The country’s top infectious disease doctor said on Sunday that it is the responsibility of police officers and other public security workers to get vaccinated.
“I’m not comfortable telling people what they should do under normal circumstances, but we’re not in normal circumstances right now,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In an interview with Fox News. “Take the police. We now know the statistics, more police officers die from COVID than other causes of death. So, it makes no sense not to try to protect yourself as well as those colleagues with whom you work.”
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit tracking police officer deaths, COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for US law enforcement officers.
Police unions and officials have pushed back vaccine mandates by filing lawsuits to block them. In Chicago, the head of the police union called on members to report the status of their COVID-19 vaccinations, violating the city’s deadline. Seattle’s Police Department this week sent detectives and non-patrol officers for emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers that union leaders fear would be made worse by the vaccine mandate.
“When you’re in a position where you have a responsible job and want to protect yourself, think about the implications of not getting vaccinated, whether you’re a police officer or a pilot or any of those types of professions. In,” Fauci said.
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the judges are struggling Along with questions about whether they have the power to order hospitals to administer ivermectin to critically ill COVID-19 patients, a drug that has not been approved for use to treat people with the virus.
Florida Circuit Judge James Nutt said state law is unclear. He said allowing judges to overrule doctors’ decisions could set a dangerous precedent.
“So every drug combination cocktail or procedure that is debated as to its efficacy … is going to take the hospital to court?” Nat asked. “It’s problematic where it’s going.”
Judges in New York, Ohio and Delaware ruled that hospitals could not be forced to administer ivermectin. However, a Jacksonville, Florida, I judge last month ordered a hospital to administer it to a COVID-19 patient, according to records submitted to Nutt.
At least two lawsuits have been filed across the country seeking to force a hospital to administer ivermectin.
—Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post
At the Loma Verde Recreation Center, south of San Diego, demolition is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility above ground, along with a new pool. An hour’s drive north, the iconic bridge to Oceanside Wharf is deteriorating as the city lacks funding for the nearly $25 million rehabilitation.
One reason one project is moving forward and the other doesn’t revolve around a US rescue plan — sweeping COVID-19 relief legislation by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, which is pumping billions of dollars to states and local governments.
Under rules developed by the US Treasury Department, some governments have more flexibility than others to spend their share of the money. That new swimming pool is the go-to, and the rehab pier — at least for now — doesn’t have one.
Similar disparities between cities across the country have drawn an outcry from local officials, who want the Treasury to loosen its rules before the program goes ahead.
– The Associated Press
Police officers in Chicago will not be ordered to go home if they disregard the city’s requirement that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status or are placed on unpaid leave, Police Leaders and the Mayor of Chicago Said last Thursday.
“No one will be turned away,” police department spokesman Tom Ahern said. “Officers will work their normal shifts at the end of this week (and) they will not be turned away or sent home … Officers will continue to come to work unless they are told otherwise (and) that they will no longer Not on salary status.”
Ahern’s comments follow a video posted on the website of the police officers union this week in which the union’s president urged members not to report the status of their vaccinations until last Friday, the deadline that Mayor Lori Lightfoot reached. The administration had prescribed for the workers of the city, and thus suggested a refusal. Due to which they are being sent home.
– The Associated Press
Contribution: The Associated Press