National Catholic Register: Conscience, COVID Vaccines and the Common Good

National Catholic Register: Conscience, COVID Vaccines and the Common Good. “Those who encourage the vaccine and emphasize the common good should acknowledge that some of their brothers and sisters have grave concerns and have chosen to engage a battle that upholds conscience and medical and moral concerns, and which emphasizes the teaching that vaccines must be voluntary. Those who seek to engage this battle ought also to accept that others see the priorities differently arrayed, and that they emphasize an urgency rooted in the teaching of the common good.”

Washington Post: Staten Island crowd defies vaccine mandate by storming mall food court, video shows

Washington Post: Staten Island crowd defies vaccine mandate by storming mall food court, video shows. “As customers enjoyed their Saturday afternoon at Staten Island Mall and prepared to dig in to their meals, a raucous, maskless crowd of dozens opposing New York City’s indoor vaccination mandate stormed into the food court while chanting, ‘U-S-A!’ Their goal: to eat at the food court without showing proof of vaccination.”

New York Times: New York weighs using the National Guard to replace unvaccinated health care workers.

New York Times: New York weighs using the National Guard to replace unvaccinated health care workers.. “Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is considering calling in the National Guard and recruiting medical professionals from other states to cover looming staff shortages at hospitals and other facilities as the likelihood grows that tens of thousands of health care workers will not meet the state’s deadlines for mandated vaccinations.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Nearly 200 S.F. police staff want religious exemptions from city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

San Francisco Chronicle: Nearly 200 S.F. police staff want religious exemptions from city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “Nearly 200 members of the San Francisco Police Department have applied for a religious exemption from the city’s employee vaccine mandate, the highest number of waiver requests from any city department, by far. About 91% of the city’s 35,140-person workforce is fully or partially vaccinated, but 2,706 employees, or 7.7%, still have not been vaccinated. Meanwhile, 1.4% of workers — 489— haven’t reported their status.”

USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine (Associated Press)

Associated Press: USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine. “U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a groundbreaking new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff, athletes and others utilizing training centers and other USOPC facilities to be vaccinated.”

WRAL: Dozens of UNC Health workers quit over vaccine mandate

WRAL: Dozens of UNC Health workers quit over vaccine mandate. “Sixty UNC Health employees have resigned rather than get vaccinated against coronavirus, health system officials said Tuesday…. Duke Health officials said 98 percent of employees have either been vaccinated or received a medical or religious exemption, leaving about 350 employees who haven’t yet come into compliance with the mandate. But officials said many of them are new employees or people on leave, who will be given more time.”

Maine Beacon: Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests

Maine Beacon: Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests. “Employment data shows that very few Maine health care workers have quit their jobs over the recent statewide COVID vaccine mandate, despite a number of lawsuits and ongoing protests organized by anti-vaccine activists, suggesting that opponents of the mandate represent a vocal minority in Maine.”

Washington Post: D.C. mandates coronavirus vaccines for public and private school staff and child-care workers with no testing option

Washington Post: D.C. mandates coronavirus vaccines for public and private school staff and child-care workers with no testing option. “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday that all teachers and school staff and early child-care workers in the District must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 1, eliminating a testing option for these professionals who regularly interact with children who are often too young to be vaccinated.”

Conservative Baptist Pastor Sees “No Credible Religious Argument” Against Vaccines (Mother Jones)

Mother Jones: Conservative Baptist Pastor Sees “No Credible Religious Argument” Against Vaccines. “…several large churches have announced that they will not be granting any exemptions, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previously, Catholics, who are anti-abortion, expressed concern that coronavirus vaccine research used fetal cell lines. However, the vaccine itself does not contain any and the Vatican announced that Catholics may receive the vaccine in good conscience. ”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Not getting the COVID-19 vaccine will be considered a ‘voluntary resignation’ for Wisconsin Center District employees

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Not getting the COVID-19 vaccine will be considered a ‘voluntary resignation’ for Wisconsin Center District employees. “All employees of the Wisconsin Center District must be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 1 or else the district will consider it their ‘voluntary resignation.’ Marty Brooks, president and chief executive officer of the district, said in a board meeting Friday that the district informed all full- and part-time staff members of the vaccine requirement this past Monday.”

First Baptist’s Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’ (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Morning News: First Baptist’s Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’. “As Americans increasingly seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are telling them no. With more employers imposing the mandates, the push for exemptions has become more heated. At issue for many whose faith leads them to oppose abortion is that the most widely used coronavirus vaccines were tested on fetal cell lines developed over decades in laboratories, though the vaccines themselves do not contain any such material.”

ABC 7: Long Beach soon requiring proof of vaccination inside bars, breweries and wineries

ABC 7: Long Beach soon requiring proof of vaccination inside bars, breweries and wineries. “The city of Long Beach is following Los Angeles County in requiring people to show proof of vaccination to go to indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries. You will be required to show proof that you’ve gotten your first dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and your second dose by Nov. 4. City officials say they’ll issue a new health order by Friday to give people time to adjust.”

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine. ” A new poll finds strong support among older Americans for requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In all, 61% of people aged 50 to 80 say the vaccine should definitely be required for all health care workers. An additional 19% say it should probably be required. The remaining 20% said no to such a requirement.”