Meanwhile, the mayor of New York is reportedly preparing to expand his vaccination mandate to include all city employees.
NBC New York reports:
Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce as soon as Monday an expansion of New York City’s current vaccine mandate to include all city workers, sources familiar with the plan tell News 4.
A source with knowledge of the plan told NBC New York that the mandate will begin with city employees who work in congregate settings first; a City Hall source also confirmed that plan. The plan will be phased in, with the full city workforce expected to follow it by mid-September.
Unvaccinated city workers are expected to be required to wear masks in the workplace under the new plan, which will require them to be tested weekly if they aren’t receiving the vaccine.
De Blasio announced on Wednesday that all workers at city-run health care facilities and hospitals would be required to get vaccinated or receive weekly coronavirus tests.
Yolette Bonnet, 60, the chief executive of a group of community health clinics in underserved neighborhoods across Palm Beach County, Florida, got vaccinated. Perhaps this would be unremarkable, except that she got her shot Thursday, more than seven months after she was eligible to get the vaccine with ready access as a healthcare provider.
Bonnet, who is Black, described her resistance as a mix of hope the pandemic would fade, and skepticism born from the American medical establishment’s history of racism.
Bonnet’s story is just one example of how people in a vast, heterogeneous country are reckoning with the re-emergence of the pandemic with the more contagious Delta strain predominantly causing new cases and their own willingness to prevent it using the most powerful tool at humanity’s disposal – the vaccine.
It also reveals the complex, highly personal deliberations behind a stalled vaccination campaign in the US, one that threatens to undermine vaccine efficacy as each new infection provides an opportunity for the development of a new variant.
Bonnet said she was still uncertain when she got her first Pfizer shot, but the encouragement of her two daughters, husband and staff prevailed, and amid fanfare she got the shot. So did 12 of her staff members, who saw their leader’s willingness to get vaccinated as a sign of its safety.
Dozens of medical groups call for mandatory vaccinations of health workers
Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.
Nearly 60 medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, are now calling for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations of all health workers in the US.
“Due to the recent Covid-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all healthcare and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine,” the groups said in a joint statement, which was shared with the Washington Post.
“This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all healthcare workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and wellbeing.”
The statement comes as vaccinations have stalled in the US, even as the Delta variant of coronavirus has caused a surge in cases in regions with low vaccinations rates.
Because of the recent uptick in cases, the medical groups also suggested that employers in other sectors consider requiring vaccinations for their workers.
“As the healthcare community leads the way in requiring vaccines for our employees, we hope all other employers across the country will follow our lead and implement effective policies to encourage vaccination,” the groups said.
“The health and safety of US workers, families, communities and the nation depends on it.”
The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.
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