(FREE) PAINE IN THE MORNING: 11 things you need to know this Tuesday – December 14, 2021
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Hospitals Dropping Vax Mandate Due To Labor Shortages, Court Order – On Sunday we noted that hospitals in four states have called in the National Guard to help alleviate a severe healthcare worker shortage caused by mass firings of those who refuse to comply with vaccine mandates.
Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that some of the largest US hospital systems have dropped vaccine mandates for workers amid soaring labor costs and struggles retaining enough nurses, technicians, ‘and even janitors’ to handle higher hospitalization rates due to the Delta variant.- READ MORE
Philadelphia rolls out COVID-19 vaccination requirements for indoor dining establishments – Philadelphia officials announced Monday that proof of a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment, saying the mandate is meant to help prevent another shutdown of indoor dining.
Patrons will have to show their vaccination card and a form of government ID. – READ MORE
Court Denies Biden’s Emergency Motion For Stay Pending Appeal Of Vaccine Mandate Case – A federal court denied Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice on Monday from being able to stop a temporary block on vaccine mandates on healthcare workers.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement: “The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Department of Justice’s motion for stay pending appeal in our lawsuit against the vaccine mandate on healthcare workers, meaning our injunction will stay in place.” – READ MORE
Supreme Court Declines To Block New York COVID Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to issue an injunction against New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, which doesn’t allow them to seek a religious exemption.
New York state imposed the vaccine mandate for doctors and nurses in August, which allows only for medical exemptions, not religious ones. The religious exemption policy expired in November. – READ MORE
Fauci: Americans may ‘just have to deal with’ more COVID-19 vaccine booster shots –National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Americans will “just have to deal with” the prospect of getting more coronavirus booster shots.
Fauci made the statement on Sunday morning and said that the level of protection that the current coronavirus booster shots give to individuals will have to be monitored closely over the next several months. – READ MORE
Veiled Threat? Boris Tells Public to Get Booster Jab to Save ‘Freedoms and Way of Life’ –Boris Johnson appeared to issue a veiled threat to citizens that failing to “get boosted” as a matter of urgency could see their “freedoms” and “way of life” taken away in an address to the nation.
The Prime Minister’s tone throughout the speech was more cajoling than threatening, and he stopped well short of announcing any new restrictions — beyond those already imposed via the implementation of ‘Plan B’ — but comes against a backdrop of many allusions to serious curbs of people’s personal liberty being under consideration, with Johnson even suggesting it is time for a “national conversation” about making vaccination compulsory. He also closed with what appeared to be a clear threat that, if people do not heed his urgings to “get boosted” in record time in the coming days and weeks, there will be consequences for civil liberties, saying: “Get boosted now for yourself, for your friends and your family; get boosted now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country; get boosted now to protect our NHS, our freedoms and our way of life.” – READ MORE
South Korea Will Test Facial Recognition Tech To Track People Infected With COVID-19 –Bucheon, a city in South Korea, is planning to test a facial recognition system which is built on data from 10,000 surveillance cameras to track those infected with COVID-19.
“The system will be tested in January in Bucheon, a metropolitan area of 800,000 people on the edge of Seoul, the country’s capital. City officials hope the system can help trace the recent movements of people who test positive, their interactions with other people and whether masks were worn,” reported The New York Times. – READ MORE
Attorney: Entire family given COVID vaccine instead of flu shot, 2 children now suffering heart issues – Walgreens is having a rough time on the public relations front, as incidents keep arising where they are allegedly mixing up flu shots with coronavirus vaccines.
A family in Evansville, Indiana, said they were all given adult doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine instead of the flu shot on Oct. 4, WFIE-TV reported. – READ MORE
Berlin Expands Vaccine Drive to Children Aged 5 to 11 – Children from 5 to 11 years old will be eligible to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses this week in Berlin, health officials said Sunday, joining other German states in opening up appointments to younger children.
The children in that age group will be able to get a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot in Berlin’s mass vaccination centres in schools, doctors’ offices and even at the city’s Natural History Museum. – READ MORE
Bloomberg Article Advises Americans To Spend Their Paychecks Quickly, Take Out Loans To Deal With Inflation – Bloomberg News drew fierce criticism for suggesting that Americans spend their paychecks quickly, purchase expensive items like homes and cars, and take out loans to pay for them, as means of coping with skyrocketing inflation.
The article, titled “For Americans Shocked by Inflation, Argentines Have Some Advice,” cites the nation of Argentina, whose annual inflation rate is typically about 50%, and suggests that Americans copy the strategies used by average Argentinians to cope with inflation in the U.S., which has risen to a nearly 40-year high at 6.8%. – READ MORE
Some NYC sanitation workers see salaries approach $300,000 due to staffing issues –About 100 New York City garbage collectors and their bosses pulled in salaries of about $300,000 due to a windfall from overtime, a report published Sunday said.
The New York Post, citing a department representative, reported that the blowout salaries were due to excessive overtime hours because of staffing issues throughout the year. The shortage was blamed on the COVID-19 epidemic. The paper pointed out that many of those who saw a jump in pay were retirement-age supervisors, who can use the bump to “fatten their pension.” – READ MORE
Woke companies that funded BLM agenda now complain about looters, thieves on the loose – We definitely need to get tougher on sentencing looters and store robbers, but we should exempt those criminals from prison time if they loot one of the big corporations that helped spawn this epidemic of shoplifting to begin with.
Last week, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, representing 20 major retailers, sent a letter to Congress asking legislators to deal with the growing theft, shoplifting, and “smash-and-grab” mob attacks on retail stores. The corporations represented include giants like Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Home Depot, and CVS. – READ MORE