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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Vaccine Struggle, Colin Powell’s Death: A Week In The Covid News.

As tens of millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, state and local governments have introduced regulations requiring government employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. And while orders in some localities have spiked last-minute vaccinations, they are also met with persistent refusals, leading to litigation or staff problems.

Washington State’s mandate, one of the strictest in the country, took effect Monday. The order requires more than 800,000 government employees to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus, with the exception of religious or medical exceptions, or they risk losing their jobs. When the mandate came into effect, however, some resistance remained stubborn.

The Washington State Patrol announced that 127 employees have left the agency, or just under 6 percent of its workforce. In one high-profile case, Washington State University fired its football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants for failing to do so.

Similar problems are observed throughout the country. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio took one of his administration’s most aggressive moves, demanding that all municipal employees receive at least one injection before the end of the month, or they risk losing their salaries. The order was met with mixed reactions from unions representing these workers, although many agree that the move could burden city agencies, leading to widespread layoffs or early retirement.

Nursing homes, hard hit by the pandemic, are also struggling with low vaccination rates among staff. Some operators across the country are waiting for the federal government to issue new rules for a mandatory vaccination program for their staff, such as the one that President Biden announced two months ago for workers at facilities receiving federal funding, while other agencies and working groups are still insisting. for an alternative to testing for their employees.

Here’s what else happened this week:

  • Widespread public distrust of the Russian government has escalated into skepticism about coronavirus vaccines, experts say, leaving the country vulnerable to a surge in new cases that are now setting records for severity. For the first time in a pandemic, Russia has recorded more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours, although skepticism about the veracity of official figures remains high. President Vladimir Putin announced that a nationwide “non-working week” will begin next Saturday, and even stricter measures have been planned in Moscow, including a citywide lockdown starting next Thursday.

  • The World Health Organization has warned that health workers around the world are approaching a tipping point. The agency said health workers suffer from anxiety, burnout, illness and death on the front lines, and countries need to do more to protect them. In the United States, a group representing over 3,000 local health departments have called on the Justice Department to protect public health workers who have faced threats of violence and harassment since the start of the pandemic.

  • A New York Times survey of hundreds of health departments in all 50 states shows that local public health departments across the country are now less equipped to deal with the pandemic than they were in early 2020. The death toll from coronavirus in the United States has surpassed 735,000. …

  • The headlines were about post-vaccination infections. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was vaccinated but dealt with cancer, died Monday from complications related to COVID-19. Two other vaccinated people tested positive: Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto and National Security Director Alejandro Mallorcas.

  • In a joint statement on Tuesday, leading U.S. medical groups announced a national child and adolescent mental health emergency caused by prolonged isolation, uncertainty and grief during the coronavirus pandemic, exacerbating the existing mental health crisis among children and adolescents.

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