COVID-19 vaccine

September 28, 2021

Massachusetts state troopers resign en masse over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) said that dozens of troopers submitted their resignations following the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires proof of vaccination by October 17.

The union released the following statement after a judge denied a request from SPAM to pause the vaccine mandate:

Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting the citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.

To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.  The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol.

According to the union’s attorney, approximately 20 percent of State Police employees are unvaccinated.


Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says

September 19, 2021

FDA overwhelmingly rejects Pfizer booster for anyone 16 and up

An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration resoundingly voted against giving Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 booster shots to those 16 and up. The panel agreed to distribute them only to people aged 65 and those at high risk of severe illness.

Members overwhelmingly voted against the recommendation for everyone 16 and older, citing concerns about the lack of evidence showing boosters are safe and effective for young people.

“We’re being asked to approve this as a three-dose vaccine for people 16 years of age and older, without any clear evidence if the third dose for a younger person when compared to an elderly person is of value,” said committee member Dr. Paul Offit.

The recommendation only applies to those who received the Pfizer vaccine and does not impact those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.


FDA advisory group rejects Covid boosters for most, limits to high-risk groups

September 18, 2021

Massive spike in COVID-19 cases at Duke University despite 98% vaccination rate

Duke University expanded its mask mandate to include outdoor areas on campus, following hundreds of COVID-19 infections among vaccinated students and faculty.

Officials said that 98 percent of students and 92 percent of faculty and staff are vaccinated. The remaining eight percent of employees have until Oct. 1 to get their shots, and Duke will fire those who don’t abide by the deadline.

“We want to be clear: the problem is not our people, the problem is COVID-19. Our Duke community has been extraordinarily united and resilient in fighting, and adapting to, this pandemic over the last 19 months,” university officials said in a notice. “And yet, we must continue to do more. This is a time to be prudent, to take care of ourselves and each other.”

Last year, the university saw only 241 positive cases during the entire fall semester.


Virus cases among vaccinated students prompt Duke to widen mask mandate, tighten restrictions

September 15, 2021

Army lieutenant colonel resigns over ‘Marxist’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hauge, a 19-year Army veteran, resigned over the Biden administration’s recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate. His resignation letter gained attention on social media after his wife shared it on Twitter.

“I am incapable of subjecting myself to the unlawful, unethical, immoral and tyrannical order to sit still and allow a serum to be injected into my flesh against my will and better judgment,” Hague wrote.

The colonel listed several reasons for his resignation, including a “complete lack of confidence in the presidential administration and secretaries directing the military,” citing the widely-panned withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Another reason Hauge listed as “an ideologically Marxist takeover of the military and United States government at their upper echelons.”

With Hauge’s voluntary separation, he will not be eligible for separation or retirement pay.

September 14, 2021

Resigning FDA advisers say COVID-19 boosters unnecessary for most

An international group of scientists says that current evidence doesn’t indicate a general need for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The group includes two senior Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who are reportedly resigning from their positions over a disagreement with the Biden administration on COVID-19 boosters.

The researchers published their findings in The Lancet on Monday, arguing that the data is too insufficient to implement a widespread booster protocol.

“Careful and public scrutiny of the evolving data will be needed to assure that decisions about boosting are informed by reliable science more than by politics,” the authors wrote. “Widespread boosting should be undertaken only if there is clear evidence that it is appropriate.”

Among the researchers are Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, and her deputy director, Phil Krause. Gruber will step down in October, and Krause will follow suit in November.


COVID-19 vaccine boosters unnecessary for most, say FDA advisers reportedly resigning over issue

September 13, 2021

NYPD officers told to get the COVID-19 vaccine or go home without pay

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new executive order imposes vaccine restrictions for New York Police Department officers — and sends them home without pay if they do not comply.

According to The Post, the order called for unvaccinated police officers to get a COVID-19 test once a week and upload results to an internal tracking system. Officers must be off-duty when they complete the tests. At-home tests are not acceptable.

“Members of the Service who fail to comply with this directive will not be permitted to work and will be ineligible to receive pay for each day of noncompliance,” the memo reads.


It’s vaccine or test for NYPD — or go home without pay

September 13, 2021

Pfizer and BioNTech seeking approval for COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 and over

Pfizer and BioNTech announced it will soon seek approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 and over.

“We will be presenting the results from our study on five- to 11-year-olds to authorities around the world in the coming weeks,” said Ozlem Tureci, the co-founder of BioNTech and its chief medical officer.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in 12 to 15-year-olds. According to the New York Times, vaccines for children 12 and younger have yet to be approved by the FDA.

“This fall, Pfizer is going to be in a position … to file data with the FDA at some point in September and then file the application potentially as early as October, so that’ll put us on a time frame where the vaccine could be available at some point late fall, more likely early winter, depending on how long FDA takes to review the application,” said Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the FDA and a member of the Pfizer board.


Pfizer to seek approval for vaccine in children 5 and over

September 13, 2021

Is Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate enforceable?

President Joe Biden’s new mandate orders private employers with 100 or more workers to require vaccination or weekly tests.

The legality of the order is a point of contention. What are the consequences for an individual who doesn’t comply? Are they technically breaking the law?

“This isn’t OSHA’s first foray into vaccine law, but Biden’s mandate is by far the most extensive in using OSHA as a vehicle for requirement,” said Brian Dean Abramson, an expert on vaccine law.

Businesses that don’t comply with the order face up to $14,000 in fines per violation. OSHA will enforce the fine.

“Overall, it’s important to know that this isn’t an absolute mandate,” Abramson said. “Because you can still not get the vaccine and get COVID tested. Does the company pay for that? Usually OSHA would put that on the company. And will the company show pushback to the extra cost?”


Is Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate a law? What happens to those who don’t get the shot?

September 12, 2021

ESPN reporter quits over vaccine mandate

ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not cover the college football season because she does not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Williams announced her decision in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child,” she wrote. “This was a deeply difficult decision to make, and it’s not something I take lightly.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women or women who might become pregnant in the future receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to The Hill, no evidence links the vaccine with fertility issues.

In July, ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney, said that all employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 30.


ESPN reporter steps down over vaccine requirements

September 12, 2021

Biden’s vaccine rules receive instant, fervent GOP opposition

President Joe Biden’s aggressive new measure to require the COVID-19 vaccine for millions of Americans immediately met fervent opposition from Republicans.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he will fight “to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

Senate candidate J.D. Vance described the tactic as an “attempt to bully and coerce citizens.”

“The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying,” tweeted Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.

“The American people have a right to assess the risks and benefits of the vaccine and make the decision on what is best for themselves and their families,” said Mike Gibbons, a Senate candidate in Ohio. “That decision should be made by doctors and the individual, not the government.”


Biden’s vaccine rules ignite instant, hot GOP opposition

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