vaccine mandates

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 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

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

September 11, 2021

Chief of staff criticized for endorsing Biden’s new vaccine rules as ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal mandate

Ronald Klain, the White House’s chief of staff, was the subject of criticism after sharing a post that seemingly praised the Biden administration for “the ultimate work-around” for a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

President Joe Biden announced a “new action plan” that would force private-sector businesses with over 100 employees to require full-vaccination or weekly coronavirus tests. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration would enforce the new rules. Non-compliance with the policy would result in up to $14,000 in fines per offense.

Klain retweeted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, who wrote, “OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.”

Critics said that Klain’s endorsement of such an idea called the mandate’s legality into question.

“This is exactly the kind of big government overreach we have tried so hard to prevent in Arizona — now the Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way,” Gov. Doug Ducey (R) wrote. “This will never stand up in court.”


White House’s Ron Klain panned for retweeting post on ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal vaccine mandate

September 10, 2021

Pence blasts Biden’s vaccine mandates: ‘Unlike anything I’ve ever heard’

Former Vice President Mike Pence blasted President Biden’s newly announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying the announcement was “unlike anything I have ever heard from an American president.”

“To have the president of the United States say that he’s been patient, but his patience is wearing thin, that’s not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leaders,” Pence told Fox & Friends on Friday.

“The president should simply continue, as we have done, to lead by example. Encourage people to take the vaccine, as Karen and I did on national television back in December,” he continued.

On Thursday, Biden announced that all private employers with 100 or more employees must require COVID-19 vaccination or daily testing for workers.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and the refusal has cost all of us. So please do the right thing,” Biden said. “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Pence pushed back on Friday, saying, “it’s exactly about freedom.”

“Now to have a president not just scolding the American people, but governors around the country, it’s just not the American way,” Pence said.

What do you think about Biden’s new vaccine rules? Do you agree with Pence? Comment your opinion below.


Pence slams Biden vaccine mandates: ‘Unlike anything I have ever heard’

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