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    SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — As the City of Los Angeles begins to enforce its vaccine mandate, businesses are happy to comply despite potential loss in business and angering customers who disagree with the mandate. A sign stating proof of a Covid-19 vaccination is required is displayed outside of Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2021. – The restaurant announced that proof of vaccination would be required to dine indoors at the restaurant as Covid-19 variant causes surge in the Los Angeles area. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images) READ MORE: Max Muncy: "I'm Not Recovering As Quick As I Would Like"“When someone comes in that we don’t know, we go through a health screener questionnaire and we also check their vaccine,” said Jason Cohen, owner of Alive Fitness.  Cohen has owned Alive Fitness for 18 years but has struggled to keep it open during the pandemic, even losing some clients and trainers because of the vaccine mandate. “It’s been horrendous,” added Cohen. “I mean this particular industry...
              more   During a press conference announcing his lawsuit with police officers and firefighters against the city of Phoenix over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was asked by Arizona’s Family political editor Dennis Welch whether he was vaccinated. His press secretary waved the question off as “inappropriate.” However, Brnovich, who is running for U.S. Senate, responded, “Do you have an STD?” After a brief pause with some laughter from those present, he went on, “It’s not a ridiculous question. The question should be, once you allow or cede this authority to the federal government, where does it stop? And my own health information is my own health information.” Bryan Willingham, a Phoenix firefighter and executive vice president of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, expressed his concern over the loss of manpower. “The community cannot lose these individuals. They can’t,” Willingham said. “We cannot survive the staffing crisis if we lose these members.” Yvette Bro, vice president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, said, “We had a survey a few months ago, and it was overwhelming, we...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "The Countdown" is here to get you caught up with all of the day's political news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Today's political headlines:US to release 50 million barrels of oil from strategic reserve to ease energy costsPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a record-setting 50 million barrels of oil released from America's strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs, in coordination with other major energy consuming nations, including India, the United Kingdom and China.When motorists in NYC, NJ could see relief from high gas pricesWith gas prices rising, the president offered a Thanksgiving gift to Americans feeling pressure at the pump. Motorists in New York and New Jersey say high prices at the pump are impacting their decisions about driving.De Blasio calls on Gov. Hochul to institute vax mandate for MTA workersMayor Bill de Blasio is calling on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to implement a vaccination requirement for MTA workers."Here is an...
    New York City's Health Commissioner announced on Monday that all adults are now eligible to get COVID-19 boosters and advised providers not to turn away healthy younger adults who ask for the shots, although CDC and FDA guidelines have not changed. 'Today I'm issuing a Commissioner's Advisory to all health care providers,' Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi tweeted. 'Clinicians should allow adult patients to determine their own risk of exposure based on their individual circumstances.' New York joined California, New Mexico, and Colorado in expanding eligibility requirements to receive a COVID vaccine booster for adults 18 and older as COVID-19 cases are expected to spike ahead of the busy holiday winter season. Per FDA and CDC guidelines, booster shots are currently available for adults 65 and older, adults with a high risk of exposure to Covid, adults with underlying health conditions, and those who got the Johnson & Johnson shot. But that could change as early as next week after Pfizer asked FDA approval of its booster shot for anyone 18 and older and Moderna is expected to do the same....
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday declared New York City the “safest place to be” in the United States due to vaccines, despite the fact the state as a whole has one of the highest daily average case rates in the entire country. “We know vaccinations keep us safe vaccinations what’s allowing us to move forward,” he said during Tuesday’s press conference. “New York City is now the safest place to be in the United States of America, because you went out and got vaccinated, because more people getting vaccinated every day, because the mandates are working and because now we can finally reach our five to eleven-year-olds,” he said, calling the latter “really great news for the kids of New York City.” WATCH: Throughout the pandemic, New York City has reported over 1 million coronavirus cases and over 34,000 fatalities. Its daily average of cases — both confirmed and probable — over the last seven days stands at 886, according to the New York Times’ tracker. Over the last 14 days, it has reported 21...
    "That's an overreach on the government's part, because it's not your right to tell me what I do with my health care, what I put into my body," Knox said. In August, the city council approved an ordinance requiring all city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 20, unless they receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons. But before the mandate went into effect, the city council voted to extend the deadline to Dec. 18 to give city workers more time to get vaccinated. There is no testing option for city workers who do not receive a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) warned in October that unvaccinated employees "should be prepared to lose their job" if they won't comply with the mandate. The mandate is opposed by the Los Angeles firefighters' union, which objected to the lack of a testing option. United Firefighters of Los Angeles City President Freddy Escobar told the L.A. Times last week that the L.A....
    After a fierce effort to finesse San Jose’s strict COVID-19 vaccination mandate — led by a police union that warned more than 100 cops were ready to quit over it — only six city employees have chosen to forfeit a week of pay for the option to stay unvaccinated. All other city employees, including rank-and-file police officers, have either submitted proof of vaccination, are in the process of getting fully vaccinated or have been awarded a religious or medical exemption, according to San Jose Human Resource Director Jennifer Schembri. As of Thursday, 95% of all city employees had submitted proof that they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Schembri said. “I think city employees recognize the importance of our vaccination policy and keeping our community safe,” she said, “and I believe that is how we got to where we are.” Although 354 of the city’s 7,105 workers have not yet received shots or reported their vaccination status, all but six have pending or approved exemptions for medical or religious reasons or are making progress towards becoming fully inoculated, according to...
    New York City will begin offering $100 to incentivize COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11. "Everyone can use a little more money around the holidays but most importantly we want our kids and our families to be safe," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. The new policy will apply to New York City-run vaccine sites and comes two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children 5-11-years-old. Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio   (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO WILL REQUIRE CHILDREN AGES 5-11 SHOW PROOF OF VACCINE TO ACCESS BUSINESSES The mayor said that getting the vaccine now will allow children to be fully vaccinated before Christmas, hoping that the $100 incentive will drive people to show up and get extra money for holidays. The city is hoping to speed its effort to get kids vaccinated before they travel for the holidays, noting that the updated CDC guidance says that children have to wait three weeks between Pfizer doses,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Children as young as five years old can now receive coronavirus vaccinations. New York City is preparing to roll out its vaccination process for children. READ MORE: New York City Ready To Roll Out COVID Vaccine For 5 To 11-Year-Olds As Early As Thursday; In Schools Next WeekWhen it comes to protecting the kids, we know you have concerns. READ MORE: CDC Recommends Children As Young As 5 Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19Share your question with us on our Facebook page, and it may get asked in an upcoming town hall. MORE NEWS: FDNY Union Leader Disputes Claims Of 'Bogus Sick Leave' Call-Outs Over Vaccine MandateTo share your question, CLICK HERE.
    New York City will begin vaccinating children ages five to 11 at schools starting Thursday in a mad dash to inoculate kids - even as controversy rages over whether the low-risk age group should get the jab.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that following a pending final authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expected some time on Wednesday, city-run COVID vaccination sites will offer children ages 5-11 the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine as soon as Thursday.     'Tomorrow's going to be a historic day for the city in our fight against COVID as we reach the youngest New Yorkers,' De Blasio said.  Data shows Covid poses a low risk to the age group, with children accounting for less than 0.1 percent of Covid deaths in America.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that city-run COVID vaccination sites will offer children ages 5-11 the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine as soon as Thursday Starting Monday every public school with students ages 5-11 years old will have a day for each school when vaccination is provided at the school building itself There have been 584 pediatric deaths...
    On Thursday the union representing 50,000 current and former New York City Police Dept. officers claimed Mayor de Blasio's vaccine mandate would force "10,000" officers off the streets. According to the NYPD Police Commissioner, that number is actually just 34. "NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea noted that only 34 police officers have been placed on unpaid leave," AM NY reports, noting across all NYC employees, there are "12,000 unvaccinated city workers" who "have applied for medical or religious exemption, which will be worked on in the coming days." That vaccine mandate required proof of just one shot, and provided in return a $500 bonus for getting vaccinated. "The total of New York City workers that have been vaccinated is currently at 91%." In total, "9,000 city employees," including the 34 police officers and 40 civilian members of the NYPD, "have not yet been vaccinated and have been placed on leave without [pay] as of Nov. 1, which is less than 6% of the entire city workforce at 378,000." The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York in a statement...
    A total of 26 New York firehouses have been forced to close after firefighters refused to get vaccinated ahead of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Monday deadline - and a seven-year-old boy died the following day as departments saw major staff shortages.  The Uniformed Firefighters Association revealed a list of FDNY stations that 'have close due to no manpower' and it includes six in Manhattan, nine in Brooklyn, three in Queens, four in the Bronx and four in Staten Island. On Friday FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro warned that the effects of the closures could be catastrophic and 'endanger the lives' of city residents. A day later Robert Resto, 7, was killed and his 54-year-old grandmother were seriously hurt after a deadly blaze engulfed their Washington Heights home around 1.30am Saturday.  Although an FDNY spokesman told the FDNY that the firefighters' response time was not impacted by the 10,951 firefighters who have yet to get vaccinated, just yesterday firefighters were reportedly calling out sick to avoid unpaid leave.  A total of 26 New York firehouses have been forced to close after firefighters refused...
                      by Elizabeth Troutman  The city of Phoenix will incentivize receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at city-sponsored vaccination clinics by handing out $100 gift cards. The Phoenix City Council approved the pilot program to increase vaccination rates. The program will be funded by federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act. Grocery store or gas station gift cards will be distributed to the first 1,000 individuals to get both doses at the city clinics, according to an Oct. 12 news release from the city. Eligibility is not limited to residents of Phoenix. As of Oct. 12, approximately 60% of Phoenix residents were fully vaccinated, surpassing the rates in Maricopa County and nationwide. The announcement comes after President Joe Biden’s asked cities and states to use $100 vaccine incentives at the end of July. Shortly after Biden’s announcement, New York City introduced a similar program. “I know that paying people who get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who got vaccinated already,” the president said in a press conference. “But here’s the deal:...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they relocate to the Sunshine State to work, as cops across the U.S. continue to leave their posts in droves over COVID vaccine mandates. 'We're actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff's departments,' the governor told Fox News on Sunday. 'In the next legislative session, I'm going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida,' he told the network's Sunday Morning Futures program. Then, addressing officers in cities like New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, DeSantis said: 'If you're not being treated well, we'll treat you better here.'   Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they relocate to the Sunshine State to work, as cops across the US continue to leave their posts in droves over COVID vaccine mandates The governor further explained his reasoning behind the prospective legislation during a news...
    The Chicago police union’s first vice president has issued a blistering attack on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate, likening it to "The Hunger Games," and warned younger officers not to give in to pressure.  The remarks came in a nearly 10-minute video posted by Fraternal Order of Police First Vice President Michael Mette on his Facebook page.  "Welcome to day three of ‘The Hunger Games,’ where we find out who the city is going to offer up as tribute," Mette says in the video, invoking the book and film series about a dystopian world in which children must fight to the death for the entertainment of wealthy residents.   Mette’s remarks were aimed at a city policy requiring that all city employees, including police officers, enter their vaccine status in the city’s data portal.  On Tuesday, Police Superintendent David Brown said 21 department employees had been placed on "no-pay status" for refusing to provide the information. He said the department needed to talk to hundreds of officers who had thus far not provided the information.  DESANTIS TWEETS ‘DONT TREAD ON FLORIDA’...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Wednesday begged private businesses to implement vaccine mandates, deeming it the “right thing to do.” During the press conference, de Blasio announced the latest vaccine mandate, which extends to the remainder of city employees, including NYPD and FDNY. “My job as your mayor is to keep this city safe, keep this city healthy. Vaccination is the way. We’ve proven time and time again. It works. We have to keep going farther because COVID is not gone yet. We’re not back to normal. Not everyone is safe,” he asserted, adding that he must “make this whole city safe.” A person holds up a protest sign as people gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021, in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) While he expressed appreciation for city workers, he touted the vaccine mandate already imposed upon school employees and healthcare workers, claiming “it worked.” “We have set the bar high with a series of mandates… Guess what? It did work,” he said, bragging about the city’s...
    Fox News contributor and former Washington, D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams went on a tear against a Chicago police union for opposing the city’s vaccine policy for city employees. The city requires employees to either be vaccinated against Covid-19, or get tested twice a week for the disease. But John Catanzara, the head of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, has told officers to resist the policy. “It is an improper order,” he claimed. “It’s illegal.” Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked Williams on Monday, “How do you handle that?” Neil, this is a no-brainer,” said Williams. “You are police officers. You are public servants. You are public servants that come in contact with citizens on a daily basis. Get the damn vaccine!” Williams pointed out that a former union president died of Covid-19. “These officers do not have a right to dictate to the city the manner in which they are going to work,” he said. “They can bargain with it as unions do all the time, but get the vaccine. Get the needle in your arm! You are...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- For the second time in a week, the Fraternal Order of Police convened a member meeting at its West Loop headquarters. This, as the Friday deadline for all city workers to comply with Chicago's vaccine mandate requirements has come and gone, and a day after CPD issued a memo effectively limiting officers' ability to take time off until further notice.The move is meant to shore up manpower in preparation for the city to potentially take large numbers of officers off the streets for defying the mandate starting this week.St. Sabina's Michael Pfleger expressed his concern Sunday about what that might mean for the city."Communities that already feel abandoned and communities that live in fear should not wonder what next is going to happen in their neighborhood," he said.WATCH: Political analyst weighs in on CPD vaccine mandateEMBED More News Videos A political analyst weighed in on the CPD vaccine mandate Thursday. While no officers were taken off the streets this weekend and the standoff has now reached the courts with both sides suing each other, Pfleger offered himself...
    Protesters demonstrated Saturday against vaccine mandates in front of the New York Times building in New York City, chanting, “Defund the media!” A large crowd of protesters could be seen carrying American flags, along with various signs that read “equal rights vaxxed unvaxxed,” “medical freedom NOW,” “Let’s go Brandon” and “F*ck Biden,” video shows. NOW – Protesters against vaccine mandates chant “Defund the Media” in front of the New York Times building.pic.twitter.com/E6JFvrhLv3 — Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 16, 2021 The people were apparently protesting federal and city vaccine mandates and the media’s coverage of it. (RELATED: New York City Mandates Vaccinations For 148,000 School Teachers, Staff) In early August, New York City became the first city in the nation to require proof of vaccination at certain indoor businesses such as restaurants, gyms, and performance venues. The city fined 14 businesses, as of Oct. 9, for not following Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate. A panel of federal appeals judges upheld Sept. 27 the city’s requirement that nearly 150,000 teachers, custodians, aides, and cafeteria workers get at least one dose...
    Up to 6,500 Chicago cops could be placed on unpaid leave for thumbing their noses at the city's just-expired deadline to get the COVID vaccine after the police union president warned Mayor Lori Lightfoot of a possible strike, resulting in a judge issuing a temporary restraining order against the cop late Friday night. The feud between Lightfoot and head of the Chicago Branch of the Fraternal Order of Police John Catanzara escalated when Lightfoot brought the fight to court and filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief against the police union and Catanzara. She said in Thursday's filing that the police union president was 'engaging in, supporting, and encouraging a work stoppage or strike'. The FOP fired back and filed a lawsuit against the city, mayor and police Superintendent David Brown, asking for more intervention on the matter, according to the Chicago Tribune. The feud between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (left) and head of the Chicago Branch of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) John Catanzara (right) started when Lightfoot announced a mandate requiring the city's 13,000 cops to disclose their vaccination status by...
    John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, said Friday Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate is "absolutely wrong" and instructed other officers not to comply. The mandate takes effect Friday and requires all police officers to be vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 twice a week. Police are required to provide their vaccination status to the city by the end of the day.  CHICAGO POLICE UNION ‘100% AGAINST' VACCINE MANDATE FOR OFFICERS: ‘HELL, NO’ On "Fox & Friends," Catanzara estimated about half of his officers have been vaccinated, but he said even those who have received the vaccine agree that a mandate is wrong.  He told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt that the mandate was Lightfoot’s decision and not something the public had called for. "Everything from this mayor is a dictatorship," he said. "She just decided she was going to do it and push it on the entire city workforce across the board." INGRAHAM: BIDEN'S VACCINE MANDATE WILL WRECK ECONOMY, ‘HAUNT BUSINESSES FOR YEARS’ Catanzara said the police department is not alone in pushing back on the mandate....
    A Long Island father is being refused the right to see his 3-year-old daughter by a judge's ruling unless he gets the COVID-19 vaccine.   The father, who has yet to be identified, must either get the jab or submit to weekly COVID testing, according to Judge Matthew Cooper.     'Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child's best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,' wrote Cooper, who is presiding over the pair's divorce and custody dispute 'The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children's health and safety cannot be understated,' Cooper added. The family was not named in the ruling.  A Long Island father is being refused the right to see his 3-year-old daughter by a judge's ruling unless he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, based on a ruling by Judge Matthew Cooper (pictured) The father, who has yet to be identified, must either get the jab or submit to weekly COVID testing, according to Judge Cooper Cooper is a high-profile judge. In...
    As of Oct. 15, any city employees who fail to get vaccinated or submit to semi-weekly testing or are not approved for a religious or medical exemption would be placed on no-pay status. Lightfoot threatened, "There will be consequences if people are not complying with what the policy is by the Oct. 15th deadline." Catanzara – the president of Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police – challenged Lightfoot's vaccine mandate and urged Chicago Police officers to defy the order. He said city officials have refused to "bargain in good faith over this subject." "It is the city's clear attempt to force officers with a 'chicken little, the sky is falling,' into compliance – do not fall for it. Hold the line," Catanzara said. Catanzara said lawyers for the FOP have already drafted a class-action grievance to cover "everything under the sun" that police officers could lose if they refuse to get vaccinated. Catanzara said he would go into no-pay status on Friday in solidarity with his unvaccinated officers. "It's safe to say that the city...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- One hundred-twenty San Francisco police officers could lose their job if they don't show proof of vaccination by 11:59 Wednesday night. That includes 80 patrol officers here in the city."It's going to affect every district station in the city," says San Francisco Police Officers Association vice president Tracy McCray. She is describing what she believes will happen if the city of San Francisco goes through with their vaccine mandate for city employees by terminating the 120 officers who haven't gotten the vaccine.RELATED: SF vaccine restrictions could mean less officers on the streets"So you're not going to have the level of officers out there answering calls for service," says McCray who continued by saying, "Unfortunately we're going to lose some very good, gifted, very smart, intelligent, young officers."San Francisco police officers have until 11:59 Wednesday night to show proof of vaccination or proof that they have received at least one shot. Those individuals then have until November 12 to be fully vaccinated.Mayor London Breed has been vocal about the importance of the employee vaccination mandate."I had to...
    The Chicago police union chief called on officers to ignore the city's vaccine mandate set to take effect on Friday. In a video posted to YouTube , Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told officers, “Do not fill out the portal information." “I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history," Catanzara said. The city's vaccine mandate will place officers who do not submit proof of vaccination by the deadline on a "no pay" status. The police union is preparing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago. KIM FOXX PLEDGES TO FIX 'BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM' IN SECOND TERM AS CHICAGO PROSECUTOR “It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up,” he added. Catanzara also instructed officers to file for an exemption from the mandate but not to confirm the vaccination...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced the launch of the "Vax to the Movies" initiative, which will open pop-up COVID vaccine sites outside movie theaters."You are going to see vaccination sites all around where you can get vaccinated right outside a movie theater, go in, and go enjoy a movie," he said. "We have found these mobile pop up sites are some of the most successful things we have done in the vaccination effort."Beginning this weekend, movie patrons can get vaccinated at the following theaters:--AMC Magic Johnson Harlem--Regal Union Square--Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas--Regal UA Sheepshead Bay--Regal A Kaufman Astoria--Regal Bricktown Charleston"Great movies coming out," de Blasio said. "I know a lot of us are excited James Bond is back, and we can go see him in the movie theater. You can get vaccinated, you can get the $100 incentive, and you can go to the movies. $100, that can buy you a lot of popcorn."ALSO READ | Coroner says Gabby Petito died by strangulationEMBED More News Videos Nearly one month after...
    Pfizer says it will vaccinate everyone in one Brazilian city to study the effectiveness of its COVID-19 shot in a 'real-world setting.' All residents aged 12 and older in Toledo - in the southwestern part of the country near the border with Paraguay - will be fully vaccinated with the jab. The study, which will be conducted by Brazil's National Vaccination Program, local health authorities, a hospital and a university, will follow residents for one year and study the safety of the vaccine, how long protection lasts and if it's effective against new variants. About 98 percent of the 143,000 people who live in Toledo have received at least one shot, mainly of the Pfizer vaccine.    Pfizer says it is planning to fully vaccinate everyone over age 12 against COVID-19 in Toledo, a city in southwest Brazil. Pictured: Carlos Eduardo de Carvalho, 14, receives the Pfizer Covid in Rio de Janeiro, September 2021 Researchers will examine the safety of the Pfizer vaccine, how long protection lasts and if it's effective against new variants. Pictured: Municipality of Toledo, date unknown  'Here we believe in...
    Patrick T. Fallon/AFP, Getty Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday that he will not enforce the vaccine mandate passed yesterday by the city council, because “the issue has become so politicized.” The city council on Wednesday approved a measure requiring anyone older than 12 entering any indoor public venues, besides grocery stores and pharmacies, to be vaccinated starting Nov. 4. The order extends to places such as restaurants, salons, gyms, and sports arenas. Those with religious or medical exemptions are required to show a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Villanueva, however, has decided not to enforce the city’s mandate. “The issue has become so politicized,” Villanueva said. “There are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off rather than get vaccinated, so I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10 percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” LA Sheriff Villanueva says that he will not enforce a vaccine mandate, saying employees are willing to get fired over it. "I dont want to be in a position...
    MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A mix of Bollywood music and fitness is changing lives in New York City and around the world.Masala Bhangra, as it's known, was started by Sarina Jain, a Queens woman, after a personal struggle and now thousands are catching on to this unique workout."My father passed away at 47 from a massive heart attack and I wanted to bring something for my community to stay in shape," Jain said.Linh Truong said the distinct dance style changed her life after she was in a bad car accident 20 years ago."I fractured my vertebrae and my spine and both of my feet. I was hospitalized for seven weeks," Truong said. "Every time I dance I have so much joy, it's brought me so much happiness."Deborah Kahan Kolb found Masala Bhangra's virtual classes during the coronavirus pandemic and said it was integral to her losing lose 30 pounds."I had three school-age kids at home, it was hard and the weight kept piling on," Kahan Kolb said. "It's a great way to work out and dance at the same time."Jain...
    The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada's travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto.   Sources told The Athletic that the league informed teams on Wednesday about the consequences of violating Canada's Quarantine Act. Violations can result in a six-month prison sentence or a $750,000 fine. An NBA spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation. Unvaccinated players will only be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for team activities.  And even if they are vaccinated, all players will need to pass a COVID-19 test before traveling to Toronto this season. The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada 's travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto. Due to Canadian COVID-era travel restrictions and the NBA's decision to finish the 2019-20 campaign at Disney World in Orlando, the Raptors have played in Florida for the better part of the last two seasons. They returned for an exhibition on Monday (pictured) — their first game in Canada since 2020...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) —A flurry of COVID-19 vaccination mandates have either taken effect or will go into effect in the coming month in Los Angeles County. Here is a breakdown of the requirements: Los Angeles County: Beginning Oct. 7: Anyone entering bars, lounges, breweries, wineries and nightclubs must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning Nov. 4, proof of full vaccination will be required. Beginning Oct. 7: Either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours is required for anyone ages 12 and older to attend any event with 10,000 or more people. This includes concerts, sporting events and theme parks such as Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios. The city of Los Angeles: Beginning on or after Nov. 6: Proof of full vaccination will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping centers, entertainment venues and personal care establishments. This includes bowling alleys, concert venues, spas, nail salons and hair salons. Beginning on or after Nov. 6: People must show proof of vaccination or...
    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to enact one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates -- a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym or even a Lakers game.The ordinance requires proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping malls, entertainment venues (like the Staples Center) and personal care establishments (like nail salons) starting Nov. 4.Retail establishments, including grocery stores and pharmacies, are not included.The ordinance passed with 11 votes, just short of the 12 votes needed to pass with an urgency clause that would allow it to take effect immediately.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Los Angeles leaders on Wednesday were poised to enact one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates - a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym or even a Lakers game.The City Council was scheduled to consider the proposal after postponing a vote last week to deal...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A big vaccination deadline today at one of the state’s largest employers with other deadlines fast approaching. City employees have two and a half weeks left to get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Identify 'Woodlawn Jane Doe' In Decades Old Cold Case“Do your part to help end this pandemic for good. Get vaccinated,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. Baltimore City’s vaccine mandated goes into effect on Oct. 18.  The city is in the midst of several vaccination clinics for its employees. City police officials say about 60 percent of its workforce is vaccinated so far. “We’ve provided vaccines at the police department. We’ve also provided them the ability to get vaccines while at work,” said Deputy Commissioner Sullivan. Friday is the University Of Maryland Medical System’s vaccination deadline. They say 98 percent of their workforce is in compliance with its mandate. Those who aren’t yet vaccinated will have 30 days or the system “will consider them as having resigned.” READ MORE: Pumpkin Patches And Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall In MarylandDr....
    GARFIELD PARK — A part of the West Side where residents are especially vulnerable to the pandemic has ramped up its vaccination rates, and local health leaders said consistent, one-on-one outreach is helping more people get their shots. The patch of Garfield Park, Homan Square and North Lawndale making up the 60624 ZIP code logged the highest week-to-week increases in first-dose vaccination rates citywide for most of September, data from the Chicago Department of Public Health shows. About 59.3 percent of residents living in the 60624 ZIP code have received at least one vaccine dose, and 51.2 percent are fully vaccinated, public health data show. In early August, just 50.7 percent of people had gotten one shot and 44.5 percent were fully vaccinated. Credit: Patrick Pyszka/Chicago Department of Public HealthA CTA Vaccine bus on the West Side.Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the areas where vaccine rates are making the biggest strides align with those that had previously lagged and had larger unvaccinated populations. “It is the neighborhoods where we have the most...
    CHICAGO — Some alderpeople are not getting vaccinated for coronavirus and pushing back against a fast-approaching deadline for all city workers to get their shots. All city employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, which means they have until Friday to get their final dose, since the shots take two weeks to offer full protection. But alderpeople are not subject to the city rule, a mayoral spokesperson said. RELATED: City Workers Have Until Friday To Get Vaccinated And Meet Lightfoot’s Deadline Most City Council members are fully vaccinated and have attended in-person council meetings in recent months, but a few are resisting the vaccine and think the requirement infringes on individual choice. Others said council members should lead by example in getting vaccinated as the city continues to battle the pandemic. As that debate swirls, some council members also are asking for remote participation in budget hearings to protect themselves and vulnerable family members. Ald. Nick Sposato (38th), one of the few aldermen who has been vocal about not being vaccinated, said he is not ruling out...
    President Joe Biden’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate will affect tens of millions of U.S. workers, but experts, labor unions and business groups are divided on what impact the rule will have. “I think one of the effects that you will see over the next month, as more and more businesses roll out mandates is that there’s going to be a shrinking population that are still objecting,” Erik Eisenmann, a partner at the national law firm Husch Blackwell, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “I’m probably bearish on the idea that you’re going to have mass resignations.” “It is dangerous and irresponsible for the city to move forward with its plan to allow schools and centers to operate so severely understaffed,” Mark Cannizzaro, president of New York’s largest union representing school administrators and principals, said in a recent statement on the city’s vaccine mandate. “As a result, we are calling on the city to delay the deadline for the mandate to allow the city to develop a reasonable contingency plan.” President Joe Biden’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate will affect tens of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several school staff unions are warning the city is not prepared to make up for the thousands of employees it could lose because of the reinstated vaccine mandate. A federal appeals court sided with the city Monday night, saying it can force employees to get the vaccine or take an unpaid leave. READ MORE: As Vaccine Mandate Deadline Looms, Some New York City Teachers, Staff Look To Push Legal Battle To Supreme CourtThe deadline is Friday. As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports, without the first shot by 5 p.m. Friday, employees will not be allowed at school. Right now, 13% are not vaccinated, and Rozner spoke with one of the employees who will not cave. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life, but I feel like it’s an important...
    President Joe Biden is meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday evening ahead of his planned Tuesday remarks before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. Biden will address the assembly in-person tomorrow and then go back to Washington where he'll continue to engage with fellow world leaders virtually. It will be a departure from the last in-person meeting of the General Assembly in 2019 - and far different, too, from last year's all-virtual version. But COVID concerns will still loom over the high-profile event after the White House expressed fear the General Assembly could be a 'superspreader event.'  Awaiting world leaders are daunting challenges, from an escalating climate crisis and severe COVID vaccine inequities to Afghanistan´s future under its new Taliban rulers and worsening conflicts in Myanmar and the Tigray region of Ethiopia.   Secretary-General Guterres keeps repeating that the world is at 'a pivotal moment' and must shift gears to 'a greener and safer world.'  To do that, leaders need to give multilateralism 'teeth,' starting with joint action to reverse the global failure to tackle COVID-19...
    Spencer Platt/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.One person is in the hospital after a brawl broke out Thursday afternoon at a restaurant in Manhattan over the city’s vaccine mandate. The city is requiring that patrons show proof of vaccination before entering certain businesses, like restaurants. Businesses that fail to comply could face a $1000 fine. According to local officials, a hostess at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant asked a group of people from Texas for vaccine proof before they were allowed to enter. The hostess was allegedly punched repeatedly and had her necklace broken, and staff and bystanders had to intervene to break up the melee. Three suspects were arrested and one unidentified person was taken to the hospital. The hostess was allegedly punched repeatedly and had her necklace broken. The incident sheds more light on the type of situations employees have been facing since the beginning of the pandemic. Last May, a Family Dollar store employee was shot and killed after asking a customer to put on...
                        Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a legal opinion on Tuesday stating that the city of Tucson’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees violates S.B. 1824 (soon to be A.R.S. 36-681) and Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2021-18 prohibiting local and state governments from implementing them. State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) submitted a SB 1487 request for the investigation. “Tucson’s vaccine mandate is illegal, and the city could be held liable for attempting to force employees to take it against their beliefs,” Brnovich said. “COVID-19 vaccinations should be a choice, not a government mandate.” His spokeswoman, Katie Conner, told reporters during a phone call, “Adhering to the rule of law in Arizona is not optional.” Brnovich notified the city of Tucson that if it does not rescind or amend Ordinance 11869, he will instruct the Arizona state treasurer to withhold its portion of state funds until it comes into compliance. The Arizona Legislature enacted SB 1487 in 2016 out of frustration over Democratic local governments instituting conflicting policies....
    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 June, when the Minneapolis Health Department presented information to the Minneapolis City Council on vaccination rates in the city’s various zip codes, the data revealed some stark geographic differences: Less than 30 percent of residents living in certain city zip codes — including those that correspond to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and include large parts of north Minneapolis — were fully vaccinated, even while more than 65 percent for residents living in far southwest neighborhoods, such as Linden Hills and Fulton, had completed a vaccine series. Two months later — as the number of COVID-19 cases is rising again due to the delta variant — the city has seen a steady rise in vaccination rates across the city, with almost 82 percent of Minneapolis residents 15 and older now fully vaccinated. And yet, stark geographic differences in vaccination rates remain. While more than 90 percent of residents in Minneapolis’ 55410 zip code, in far...
    METHUEN (CBS) — Methuen Mayor Neil Perry is quarantining following a breakthrough case of COVID-19. He tested positive after learning he was a close contact, the city said. Perry got two doses of the vaccine earlier this year. The city said he’s not experiencing “significant symptoms,” but will work from home while quarantining. “I am thankful I got the vaccine when I did,” Perry said in a statement. “Let this be a reminder that this pandemic is not over. If you are not vaccinated, I implore you to do so.” In Massachusetts, there have been 15,739 breakthrough infections as of Aug. 21. That represents just 0.35% of the total number of fully vaccinated people in the state. There have been 571 hospitalizations from breakthrough infections – which makes up .01% of fully vaccinated people – and 131 deaths.
    The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper faced off with protesters who recently gathered in New York City to protest the new vaccine mandates. “Normally when I’m in search of an angry mob of people screaming anti-science deep state vaccine microchip conspiracy jazz,” he reported, “I head to the heartland of America. But it turns out I can find those very same people right here in my own backyard, in New York City.” He heard a number of outright false claims about the vaccines, including one individual saying people have died from the vaccines. “Some people have died from covid. So many more than from the vaccine,” Klepper remarked. One protester from Pennsylvania told Klepper mandates are coming there next. So he asked, “How important is it like that to think ahead to protect something before it gets out of control?” “It’s everything!” she said. “Because once it’s gone out of control, you don’t reel it in.” “Right,” Klepper responded, “like that’s why it’s important for everyone to get a vaccine, squash it, before it gets out of control. She reacted...
    Federal judge Jed Rakoff granted the release of a defendant, Elouisa Pimental, who had been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, if she agreed to get the shot A New York judge ordered a defendant to get the COVID-19 vaccine as part of his bail conditions, while another made it part of a rape suspect's plea deal - unusual moves that legal observers say raise serious questions about the line between civil liberty and the law. Recently, in a rare move, Manhattan judge Jed Rakoff granted the release of a woman accused of drug dealing on the condition she get vaccinated.  Judge Rakoff argued that he did not feel comfortable granting bail to a defendant who posed a danger to the public.  And as he feels that the unvaccinated pose a serious risk, 'enhanced risk of infecting other, innocent people and even potentially causing their deaths,' he would not release her without the condition of vaccination. Another order came from Bronx judge Jeffrey Zimmerman who made vaccination part of the plea deal. Judge Zimmerman told a defendant charged with drug possession,...
    New York City officials are requiring teachers and staff to get vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Monday. The Democrat mayor, who is already forcing New York City’s indoor restaurants and gyms to discriminate against the unvaccinated by denying them service, announced that the New York City Department of Health will issue an order “requiring all staff in the New York City Public Schools to be vaccinated.” “This will require that all staff of every kind — principals, teachers custodians, food service, you name it — needs to have at least one dose by September 27. The entire staff by September 27, at least one dose. And we know this is going to help ensure that everyone is safe,” de Blasio said, failing to mention the vaccine efficacy rate is waning — an issue that prompted federal health officials to issue a joint statement last week announcing the need for coronavirus booster shots.  A sign in a restaurant window informs customers that they will need to show proof that they are at least partly...
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, began a strict lockdown on Monday in an attempt to curb its worst coronavirus outbreak, a day before U.S Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in the country on a state visit. People in high-risk districts are not allowed to leave home under the tight restrictions, which will remain in effect for at least two weeks. The city said it has mobilized police and army troops to monitor the lockdown and to deliver food as other necessities to each household. Officials hope to flatten the surge and ease the pressure on the overloaded health care system by asking people to “stay put” and “stay in.” Since the wave of infections began at the end of April, Vietnam has reported 344,000 cases, with Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Binh Duong accounting for most of them. Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s entire southern region have already been in lockdown since July, when the delta variant started to spread quickly. Public gatherings are banned, non-essential business are closed and...
    (CNN)Vesuvio Cafe in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood has been asking customers to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination for the last month. "For the most part, people have literally gone out of their way to thank us for enacting the policy," bartender Zak Pavitt told CNN.Businesses across the city had to adopt the same practice on Friday, when a new health order announced earlier this month went into effect. As Covid-19 hospitalizations increase, a greater number of Americans are deciding to get vaccinatedThe order, announced by Mayor London Breed, requires some high-contact indoor businesses to see proof of vaccination from the customers and employees who go inside. The city said in a news release that everyone 12 years old and older will need to show vaccine proof and will be required to continue wearing a mask, even if they are vaccinated. "Many San Francisco businesses are already leading the way by requiring proof of vaccination for their customers because they care about the health of their employees, their customers, and this City," the mayor said in an August 12 statement....