Boeing says it can require its 125,000 U.S. workers to get vaccinated by Dec. 8 to meet necessities of an government order issued by President Joe Biden affecting federal workers and contractors.
Boeing, which builds business planes in addition to army plane for the U.S. authorities, mentioned in a press release that exemptions shall be authorized for “disability or sincerely held religious belief.”
Chicago-based Boeing has major operations throughout the U.S. – including Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order this week banning businesses from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Federal contractors have until Dec. 8 to be fully vaccinated under guidance issued by the federal Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) issued a statement saying it is talking to employers to ensure “implementation provides correct consideration to members’ considerations, well being points and abides by the provisions of our negotiated contracts.”
Also in the news:
►The head of the Chicago police officers’ union has called on its members to defy the city’s requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave.
►Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals reversed course and introduced proof of vaccination is not required to attend the California occasions.
►Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, just two hours before Game 4 of their National League Division Series game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves won and move to the next round.
►A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 70 months in prison for COVID-19 stimulus-funds fraud. He received close to $600,000 in stimulus money from three different banks and spent the money on trips to Las Vegas and New Hampshire, a Camaro, home renovations and online gaming.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 717,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 238.8 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 187 million Americans – 56% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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- J&J study of booster shot includes data from just 17 people after 6 months
- Cases and deaths falling in US and globally, but CDC chief warns about high transmission
- Vaccinated global tourists will be allowed to cross land borders into US
- Mom whose youngster just lately died: ‘COVID shouldn’t be over’
- Florida county faces $3.57M state high quality for vaccine requirement
- Brooklyn Nets ban Kyrie Irving from crew actions till he is vaccinated
- Southwest, American Airlines amongst Texas companies defying governor
While 8.5 million people who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have received a booster shot, those inoculated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to wait for the companies’ boosters to be authorized.
A federal advisory committee will meet for two days this week to discuss the safety and need for those boosters, however its members will not have a lot information to go on for the J&J further shot.
Information posted by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday showed about 8,000 people had been studied after receiving a J&J booster two months after getting the first dose of the single-shot vaccine, and only 17 were tracked after getting a second shot at six months. It’s not clear whether that will be enough data for the FDA panel to grant its approval.
“The hope was that we would get a resolution of this issue and that J&J would get their emergency use authorization for a booster,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. “Now things have gotten a little more complicated.”
– Karen Weintraub and Elizabeth Weise
New coronavirus infections in the U.S. fell 12%, hospitalizations 11% and deaths 5% last week over the week before, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. In addition, the World Health Organization said the global number of new cases and deaths dropped 7% and 10% respectively, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.
However, Walensky pointed out an average of 1,400 Americans died each day over the seven-day period that ended Tuesday, and much work remains in the battle against the pandemic.
“Most cities across the country are still experiencing substantial to high levels of community transmission,” she said at a White House briefing. “We are certainly not in a place where our cases are under control.”
Starting next month, the United States will allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to cross its land borders for non-essential purposes such as tourism or seeing friends and family. The change would allow foreigners to enter the U.S. through land or ferry ports for the first time since March 2020. Government officials have not yet announced a date for the policy change but said it will take place in “early November,” in tandem with the country’s updated international air travel rules.
“This is an important step that will further enhance the safety of international travel and the safety of Americans at home,” senior administration officers mentioned. “These new vaccination requirements deploy the best tool we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Vehicle, rail and ferry journey between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to important journey, comparable to commerce, for the reason that earliest days of the pandemic. By mid-January, even important vacationers searching for to enter the U.S., comparable to truck drivers, will want to be absolutely vaccinated.
A Virginia mom whose 10-year-old daughter died of COVID spoke at a college board assembly this week, warning that “COVID is not over” and pleading for individuals to “do everything we can to protect our children.” Nicole Sperry, a trainer from Suffolk, Virginia, spoke on the Chesapeake Public Schools’ board assembly. Her daughter’s funeral service was Sunday.
Sperry alleged in a publish on Facebook that daughter Teresa Sperry was required by a trainer to stroll sick classmates to a nurse’s workplace at Hillpoint Elementary School earlier than testing constructive for COVID-19. Teresa died days later.
“My message for you and all that are listening is that COVID is not over, no matter what people who have been standing up here have said,” Sperry mentioned.
– Marina Pitofsky
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made good on his threat to fine local governments that require workers to be vaccinated towards the coronavirus, giving Leon County till Nov. 5 to pay a $3.57 million penalty. In mid-September, DeSantis mentioned he wouldn’t let Floridians be fired due to a vaccine mandate and introduced he would start leveling $5,000 fines per worker. After Leon County Administrator Vince Long made vaccines a requirement of employment, all 714 workers had to get vaccinated or fall beneath a choose few exemptions by Oct. 1. In all, 14 workers had been fired as a result of they declined to achieve this.
Democratic lawmakers representing Tallahassee claimed the choice to impose a high quality was an overreach by the governor’s workplace.
“The governor has gone too far,” mentioned Rep. Ramon Alexander D-Tallahassee. “Local governments cannot just sit on their hands and should have the ability to issue emergency standards. Vaccines are an important tool that is helping us control this pandemic.”
– Karl Etters, Tallahassee Democrat
The Brooklyn Nets took a drastic step to compel All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to get the COVID-19 vaccine. NBA star Kyrie Irving won’t play or practice with his team “until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Brooklyn Nets basic supervisor Sean Marks mentioned in a press release Tuesday. The NBA has tried to get gamers vaccinated by way of schooling and well being and security protocols that can make the season simpler for vaccinated gamers and extra onerous for unvaccinated gamers.
New York City has a vaccine mandate that states Irving, who is not vaccinated, and different Nets and New York Knicks gamers should be vaccinated to play at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden.
The Nets confronted a situation during which Irving would play street video games however not dwelling video games –a suboptimal scenario for any crew, particularly one with the expertise (Kevin Durant, James Harden) to win an NBA championship – and finally opted to play with out the purpose guard except he turns into vaccinated.
— Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
Two of the nation’s largest airways – Southwest and American – mentioned Tuesday that they plan to follow looming federal guidelines and require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that makes an attempt to block such mandates. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines final week ordered all of its estimated 55,000 workers to be vaccinated towards COVID 19 by Dec. 8. That adopted a directive from President Joe Biden, who in September mentioned all non-public firms with greater than 100 employees should require workers to be vaccinated or conduct weekly checks for the coronavirus.
Southwest mentioned in a press release Tuesday that the president’s government order “supersedes any state mandate or law,” including that the corporate is required to adhere to it regardless of Abbott’s motion “to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”