In the present day throughout a White Home press briefing, Jeff Zients, the coordinator of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 pandemic response, stated vaccine mandates are driving up vaccination charges throughout the nation.
Thus far, greater than 3,500 organizations, together with universities, healthcare techniques, personal firms, and state and municipal governments, have mandated COVID-19 vaccines for workers, a transfer Zients stated ends in a mean of 90% of workers taking the vaccine.
Zients stated mandates have raised the vaccination charges in the USA up by 20% in latest weeks. He additionally stated 77% of all People age 12 and older have now gotten not less than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Airways to take care of federal mandate
However vaccine mandates have change into the newest political soccer within the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday Texas-based American Airways and Southwest Airways stated they might adjust to the federal mandate that may require workers to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, Reuters reviews.
The businesses stated the federal mandate supersedes the order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that bars personal entities from requiring vaccination, a transfer Abbott made earlier this week. Southwest is a contractor with the federal authorities, a class that falls below vaccine necessities.
Over the weekend, 1000’s of vacationers on Southwest flights have been left stranded as 1000’s of flights have been canceled. Rumors unfold on social media that the chaos was brought on by pilots and flight attendants who have been utilizing up trip and sick days to protest the corporate’s vaccine requirement—a rumor denied by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Southwest pilots union, and the corporate.
Instances proceed to drop
Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, stated the 7-day averages for brand new COVID-19 circumstances, hospitalizations, and deaths continued to lower this week by a little bit greater than 10% than from the earlier week. The 7-day common of latest every day circumstances is now 92,600, and the every day common of hospitalizations is 7,080.
Zients stated 7 million People now gotten a booster shot, 3 million within the final week alone. All the boosters administered to date have been Pfizer/BioNTech, however the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) tomorrow will take into account Moderna boosters.
Early in the present day the White Home has informed governors to start out making ready to vaccinate youngsters as younger as 5 by early subsequent month, in response to NBC Information, because the FDA will take into account vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 throughout an Oct 26 assembly. In anticipation of FDA authorization, the Biden administration has bought 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine, sufficient provide to vaccinate 28 million youngsters.
The CDC COVID Information Tracker reveals 56.5% of People are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, 65.5% have acquired not less than one dose of vaccine, and 4.6% of absolutely vaccinated folks have acquired a booster dose.
Biden to raise journey restrictions to Canada, Mexico
Starting in November, the Biden administration will raise journey restrictions on the borders with Canada and Mexico for absolutely vaccinated vacationers, the New York Instances reviews. Unvaccinated guests from the 2 neighboring international locations won’t be allowed to enter the USA.
Borders have been closed since March 2020 to most guests. An actual date has not but been set for the reopening, however White Home officers stated it would doubtless coincide with the reopening of overseas air journey.
Air vacationers should present each proof of vaccination and a adverse coronavirus check to enter the USA. These crossing the land border will solely be required to indicate vaccination data.
Different US developments
- The New York Instances tracker reveals the nation recorded 91,399 circumstances yesterday, together with 1,983 deaths.
- The Florida Division of Well being on Tuesday fined Leon County $3.5 million for violating the state’s vaccine passport regulation, which prohibits companies and governments from requiring folks to indicate proof of vaccination, the Related Press reviews. The county fired 14 workers who weren’t vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
- Minnesota on Tuesday reported a COVID-19 check positivity price of 8.3%, its highest because the vaccines have been launched, in response to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The state additionally hit its highest degree of COVID-19 hospitalizations in 2021.