With Republicans promoting individual liberties and Democrats condemning the special session called by Governor Ron DeSantis a political stunt, Florida lawmakers passed measures on Wednesday. intended to prevent any vaccine or testing mission.
The outcome of the three-day session was never in doubt.
The Republican-controlled state legislature completed work Wednesday night on a package of bills that would both challenge the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing requirements for larger businesses and prevent it. Local governments issue such standards.
DeSantis urged lawmakers to return to the Capitol primarily to fight the White House in what Democrats have denounced as a political game aimed at enhancing the governor’s national image and asserting his support. for the Chinese who refused to be vaccinated.
“What are we doing?” Representative Kelly Skidmore, D-Boca Raton asked. “We agree with a noisy minority that vaccines are not good,” adding: “We are working to ensure that we are concerned with our political health, not our health. our community health.”
Republicans saw the action differently.
“Today we are doing something to protect everyone’s rights,” said Representative Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach. “We are a legislature and the governor believes in individual rights, including liberties. It is not a word puzzle game. It’s not a stuntman.”
– John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize COVID-19 today shot booster for anyone who wants one and at least six months after their first vaccination. Vaccines play a very good role in preventing hospitalization and death, but their protection against infection begins to fade after about six months – even in young, healthy people. That’s why a booster dose may be recommended for all adults — or at least those over 30. Ted Ross, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Georgia in Athens, who recently repeated injections himself, said the US government had bought too many such doses. long ago, many things will go to waste if they are not used soon.
“That’s what the boosters could do to help reduce the increase or increase that we’re going to see this winter,” when people travel and spend more time indoors, Ross said. “That peak or that slope hopefully won’t be too steep.”
– Karen Weintraub
Vaccine or trial work rules are proving to be a costly compromise for governments. Virginia’s corrections department requires unvaccinated employees working in crowded environments to check every three days, and for the rest, every seven days. The department spent nearly $7,000 testing 442 employees over two days in October. The state is tapping into federal COVID relief funds to pay for the test.
Securing a scarce test supply can also be difficult. Virginia State Police had to wait more than a month to begin the pilot program in part because of delivery delays.
Some experts say this option is nonetheless not as effective as mandatory vaccination.
“Vaccine and/or testing policy is second best,” said Jeffrey Levi, a professor of health policy and administration at George Washington University. “The early testing policy found the problem. It does not prevent a problem, while vaccination requirements help prevent it. “
– Amanda Michelle Gomez and Phil Galewitz, KHN
Nearly 100 Maryland elementary students received incorrect dose of coronavirus vaccine at a clinic last week, health officials said. Officials notified the parents of 98 students at South Lake Elementary by phone that doses of the vaccine given at a Montgomery Village school clinic on November 10 were more diluted than those given at the Montgomery Village School. recommended, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services said in a newly posted news release. The student received additional doses at a clinic on Wednesday. Acting County Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers said staff have received additional training on dosing for children.
Over the weekend, a health clinic in the city of Antioch in the San Francisco Bay Area gave the wrong dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 14 children under 12 years of age. aroused anger among parents.
Contribution: Associated Press