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Governor Kathy Hochul: Vaccination Among Healthcare Workers Up In New York

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Releases Data Showing The Effect Of Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in her state. Many of the healthcare workers think the mandate is an infringement on their personal freedom. Even then, the vaccination rate among healthcare workers has gone up. As per the statement from Hochul’s office, ‘Vaccine Rates Increased Considerably Over Last Four Weeks — 92% of Nursing Home Staff Compliant as of Monday Evening, Up from 71%’. Moreover, she said, “This new information shows that holding firm on the vaccine mandate for health care workers is simply the right thing to do to protect our vulnerable family members and loved ones from COVID-19.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
Source: The Irish Post

Kathy Hochul Is Pleased That Healthcare Workers Are Getting Vaccinated

Hochul is happy that the healthcare workers are complying with the mandate and taking the vaccine instead of fighting the mandate. Furthermore, she said, “I am pleased to see that health care workers are getting vaccinated to keep New Yorkers safe, and I am continuing to monitor developments and ready to take action to alleviate potential staffing shortage situations in our health care systems.” Hochul promised to keep New Yorkers updated regarding the COVID situation in the state.

Governor Tate Reeves Downplays COVID Situation In Mississippi By Criticizing Biden’s Vaccination Policy

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves Criticizes Biden’s Vaccination Policy

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is not happy with the Biden administration for its vaccination policy. Biden has announced a few days back that federal workers, large employers and health care staff will have to take the vaccine. This vaccine mandate has not gone down well with GOP governors who have opposed any kind of mandate since the start of the pandemic. Moreover, Reeves said, “The president very much wants you and everyone else to believe that this is a fight between politicians. The reality is this is an attack by the president on hardworking Americans and hardworking Mississippians who he wants to choose between getting a jab in the arm and their ability to feed their families, and I just believe that is a false choice.”

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
Source: KNOE

Mississippi Struggling Against COVID Delta Variant

Mississippi is currently struggling against the delta variant of COVID. The state is registering the highest number of deaths due to coronavirus. As per the data from John Hopkins, one out of every 320 people in Mississippi have died due to COVID. However, Tate downplayed the COVID situation in his state by constantly attacking Biden for his policies. Furthermore, he said, “It is unique to kids and their ability to go to our public schools, it’s not vaccines mandated in the workplace. But the question here is not about what we do in Mississippi, it’s what this President is trying to impose upon the American worker.”

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
Source: Local Memphis

Biden Hits Out At Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves For Vaccine Criticism

Biden also hit out at Governor Tate for having an issue with the vaccine mandate. Mississippi already has a vaccine mandate for many diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus and more. However, Tate doesn’t like the federally imposed vaccine mandate for COVID. Biden said, “But in the midst of a pandemic that has already taken over 660,000 lives, I propose a requirement for Covid vaccines and the governor of that state calls it ‘a tyrannical-type move’? A tyrannical-type move?”

CDC Says Schools Without Mask Mandate More Likely To See COVID Outbreaks

Mask mandate in the US
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

Schools With Mask Mandate Better Protected Against COVID, Says CDC

There is a big debate going on in the US regarding the implementation of the mask mandate in schools. Democrats are all for mask mandates as they think it will help in limiting the spread of the virus. On the other hand, Republicans think mandates violate the personal freedom of people and should be avoided. Now the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has released a statement saying that schools with mask mandates have shown lesser outbreaks of COVID. Moreover, CDC said, “These studies found that school districts without a universal masking policy in place were more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks.”

Mask mandate in the US
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CDC Tags Mask Mandate As Important For Reopening Of Schools

Schools across the US closed down due to the COVID outbreak last year. Since then, states have been trying their best to reopen schools in a safe manner. Most states in the US have now gone ahead with the reopening of schools. However, many schools have not implemented the mask mandate yet. As per CDC, the mask mandate has proven to be an effective prevention strategy against COVID. The statement further read, “Universal masking is an important component in the recommended layered prevention strategy for schools, and this study continues to demonstrate that facemasks when used as part of the larger strategy can reduce spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks in schools.”

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Vows To Take Biden To Court For Vaccine Mandate

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
Source: NBC

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Calls Joe Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Unconstitutional

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is the latest Republican governor to oppose the vaccine mandate imposed federally by President Joe Biden. He called the move unconstitutional as it violated the personal freedom of people to choose whether they want to take the vaccine or not. Furthermore, Stitt said, “I’ve heard from many Oklahomans who have concerns about President Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses. I want to address those directly. This action is not just federal overreach. It’s unconstitutional.”

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
Source: NBC

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Vows To Take Biden To Court

Governor Stitt has already had a word with his state’s attorney general and he is ready to take Biden to court regarding the vaccine mandate. Moreover, he said, “I’ve talked about this with our Attorney General, John O’Connor. And I know he’s on our side. He’s ready to take President Biden to court the second the rules are made public. President Biden’s administration has no respect for individual freedoms.”

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
Source: The Oklahoman

Taking Vaccine A Personal Choice, Says Governor Stitt

As far as vaccination is concerned, Stitt thinks it is always a personal choice. He cited his own example and said that he took the vaccine only after consulting his doctor. He said, “I cannot believe we have a president who wants to force Americans to choose between a vaccine and their job. The people this is affecting aren’t just statistics. They’re real Oklahomans with real concerns. They’re brave nurses and caretakers. They’re expecting mothers and fathers. They’re first responders and brave law enforcement. Getting the vaccine is a personal choice. Period.”

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Says No To Vaccine Mandate For School Kids

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice
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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Talks About Biden Administration Rejecting Request For More Monoclonal Antibodies

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice requested the Biden administration for an increase in the supply of monoclonal antibodies. The treatment with monoclonal antibodies has proven to be effective in treating COVID patients who are hospitalized. However, his request was rejected by the administration. When asked about it, he did not blame Biden for it but pointed out the scarcity in supply of monoclonal antibodies. Moreover, Justice said, “We’re concerned. We weren’t denied. It was just lowered. But, with all that, the reality is the supply. The Southern states just gobbled up all the supply and everything. And, again, the Biden administration is standing there holding the bag. We need more antibodies here, but we’re managing it.”

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice
Source: Financial Times

Jim Justice Not In Favor Of California’s Vaccine Mandate For Students

California has issued a vaccine mandate for school kids but Justice is not in favor of this move. He made it clear that no such measure will be taken in his state as he believes in giving the freedom of choice to parents and students. Furthermore, he said, “I truly believe that the mandates only divide us and only divide us more. From the standpoint of mandates, I don’t believe in imposing upon our freedoms over and over and over. And I’ve said that over. I don’t know how many times I’ve got to say it.”

Joe Biden Gets His Pfizer Booster Shot, Urges People To Get Vaccinated

Joe Biden
Source: NPR

Joe Biden Gets Pfizer Booster Shot Against COVID-19

There has been a lot of chat in the US regarding booster shots. The FDA and CDC finally approved a booster shot for the Pfizer vaccine. However, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria to get the booster shot. The first condition is that it should be six months post your second vaccine shot. Moreover, you should be over 65 or prevailing from health conditions like diabetes, obesity, etc. Moreover, you are also eligible if you are at increased risk of COVID-19 because of where you work. US President Joe Biden was also eligible for the booster shot and received his dose publicly. He said, “The Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, looked at all the data, completed their review, and determined the boosters for the Pfizer vaccine.”

Joe Biden
Source: ABC

Biden Stresses On The Importance Of Getting Vaccinated

Biden revealed that there is still one-fourth of the eligible population that is yet to receive even one dose of vaccine. He advised people to get their vaccine shot ASAP to prevent the spread of the vaccine. Moreover, he said, “Boosters are important. But the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated. The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Over 77% of adults have gotten at least one shot. About 23% haven’t gotten any shots.”

After Violating Mask Mandate, San Francisco Mayor London Breed Speaks Against Indoor Masking

San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Source: SFGate

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Calls For A Change In Rules For Mask Mandate

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is not a big fan of the current rules regarding mask mandate. As per the rule, people are expected to mask themselves in indoor spaces. The vaccination status of the individual does not matter and everyone is expected to follow this order. Mayor Breed suggested that a change in this rule is long overdue, “especially in light of so many people being vaccinated and the decline in numbers.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Source: The Mercury News

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Doesn’t Want To Wear Mask While Taking Pictures

Breed has previously criticized the mask mandate rules as it completely disregards the vaccination status of an individual. She does not believe in wearing the mask, especially while taking pictures considering her vaccination status. Previously, Breed said, “When I took a picture, as I do in any case or do an interview, yes I take my mask off when I take a picture. I’m vaccinated. I don’t need to wear a mask to take a picture every single time. I don’t want to.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed
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Mayor Breed Has No Power To Change The Rules Of Mask Mandate

Mayor Breed does not have the power to make any kind of changes to the mask mandate rules. As per California law, county health officers, who are essentially not elected by the people have the power to issue public health orders during health emergencies. Breed just has to be patient till the county health officers revise the mask mandate.

Dr. Anthony Fauci Talks About His Biggest Concern When He Worked For Donald Trump

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Source: CNBC

Dr. Anthony Fauci Describes His Concern When He Worked With Donald Trump

Dr. Anthony Fauci has served as the medical advisor to seven Presidents till now. The Presidents have changed between Democrats and Republicans but Fauci has remained constant. During his time with Donald Trump, there was always some difference of opinion between the two. Fauci revealed the one thing that disturbed him the most while working for Trump. Moreover, he said, “One of the things that were a bit disturbing in the prior situation was anecdotal things were given almost as much weight as scientifically proven things. That I think was something that I had to speak up against.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Source: Boston

Dr. Anthony Fauci Says He Was A Bogeyman For Trump Supporters

Dr. Fauci openly spoke against Trump, especially when the topic was COVID. His open disagreement with Trump did not go down well with Trump supporters who thought he was against the President. Furthermore, Trump said, “I became sort of the bogeyman for people, you know, who were very much pro-Trump and very much against me. And it was silly because it isn’t me against the president. I was not against the president at all.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Source: The Boston Globe

Dr. Fauci Talks About Republicans Accusing Him Of Flip-Flopping

Fauci has been accused by Republicans of flip-flopping and changing his statements every now and then. However, he thinks that is not the case. Fauci said, “I know there are detractors who push that aside and say, ‘No, no, no, no, you just fli- flop.’ Well, flip-flop is do you change your mind when nothing else has changed. But when the science changes and you change with the science, that’s not flip-flopping.”

Governor Greg Abbott Bans Vaccine Mandates In Texas Including The Ones Imposed By Private Companies

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Source: Rolling Stone

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Bans Vaccine Mandates

Republican Governors have been opposing mandates of any kind ever since the pandemic broke out in the US. Earlier, it was an argument about mask mandates. However, now the argument has expanded after the vaccination program started in the US. Liberals and conservatives are fighting over vaccine mandates now. Biden is pushing for it while Republicans like Texas Governor Greg Abbott are opposing it. Abbott has now passed an order banning all kinds of vaccine mandates in Texas. Moreover, he said, “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, & our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary & never forced.” The ban includes the vaccine mandate issued by private corporations for their employees.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Source: The Irish Times

Greg Abbott Criticizes Joe Biden For Vaccine Mandate

Joe Biden has allowed private companies to issue vaccine mandates for their employees. However, Abbott is not in line with this idea. He criticized Biden for giving such freedom to private companies. Furthermore, he said, “In yet another instance of federal government overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster.” Abbott has been going all out to oppose Biden in every possible manner.

Not Going To Bash You About It: Shaq On People Not Taking The Vaccine

Source: Bloomberg

Shaq Understands People Who Have Not Taken The Vaccine Yet

Shaq recently came on an interview and talked about a variety of topics which included the COVID vaccine. While many have already taken both doses of vaccine, there are people who have not taken a single dose yet. Unlike most vaccinated people, Shaq is not angry at those who are yet to take the vaccine. Instead, he understands their point of view. Moreover, he said, “We all have the right to make our own decision. We all have the right to say what we want. And sometimes when it doesn’t align up how it should line up, people have a problem with that. I’m at a point in my life now where I understand all the issues.”

Source: Forbes

Shaq Doesn’t Criticize Unvaccinated People

Shaq revealed that he now tries to keep an all-round view of everything. That is also the reason why he doesn’t lash out at those people who have not taken the vaccine. He said, “So I don’t criticize guys. If that’s your stand, that’s your stand. I understand and I respect you, but not going to bash you about it.”