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    CHICAGO (CBS) — Expectations of a huge increase in Thanksgiving travel this year — leaves some fear there will be chaos at airports. Air travel is expected to be up 80 percent from last year.  This comes as the airline industry has been dealing with widespread staff shortages.  and all federal employees must be fully vaccinated by next Monday.  As of last month, 40 percent of TSA employees were still not vaccinated — or had not submitted their vaccination status. READ MORE: Up To 10 Municipal Employees Under Scrutiny In Markham After Receiving Paycheck Protection Program Loans Without Any Prior Record Of Their BusinessesIn an interview on CBS this morning… the TSA administrator who oversees security at nearly 440 airports says he is confident all will go smoothly, and mandates will be taken seriously. READ MORE: After Hundreds Of Years, The Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse Happens Thursday“We will go through a progressive discipline policy with our unvaccinated employees, religious exemptions, process of looking through each of the cases and make a determination in the next several weeks. There is a...
    Delta is the only U.S. airline that has publicly and at a corporate-level rebuked President Joe Biden's 'divisive' vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees. CEO Ed Bastian said Saturday that allowing his workers to choose whether to get the coronavirus vaccine has proven effective – as 90 per cent of his employees have already received the jab and he expects that to raise another 5 per cent within the next month regardless of a vaccine mandate. 'We're proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs,' Bastian told Fox Business. He claims it's not effective to 'force' the vaccine on staff at Delta Air Lines by threatening them with losing their job, as many other companies are doing following Biden issuing an executive order last month. The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8. The Occupational Safety and Health...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The White House COVID vaccinations coordinator says more healthcare workers across the country are choosing to get vaccinated influenced by vaccine mandates.In California, hospital staff members had until September 30 to be fully vaccinated."Some did choose not to get vaccinated," said Dr. Chris Colwell, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital.At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital there are 115 staff members who remain off the schedule. Those workers decided not to get vaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. Of that 115, ZSFG has 64 pending exemption requests.RELATED: Unvaccinated CA surgical tech says she's being placed on unpaid leave despite medical exemptionDr. Colwell, Chief of the Emergency at SF General says the vast majority of hospital workers who were once hesitant chose to get the vaccine."It pushed a lot of people who were on the fence in the direction of doing that. It set a good precedent for what we are about, which is going to be first and foremost on patient safety. This is ultimately about patient safety," said Dr. Colwell.President Biden's...
    Over 96% of the more than 29,500 people employed by Maryland’s largest state-based medical system have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The remaining 4% will have to get their shots soon, or risk losing their jobs. University of Maryland Medical System announced Friday that the vast majority of its workers, including 98% of its full and part-time clinical staff, met the system’s vaccine mandate deadline of Oct. 1. UMMS is among several major local employers and health systems that opted to require coronavirus vaccinations as a condition of employment, amid the ongoing pandemic and recent surges of Covid-19 infections related to the Delta variant of the virus. The remaining 4% of staff who remain unvaccinated will have about another month to comply with the mandate, said Michael Schwartzberg, a UMMS spokesperson. “If they still are not compliant in 30 days, we will consider them as having resigned,” he said.  The health system said it will continue to work with the employees who are… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    By Kristen Hwang | CalMatters Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Keck Medicine and other major hospital systems in California say they are well on their way to meeting Thursday’s deadline for the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, with several citing vaccination rates of 90% or higher. California was the first state in the nation to announce that all health care workers must be fully vaccinated. The order, which includes physicians, nurses, technicians, janitors and other workers in hospitals, dialysis centers, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, substance abuse centers and other facilities remains one of the most stringent in the country. Only limited medical and religious exemptions are allowed. On Tuesday, state health officials issued a new order that extended the mandate to in-home, hospice, disability center and senior center health care workers, but gave them an extra two months to comply, until Nov. 30. Despite predictions that the mandate would cause severe staffing shortages, many major hospitals told CalMatters that they were confident Thursday’s deadline would not disrupt daily operations. Several large hospitals — with the exception of a major provider in San...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is extending the school mask requirement through at least November 1, the state’s education commissioner announced Monday afternoon. All Massachusetts public schools students and staff have been required to wear masks inside school buildings since the start of the school year earlier this month. READ MORE: Bob Dylan Coming To Boston For One Show In November Under the original mandate, on Friday, October 1, schools that have 80 percent or more of their students and staff fully vaccinated were going to be allowed to drop the mandate for vaccinated people only. That has been changed. READ MORE: Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says The state now says middle and high schools with 80 percent of their students and staff vaccinated will have the option to lift the mandate “by submitting an attestation form to the department on October 15.” Once a school completes the verification process, vaccinated students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks. The rate will be calculated on a school-by-school basis, not at...
    (CNN)Covid-19 is killing so many people in Idaho that some funeral homes are running out of space to store the bodies as coronavirus deaths continue climbing in the US. "We are working nonstop. We're exhausted. We're frustrated. ... Funeral homes are out of storage. Our hospitals are out of storage. It's just become quite a mess," Dotti Owens, the coroner for Ada County, Idaho, told CNN Saturday. The county bought a mass fatality trailer late last year to accommodate a larger number of bodies, and that has also become near capacity in recent weeks, Owens explained. "Now we're packing them in there. Our internal cooler is full," she said. We will not boost our way out of this pandemic, CDC director says as 70 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated Idaho has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, with 41.3% of its total residents fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The only two states faring worse in fully vaccinating their residents are West Virginia (40.3%) and Wyoming...
    Denise King, a staff member at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Walgreens Pharmacist Annette Marshall, in Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 2020.Yuki Iwamura | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that an average of 60% of nursing home personnel in the U.S. are vaccinated against Covid, a rate officials say leaves the care facilities at higher risk for outbreaks among residents and staff. Vaccinating more employees is one of the most important steps nursing homes can take to keep residents safe, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Slayton said at a meeting of the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday. Though administering booster doses to residents can help limit cases, Slayton said nursing homes remain vulnerable to outbreaks when staff members choose not to vaccinate. "Even with highly effective boosters, the community transmission is high in our model," Slayton said. "That suggests that there will still be Covid-19 cases in nursing homes, highlighting the need for continued infection prevention and control strategies."...
    Nursing assistants in long term care facilities - who work closest with vulnerable residents - are the least likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than any other staff position, a new study finds.  An analysis was performed by researchers from the University of Rochester, in New York, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They found that less than half, only 49.2 percent, of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are vaccinated are fully vaccinated. By comparison, 61 percent of practical nurses, 70.9 percent of therapists and 77.3 percent of physicians who work at U.S. nursing homes are vaccinated. In total, 60 percent of total nursing home staff nationwide has received the shots.  Low vaccination rates among staff that work closely with nursing home residents can be worrisome, as they could spread the virus to the vulnerable people in their care.  Less than half of certified nursing assistants who work at U.S. nursing homes are vaccinated for COVID-19, the lowest of any group of employees, a new study finds  In total, 60% of health care staffers at nursing homes are vaccinated...
    In the United States, the vaccine was extended to two-thirds of employees on June 10. Joe Biden even signed an executive order requiring executives to be vaccinated, without the possibility of routine testing, for the pain of disciplinary action, when only 54.5% of Americans are fully vaccinated. But despite these measures, some companies want to move forward even faster, for example by providing financial incentives. Thus, step CNN On September 13, Whirlpool offers a $ 1,000 (45 845) bonus to convince the most reluctant. The company is preparing for futures regulations, which require large companies to ensure that all of their employees are vaccinated or tested every week. Moreover, Biden management has already warned: companies can be fined up to $ 14,000 for non-compliance with the law. >> Read more – UK: New government strategy to encourage young people to get vaccinated All staff involved In recent months Whirlpool has already urged its staff to get vaccinated, but not so much. Anyway, this is a great gesture for the company that is giving this bonus not only to the...
    Free TV service Locast suspends operations after legal loss 6 Biggest Myths About Cryptocurrency © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad All members of the Buccaneers organization have gotten their shots. Head coach Bruce Arians today referred to the Bucs as a “100 percent vaccinated organization” and said that included every player, every member of the coaching staff, and every other franchise staff member. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette, who had previously indicated that he was hesitant about getting the vaccine, confirmed today that he got it, saying that it ultimately came down to wanting to be the best teammate he can be and understanding that NFL protocols make it easier for vaccinated teammates to work together closely with no limitations. Fournette is right, and getting everyone on board with the vaccine program is one more reason to think the Bucs have a good chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions. Bruce Arians: Buccaneers are 100% vaccinated, including every player, coach and staffer originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
    Duke University tells staff they will be sacked if they are not vaccinated by October 1 unless they have valid exemption. Leaders at the university in Durham, North Carolina, said staff can apply for a medical or religious exemption, but would not be rehired in the future if they didn't vaccinate.     Employees have until 10am to receive and show documentation of vaccination, according to Wral, but university officials have said that 91 percent of employees have completed the requirement so far.   Duke University tells staff they will be sacked if they are not vaccinated by October 1 unless they have valid exemption Employees will still have to do daily symptom monitoring and weekly testing, as well as continuing to wear a mask.  Those who have not shown they are fully vaccinated by the deadline will be placed on administrative leave until they get the jab.  They will then have one week to either receive the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan spent much of the past week touring the Eastern Shore. That included greeting people unmasked while on the Ocean City boardwalk and speaking at the Maryland Association of Counties, which was attended by leaders from across the state. It’s always great to see so many Marylanders having a fun time in Ocean City. This afternoon we took a stroll down the boardwalk and stopped for some Thrasher’s fries. pic.twitter.com/iRqZ2GUAnQ READ MORE: 30-Year-Old Motorcyclist Ryan March Killed In Crash In White Marsh — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 20, 2021 It was great to be back in Ocean City for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference. Never has our close collaboration and partnership with the counties been more important than over the past 18 months. pic.twitter.com/we9baU2i68 — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 21, 2021 Then came news that four of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19. One who initially received a positive rapid antigen test later had a PCR test and was found to be negative. 2) A fourth staff...
    Rachel Bush is not happy with the NFL’s coronavirus protocols. Bush is married to Bills star safety Jordan Poyer, and she’s never been one to hold back with her opinions. Following Cole Beasley and three other players being sent home because of a close contact situation within the organization, she cut loose on Twitter with her thoughts on coronavirus and the vaccine. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) NFL Player Outspoken About The League’s COVID-19 Protocols Sent Home After Close Contact https://t.co/BKG9bCWSwR — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 24, 2021 “All these headlines should be starting off with ‘vaccinated staff member…’ then take it where you want it. But the reason we are missing 5 guys right now is because of a VACCINATED PERSON. Call it like it is,” Bush tweeted to her followers Tuesday afternoon. All these headlines should be starting off with “vaccinated staff member…” then take it where you want it. But the reason we are missing 5 guys right now is because of a VACCINATED PERSON. Call it like it...
    Without exception, all teachers, employees and contractors of New York City public schools will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 27, which becomes the first immunization term for a group of City workers. So far it has not been clarified what the sanctions for those who refuse to be injected. “We are going to do whatever it takes to make sure everyone is safe and roll back the Delta variant,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday when announcing the measure. The new policy of mandatory vaccination will be applied to teachers, principals, substitutes and maintenance personnel, as detailed to local media Danielle Filson, spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The requirement also extends to school security officers, who are employees of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). School bus drivers and staff who work in kindergarten programs that operate outside of DOE buildings are excluded from the norm. De Blasio clarified that is not considering a mandate broader, so that it is also imperative that eligible students 12 years and...
    The president of the United States, Joe Biden, ordered his government on Wednesday to deny the disbursement of funds from two public programs to nursing homes that do not require their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The measure marks the first time that Biden has threatened to withhold federal funds in order to get more people to get vaccinated, in a context of growing concern about the expansion of the Delta variant in the country. “If you visit, live or work in a nursing home, you should not have to take a high risk of contracting COVID-19 because there are unvaccinated employees there,” the president said during a speech at the White House. Specifically, the president asked the US Department of Health to draft a new rule according to which the vaccination of all its employees will be a condition for nursing homes to receive funds from subsidized health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid. That will affect more than 15,000 nursing homes with about 1.3 million employees and about 1.6 million people in need of care, the White House...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. In late July, Episcopal Homes, along University Avenue in St. Paul, announced it would require its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Sept. 1. Episcopal Homes was one of the first long-term care communities in Minnesota to make such a requirement. At the time, 80 percent of the facility’s employees in independent living, transitional care, assisted living and two nursing homes were vaccinated, but the growing threat of the more severe and more readily spread delta variant convinced leaders of the facilities to require the vaccinations in an effort to get those numbers closer to 100 percent. As the deadline to get vaccinated draws near at both Episcopal Homes and Eventide Senior Living Communities, a long-term care organization with locations in western Minnesota and North Dakota that’s requiring staff to be vaccinated before Oct. 1 — and as more employers in Minnesota mandate COVID-19 vaccination — MinnPost talked to leaders at both facilities...
    Many Missouri nursing home workers are resisting being vaccinated against COVID-19 despite one-third of the deaths attributed to the disease in the state occurring among their patients and co-workers. According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Data webpage, only Florida and Louisiana have a lower percentage of nursing home workers vaccinated against COVID-19 than Missouri does. The vaccination rate for nursing home staff in Missouri is 46.8%. According to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), there are 369 residential care and 268 assisted living facilities (ALFs) in the state. The CMS collects reports from 522 federally subsidized residential care centers, or nursing homes, in Missouri. The data is documented in a massive spread sheet that lists vaccination rates for residents and staff of more than 15,000 nursing homes across the nation. According to the CMS, as of July 25, 81.8% of nursing home residents and 59.3% of staff in the 15,000 nursing homes nationwide had been vaccinated. Since the pandemic began last March, the agency reports 662,495 confirmed cases of COVID-19...
    Jane Withers, Former Child Star and Voice Actress, Dead at 95 Stock futures are flat after Dow closes at record Friday The state with the lowest vaccination rate in the United States has college football's first known team to be 100 percent vaccinated. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN's Chris Low on Sunday that every player, coach and staff member on the team has been vaccinated, thanks to a program-wide push before the season. Kiffin reportedly urged assistant coaches in each position room to push their players to get vaccinated. He had nothing but praise for the effort on Twitter after revealing the results. Awesome job everyone!!!! Players, staff, and students !! #ProtectTheTeam ⁦@OleMissFB⁩ Hope this motivates the whole state. https://t.co/alK2FWmvpG— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 8, 2021 The Ole Miss program had reportedly been far from 100 percent vaccinated at the start of the summer, but made quick progress, especially with the threat of a forfeited game due to a COVID-19 outbreak hanging over their heads. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey indicated at SEC media days that schools...
    New York City restaurant owners and managers are bracing for chaos ahead of the country's first vaccination mandate for customers - as worries mount that patrons who are asked to show proof of shots could take their business elsewhere, or even get violent. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that New York will be the first major city in the United States to require that indoor diners, theatergoers and gym members show proof of vaccination if they want to receive service. Meanwhile, there's no data to even determine how many restaurant workers have their vaccines. They'll also be required to have their shots, according to the new rule. A spokesperson for the New York City Hospitality Alliance said there is no data on what percentage of hospitality workers are vaccinated. The city's Health Department also doesn't keep track. The news on the vaccination requirement for customers was met with mixed reaction from restaurant owners and managers, who say that while they are hopeful this will spur more New Yorkers to get vaccinated, it could also pose problems for those trying...
    Meat seller Tyson Foods, Netflix Studio & MGM, Silicon Valley Google and Facebook giants … The wave of announcements to vaccinate employees against Covid 19 is growing in the country. Scattered in order. As the epidemic has re-emerged, US companies are forced to revise their plans. Food company Tyson Foods has recently announced “All employees in the United States need to be vaccinated against Covid 19”, Or 120,000 employees, report The Wall Street Journal. “We did not take this decision lightly,” he said. Its general manager Tony King agrees in a message to staff that less than half of them are being vaccinated, he said. The company offers a $ 200 vaccination bonus to leading employees “Encouraged”. Way to identify “Increased tension between management and staff in strengthening measures to protect themselves from disease”. The move by Tyson, America’s largest meat seller, follows a campaign launched by Morgan Stanley Bank a few weeks ago to ask its staff to be vaccinated before returning to work at its headquarters in New York. Those who cannot prove vaccine status will continue delivery....
    (CNN)Staff at long-term care facilities who are the most likely to interact with vulnerable patients are the least likely to have been vaccinated, researchers reported Thursday.And there is evidence they have been infecting their patients, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led team reported.They used data from 300 long-term care facilities across the US. While 75% of physicians working at these facilities had been vaccinated by March of this year, just 46% of aides had been. Covid-19 exposed the devastating consequences of staff shortages in nursing homes. But the problem isnt new"One concern is that nurses and aides in this sample, who have the most patient contact, had the lowest vaccination coverage. COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in long term care facilities in which residents were highly vaccinated, but transmission occurred through unvaccinated staff members," Dr. James Lee of the CDC Covid-19 Response Team and colleagues wrote.Not only are patients at risk -- so are the workers themselves. "This finding also has equity implications: national data indicated that aides in nursing homes are disproportionately women and members of racial and...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEAs coronavirus infections spike because of the delta variant, workers at one major hospital, some doctors’ offices and veterans’ health-care facilities across Florida will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Health care providers ranging from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to small physicians’ offices are beginning to put requirements in place for staff members to get vaccinated. “It is something that is very important to me and to the safety of my other employees and my patients. Because we see a lot of patients,” St. Petersburg-based immunologist Mona Mangat said of mandating COVID- 19 vaccinations for her office staff. “We see a lot of children, and we see a lot of immunocompromised (patients), so it’s very important as we promote good health we lead the way.” The office has eight staff members, but Mangat said only one person has refused to get vaccinated. Mangat is a solo practitioner, but larger medical providers also are moving ahead with vaccine mandates. The 7,400 employees at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville will have to be fully vaccinated --- or complete a declination process --- by...
    Less than half of nursing home staffers across 15 states have been fully vaccinated despite the disproportionate level of harm that COVID-19 imposes on seniors, a trend that elder care advocates fear could put the most vulnerable populations at risk. Long-term care facilities such as nursing homes in 15 states, including Mississippi, Wyoming, Alabama, and Louisiana, have fully vaccinated about 48% or fewer staffers over the past few months, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. WHITE HOUSE PREDICTS 'SUMMER OF JOY AND FREEDOM,’ HAVING REACHED THE 300 MILLION COVID-19 SHOT MARK “It’s a concern on so many levels. One is the health of residents, and we, of course, want staff to be healthy as well. But they tend to be younger, and it's a more dire situation for elderly people with underlying conditions,” said Richard Mollot, the executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, an advocacy group for seniors in assisted living. Several states with the lowest vaccination rates among nursing home staff have the lowest vaccination rates overall, a spokesperson...
    Assistant coaches on at least four NFL teams are reportedly refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and unless they change their mind, will be barred from coaching players face to face, on the field, or in meeting rooms.  Neither the coaches nor the teams have been identified, publicly. An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero was the first to report the news. According to a memo shared on Twitter by Pelissero, unvaccinated staff will not be permitted to access restricted areas of team facilities while players are present and will not be allowed to interact with any players in person.    Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, has instructed teams that coaches and staff need to get their first injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine no later than next week and be fully vaccinated by the final week of July, when training camps start.     The league is offering exceptions for coaches who refuse to get vaccinated because of their religion or health risks, but it's not clear if the coaches referenced...
    WATERTOWN (CBS) – Watertown schools are still requiring students and staff to wear masks outside, even though the state eased its mandate last week. Masks are no longer required for outdoor activities like recess in Massachusetts. But Watertown is making students and staff keep their masks on – outside and inside – for the rest of the school year, even if they are fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Survey Finds NH Residents Feeling More Comfortable Returning To Beaches, Bars And Gyms “We are very close to the end of the year and we want to end it on as healthy a note as possible,” Superintendent Dr. Deanne Galdston said in an update to the community. “Without a vaccine for children under 12 along with the challenges of maintaining social distancing while outdoors, continuing mask-wearing will enhance the safety of all of our students-those that are vaccinated and those that are not.” READ MORE: Boston Bruins To Host Second-Round Playoff Games Near Full Capacity At TD Garden Galdston said students have been wearing masks all year and changing now with just four...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi took several minutes to lay out the rules after a gaggle of Republican members staged a protest by refusing to wear masks as required. On Wednesday morning, Speaker Pelosi kicked off the House’s “Morning Hour” speech period personally, a duty which is normally carried out by a designated acting speaker. She used the opportunity to deliver some pointed reminders: The chair wishes to remind all members about certain standards of decorum in the Hall of the House. Members are reminded that the announced policies of January 4th 2021, as updated on May 11th, remain in effect with respect to the wearing of masks. The chair will reiterate that members and staff are currently required to wear masks at all times in the Hall of the House except when a member has been recognized by the chair or when a member acting as chair is speaking. The chair reminds members that the House is following the guidance of the attending physician, who has stated that the present mask requirements and other guidelines remain unchanged in...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Arianna Burton owns Studio Urban Wax on South Broadway in Denver. She said learning vaccinated people will no longer have to wear a mask indoors comes as a surprise. (credit: CBS) “It’s definitely been a curveball,” Burton told CBS4’s Andrea Flores. “It’s going to put us in a hard spot with how we’re keeping clients safe, our staff safe, and how we’re going to balance clients who don’t want to wear masks, and clients who want the masks still.” READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Excitement Builds As Children Ages 12-15 Begin To Get Pfizer Vaccine Burton believes the ever-changing guidelines make it hard for businesses to make a plan. “Is it a violation? A HIPAA violation? Are clients going to upset if we ask for proof?” said Burton. “I think that’ll be the trickiest part, how we navigate proof that you’ve been vaccinated.” On Thursday, the governor’s office confirmed to CBS4 that the face mask mandate does not apply to those who are vaccinated in Colorado. This comes after revised COVID-19 guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics have begun the vaccination process. Though president of basketball ops. Danny Ainge explained Thursday morning that some players and staff members do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “We had a few people on staff and a few players who didn’t want to. But they have had that opportunity,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday. READ MORE: Jayson Tatum Helping Evan Fournier Through COVID-19 Recovery Process “They all have different reasons as to why they didn’t want to get it,” Ainge explained. “Some feel we don’t have enough information and some feel they just don’t do any vaccinations; they don’t do flu shots and don’t believe in putting poison in their bodies. They don’t feel comfortable doing it. It’s the same reason people don’t take anti-inflammatory or aspirin. That’s just the way it is. … We can’t force them and they all have their own beliefs in this process.” Ainge said that if 85 percent of the Celtics staff and players get vaccinated, NBA regulations would ease some of...
    Nursing home staff in New York will have to sign a contract stating they refuse the coronavirus vaccine if they want to continue working under new rules, as its revealed only half of employees are vaccinated.  The New York Department of Health is urging all homes to offer 'an opportunity to receive the jab to all consenting residents and staff' before the end of April. 'They're trying to get people vaccinated and they're trying to incentivize it,' said Michael Balboni, the Executive Director of Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association to the New York Post.    Across New York State, less than two-thirds of workers in nursing home facilities have received the shot since December. Within New York City's five boroughs, only 56 percent of staff have had the jab.  It's not clear why so few healthcare workers in the city have had the vaccine given how badly affected nursing homes were during the early stages of the pandemic. Some healthcare workers are said to be refusing because they are 'afraid' to take it.  Those workers and residents who decide not to...
    (CNN)As colleges and universities nationwide make plans to welcome back students in the fall, a growing number have announced they will require all students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to campus. So far, at least 14 colleges have said vaccinations will be required, according to a CNN tally -- and that number is expected to grow.Universities have been implementing vaccination policies since late March, when Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, became one of the first to say that having all students vaccinated will allow for an "expedited return to pre-pandemic normal," making more in-person classes possible, as well as more on-campus events that will be allowed."This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students planning to attend in the Fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated," a statement from Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway said, adding that proof of vaccination will be required.Rutgers to require Covid-19 vaccine for students this fallRutgers faculty and staff members are also being strongly urged to get vaccinated, but the statement did not say that it was required for...
    Coronavirus cases among healthcare workers declined dramatically after staff got their first vaccine dose, two new studies have found. In one study of employees at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2.6 percent of all workers who were unvaccinated tested positive for COVID-19 compared to 1.82 percent of those given their first shot, a drop of 31 percent. That same study also found that just 0.05 percent of those who received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Modena vaccine were later infected.  In another study of frontline workers in California, only 0.13 percent contracted the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, after being fully immunized.   'Right now, as the weeks go by, we see more and more that not only are these vaccines efficacious but, in the community, they are extremely effective in preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2,' Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said at a press conference on Wednesday.  'It's a real proof-positive of the importance of vaccinatio.;  Just 0.05% of workers at the University of Texas Southwestern who received both doses of either the...
    By Nicole Lewis | The Marshall Project Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press A Florida correctional officer polled his colleagues earlier this year in a private Facebook group: “Will you take the COVID-19 vaccine if offered?” The answer from more than half: “Hell no.” Only 40 of the 475 respondents said yes. In Massachusetts, more than half the people employed by the Department of Correction declined to be immunized. A statewide survey in California showed that half of all correction employees will wait to be vaccinated. In Rhode Island, prison staff have refused the vaccine at higher rates than the incarcerated, according to medical director Dr. Justin Berk. And in Iowa, early polling among employees showed a little more than half the staff said they’d get vaccinated. As states have begun COVID-19 inoculations at prisons across the country, corrections employees are refusing vaccines at alarming rates, causing some public health experts to worry about the prospect of controlling the pandemic both inside and outside. Infection rates in prisons are more than three times as high as in the general public....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Starting on Thursday, thousands of teachers across the state will start getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. In Pittsburgh, there will be two clinics giving out two types of vaccines for Pittsburgh Public School staff. KDKA has learned that the thousands of Pfizer doses that will be given out came from the federal government with a stipulation that those doses go to teachers. READ MORE: Diocese Of Greensburg Celebrates 70th Anniversary With Special Mass Giant Eagle Pharmacy received 3,000 Pfizer doses this week with that stipulation, pushing the company to partner with Pittsburgh Public Schools. The teachers and staff who couldn’t secure a dose in the state’s J&J vaccine initiative will have the opportunity to get a shot at Heinz Field on Thursday and Friday. As for the J&J shots, both the city and county’s intermediate units plan to start vaccinating its list of teachers this week. The Giant Eagle partnership won’t impact that initiative, but rather open more J&J doses in the next round for other school staff members in our region. “We can reallocate that...
    More from: Jennifer Gould Former home of legendary director Mike Nichols lists for $26M Downtown Four Seasons penthouse lists for $39.5M Dick Synder, former publishing honcho, lists NYC mansion for $17M Nightclubs are closing or turning into restaurants to survive CNN honcho Jeff Zucker sells NYC home to billionaire for $15M Now that Big Apple restaurant workers are eligible for coronavirus vaccines, eatery owners are walking a fine line trying to encourage them.  Shake Shack staffers get an extra six hours of pay to get jabbed.  “While Shake Shack won’t be requiring vaccinations, we are strongly encouraging it,” a spokeswoman for the New York City-based burger chain told Side Dish.  Starbucks is shelling out four hours’ pay to employees who get protected against the virus, as is McDonald’s at all of its corporate-owned outposts.  It’s not just the big chains that are doing it. Smaller restaurateurs are also coming up with ways to encourage staffers to get the vaccine — ranging from a one-shot payment to time off without pay and assistance setting up appointments.  Jeremy Wladis, president of...
    As Illinois goes through Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, some educators are refusing to roll up their sleeves to receive their first dose. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said publicly that he is worried some, Black Illinoisans especially, may be resistant toward the public health benefits of getting vaccinated for the virus. Kankakee schools superintendent Genevra Walters said she is surprised at how many school employees will pass on the shot. “We have about 700 staff members,” Walters said. “Five-hundred and sixteen responded to a survey with half saying they would take it and half said they would not.” Walters said it is a cultural thing, and points to the federal Tuskegee syphilis experiments between the 1930s and 1970s in which the government enrolled a group of 600 Black men without informing them about the nature of the study and withheld treatments that could have cured their illnesses. Other school districts are forging ahead with teacher vaccination plans. About half the teachers and staff in District 87 in Bloomington have been vaccinated, and Superintendent...
    The rate of coronavirus vaccinations is high among nursing home residents in the U.S. but low among staff members, a new report finds. More than three-quarters of people living in long-term care facilities had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 immunization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Wednesday. However, when it came to nurses, administrators and others working at centers who were offered the jab, just a little more than one-third had received it. The findings confirm anecdotal reports of nursing home staff members turning down vaccines and feeling they are being treated as 'guinea pigs.' Researchers say more outreach efforts are needed to ensure this vulnerable population that the shot is both safe and effective.   A new CDC report found that nearly 78% precent of nursing home residents have received at least one vaccine dose with half of facilities vaccinating at least 60% of seniors Comparatively, 37.5% of nursing home employees have been vaccinated with most centers inoculating less than 40% of their workforce Nursing home residents and staff members are among...
    Nancy Buttner, northwest division vice president of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, pumps her fist as she receives a COVID-19 vaccine on December 28, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington. Karen Ducey Residents and staff at a Washington long-term care facility received the second vaccine dose Monday, reports said. Life Care Center Kirkland lost 39 residents to the virus last spring. The Seattle Times reported that 95% of residents and 87% of staff received the first dose. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Less than a year after Life Care Center of Kirkland reported its first COVID-19 case, residents at the site of the US's first outbreak received the second dose of the vaccine Monday, according to a new report. According to Seattle Times journalist, Paige Cornwall, both residents and staff at the Washington long-term care facility finished their vaccine inoculation earlier this week, after beginning the process at the end of December.  "I think everyone in the skilled nursing industry is thankful that a vaccine is available and being administered, but it means a little more to...
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