According to Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, nursing care workers in New York state who refuse to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine should not be permitted to work.
On July 13, Rivera tweeted, “No vaccine, no employment, no school, no in-person shopping.” “You have the freedom to refuse vaccination. “I have the right to defend my children.”
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“Nearly 1/3 of nursing home workers in NYS have not been vaccinated.” Says the NYPost. “Absolutely insane” says a local assemblyman. Agree with him.
No Vaccine, no work, no school, no in-person shopping. You have a right not to be vaccinated. I have the right to protect my kids.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 13, 2021
Rivera’s tweet came in response to a July 12 report in the New York Post claiming that just 67 percent of nursing home employees have received the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 87 percent of residents in New York.
In New York City, 67 percent of nursing home personnel have been vaccinated, compared to 81 percent of residents. According to the New York Post, only 58 percent of Brooklyn employees have had an immunization, compared to 75 percent of nursing facility inmates.
As of July 15, 58 percent of Brooklyn residents aged 18 and above were fully vaccinated, and 63 percent had received at least one shot.
Two weeks after receiving the second dosage of a messenger RNA vaccine or a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, people are considered fully immunized.
The largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU, which represents nursing home staff, said that while its members are encouraged to get vaccinated, it opposes a vaccine mandate.
“We highly encourage our members to acquire the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, as we believe it is a critical tool in moving beyond COVID-19. “However, we do not support a mandate,” the group stated in a statement.
COVID-19 immunizations, according to CNN medical commentator Dr. Leana Wen, should be required. Businesses and schools, according to the emergency physician and former president of Planned Parenthood, should make it impossible for people to remain unvaccinated.
“At this point, what we really need to do is make vaccination the simple decision. People must find it difficult to remain unvaccinated,” Wen remarked on July 10.
“Right now, it’s almost the polar opposite. It’s alright; after all, if you’re unvaccinated, you may do whatever you want. But, at some time, I believe it will be necessary to say, “Hey, you may opt-out, but if you want to opt-out, you must s” these obligations by companies and schools.
The Biden administration has no intentions to issue a nationwide vaccine requirement, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, but will support local mandates.
“The question, if I recall correctly, was about federal mandates… that is not a decision that we are making. “The federal government’s objective is not to do that,” Psaki stated at a press conference on July 12.
“Decisions will be taken by private sector firms, colleges, educational institutions, and even local leaders—should they determine that is the best way to keep their communities safe,” she continued. If they chose to take that step, we will undoubtedly back them.”
Opponents of vaccine mandates claim that the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have only received emergency use authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration and have not been fully authorized (FDA).
However, in updated guidance issued in May 2021, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that employers may require their employees to be vaccinated if they “comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1962, as well as other EEO [equal employment opportunity] considerations.”
Many states, with the exception of Nevada, West Virginia, Maryland, and Maine, have responded by passing laws prohibiting employers from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, such as legislation prohibiting vaccine passports or requiring a vaccine to attend school.
According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, 141 measures have been introduced across the country, with seven having passed legislature and 15 being signed into law by the governor.