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    (CNN) — Matt Ford edits videos for a living, so it wasn’t a stretch for him to put one together for TikTok. But his latest post wasn’t a crazy dance or a video about how to peel a banana the right way. It’s based on his own experience with monkeypox. His video has been watched about 250,000 times as of Friday afternoon. He posted it to help educate people about the virus outbreak, to encourage people to get vaccinated and to make it very clear: “You do not want this.” READ MORE: Ripona Elementary School Accused Of Having "Political Message" In MuralAnyone can get monkeypox, but a “notable fraction” of cases in the global outbreak are among gay and bisexual men, according to the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I first became fully aware of it and noticed symptoms Friday, June 17,” Ford told CNN from county-ordered isolation in his home in Los Angeles, where he will have to stay for a few more weeks until he is no longer contagious. He had hoped to go to Pride in New York...
    (CNN)Matt Ford edits videos for a living, so it wasn't a stretch for him to put one together for TikTok. But his latest post wasn't a crazy dance or a video about how to peel a banana the right way. It's based on his own experience with monkeypox. His video has been watched about 250,000 times as of Friday afternoon. He posted it to help educate people about the virus outbreak, to encourage people to get vaccinated and to make it very clear: "You do not want this." Monkeypox PSAhttps://t.co/yWfVLk8rwz pic.twitter.com/GCCPZoQ5cw— Matt Ford (@JMatthiasFord) June 27, 2022 Anyone can get monkeypox, but a "notable fraction" of cases in the global outbreak are among gay and bisexual men, according to the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. US to offer monkeypox vaccines in states with high case rates"I first became fully aware of it and noticed symptoms Friday, June 17," Ford told CNN from county-ordered isolation in his home in Los Angeles, where he will have to stay for a few more weeks until he is no longer...
    (CNN)New survey results published Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that 43% of parents of children under 5 in the US say they will not get their child vaccinated against Covid-19, the highest percentage in the year that KFF's Vaccine Monitor survey has been asking the question. The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Covid-19 vaccinations in children as young as 6 months in mid-June. According to the KFF data, only 17% of parents of children between 6 months and 5 years old say their child has been vaccinated or will be as soon as possible. Another 27% say they will wait and see how well the shots work in other kids, and 13% said they will vaccinate their child only if required to do so for school or child care. Im an anxious new mom. Heres why Ive decided to vaccinate my babyAlthough the percentage of parents unwilling to vaccinate children in this age group is high, it is not much lower in other age groups. According to the survey, 37% of parents of a child 5...
    By Jen Christensen | CNN Matt Ford edits videos for a living, so it wasn’t a stretch for him to put one together for TikTok. But his latest post wasn’t a crazy dance or a video about how to peel a banana the right way. It’s based on his own experience with monkeypox. His video has been watched about 250,000 times as of Friday afternoon. He posted it to help educate people about the virus outbreak, to encourage people to get vaccinated and to make it very clear: “You do not want this.” Anyone can get monkeypox, but a “notable fraction” of cases in the global outbreak are among gay and bisexual men, according to the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I first became fully aware of it and noticed symptoms Friday, June 17,” Ford told CNN from county-ordered isolation in his home in Los Angeles, where he will have to stay for a few more weeks until he is no longer contagious. He had hoped to go to Pride in New York last week. “But that...
    The Biden administration's top medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has declared the United States is now 'out of the pandemic phase' of Covid-19, as cases and hospitalizations associated with the disease remain low.  Fauci, who has been one of the most vocal proponents of draconian Covid measures such as mask and vaccine mandates throughout the pandemic, made the statement during a PBS broadcast yesterday.  'We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase,' he announced on air. 'Namely, we don't have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now.' But he insisted the virus could not be stamped out completely and that long-term vaccination programs may need to continue.   'We're not going to eradicate this virus. We can keep that level very low, and intermittently vaccinate people... That might be every year, that might be longer, in order to keep that level low,' he continued. 'But, right now, we are not in the pandemic phase in this...
    REDWOOD CITY (BCN) — San Mateo County Health Chief Louise Rogers said this week the county will return to its more traditional public health role as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline across the region and in the county. Meanwhile, the county continues to promote one vital message: It’s not too late to be vaccinated. READ MORE: Newsom Unveils 'SMARTER Plan' Outlining California's New Approach to COVID“As the nature of the pandemic changes and the State and counties step back from using health officer powers to order and regulate, you will see us in County Health return to the more traditional role of public health of offering guidance and recommendations,” Rogers said in a statement Tuesday. The county is staying aligned with the state’s decision to end the indoor masking mandate for fully vaccinated residents, except in certain settings, like on public transit, schools or senior care facilities. Though the decision to end the mask mandate is “landing differently” for different people, Rogers said that county residents and businesses are “well-positioned” to understand and balance risks for their different environments. The...
    Yellowstone actor Forrie J Smith announced he will not be attending next week's SAG Awards because he doesn't believe in vaccines. Smith, 62, who stars in the smash-hit Paramount Television drama, broke the news to his fans that he will not be walking the red carpet at the upcoming SAG Awards because of his anti-vaxx beliefs.  Anyone attending the LA Awards on February 27 must have had their full-COVID vaccine, as well as a booster and a negative COVID test. Safety-obsessed bosses say participants must wear an N95, KN95 or KF94 mask throughout proceedings, unless they're eating, drinking, collecting an award or posing for photographers on the red carpet.  'I want to apologize to y'all for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards,' Smith said in a video posted on his Instagram account. 'I mean no offense to anyone. I'm not vaccinated, and it's a requirement to be vaccinated.'  Scroll Down For Video:  Yellowstone star Forrie J Smith (pictured) announced that he will not be walking the red carpet at the upcoming SAG Awards because of his anti-vaxx beliefs...
    Instagram Yellowstone co-star Forrie Smith has announced he will skip the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards, as he is opposed to the event’s Covid protocols. Smith also made it very clear he is also against any and all vaccinations — including seasonal flu shots. The upcoming awards show, which is scheduled for Feb. 27, will require proof of Covid vaccines, testing, and masks. That is a deal breaker for Smith, who is known for playing the loyal Dutton family ranch hand Lloyd on Paramount’s smash hit, which just wrapped its fourth season. Yellowstone has been nominated for the Outstanding Performance by an ensemble cast in a drama series award at the SAG awards. Smith, who has been part of that ensemble since 2018, announced Monday on his Instagram page that he will not be in attendance.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Forrie J. Smith (@forriejsmithcowboy) “I want to apologizes to y’all for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards,” Smith told his Instagram followers in a video message. “I mean no offense to...
    Kanye West has been told he will be barred from entering Australia due to his vaccination status if he attempts to take his tour Down Under next year.  The US rapper, 44, wants to perform several stadium shows to promote his Donda album in the country in March, reported News.com.au -  but he the 21-time Grammy winning artist has only had one dose of the Covid vaccine.  Under Australian law, anyone entering the country must be fully jabbed against the virus.   It comes after unvaccinated tennis ace Novak Djokovic was deported from Melbourne on the eve of the Australian Open two weeks ago, following an 11-day legal battle with the government. Speaking at a press conference Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison referenced the saga with the Serbian as he insisted celebrities are not exempt from following the country's strict Covid protocols.  'The rules are you have to be fully vaccinated,' he said. 'Those are the rules. They apply to everybody, as people have seen most recently. 'It doesn't matter who you are, they are the rules. Follow the rules, you can come....
    By Paul Burton |WBZ BOSTON – David Ferguson is speaking out passionately on behalf of his son DJ. He says the 31-year-old is fighting for his life at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in desperate need of a heart transplant. “My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit,” Ferguson said. The family says he was at the front of the line to receive a transplant but because he has not received the COVID-19 vaccination he is no longer eligible according to hospital policy. And Ferguson says his son refuses to get the shot. “It’s kind of against his basic principles, he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and so because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant,” Ferguson said. Brigham and Women’s released a statement saying, “And like many other transplant programs in the United States – the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyle behaviors required for transplant candidates in the Mass General...
    BOSTON (CBS) – David Ferguson is speaking out passionately on behalf of his son DJ. He says the 31-year-old is fighting for his life at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in desperate need of a heart transplant. “My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit,” Ferguson said. The family says he was at the front of the line to receive a transplant but because he has not received the COVID-19 vaccination he is no longer eligible according to hospital policy. And Ferguson says his son refuses to get the shot. READ MORE: Has The Delta Variant Disappeared? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID-19 Questions“It’s kind of against his basic principles, he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and so because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant,” Ferguson said. Brigham and Women’s released a statement saying, “And like many other transplant programs in the United States – the COVID-19 vaccine is one...
    (CNN) — The question hung in the air like a bad odor, silencing the small group of fully vaccinated and boosted friends and family at my dinner table. “Why not just get Omicron and get it over with? It’s mild, right? And it can boost immunity?” READ MORE: Anne Arundel Executive Defends Mask Mandate, Admits Difficulty Enforcing It; Covid Strains Maryland Hospitals, SchoolsThe fully vaccinated, boosted, well-educated friend who asked was sincere, echoing opinions heard on many social platforms. The idea of intentionally trying to catch Omicron is “all the rage,” said Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with an exasperated sigh. “It’s caught on like wildfire,” agreed Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “And it’s widespread, coming from all types of people, the vaccinated and boosted and the anti-vaxxers,” he added, with a warning. “You’d be crazy to try to get infected with this. It’s like playing with dynamite.” In case the thought had crossed your mind,...
    By Sandee LaMotte | CNN The question hung in the air like a bad odor, silencing the small group of fully vaccinated and boosted friends and family at my dinner table. “Why not just get Omicron and get it over with? It’s mild, right? And it can boost immunity?” The fully vaccinated, boosted, well-educated friend who asked was sincere, echoing opinions heard on many social platforms. The idea of intentionally trying to catch Omicron is “all the rage,” said Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with an exasperated sigh. “It’s caught on like wildfire,” agreed Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “And it’s widespread, coming from all types of people, the vaccinated and boosted and the anti-vaxxers,” he added, with a warning. “You’d be crazy to try to get infected with this. It’s like playing with dynamite.” In case the thought had crossed your mind, here are five reasons why you should not purposely try to catch Omicron....
    (CNN)The question hung in the air like a bad odor, silencing the small group of fully vaccinated and boosted friends and family at my dinner table. Officials are warning the public about fake Covid-19 testing kits. Heres how to spot them"Why not just get Omicron and get it over with? It's mild, right? And it can boost immunity?"The fully vaccinated, boosted, well-educated friend who asked was sincere, echoing opinions heard on many social platforms. The idea of intentionally trying to catch Omicron is "all the rage," said Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with an exasperated sigh."It's caught on like wildfire," agreed Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.Read More"And it's widespread, coming from all types of people, the vaccinated and boosted and the anti-vaxxers," he added, with a warning. "You'd be crazy to try to get infected with this. It's like playing with dynamite."In case the thought had crossed your mind, here are five reasons why you should...
    Sarah Palin says she’ll get the COVID-19 vaccine ‘over my dead body’ because she claims Dr. Anthony Fauci misled the public by saying that those who have been infected with coronavirus had natural immunity. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee tested positive for COVID-19 in March. After her diagnosis, she encouraged the public to wear masks and take the pandemic seriously. But during her appearance on Sunday at the Americafest event staged by the conservative student group Turning Point USA in Phoenix, the 57-year-old firebrand ‘mama grizzly’ struck a different tone. Palin said it was Fauci’s ‘inconsistent’ comments about natural immunity that has dissuaded her from getting vaccinated. ‘Do you remember he said that if you had Covid, you would be naturally immune?’ Palin said during an on-stage interview with Charlie Kirk, the co-founder of TPUSA. Sarah Palin says she’ll get the COVID-19 vaccine ‘over my dead body’ because she claims Dr. Anthony Fauci misled the public by saying that those who have been infected with coronavirus had natural immunity Palin made the remarks during her...
    President Joe Biden lampooned people who refuse to be vaccinated, and urged Americans to get booster shots to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. During a local interview with South Carolina’s WLTX this week, News19’s Darci Strickland asked the president “What do you say to folks watching today who haven’t been vaccinated and may not see the reason or the importance of doing it?” President Biden began by saying “Well, you know, you hear a lot from my home state as well as yours and other states saying,” then adopted a mimicking tone when he said “Well, I have muh freedom! I have a right to not get vaccinated!” Biden continued: I think of it in terms of patriotism. You’re out there and you’re not vaccinated. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated–of the unvaccinated– you have in South Carolina 55.5% of all people fully vaccinated and a nationwide 65%. But that those who aren’t vaccinated are the ones that continue to spread the diseases. And so we should think of as a patriotic duty. Whether you’re whether you’re...
    Nearly 500 Los Angeles Unified School District employees were fired this week for refusing to comply with a mandate that they get vaccinated against Covid-19, while some 34,000 students have not yet been vaccinated as required. The school board voted 7-0 in separate motions on Tuesday to terminate 496 employees, who make up less than 1 per cent of the district's approximately 73,000 workers.  Most of those fired had likely been on leave since mid-October when LAUSD staffers were to have received at least their first vaccine dose, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Employees were required to receive their second dose by November 15.  But they may be eligible to get their jobs back if they choose to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  Nearly 500 Los Angeles Unified School District employees were fired this week for refusing to comply with a mandate that they get vaccinated against Covid-19. Pictured: Anti-vaccine mandate protesters rally outside the garage doors of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in LA on September 9 'Parting ways with individuals who choose not to be vaccinated...
    (CNN) — As more young children are getting their second doses of Covid-19 vaccine, another question is popping up: When will kids and younger teens need a booster shot? Dr. Sean O’Leary, a professor of pediatric infectious disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who works with Children’s Hospital Colorado, said his fellow pediatricians are starting to hear from more parents, “particularly for the older kids who were vaccinated several months ago.” READ MORE: Woman Struck And Killed In West BaltimoreThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all adults get a Covid-19 vaccine booster. Adults who have had the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are eligible to get a booster six months after their second shot. Those who got the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine are eligible for a booster of any authorized vaccine two months after their first dose. Last week, Pfizer asked the US Food and Drug Administration to expand its emergency use authorization of boosters to include children ages 16 and 17. The agency will need to sign off before younger teens...
    (CNN)As more young children are getting their second doses of Covid-19 vaccine, another question is popping up: When will kids and younger teens need a booster shot?Dr. Sean O'Leary, a professor of pediatric infectious disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who works with Children's Hospital Colorado, said his fellow pediatricians are starting to hear from more parents, "particularly for the older kids who were vaccinated several months ago."Children and teens are less likely to need Covid-19 boosters, Fauci says. Heres whyThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all adults get a Covid-19 vaccine booster. Adults who have had the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are eligible to get a booster six months after their second shot. Those who got the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine are eligible for a booster of any authorized vaccine two months after their first dose.Last week, Pfizer asked the US Food and Drug Administration to expand its emergency use authorization of boosters to include children ages 16 and 17. The agency will need to sign off before younger teens...
    A California mother has claimed that her 13-year-old son was told not to say anything after being given the COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for pizza at his school without her consent, according to a local report. Maribel Duarte told NBC Los Angeles on Monday that her son recently came home from Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South Los Angeles with a vaccine card, telling her that he accepted the shot after he was offered pizza.  CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSED WOKE MATH CURRICULUM ALARMS MATHEMATICIANS, SCIENTISTS "It hurt to know he got a shot without my permission, without knowing and without signing any papers for him to get the shot," Duarte said, adding that she is vaccinated and isn’t anti-vaccine. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced in Sept. that all students 12 years of age or older will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10, 2022, unless they are granted a medical or other exemption. (AP, File) The mother told the station that the woman who gave her son the shot and signed the paper...
    Just over a quarter of Americans say they will not get vaccinated or remain unsure, an Economist/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey, taken November 6-9, 2021, among 1,500 U.S. adults, asked respondents to detail their “personal situation” regarding coronavirus vaccines. While a vast majority, 63 percent, indicated they were fully vaccinated and another six percent said they began the process, 19 percent said they will “not get vaccinated.” Another seven percent said they are “not sure” about getting the jab, leaving over a quarter of Americans withstanding outside pressure to get the vaccine at this point in time.  Overall, 29 percent of Republicans said they will not get the shot — a sentiment held by 22 percent of independents and five percent of Democrats. Trump voters are far more likely than Biden voters to say they are not getting the shot, 30 percent to four percent.  The survey also asked respondents to gauge where they believe America is in the current pandemic. A plurality, 46 percent, said the “worst part of the pandemic is behind us,” while 16 percent...
    BERKELEY (KPIX 5) – As the Cal football program postponed this weekend’s game against USC following after 44 players tested positive for COVID-19, an infectious expert at UCSF questions testing those who were asymptomatic. Dr. Monica Gandhi from UCSF said this is case where some of the guidelines haven’t been updated. Gandhi adds the big fail here was that those in the football program who were asymptomatic and fully vaccinated were tested. READ MORE: Longtime San Ramon Roller Skating Rink To Shut Down After Nearly 50 Years“I have zero panic whatsoever as a public health person, as an infectious disease doctor, of 44 healthy people who are fully vaccinated who may have a little virus in their nose on a highly sensitive test,” Gandhi told KPIX 5 Wednesday. “It is not an outbreak, it does not mean they got sick, and it does not mean the vaccines don’t work. It means that our public health strategy in this case was off and they were doing mass testing of people who didn’t need it.” Raw Video: Interview With Dr. Monica Gandhi...
    Texas Rep. Brian Babbin and a group of House Republicans introduced legislation that would ensure that no service member loses his or her Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The legislation, which was first obtained by the Daily Caller, picked up the support of ten other House Republicans and was officially introduced Friday. Babbin called the mandate “totalitarian overreach” and said the bill would kill the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for service members from moving forward. “I will not stand by and watch while Biden steals from our veterans what they’ve bravely earned. My bill will stop this president’s disgusting and totalitarian overreach in its tracks. Our service members didn’t fight to protect our freedom just to have their own freedom taken away,” Babbin told the Daily Caller. The cosponsors include Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, West Virginia Rep. David McKinley, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn, Texas Rep. Randy Weber, Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain, Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, Florida Rep. Bill Posey and Virginia Rep. Ben Cline. READ...
    By Noah Sheidlower and Christina Zdanowicz | CNN After battling Covid-19 for almost a month and being released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Richard Soliz returned to the hospital in late October. But it was not for medical treatment — it was to apologize. Soliz, a graphic artist who had not received a Covid-19 vaccine, spent 28 days on a ventilator and heart monitor at the hospital in late August and much of September. “I am certain that there is truth to this virus, and not being vaccinated leaves you vulnerable to the extent of possibly really taking a person’s life,” Soliz said. “I personally know that, because I was not vaccinated. I did not act, I wasn’t certain, and I nearly lost my life.” Soliz told CNN that he struggled to breathe and felt as though he could have died at any moment. But he wanted to say sorry to those who cared for him, thanking everyone he saw at the facility who played a role in saving his life. “I was literally on my deathbed and hanging...
    UFC President Dana White doubled down on his promise not to force fighters to get vaccinated, telling Fox News Friday the choice is up to each individual. “My fighters can get vaccinated or not,” White said, according to Fox News. “I believe as an American, that’s your choice. If you want to get vaccinated – your body. This is a free country. You do what you want.” White also said there will be an opportunity for unvaccinated fans who are unable to attend Saturday’s Madison Square Garden fight to enjoy other UFC events. “If you’re vaccinated and you want to come to the event, you can come to the event in New York. If you’re not, we’re gonna be putting on 44 events around the country, you can go to one of those shows.” White also noted he believes tides are turning against vaccine mandates throughout the nation. (RELATED: Biden Administration Hit With Lawsuits Challenging Vaccine Mandate) “I even see some people on the crazy liberal side now saying ‘whoa, what are we doing here?’ … I think people just...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh argued that there is not a vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees because people who choose not to get vaccinated are “going to get tested and then, in the workplace, when they’re around other people, they’re going to wear a mask.” Walsh said, “OSHA’s done this for over 50 years. So, they certainly have the enforcement mechanism down. But I’m not looking — I’ve gotten the question a lot today, I’m not looking at the negative side of this. I’m looking at the positive side. We’ve seen many companies in America that have brought in a mandate, they have about 85 to 90% of their employees getting vaccinated already. And what we want to do is just encourage people to get vaccinated, if they choose not to get vaccinated, we’re asking — they’re going to get tested and then, in the workplace, when they’re around other people, they’re going to wear a mask. This is not a mandate.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    A majority of parents who are hesitant to get their child vaccinated against COVID-19 fear potential side effects of the vaccine. The Week 39 Household Pulse survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and  published on Wednesday, asked parents of children aged 12 to 17 - who were unsure or definitely did not plan to get their child vaccinated - their reasons for hesitation. More than two-thirds, 69 percent, reported they were concerned about side-effects, while one in every four parents said they were not sure if their children needed the shot. Until this week, children aged 12 to 17 were the youngest age group eligible for the vaccine, though regulators made the decision to expand vaccine authorization to children aged five to 11 earlier this week. Many parents have been undecided on vaccinating their children because kids rarely get severely ill and make up less than 0.1 percent of all Covid deaths in the U.S.  A majority of parents that do not have plans to get their child aged 12 to 17 vaccinated for Covid cite concerns about side...
    Arizona’s largest hospital system and others have set a Monday deadline for their employees to be vaccinated or face termination, but some employees who already have been fired for refusing a vaccine are learning they aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. Banner Health, ValleyWise Health, HonorHealth and Dignity Health are set to require COVID-19 vaccinations Monday. Others have set deadlines that already have passed. Mayo Clinic, a Minnesota-based hospital nonprofit with two facilities in the valley, announced in July it would require all employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 17. In a release, it said staff who declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 “must complete education modules and will be required to wear masks and socially distance when on campus.” The hospital said in a statement that it respects the decision of employees who choose not to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but this is a time when the clinic must stand with the evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. "We regret that a small number of employees from Mayo Clinic’s participation program launched in July feel so strongly...
                      by Cole Lauterbach  Arizona’s largest hospital system and others have set a Monday deadline for their employees to be vaccinated or face termination, but some employees who already have been fired for refusing a vaccine are learning they aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. Banner Health, ValleyWise Health, HonorHealth and Dignity Health are set to require COVID-19 vaccinations Monday. Others have set deadlines that already have passed. Mayo Clinic, a Minnesota-based hospital nonprofit with two facilities in the valley, announced in July it would require all employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 17. In a release, it said staff who declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 “must complete education modules and will be required to wear masks and socially distance when on campus.” The hospital said in a statement that it respects the decision of employees who choose not to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but this is a time when the clinic must stand with the evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. “We regret that a small number of employees...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said that people who have natural immunity from coronavirus due to a prior COVID infection shouldn’t be fired because they won’t get vaccinated as long as they test positive for COVID antibodies. Host Bill Maher said, “The world recognizes natural immunity. We don’t. Because everything in this country has to go through the pharmaceutical companies. Natural immunity is the best kind of immunity. We shouldn’t fire people who have natural immunity because they don’t get the vaccine. We should hire them. Yes?” Coons responded, “If someone tests as having antibodies, sure.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday said he is “not having second thoughts” about mandating vaccines for first responders and other city workers ahead of Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. He predicted many will get vaccinated anyway “once they really realize that they’re not going to get paid.” When asked about the likelihood of shortages of city workers Monday — from sanitation workers to first responders — the Democrat mayor made it clear he has no regrets. “But no. I am not having second thoughts. We expected that a lot of the vaccinations would happen toward the end of the deadline. We also know a lot of people make the decision once they really realize that they’re not going to get paid. That’s just a human reality,” he said, calling the contingency planning “exceptional” but failing to provide specific details outside of the fact that agencies talked with all the commissioners “in detail” and “feel very confident.” A ripped “My Body My Choice” sign is seen as people to protest against NYC’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandate that went into...
    Fox News’ Jesse Watters said Friday that not a single person has been fired from the network for not getting vaccinated. During CNN’s Thursday night town hall, President Joe Biden defended vaccine mandates for businesses and noted, with some amusement, that Fox News “mandate[s] vaccinations.” Fox News’ policy is not a mandate, but the network does have strict covid-19 protocols. Employees are required to input their vaccination status into a system, and unvaccinated employees or those who haven’t input their status are subject to daily testing. Fox & Friends hit the president and said he’s pushing “misinformation,” followed by Watters similarly slamming Biden while guest hosting Tucker Carlson Tonight. “For weeks, Joe Biden has claimed that this network, Fox News, mandates that its employees take the covid shot. That’s never been true,” he said. “No one corrects the lie.” Watters did not respond by telling viewers what Fox News’ policy actually is, but he did state the following: To be clear, not a single person has been fired from Fox for refusing to get vaccinated. Period. You can watch above,...
    A NASA engineer of 37 years said she would retire over President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate if she was not granted a religious exemption. Sophia Smith, a Christian member of the Johnson Space Center Praise and Worship Club, said it was her First Amendment right to not be vaccinated and said she took issue with fetal cell lines used to develop the vaccines as a pro-life advocate.  She added that she was not anti-vax, but wanted to exercise her right to not be injected with something she does not agree with.  'If people want to get vaccinated, great. But for those of us that do not, we should not be forced to choose between our job and the vaccine,' Smith told Fox News.   Sophia Smith, A NASA engineer of 37 years and  a Christian member of the Johnson Space Center Praise and Worship Club, said she would not get the vaccine Smith organized a protest of NASA employees outside the Johnson Space Center, in Houston More than 100 employees joined Smith in rejecting the vaccine mandate at the space center ...
    Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac explained in an exclusive interview his decision to not get vaccinated. Following Isaac going mega-viral when he spoke about not getting vaccinated, I reached out for an exclusive interview, and he was incredibly impressive. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “It starts with me personally. I’ve had COVID in the past and I feel like I’ve done a good amount of research that’s only getting stronger that suggest immunity from natural infection is just as good, if not better than immunity from the vaccine. There’s the part about me being healthy. I’m young,” Isaac explained when I asked why he chose not to get vaccinated. He further added when talking about the hysteria, “This thing is crazy. It’s getting out of hand. I feel like people have been so weaponized and to a degree misguided by the media.” You can watch his full comments on the topic below. For those of you who haven’t already seen the full interview, I can’t recommend it enough. Jonathan was incredibly passionate...
    Welcome to the Thursday episode of “The David Hookstead Show,” and we have a very special interview with Jonathan Isaac today. The Orlando Magic forward and former sixth overall pick in the NBA draft recently went viral for his comments regarding the vaccine and his decision to not get vaccinated. Naturally, I had to reach out and speak with him for myself. Of all the interviews I’ve done, there’s no question at all that Jonathan is one of the most impressive people I’ve ever spoken with. Fire up the interview below. You’re going to love his thoughts on COVID-19 hysteria and why he stands for the anthem. It’s great to see a man who is clearly passionate about an issue, but doesn’t speak down to anyone or show any hatred. As I said in the interview, the fact he shows no animosity towards those who have lied about him and attacked him is truly impressive. There’s no doubt at all Jonathan Isaac is wise beyond his years.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by...
    Guitar gods: The 30 most influential lead guitarists of all time How To Use a Credit Card Like a Pro This Holiday Season © Provided by Sports Illustrated NBA commissioner Adam Silver also said that he wishes the NBPA had agreed to a league-wide mandate so that the COVID-19 vaccine could have not been "adversarial." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that Kyrie Irving's COVID-19 vaccination refusal has nothing to do with him or the NBA on Monday.  During his annual preseason conference, Silver was adamant that Irving's refusal to get vaccinated was not his issue to deal with and ultimately hopes the star guard will get vaccinated.  “This is between Irving and New York City right now,” Silver said, per ESPN. “This is not a league issue … but I think it would have been best for everyone if every player were vaccinated. I hope that Kyrie...ultimately decides to get vaccinated." New York City and San Francisco are the only two cities in the country that are requiring professional athletes to show proof of vaccination for competitions...
    Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta's account-based healthcare plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge. The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company. In recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with COVID were not fully vaccinated. Bastian told Fox Business he expects Delta's vaccination rate to rise another 5% in the next month. Combined with religious and medical exemptions, nearly all of Delta's staff will then be vaccinated — all without a mandate.What did Biden announce?Biden issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate last month for all federal contractors. The mandate impacts several major airlines, including Delta Airlines, because they contract business with the federal government. Biden's mandate gives contractors until Dec. 8 to comply. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly condemned Biden's vaccine mandate this week, saying he disagrees with such policies, but said he is enforcing one on Southwest employees only because of...
    (CNN)Nearly 66 million people in the United States who are eligible still have not gotten vaccinated against Covid-19, no matter how much danger that puts them in and no matter how many incentives or mandates have been thrown at them. States and public health officials have tried all sorts of novel ideas. They've offered donuts, beer and even cold hard cash to entice people to get the vaccine. At least one tactic, lotteries, did not seem to do the trick, according to a new study published Friday. Get people to do what you want with a nudge. Heres howThe study, published in JAMA Health Forum, looked at vaccination records in 19 states that entered people into a cash drawing after they got vaccinated between the end of April and the beginning of July. The University of Colorado Denver researchers found no statistically significant association between the lotteries and the vaccination rates. There was "zero difference" in vaccination rates in states that held lotteries compared to those that didn't.Read MoreIn fact, after looking at the states collectively, rather than looking at...
    NBA star Kyrie Irving said he does not intend to retire and that his decision not to get vaccinated was not political, but a "personal choice." Although the NBA does not have a vaccine mandate, the Brooklyn Nets informed Irving, 29, that he will be unable to play in games or practice with the team until he complies with New York City's vaccine mandate, according to a report . "I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate or what's happening in our world," Irving said on an Instagram livestream. "I love this game — like, love the game. But sometimes, you really gotta make choices that ultimately can affect that. And it's unfortunate, but that's where we're in 2021. I am bona fide hooper." BILL DE BLASIO PLEADS WITH NBA STAR KYRIE IRVING TO GET VACCINE The NBA champion said he was taken aback by the protocol, according to the report. "What would you do if you felt uncomfortable going into the season when you were...
    The archbishop assigned to the US military has said that Catholic troops should not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines if they violate the individual's conscience, regardless of whether cells from aborted fetal tissue were used in their creation or testing. Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio issued his opinion in a statement on Tuesday, seeming at odds with Pope Francis' strong encouragement for all Catholics to get vaccinated.  'Notwithstanding the moral permissibility of these vaccines, the Church treasures her teaching on the sanctity of conscience,' Broglio wrote. 'Accordingly, no one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience.' The latest DoD administrative data shows that about 20 percent of active duty troops are Catholic, a similar rate to the general US population.  Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio has said that Catholic troops should not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines if they violate the individual's conscience Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on August 24 issued an order for all military personnel to be vaccinated,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kyrie Irving won’t play for the Brooklyn Nets until he can play in all their games. The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games. READ MORE: New York City’s Vaccine Mandate Could Impact Nets Season, As Irving Reportedly Not Getting Shot Under a New York mandate, professional athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues. 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 Without mentioning his vaccination status, general manager Sean Marks said Irving has made a decision that keeps him from being able to perform with the team. “Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we...
    A quarter of Americans indicated that they either are not getting the vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus, or they are not sure, and a majority of those who remain unvaccinated say they will not get the shot, a Yahoo! News/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey, taken October 1-4, 2021, among 1,640 U.S. adults, asked respondents to describe their “personal situation” regarding coronavirus vaccines. A majority, 64 percent, said they are fully vaccinated, while six percent said they are in the process of getting vaccinated and five percent said they are planning to get vaccinated. However, a quarter of Americans at least expressed hesitancy. Of those, 15 percent said they will not get vaccinated, and another ten percent said they are “not sure” about getting vaccinated. The survey also asked the unvaccinated, specifically, if they plan to get the shot. Sixty percent said “no,” they do not plan to do so, and one quarter said they are “not sure.” Only 15 percent said “yes,” they plan to get the shot. The survey also asked unvaccinated respondents to name the “most important...
    Seattle's police department is preparing to fire up to 400 officers who have not yet had their Covid shot in line with the city's strict vaccine mandate - despite already suffering staff shortages, rising crime rates and high 911 response times.  The Seattle Police Department has an October 18 deadline for all sworn personnel to turn in proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or risk losing their jobs.  As of Friday, 292 officers have yet to turn in proof of vaccination - or 27 percent of the department's 1,080 deployable police officers. Another 111 officers - ten percent of the deployable officers - are waiting on exemption requests to be approved.  If all 403 officers are let go on October 18, the police force will lose 37 per cent of its officers - a crippling blow for an already under-resourced department.  Police Chief Adrian Diaz has already warned officers to prepare for a 'Stage 3 Mobilization' from October 13 - an emergency plan which would put all remaining officers on standby to respond to 911 calls. The Seattle Police Department looks over a...
    After initially refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has obliged against his belief and is now vaccinated. Wiggins spoke to the media on Monday after Golden State’s 121-107 preseason win over the Trail Blazers, and said he felt forced by the NBA to take the shot. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) warms up before the NBA play-in game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) "The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA," Wiggins said. "It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I’m still healthy." Wiggins was revealed as the Warriors only non-vaccinated player during last Monday’s NBA Media Day, citing health and religious reasons. Wiggins applied for a waiver exemption from the league but was denied. If Wiggins held true to his guns to not get the shot, he would have been at the risk of missing at least 41-of-82 games this season, due...
    The TV shows that produced the most episodes Unplug These Appliances That Hike Up Your Electricity Bill © Provided by Sports Illustrated Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins explained on Monday why he recently received the COVID-19 vaccine. View the original article to see embedded media.Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins explained on Monday why he recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, saying he did so out of feeling it was necessary to continue his NBA career. "The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA," Wiggins said after the Warriors' preseason opener. "It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I'm still healthy." On Sunday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters that Wiggins told him he had been vaccinated. Kerr did not elaborate on Wiggins's thought-process. Wiggins's vaccination status had been a frequent topic of conversation during the preseason as San Francisco is one of two local jurisdictions in NBA markets that is requiring people to be fully vaccinated to be allowed indoors for entertainment. Wiggins, 26, was asked to clarify...
    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took some verbal jabs courtesy of the hosts of ABC's The View for not urging people to get the vaccine. The show's five co-hosts called on the four-time NBA champion to use his position to convince his fans and followers to get vaccinated. "Well, it's kind of funny because if it's not your job, that means that some of those folks that would be coming to see you play are not going to come see you play because they can't get in," said co-host Whoopi Goldberg. LEBRON JAMES, OUTSPOKEN ON TRUMP AND BLM, IS SUDDENLY MUM ON CORONAVIRUS VACCINE James will not advocate for others to get the vaccine because it's not up to him, according to comments he made at a recent press conference. "Everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family," said James, who is vaccinated. The 17-time all-star was skeptical about the vaccine at first but said getting vaccinated was the best decision for himself...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is being trolled over its new announcement urging 'pregnant people' to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  The organization issued an 'urgent health advisory' on Wednesday, saying that they 'strongly recommend  vaccination for those pregnant, recently pregnant or trying to become pregnant'.  On Twitter, the CDC also released a graphic which included a caption which read: 'Pregnant people with symptomatic COVID-19 have a 70% increased risk of death'.  The tweet was promptly criticized by dozens of people furious over the fact that the CDC used the phrase 'pregnant people' instead of 'pregnant women'.   'Not interested in medical advice from people who can’t figure out which gender can actually get pregnant,' one critic blasted.   Another scathingly wrote: 'This tweet demonstrates one reason why so many people don't respect CDC recommendations. When you use the phrase 'pregnant people' (suggesting men can be pregnant) you undermine your own credibility and cause thinking people to disregard your so called 'science.' Do better.'  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) is being trolled over its new...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago-based United Airlines plans to fire nearly 600 workers who didn’t get their COVID-19 vaccination shots by the deadline Tuesday. In a memo to staff, United Airlines Chief Executive Officer J. Scott Kirby, and President Brett Hart noted that more than 99 percent of U.S.-based United employees have chosen to get vaccinated â excluding those who submitted for a religions or medical exemption. READ MORE: President Biden Cancels Chicago Trip, Will Stay In Washington To Advance LegislationâThis is a historic achievement for our airline and our employees as well as for the customers and communities we serve. Our rationale for requiring the vaccine for all Unitedâs U.S.-based employees was simple â to keep our people safe â and the truth is this: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated, and vaccine requirements work,â they wrote. READ MORE: After High-Profile Deadly Crashes, Have Chicago Police Pursuits Gotten Safer? There Have Been More Pursuits This Year Than LastHowever, 593 employees have not gotten the shot, and those employees are going to be fired. MORE NEWS: With His CPD Officer...