CNN: Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers

CNN: Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers. “As the number of Covid-19 cases surges in the United States, more than 50 health care groups — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association — issued a joint statement calling for all health care and long-term care employers to mandate employees be vaccinated against Covid-19.”

WRAL: Shaw University requiring COVID-19 vaccine for all students this fall

WRAL: Shaw University requiring COVID-19 vaccine for all students this fall. “Shaw University announced in May it will require new and returning students to prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccine before they can enroll for the fall semester. Duke University has also mandated vaccines, but other schools, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, have not.”

New York Times: Biden Officials Now Expect Vulnerable Americans to Need Booster Shots

New York Times: Biden Officials Now Expect Vulnerable Americans to Need Booster Shots. “Senior officials now say they expect that people who are 65 and older or who have compromised immune systems will most likely need a third shot from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, two vaccines based on the same technology that have been used to inoculate the vast majority of Americans thus far. That is a sharp shift from just a few weeks ago, when the administration said it thought there was not enough evidence to back boosters yet.”

The Tennessean: Tennessee to restart nearly all vaccine outreach paused amid GOP pressure, says health commissioner

The Tennessean: Tennessee to restart nearly all vaccine outreach paused amid GOP pressure, says health commissioner. “The Tennessee state government will resume all forms of vaccine outreach, with the narrow exception of social media posts aimed specifically at children, after halting many forms of advocacy this month in response to conservative pressure, the state’s top health official said Friday. Tennessee also faces a new ‘surge’ of coronavirus that shows no signs of slowing, and deaths from the virus are expected to spike in coming weeks, the health official warned.”

AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots (AP)

AP: AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots. “Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 3% say they definitely will get the shots, though another 16% say they probably will.”

Kay Ivey tells Alabamians to get vaccinated: ‘I can’t make you take care of yourself’ (AL)

AL: Kay Ivey tells Alabamians to get vaccinated: ‘I can’t make you take care of yourself’. “A fiery Gov. Kay Ivey made her most forceful statements yet today encouraging Alabamians to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying ‘the unvaccinated folks are letting us down’ in the fight to control the pandemic. She also signaled she would not mandate students to wear masks when classes resume in Alabama’s public schools, saying that decision should be left up to school districts.”

NBC Los Angeles: Man Who Nearly Died From COVID-19 Has Simple Message – Get Vaccinated

NBC Los Angeles: Man Who Nearly Died From COVID-19 Has Simple Message – Get Vaccinated. “A man who spent more than 90 days in an Inglewood hospital, almost losing his life to COVID-19, returned a year after his release. But this time he came to thank healthcare workers for saving his life. Michael Orantes doesn’t remember much about the time he spent hospitalized with COVID-19.”

NBC News: What breakthrough infections mean for the Covid vaccines

NBC News: What breakthrough infections mean for the Covid vaccines. “…as the pandemic lingers and more transmissible variants of the virus circulate widely, it’s expected that the number of breakthrough infections will rise. Yet studies have shown that most cases in vaccinated people are mild — if a person develops symptoms at all — and research indicates that vaccines still provide strong protection, even against the known variants.”