Big Military Vaccination Rate Gaps Remain As Deadlines Approach

Data assessed by The Washington Post present uneven responses inside totally different providers of the U.S. navy forward of staggered deadlines earlier than punishments are levied towards unvaccinated troops. This comes because the armed forces — and particularly the reservists — are experiencing a spike in covid deaths, nearly fully amongst those that haven’t been inoculated.

The Washington Post:
Hundreds Of Thousands Of U.S. Troops Have Not Complied As Pentagon Deadlines Near 
Hundreds of hundreds of U.S. service members stay unvaccinated or solely partially vaccinated towards the coronavirus because the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines close to, with lopsided charges throughout the person providers and a spike in deaths amongst navy reservists illustrating how political division over the pictures has seeped right into a nonpartisan drive with unambiguous orders. Overall, the navy’s vaccination price has climbed since August, when Defense Department leaders, appearing on a directive from President Biden, knowledgeable the nation’s 2.1 million troops that immunization would change into necessary, exemptions could be uncommon and people who refuse could be punished. Yet troops’ response has been scattershot, in accordance with knowledge assessed by The Washington Post. (Horton, 10/10)

Businesses and hospitals wrestle with President Biden’s vaccine mandate —

NBC News:
As Biden’s Vaccinate-Or-Test Mandate Approaches, Questions Arise Over Enforcement
President Joe Biden says his sweeping Covid-19 vaccination and testing mandate will increase the financial system and save lives, however as companies put together for the brand new requirement, they’re questioning not solely what might be within the regulation, however how will probably be enforced. The mandate, which is able to apply to organizations with a minimum of 100 workers and canopy an estimated 80 million staff, has already drawn threats of lawsuits from two dozen Republican attorneys common and prompted some folks to vow to stop their jobs. But a larger problem for the administration might lie throughout the company tasked with making certain compliance. (Przybyla and Strickler, 10/11)

Small Businesses Navigate Ever-Changing COVID-19 Reality
For a quick second this summer season, it appeared like small companies is likely to be getting a break from the relentless onslaught of the pandemic. More Americans, lots of them vaccinated, flocked to eating places and shops with no need to masks up or socially distance. But then got here a surge in instances because of the delta variant, a push for vaccine mandates and a reluctant return to extra COVID-19 precautions. Now, small enterprise house owners are left attempting to strike a steadiness between staying secure and getting again to being totally open. (Anderson, 10/10)

Red States Have Limited Options For Fighting Biden’s Vaccine Rules
As Montana intensive care models fill with critically ailing, principally unvaccinated COVID-19 sufferers, hospital leaders there are caught between two legal guidelines that dictate whether or not they can require their workers to get immunized towards the coronavirus. A state legislation that Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed in May prohibits Montana employers from requiring staff to get vaccinated. But President Joe Biden plans to require well being care employers to mandate employee vaccinations at services that deal with sufferers with public medical insurance. Facilities that don’t comply danger shedding federal reimbursement. “It has put, notably hospitals, in a really troublesome place of getting a state legislation that claims, ‘You can’t vaccinate,’ and a federal rule that claims, ‘If you need to be paid [by the federal government], it’s a must to vaccinate,’” mentioned Rich Rasmussen, president and CEO of the Montana Hospital Association, a Helena-based commerce group. (Quinton, 10/8)

In different information about covid mandates —

The CT Mirror:
Lamont Terminates Probationary Workers Over COVID-19 Noncompliance
A dozen state workers of their six-month probationary interval have been fired Friday for refusing to adjust to Gov. Ned Lamont’s order to both get vaccinated towards COVID-19 or start weekly testing for the illness. While different non-compliant workers face being positioned on unpaid go away for 45 days earlier than shedding their jobs, these nonetheless within the probationary interval required of each new rent could be instantly dismissed, state officers mentioned. “We reached out to them greater than as soon as, mentioned, ‘You get vaccinated otherwise you get examined. And for those who say no, you may’t work right here. It’s unsafe,’” Lamont mentioned. (Pazniokas, 10/8)

The Hill:
Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Says COVID-19 Hospitalization Made Him ‘More Dedicated To Fighting Against Vaccine Mandates’
Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West, who’s at the moment recovering from a case of COVID-19, mentioned his hospitalization with the virus has made him “extra devoted to combating towards vaccine mandates.” West, who introduced Saturday night time that he has coronavirus-related pneumonia, advocated for monoclonal antibody infusion remedy as a method to fight COVID-19 as a substitute of vaccines. “I can attest that, after this expertise, I’m much more devoted to combating towards vaccine mandates. Instead of enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we needs to be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion remedy,” Allen mentioned on Twitter from the hospital Sunday morning. (Schnell, 10/10)

Fox 5 Atlanta:
Fired Piedmont ER Doc Explains Why He Refused Vaccine Mandate
The solely Georgia doctor identified to be fired for defying a COVID vaccine mandate insisted he’s not an anti-vaxxer. Dr. William “Tommy” Redwood, 63, was terminated final week from his job as an emergency room physician at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. Redwood is well-known within the Atlanta medical group. He spent 16 years as medical director of emergency providers for Wellstar Kennestone in Marietta. He labored for 4 years as an emergency room doctor at Piedmont. (Travis, 10/8)

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