Axios: Swiss Guards leave corps in order to avoid Vatican vaccine mandate

Axios: Swiss Guards leave corps in order to avoid Vatican vaccine mandate. “Three members of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard have voluntarily left the corps after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, defying the Vatican’s mandate, AP reports. Driving the news: Last week, the Vatican ordered all employees to get vaccinated or submit to testing, with the new policy going into effect on Oct. 1.”

AP: Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes

AP: Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes. “An analysis by The Associated Press shows 26 of the nation’s 50 largest public university campuses are not requiring vaccination, representing roughly 55% of students enrolled at those schools. The AP looked at the largest campuses by 2019-2020 enrollment that offer on-campus housing and award bachelor’s degrees.”

New York Times: Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom

New York Times: Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom. “In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team, explores one of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal. ‘It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,’ he says. Seeking understanding, Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks, a region with galloping contagion and — not unrelated — abysmal vaccination rates.” This is mostly video but all the spot-checks I did had captions.

ABC News: Funeral of man who died of COVID-19 is turned into vaccine and testing event

ABC News: Funeral of man who died of COVID-19 is turned into vaccine and testing event. “A Florida man’s last wish before dying of COVID-19 was to get the vaccine. To honor his memory, his family is turning his funeral into a vaccine and testing event to protect the community against the deadly virus. Marquis Davis, a 28-year-old business owner and father, died on July 26 from COVID-19. He was not vaccinated at the time.”

State of North Carolina: North Carolina to Require Vaccine Verification for State Employees, Urges Other Government Agencies and Private Employers to do the Same

State of North Carolina: North Carolina to Require Vaccine Verification for State Employees, Urges Other Government Agencies and Private Employers to do the Same. “Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Today’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.”

New York Times: N.Y.C. will require workers and customers show proof of at least one dose for indoor dining and other activities.

New York Times: N.Y.C. will require workers and customers show proof of at least one dose for indoor dining and other activities.. “New York City will become the first U.S. city to require proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine for a variety of activities for workers and customers — indoor dining, gyms and performances — to put pressure on people to get vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday morning.”

Berkshire Eagle: After receiving second dose, Yo-Yo Ma transforms waiting period into performance at Pittsfield vax clinic

Berkshire Eagle: After receiving second dose, Yo-Yo Ma transforms waiting period into performance at Pittsfield vax clinic. “Yo-Yo Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area, masked and socially distanced away from the others. He went on to pass 15 minutes in observation playing cello for an applauding audience, in what [Richard] Hall called a ‘very special’ concert that capped the day’s vaccination event.”

Poynter: Will journalists be considered front-line workers for COVID-19 vaccines?

Poynter: Will journalists be considered front-line workers for COVID-19 vaccines?. “The National Press Photographers Association filed a request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices asking ‘that journalists who have direct contact with the public on a regular basis, and particularly visual journalists, be expressly included in the phase of the COVID-19 vaccine that includes the essential and critical infrastructure workforce.’”