President Joe Biden received his COVID-19 vaccine booster on live television Monday afternoon, days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved recalls for millions of Americans who received their second injection Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
“Boosters are important, but the important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” Biden said, noting that about 23% of Americans have not received a first vaccine.
“This distinct minority is causing tremendous damage to the rest of the country,” Biden said. “One thing is certain: a quarter of the country cannot go unvaccinated and we will not continue to have a problem.”
People 65 years of age and over, residents of long-term care facilities, and people 50 to 64 years of age with underlying health conditions should receive a reminder, the CDC said Thursday. People aged 18 to 49 with underlying health problems and people aged 18 to 64 at increased risk of exposure and transmission due to their professional or institutional environment may receive a reminder, the CDC said.
The other two vaccines available – Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – have not received federal recall clearance. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said on Friday the agency plans to review Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s recall requests “urgently” in the future.
Biden said he plans to travel to Chicago on Wednesday to speak with businesses about the importance of vaccinations. He encouraged Americans to text 438829 to find a nearby vaccination location.
Biden said he had no side effects after his first or second dose. The first lady was also due to receive a booster injection, he said.
Also in the news:
► Nearly 2,200 schools in 539 districts in 43 states have temporarily closed in-person learning due to COVID-19 outbreaks so far this school year, according to Burbio, a New York-based data service that tracks reopening trends for K-12 schools.
► “The View” collaborator Ana Navarro says she has tested negative for COVID-19 three times after Friday’s dramatic on-air moment when she and co-host Sunny Hostin were told they had tested positive – just before a studio interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
►In Milwaukee, Lancaster School will switch to virtual learning until October 5 after 3% or more of the total school population tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days, according to a press release Milwaukee Public Schools Sunday.
► ‘Dancing With the Stars’ pro Cheryl Burke, who is partnering this season with Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, has tested positive for a groundbreaking case of COVID-19, she said in a video on Sunday. tears.
►Australian Prime Minister says he expects his country to open its international border well before the end of the year.
??Numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 42.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 688,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 231.9 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 183 million Americans – 55% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
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Tens of thousands of New York health workers could lose their jobs
Tens of thousands of healthcare workers in New York state could lose their jobs as early as Monday, the state’s deadline for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. All healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing homes are required to receive at least one dose under a warrant issued last month by the then government. Andrew Cuomo.
At least 8,700 nursing home workers have chosen to be vaccinated to avoid losing their jobs, state data shows. The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 rose to 89% on Sunday, from 83% on Wednesday. Yet that meant that about 16,000 of the 145,000 nursing home workers statewide had yet to meet the immunization mandate.
On the hospital side, the number of workers who waited until the 11th hour to comply with the vaccine mandate remains unclear. Hospitals said 84% of their roughly 450,000 workers were vaccinated last week. This has left the future employment of about 72,000 hospital workers uncertain.
The state’s Department of Labor has said those who lose their jobs will not be entitled to unemployment benefits in most cases.
Governor Kathy Hochul has said she plans to declare a state of emergency, bring in the National Guard and hire workers from other states and countries if personnel issues become dangerously low. “We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we must fight with all the tools at our disposal,” Hochul said in a statement.
Home care, hospice and adult care workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 7 under rules, which some workers are challenging in court. Read more here.
– David Robinson and Joseph Spector, New York State Team
4.75 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide? It’s a drastic underestimation
The world has reported its 4,750,000th death from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This number almost certainly represents a drastic undercoverage. India alone underreports the deaths of around 4 million, by some estimates.
The world in 2020 reported around 1.88 million deaths from COVID-19, and around 2.87 million so far in 2021.
Vietnam reported 35 deaths last year and around 18,500 this year. Mongola reported one death last year and 1,205 this year. Fiji has reported 588 deaths so far this year compared to two last year. The United States could report more cases in 2021 in about a week than it did in 2020.
But not all countries are reporting more deaths this year than last year. Belgium and Australia have reported around a third of the number of deaths this year compared to last year. China has reported 67 deaths this year, up from 4,782 deaths last year.
– Mike Stucka
Massachusetts soldiers plan to step down due to vaccination mandate
The Massachusetts State Police Association said dozens of soldiers plan to quit their jobs after a judge on Thursday rejected a request to delay the state employee’s COVID-19 vaccine warrant of Governor Charlie Baker.
“We are disappointed with the judge’s decision; however, we respect his decision. It is unfortunate that the governor and his team have chosen to impose one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country without any reasonable alternative,” said said SPAM president Michael Cherven. in a report.
Following Judge Jackie Cowin’s ruling, “dozens of soldiers have already submitted their resignation documents, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as wearing masks and regular testing,” wrote the union.
The union also wants COVID-19 infections listed as an injury in the line of duty.
LA police and firefighters blamed for thousands of infections
Los Angeles public health officials have identified 211 coronavirus outbreaks in county police or fire departments since the start of the pandemic, according to data obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The outbreaks, accounting for more than 2,500 cases from March 2020 to last month, account for 9% of the total workplace outbreaks in the county, the newspaper reported on Sunday. Outbreaks have occurred regularly even as vaccination rates have increased among police and firefighters and the number of individual coronavirus cases per outbreak has declined since last winter.
Data showed that 38 outbreaks in public safety agencies were identified in April 2021, the highest number of any month since the start of the pandemic. A month later, 35 outbreaks – the second largest – were recorded by the county public health department.
Vaccination rates for Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department employees are generally lower than the 68% of eligible county residents who have been vaccinated. Critics accused the city’s police and firefighters of ignoring public safety – and their sworn duty to enforce it – by refusing to be vaccinated.
Authorities issue warning over COVID-19 vaccine protests in Cincinnati
Anti-vaccine protesters trying to block freeways in the Cincinnati area in nationwide protests will face felony charges, according to the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutor Joe Deters said his office was made aware of protesters’ plans to shut down highways across the country on Monday morning in a denunciation of the COVID-19 mask and vaccine warrants.
“I want to be perfectly clear,” Deters said in a statement. “Anyone who tries to shut off Hamilton County highways will be removed from their vehicle, charged with disrupting public services, and they will go to jail.” “
Posts have surfaced on social media platforms, particularly TikTok and Facebook, urging truckers and other drivers to participate in the “Patriot Shutdown” protests by blocking traffic at specific mileposts, including three Hamilton County locations. Attorney’s office spokesperson Amy Clausing told The Cincinnati Enquirer, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. Read more here.
– Quinlan Bentley, Cincinnati investigator
Alabama lawmakers weigh on use of virus funds to build prisons
Alabama lawmakers are expected to open a special session on Monday focused on a $ 1.3 billion construction plan to build at least three new prisons and renovate others.
The projects would be phased in and funded by a bond issue of $ 785 million, $ 150 million from general funds and $ 400 million from the state’s $ 2.2 billion share of plan funds. American rescue.
Gov. Kay Ivey and Republican legislative leaders have defended the use of COVID funds, saying it would allow the state to “pay in cash” essentially for part of the construction and avoid using the dollars from the building. State as well as paying interest on a loan.
“We don’t have to borrow so much money and pay back all that money,” Ivey told reporters this week of why the virus funds should be used for prison construction.
Contribution: The Associated Press