rationale for not wanting the vaccine. Isaac also defended the right of individuals to make their own choice. One need not agree with his ultimate conclusion on the vaccine to see how groundless (and obnoxious) it is to claim that anyone who chooses not to take the vaccine — like him — is stupid, ignorant and primitive. I really encourage everyone to watch his two-minute master class in demonstrating why such a choice can, depending on one's circumstances, be perfectly rational: Is there anyone who can argue with a straight face that Isaac sounds stupid, ignorant or evil? One can cogently dispute the wisdom of his conclusion: while it is true that most people who recover from COVID (as he did) enjoy "natural immunity” in the form of antibodies — indeed, one major study found that “the natural immune protection that develops after a SARS-CoV-2 infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine" — some studies conclude that immunity is stronger still with the vaccine. Nonetheless, Issac is indisputably right that the risk of dying or becoming seriously ill from COVID is extremely low for someone like him: early 20s, healthy and with natural immunity. In fact, during the entire course of the pandemic, the total number of people aged 15-24 (Isaac's age group) who have died of COVID — in a country of 330 million people — is 1,372: fewer than the number in that age group who have died of non-COVID pneumonia. Add onto that Isaac's physical fitness and the fact that he already had COVID once, and it is clear that his risk from contracting the virus is vanishingly small. It is true that the long-term effects of COVID are unknown, but that is also true of the long-term risks from these new vaccines. Isaac is also right.... * * * Subscribe here Tyler Durden Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 29th, 2021

Biden"s Vax Mandate To Be Enforced By Fining Companies $70,000 To $700,000?

Biden's Vax Mandate To Be Enforced By Fining Companies $70,000 To $700,000? By Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder of OpenTheBooks.com; originally published in Forbes President Joe Biden didn’t just announce a Covid-19 vaccine mandate on companies employing 100 or more people, he plans to enforce it. On Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House quietly tucked an enforcement mechanism into their $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” bill, passed it out of the Budget Committee, and sent it to the House floor. Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that “willfully,” “repeatedly,” or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees. The increased fines on employers could run as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations—almost three-quarters of a million dollars for each fine. If enacted into law, vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate. The Biden Administration has already started implementing its vaccine mandate enforcement blueprint: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set precedent this summer and published an emergency Covid-19 rule in the Federal Register taking jurisdiction over and providing justification for Covid-19 being a workplace hazard for healthcare employment. Early in September, Biden announced his 100-or-more employee Covid-19 vaccine mandate and tasked OSHA with drafting an enforcement rule to exert emergency vaccine compliance authority over companies with 100 or more employees. The legislative provision that passed the Budget Committee raises the OSHA fines for non-compliance 10 times higher – and up to $700,000 for each “willful” or “repeated” violation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not announced when the House will vote on the reconciliation bill that includes the new OSHA fines. If the legislation is enacted, OSHA could levy draconian fines to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate, a move that could rapidly bankrupt non-compliant companies. The Biden mandate affects employers collectively employing an estimated 80 million workers. The Democrats are playing hardball.                       President Biden embraced an aggressive stance earlier this month when he challenged Republicans who are threatening lawsuits over what they decry as his federal overreach: “Have at it. … We’re playing for real here. This isn’t a game.” The Legislation The provision tucked in the House reconciliation budget bill (on page 168) that increases OSHA fines reads: SEC. 21004. ADJUSTMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES. (a) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 1970.—Section 17 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 666) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)—   (A) by striking ‘‘$70,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$700,000’’; and (B) by striking ‘‘$5,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$50,000’’; (2) in subsection (b), by striking ‘‘$7,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$70,000’’; and (3) in subsection (d), by striking ‘‘$7,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$70,000’’ That provision would change existing law relating to OSHA’s enforcement fines, the very same section of law whose fines OSHA referenced in its June Covid-19 healthcare worker rule and is likely to use again to enforce its forthcoming vaccine compliance rules. The Existing Law 29 U.S.C.§ 666 lays out OSHA enforcement fine levels. The 1970-enacted law reads: 29 U.S. Code § 666 - Civil and criminal penalties (a) Willful or repeated violation Any employer who willfully or repeatedly violates the requirements of section 654 of this title, any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to section 655 of this title, or regulations prescribed pursuant to this chapter may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 for each violation, but not less than $5,000 for each willful violation (b) Citation for serious violation Any employer who has received a citation for a serious violation of the requirements of section 654 of this title, of any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to section 655 of this title, or of any regulations prescribed pursuant to this chapter, shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to $7,000 for each such violation [emphasis added]. Each year, OSHA adjusts these penalties for inflation, so for 2021, the fines are not actually capped at $70,000 and $7,000, but $136,532 and $13,653 per violation. If House Democrats get their way, by enacting the page 168 changes, those fines would increase to $700,000 for willful and repeated violations and $70,000 for serious violations.   Section 654, cross-referenced in the OSHA enforcement penalty code, outlines the law requiring workplaces to be “free from recognized hazards” causing harm or death: 29 U.S. Code § 654 - Duties of employers and employees (a) Each employer— (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this chapter. (b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this chapter which are applicable to his own actions and conduct [emphasis added]. OSHA has already published a rule this year claiming Covid-19 is a workplace hazard, and the agency is using this provision of law to assert and enforce its authority. It is likely the new rule to enforce Biden’s mandate will also use this authority, and by extension use the fines upon enforcement. Huge Crippling OSHA Fines, Likely By Design The crippling change described on page 168 of the Democrats’ bill isn’t a typo or a clerical error. It was inserted by design and, likely, with the hope that no one would notice before Democrats ram the bill through Congress. If enacted, it could bankrupt a whole host of companies that do not believe they should have to comply with the Biden administration’s mandate or harbor the cost of intrusive, weekly tests. In its June 2021 emergency rule affecting health care workers, OSHA complained it was having a hard time motivating employers with its paltry $13,653 fine: “OSHA has been limited in its ability to impose penalties high enough to motivate the very large employers who are unlikely to be deterred by penalty assessments of tens of thousands of dollars, but whose noncompliance can endanger thousands of workers …” The Critics Some have openly discussed businesses defying the mandate and taking their risks with OSHA fines. For example, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) tweeted that businesses “should openly rebel” against any OSHA rule. It’s one thing to defy a $14,000 fine. It’s quite another to risk incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. One or two disgruntled employees, for example, could bring an employer $70,000-$140,000 in OSHA fines. If considered “willful,” as per Rep. Roy’s tweet — just three “violations” could quickly become a $2.1 million OSHA fine. Conclusion: If its provision becomes law, the Biden administration may force American businesses to choose between vaccinating their employees, testing them weekly for Covid-19, or going bankrupt under crippling OSHA fines. In September, Biden warned the tens of millions of Americans who have declined vaccination against Covid-19, “We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.” Now the Democrats in the House are hoping to make employers foot the bill for that “cost” in the form of fines and bankruptcy. Republicans might want to read page 168 of the Democrats’ bill. After all, as we like to say at OpenTheBooks.com, the text of the bill is online in real time. Tyler Durden Tue, 09/28/2021 - 22:05.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 29th, 2021

10 Things in Politics: Dems failing to Trump-proof the presidency

And Senate Republicans block a bill meant to avoid a debt default. Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to bgriffiths@insider.com.Here's what we're talking about:Legal experts sketch out their nightmare scenarios if Trump is president again in 2025Senate Republicans block a bill meant to avoid a debt defaultInsiders say nonwhite Doctors Without Borders workers get worse pay, less security, and inferior medical careWith Phil Rosen. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider 1. THE PRESIDENCY: Democrats fear the presidency has grown too powerful. Party leaders like Rep. Adam Schiff of California crafted an array of proposals designed to give lawmakers more tools to thwart any president who tries to mimic Donald Trump's pursuit of sweeping executive power. But nine months into the Biden administration, and with Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress, none of the legislation introduced to prevent a Trump 2.0 - perhaps literally, should Trump run again - has been enacted. It doesn't appear likely to pass anytime soon either.Here's a look at where things stand:Democrats' attention is focused elsewhere: "For the moment, the Biden administration and congressional leadership appear more focused on domestic-policy spending, and even supporters of the anti-Trump measures acknowledge that they'd be tough to pass through a Senate with a slim Democratic majority," my colleague writes.Legal experts worry about the legacy of Trump's actions: "There is a road map for any president to abuse any of these powers in the same way or potentially worse ways," said Elizabeth Hempowicz, the director of public policy at the Project on Government Oversight.This clash is nothing new: Congress and the White House have long butted heads over issues of oversight and even presidential power. Legal fights continue to be waged over the subject. For instance, a Texas federal judge ruled over the summer that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority in creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.Read more about why experts think Trump would be even more brazen if he returns to power.2. Senate Republicans block a bill meant to avoid a debt default: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led all of his fellow GOP lawmakers to block a measure that would have averted both a debt default and a government shutdown. Since GOP lawmakers filibustered the proposal, it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to pass. Lawmakers now have just days to avoid a government shutdown and perhaps only weeks to avoid a catastrophic default.Democrats may be changing their debt-ceiling strategy: Top lawmakers have made clear the party can't afford to have the government shut down on its watch, Politico reports. It's still unclear what they'll pursue, but it could involve nixing a debt-ceiling hike for now so they can focus on the more-immediate shutdown threat. More on where things stand. Ali N'Simbo dreamed of joining Doctors Without Borders. He was shocked by the racism he found when he got there. Sabiti Djaffar Al Katanty for Insider 3. Insiders say Doctors Without Borders reserves some high-risk assignments for nonwhite workers: Doctors Without Borders is perhaps the best known of all international relief organizations. But an Insider investigation in collaboration with the nonprofit radio show and podcast "Reveal," based on interviews with about 100 current and former staffers in nearly 30 countries and a review of thousands of pages of documents, has found that a segregated, two-tiered workplace is firmly ingrained within the organization. Read the full investigation about what life is really like for some doctors inside the massively popular nonprofit.4. R. Kelly faces life in prison after being found guilty in his sex-crimes trial: Jurors in Kelly's federal criminal trial convicted the R&B singer of racketeering and sex trafficking. Prosecutors said he directed employees to procure women for sex and sexually abused women over nearly 25 years. More on the verdict.An accuser reacts: "I've been hiding from Robert Kelly due to fear and threats made against me, and I'm ready to start living my life free from fear and start the healing process," a woman who testified under the pseudonym "Sonya" said of the verdict.5. Killings spiked in cities across the country: The US in 2020 saw one of its largest-ever one-year increases in homicides, per new FBI data, The New York Times reports. "Although major crimes were down overall," The Times said, "there were an additional 4,901 homicides in 2020 compared with the year before, the largest leap since national records started in 1960." Some cities including Milwaukee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Memphis, Tennessee, recorded their most homicides ever, but police chiefs and criminal experts say it's hard to pinpoint a single cause for the spikes. President Joe Biden receiving a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a booster on Monday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images 6. Biden touts booster shots by getting one: He received a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on live TV, encouraging eligible Americans to follow suit too. Biden, who is 78, is eligible for the booster because he's over 65 and it's been more than six months since he received his second jab (on January 11). More on the president's defense of the US's vaccination strategy.There is a bipartisan hue to the latest shots: McConnell announced soon after Biden's jab that he too had received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. "It was an easy decision to receive a booster," one of the nation's most powerful Republicans said on the Senate floor.7. Reagan's attempted assassin to be granted "unconditional release" next year. John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan, a police officer, a Secret Service agent, and the White House press secretary James Brady in 1981. The court accepted Hinckley's insanity plea and in recent years has granted him increasingly more freedom, ultimately letting him live full time with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2016. Here's what his lawyer and the judge have said about the case.8. Top Fed officials exit amid stock-trading scandal: The Boston Federal Reserve's president, Eric Rosengren, and the Dallas Fed's president, Robert Kaplan, announced plans to resign amid controversy over their trading, though Rosengren cited health reasons for his exit. The two men had purchased stock in several big-name firms including Apple, Alibaba, and Tesla, which prompted calls by activists and former Fed officials for them to step down or be fired. Fed Chair Jerome Powell previously said "no one" at the central bank was happy about the situation.9. New York hospital workers face the first major test of a vaccine mandate: Several hospitals in the state have said the mandate is causing staffing shortages that will force them to curtail care, The Washington Post reports. Thousands of unvaccinated employees are likely to lose their jobs after the mandate kicked in early this morning. New York is one of six states that have said healthcare workers must get the shot or lose their job.10. Can you solve Insider's crossword?: Check out our new puzzle, which will challenge your knowledge and provide some much-needed stress relief. Inside you'll find clues on politics, tech, pop culture, and more.Check out today's puzzle: Insider Today's trivia question: This week marks the anniversary of the first televised presidential debate. Where did it take place? Email your guess and a suggested question to me at bgriffiths@insider.com.Yesterday's answer: President Richard Nixon's special White House investigations unit went by many names. A grandma of David Young, who was part of the unit, heard he was tasked with stopping leaks and told him that her late husband, who was a New York plumber, would be proud that Young was returning to the family trade. Young later hung a "Plumber" sign on the door to his office, and the rest is history.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 28th, 2021

Most New York Healthcare Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate Won"t Get Unemployment Insurance

Most New York Healthcare Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate Won't Get Unemployment Insurance By Kelly Gooch of Becker's Hospital Review Healthcare workers who are fired for refusal to comply with the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate likely won't be eligible for unemployment insurance, according to state officials.   In a statement released Sept. 25, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's office said the New York Department of Labor has issued guidance to clarify that terminated workers won't be eligible for the benefits unless they have a valid physician-approved request for medical accommodation. The governor's office made the announcement at the same time it unveiled a plan to address staffing shortages should a large number of healthcare workers leave hospitals and other facilities because of the state mandate. New York's mandate requires healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes to receive their first vaccine dose by Sept. 27. Workers at additional entities covered by the mandate, including diagnostic and treatment centers, home health agencies, long-term home healthcare programs, school-based clinics and hospice care programs, must have at least one dose by Oct. 7. "Workers in a healthcare facility, nursing home, or school who voluntarily quit or are terminated for refusing an employer-mandated vaccination will be ineligible... absent a valid request for accommodation because these are workplaces where an employer has a compelling interest in such a mandate, especially if they already require other immunizations," according to the New York Department of Labor website. Ms. Hochul's office has said the state will consider deploying National Guard members, as well as partnering with the federal government to deploy disaster medical assistance teams to help local healthcare systems. The office said the governor's plan also includes the preparation of a state of emergency declaration to boost workforce supply and allow qualified healthcare professionals licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, retired and formerly practicing healthcare professionals to practice at New York facilities.   Tyler Durden Mon, 09/27/2021 - 17:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 27th, 2021

"This Is Completely Avoidable" - New York Hospitals Prepare For Staffing Crisis As Vaccination Mandate Forces Mass Firings

"This Is Completely Avoidable" - New York Hospitals Prepare For Staffing Crisis As Vaccination Mandate Forces Mass Firings With President Biden's federal vaccine mandate set to take effect on Monday, health-care systems around the country are suspending elective in-patient surgeries and refusing to accept ICU patients from other hospitals as they brace for potentially hundreds of firings of nurses and other critical staffers, potentially even doctors. According to the NYT, the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo is planning to do all that and more, as it says it may soon fire about 400 employees who have chosen not to get the single job required by the edict (which was pushed through despite being blocked by a federal judge). Similarly, officials at Northwell Health, the state's largest health-care provider, estimate that NWH might be forced to fire thousands of people who have refused to get vaccinated. In an economy with more job openings than workers - 2.2MM more, to be exact - forcing workers to choose between employment and their health or religious compunctions simply isn't a smart idea. Without even a hint of self-awareness, the governor apparently agrees: "What is looming for Monday is completely avoidable, and there’s no excuses,” Ms. Hochul said, pleading for those who have not done so to get vaccinated," Hochul said during a weekend press briefing. But we digress. The situation is less dire in NYC, but there will still be plenty of hospitals left with massive staffing holes after mass-firings. The city's largest private hospital network, NewYork-Presbyterian, has more than 200 employees who may face termination because they haven't received at least one jab. Of course, as we have pointed out in recent posts, health-care workers are only a fraction of the worker who will be impacted by shortages across the economy. In California, nurse shortages have reached crisis levels in California, airlines are seeing flights frequently cancelled due to worker shortages. As of late September, 84% of NY's 450,000 hospital workers and 83% of nursing home workers - which number around 45,400 - remained unvaccinated.  Despite being directly threatened by their superiors, most say they're refusing the jab on religious or health grounds, or because they're allergic to certain ingredients. In an effort to scare workers into compliance, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul has threatened to find "foreign workers" to staff the Empire state's hospitals and care homes (despite the fact that vaccination rates are much lower in most of the world outside the US). She has also threatened to call in the National Guard or order a state of emergency in a plan unveiled over the weekend. NY's teachers are also facing a mandate to either get vaccinated or kiss their jobs goodbye. Roughly 10,000 public school workers, that's compared to 75K teachers and tens of thousands of other employees from custodians to paraprofessioanls. Circling back to hospitals and care homes, institutions like Northwell are being relatively parsimonious with their exemptions for religious and health reasons, But some are getting through . NY's emergency order doesn't stipulate how exactly hospitals and nursing homes should enforce it, and there's a good chance that hospitals serving communities in greater need will be forced to make exceptions. Black and Hispanic New Yorkers have gotten the jab in far lower numbers than white new Yorkers. The NYT points out in its story that some hospitals in the Bronx see unvaccinated rates among doctors and nurses reaching into double-digit territory. At St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, about 12 percent of the nearly 3,000 employees had not been vaccinated as of midday on Friday, the chief medical officer, Eric Appelbaum, said in an interview. The group includes roughly 3 important doctors, and plenty of badly eed studiws Anecdotally hospitals are reporting a surge in vaccinations among hospital workers who haven't yet been vaccinated. But who knows what to believe. All we know is that we wouldn't want to be having an elective surgery or delivering a baby in NY right now. Tyler Durden Sun, 09/26/2021 - 21:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytSep 26th, 2021

New York won"t extend unemployment benefits to healthcare workers fired over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The state's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers goes into effect on Monday, potentially causing staffing shortages at some healthcare facilities as thousands of people are not eligible to work. Clinicians work on intubating a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images New York will not extend unemployment benefits to most unvaccinated healthcare workers who are fired over the vaccine mandate. The mandate goes into effect Monday, making it necessary for healthcare workers in New York to be vaccinated against COVID-19. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is ready to call in the National Guard in case of shortages of healthcare workers caused by the mandate. See more stories on Insider's business page. Healthcare workers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine and are fired for failing to comply with a new state law will not be able to collect unemployment benefits unless they present a doctor-approved request for medical accommodation, according to the New York Department of Labor.New York's new vaccine mandate, which goes into effect Monday, makes it necessary for workers in New York's hospitals and nursing homes to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Employees working at in home care, hospice, and adult care facilities need to be vaccinated by October 7. The mandate also applies to all out-of-state and contract medical staff who practice in New York."Workers in a healthcare facility, nursing home, or school who voluntarily quit or are terminated for refusing an employer-mandated vaccination" are not eligible for unemployment insurance because the employer has a "compelling interest" for its employees to be vaccinated, according to the New York Department of Labor website.New York Governor Kathy Hochul has said she is prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members and workers outside New York to aid with a potential shortage of healthcare workers once the mandate takes effect and some people are no longer eligible to come to work.As of Wednesday, 84% of healthcare workers in New York were fully vaccinated against coronavirus. As of Thursday, 81% of staff at all adult care facilities and 77% of all staff at nursing home facilities in New York State were fully vaccinated.The mandate comes at a time where many US hospitals are experiencing staffing shortages. With an influx of patients because of the Delta variant and fewer nurses due to burnout and difficult working conditions, many healthcare facilities are understaffed. However, a nursing shortage has been looming for years, only accelerated by the pandemic as fear of contracting COVID-19 worsened working conditions. Hochul can declare a state of emergency to allow health care professionals licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, retired, and formerly practicing health care professionals to practice in New York. "I am monitoring the staffing situation closely, and we have a plan to increase our health care workforce and help alleviate the burdens on our hospitals and other health care facilities," Hochul said in a statement. "I commend all of the health care workers who have stepped up to get themselves vaccinated, and I urge all remaining health care workers who are unvaccinated to do so now so they can continue providing care."Expanded Coverage Module: The coronavirus pandemicRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 26th, 2021

"It"s Not The Same Thing": Jen Psaki Asked Why Migrants Walking Across Border Don"t Have To Show Vaccine Proof

"It's Not The Same Thing": Jen Psaki Asked Why Migrants Walking Across Border Don't Have To Show Vaccine Proof After the earlier Biden-mandated vaccine requirement for federal workers and all armed forces branches, and with the city of D.C. itself now issuing a vaccine mandate for public school student athletes and child care center staffers, a big segment of the US public is questioning: where will it end? After all, even a potential future requirement to show proof of Covid vaccine to merely travel domestically on an airline is still "on the table" as an "option".  With these stringent and watchful federal, state and local regulations -including masking in some places - being increasingly imposed on American citizens, one might assume at minimum there are vaccine and Covid testing requirements in place for migrants who are now walking across the border, often setting up camps in crowded conditions on the US side of the border. But that would be to assume wrongly, given the following exchange between a Fox White House correspondent and Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki... Peter Doocy asks why vaccine cards are required for foreign travelers but not migrants at the border. Psaki: "They're not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time. It's not the same thing." pic.twitter.com/NLA8G8fT2s — The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 20, 2021 Journalist Peter Doocy's question centered on the even more obvious: if foreign travelers entering the US are required to show proof of a Covid vaccine, then why not such a minimal requirement in place for illegals trying to cross the US-Mexico border?  "Is somebody asking the foreign nationals who are walking to Del Rio, Texas and who are setting up camps this side of the border for proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test?" he asked. Doocy further pointed out that currently those crossing the border don't even have to show a negative Covid test, apparently: "First of all, I can re-address for you what steps we take …" "So if somebody walks into the country, right across the river, does somebody ask to see their vaccination card?" Doocy asked. "Well, let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works," the press secretary said. Psaki said that as migrants come across the border, they are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantined if they are symptomatic. Del Rio, TX migrant camp And that's where Psaki tried to dodge the question altogether, while also implying that no, there are no requirements in place at the border. "They are not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time," she continued. "It’s not the same thing. These are individuals, as we’ve noted … we are expelling individuals based on Title 42 specifically because of COVID. Because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering, posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves." The Fox correspondent pointed to the hypocrisy and strange double-standard of requiring the vaccine for tens of millions of federal workers and others, and requiring essentially a 'vaccine passport' for foreigners flying in the country, but when a migrant walks across the border, this is somehow different. Tyler Durden Tue, 09/21/2021 - 03:44.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 21st, 2021

Coronavirus links: sick societies

A coronavirus-focused linkfest is still a weekly feature here at Abnormal Returns. Please stay safe and find a vaccination site near you.... Booster shotsThe FDA advisory panel has recommended booster shots for those 65+ and at high risk of disease. (statnews.com)WHO is pushing back against vaccine booster for the general population. (statnews.com)Whatever the FDA and CDC decide about boosters they need to be clear in their messaging. (nytimes.com)Israeli data show booster shots boost immunity. (biopharmadive.com)What's the right dose for boosters? (marginalrevolution.com)How some people are already getting booster shots. (theatlantic.com)VaccinesThe Moderna ($MRNA) seems to be holding up better. (npr.org)The U.S. is buying another 500 million vaccine doses to be distributed around the world. (washingtonpost.com)Canada has given full approval to the Moderna ($MRNA) vaccine. (ft.com)The UK is going to give 12-15 year olds one dose of the Pfizer ($PFE) vaccine. (bloomberg.com)Vaccine hesitancyVaccine hesitancy is a symptom of a much bigger problem. (ft.com)Wellness influencers have jumped on the anti-vaccine bandwagon. (washingtonpost.com)Vaccine mandatesOSHA is at the center of any vaccine mandates. (washingtonpost.com)A CEO on why companies should embrace a vaccine mandate. (fastcompany.com)Southwest Airlines ($LUV) is boosting incentives for staff to get COVID-19 vaccines. (businessinsider.com)How the prospect for vaccine mandates is playing out in tourist-dependent Las Vegas. (politico.com)Italy is going wide with vaccine passports. (nytimes.com)How mandates could harden opposition to the vaccines. (theatlantic.com)EndemicityWhat we need to rethink in a world where SARS-CoV2 is endemic. (theatlantic.com)Emily Oster, "In the end, the message here is that there is no world of “no COVID” and if you are waiting for some external sign that the pandemic is over, you will be waiting forever." (emilyoster.substack.com)InfluenzaIt's time to get a flu shot. (nytimes.com)Are we facing a viral immunity deficit? (labroots.com)Long CovidHow long Covid is like chronic fatigue syndrome. (unchartedterritories.tomaspueyo.com)Breakthrough infections could cause long Covid, but it is less likely. (npr.org)ResearchThe long history of mRNA research. (nature.com)Why children fight off Covid better than adults. (scientificamerican.com)The next pandemic may not be so susceptible to vaccines. (theatlantic.com)Health careHospital acquired Covid infections are on the rise. (arstechnica.com)The American health care system wasn't built with a pandemic in mind. (vox.com)Why this wave feels so much worse for health care workers. (scientificamerican.com)The pandemic has exacerbated already existing problems in nursing homes. (marketwatch.com)The U.S. is buying more doses of monoclonal antibody treatments. (biopharmadive.com)Data1 in 500 Americans have died from Covid. (washingtonpost.com)The percentage of deaths among non-Seniors are on the rise. (wsj.com)The U.S. ranks 40th on this list of vaccine uptake. (gizmodo.com)StatesIdaho's hospitals are rationing care. (npr.org)Idaho's issues are spilling over into Washington state. (nytimes.com)Oregon hospitals are delaying surgeries and cancer care. (npr.org)A look at the crisis facing ICUs in the South. (nytimes.com)MaskingContinued masking will help with other respiratory illnesses like flu and RSV. (fastcompany.com)The weight of the evidence is that masks work. (scientificamerican.com)The best mask is one your child will wear. (wsj.com)ChildrenThe case for pressuring the FDA to approve vaccines for children. (theatlantic.com)Covid has made us all risk managers, especially for children. (nytimes.com)When it comes to schools, testing best self-isolation. (sciencedirect.com)PodcastsAndy Slavitt talks with Ed Yong about how this pandemic eventually ends. (omny.fm)Charlie Skyes talks with Dr. Scott Gottlieb about his new book "Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic." (plus.thebulwark.com)Earlier on Abnormal ReturnsCoronavirus links: what success looks like. (abnormalreturns.com)There's only one way through the pandemic tunnel. (abnormalreturns.com)Why we are eventually going to need digital health passes, i.e. vaccine passports. (abnormalreturns.com)The 'Swiss cheese model' and the importance of avoiding single points of failure in pandemic and life. (abnormalreturns.com)On the challenge of holding two competing thoughts on the pandemic in your head a the same time. (abnormalreturns.com)Mixed mediaModeling a pandemic is challenging, in part, because human behavior changes. (wired.com)The politicization of public health is a disaster happening in plain sight. (washingtonpost.com)A Q&A with Scott Gottlieb the author of "Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic." (washingtonpost.com)What it's like to get a breakthrough infection. (npr.org).....»»

Category: blogSource: abnormalreturnsSep 21st, 2021

Ron DeSantis says he"s "offended" that a police officer "could potentially lose their job" over COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Gov. DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said last month that President Biden's federal vaccine mandate was a violation of Florida law. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. DeSantis has opposed broad vaccine requirements and mask mandates in K-12 public schools. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements.DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has spoken out forcefully against vaccination rules placed on employers, and last month said that President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate was a violation of Florida law."Let's not have Biden come in and effectively take away - threaten to take away - the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic," DeSantis said during a news conference this week. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job.""I just think it's fundamentally wrong to be taking people's jobs away, particularly given the situations that we see ourselves facing with the economy," he added.The rule from the federal government mandates that employers with over 100 workers must require vaccination or conduct weekly testing, which would affect about 80 million Americans. The broader mandate would also affect about 17 million healthcare workers who are employed by hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, along with federal employees and contractors.Republicans last month quickly pounced on Biden's move.Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who has traveled throughout his conservative in an effort to boost the vaccine, said that Biden's decision to enact a federal mandate was not helpful to increasing inoculation levels among the public."I support businesses being able to require vaccination, but it's their own independent choice for their workplace," he said last month. "But to have the federal mandate will be counterproductive. It's going to increase resistance. We're going to grow our vaccinations whether you have this or not."DeSantis, who has rejected the use of vaccine passports and waged battles with school districts that have sought to implement mask mandates, recently appointed Dr. Joseph Ladapo to become the state's new surgeon general.Ladapo, who opposes mask mandates and feels that COVID-19 vaccines are "nothing special," last year boosted the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight the coronavirus. The World Health Organization earlier this year said that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective form of treatment for COVID-19.Recently, the Florida Department of Health leveled a $3.57 million fine against Leon County, which encompasses the state capital of Tallahassee, after the jurisdiction mandated that hundreds of workers receive the vaccine.The county terminated the employment of 14 workers who chose not to receive the vaccine, according to The Tallahassee Democrat, and local officials are prepared to defend the requirement in court.A recent study conducted by the French government-backed scientific organization Epi-Phare, which looked at nearly 23 million individuals, found that vaccines reduced the risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19 by at least 90% among individuals 50 years old or older. As Insider's Eliza Relman previously reported, medical professionals as well as public health and legal experts, have praised vaccine and testing mandates as effective and constitutional tools to promote public health -- especially as the unvaccinated pose a threat to others' health and safety.DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.Florida, which this past summer experienced a surge in new COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant, has seen over 57,000 of its residents succumb to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nyt10 hr. 34 min. ago