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Politics New York Mandates Vaccine or Weekly Testing for State Employees

12:31  25 november  2021
12:31  25 november  2021 Source:   nationalreview.com

Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing

  Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing The Washington Nationals are being sued by two former employees who were fired for refusing to comply with the team’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawrence (Larry) Pardo and Brad Holman were pitching coaches in the Nats’ organization. The two refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons and were fired by the Nats as a result. The team instituted a mandate on Aug. 12 that went into effect on Sept. 10, leading to the firing of both men.Now the two have filed a lawsuit against the club, TMZ Sports reports.

New York will require state employees to present verification of vaccination or to submit themselves for weekly testing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in Manhattan, June 2, 2021. © Carlo Allegri / Reuters New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in Manhattan, June 2, 2021.

In a Twitter statement, Cuomo said the directive will take effect by Labor Day and that his administration plans to collaborate with state unions to implement the program. Some unions, such as the American Federation of Teachers, and organized labor leaders have voiced their opposition to or outright rejected compulsory vaccine protocols, concerned that they could alienate their membership, Politico reported. Some have proposed state governments attempt better communication, persuasion, and incentives rather than coercion.

Florida GOP moves to combat vaccine mandates, virus rules

  Florida GOP moves to combat vaccine mandates, virus rules TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers on Monday began debating a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates, continuing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' fight against virus rules. The weeklong special legislative session in the GOP-controlled statehouse includes proposals to let workers opt out of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and allow parents to sue schools with masking requirements. DeSantis has become one of the highest profile Republican governors in the country through his vocal opposition to lockdowns, mask rules and vaccine mandates.

Cuomo added that patient-facing front-line healthcare workers, such as physicians and nurses, at state hospitals must be vaccinated with no exceptions or option for regular testing.

“Our healthcare workers carried us through this pandemic—and we owe it to them to do what we can to keep Delta under control. NYS will require patient-facing healthcare workers at State hospitals to get vaccinated to help keep both patients and workers safe,” he wrote.


Video: NYC to require vaccines or weekly testing for city workers (Associated Press)

As a new wave of COVID driven by the highly infectious delta variant spreads across the country, many progressive state governments are making vaccination a condition of employment. The delta virus accounts for the majority of new confirmed cases, according to the CDC.

Private companies must require vaccines for workers. It's the only way to get past COVID.

  Private companies must require vaccines for workers. It's the only way to get past COVID. Biden and the US government are limited by politics and unclear authority. But private vaccine mandates are legal, ethical and, above all, effective.The unfortunate consequence is that the highly transmissible delta variant is causing surges in cases, hospitalizations and even deaths throughout the country, particularly in spots with low vaccination rates.

Mayor De Blasio declared a vaccine mandate recently for New York City employees. President Biden revealed Tuesday at a press briefing that the administration intends to impose a vaccine mandate for the federal workforce. A source with direct knowledge of the move informed CNN that the announcement will happen on Thursday.

Governor Gavin Newsom said California is instituting a similar requirement applying to 246,000 state employees and two million health care workers in the public and private sectors.

The coming weeks will show whether unions or state workers will challenge the vaccine mandates in court and whether they will be upheld.

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