2 hr 15 min agoFlorida governor is “putting kids at real risk,” former White House adviser saysFrom CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an event to give out bonuses to first responders held at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside on August 10 in Surfside, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is putting children in his state at risk by trying to prevent schools from requiring face masks, Andy Slavitt, former White House Covid-19 adviser, said Tuesday.
“When school districts try to do the right thing, and he overrules them, he’s both overruling conservative principles of local control, but more importantly, he’s putting kids at real risk,” Slavitt told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Slavitt noted that pediatric hospitals in Florida are filling up with Covid-19 patients.
“It’s time for Gov. DeSantis to decide what matters. Is it kids and families or is it politics?” he said.
Asked whether President Biden should play a role in intervening in states where governors are trying to ban mask mandates in schools, Slavitt said, “the President has no choice but to put every possible option on the table.”
2 hr 56 min agoOregon governor will announce new indoor mask mandate tomorrowFrom CNN’s Andy Rose
Oregon Governor Kate Brown talks talks with media after announcing the end of the state’s Covid-19 restrictions in Portland, Oregon on June 30. (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will announce new statewide indoor mask requirements at a news conference Wednesday, her office announced.
“After a year and a half of this pandemic, I know Oregonians are tired of health and safety restrictions,” Brown said in a written statement Tuesday. “This new mask requirement will not last forever, but it is a measure that can save lives right now.”
The governor also announced Tuesday that all executive branch employees in the state will be required to be vaccinated. The deadline is Oct.18, or six weeks after a vaccine receives final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, whichever date is later.
“I am taking action to help ensure State of Oregon workplaces are safe for employees and customers alike, and I am strongly encouraging all public and private employers to follow suit by requiring vaccination for their employees,” Brown said in the written statement.
The governor does not have the power to enforce a mandate on workers in the legislative and judicial branches, but encouraged their leadership to consider one.
3 hr 9 min agoEmployers going back to in-person work should have a vaccine mandate, expert saysFrom CNN’s Virginia Langmaid
Employers who are pulling employees back into in-person work should have a vaccine mandate in the office, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday.
“I think it’s fine as long as you have a vaccine mandate. I think everybody who is going to get together in an enclosed space indoors should be vaccinated,” he said in a discussion hosted by Brown University.
Offit said, barring health reasons, there is “no good reason” to not go ahead and get vaccinated.
“You’re not asking them to get a heart transplant, you’re just asking them to get two shots of a vaccine, it’s not that, it doesn’t hurt. It provides excellent protection certainly against severe critical disease,” he said.“There’s no good reason not to do it assuming you don’t have a medical condition that precludes you getting vaccinated. There’s no reason that you can get, there’s no reasonable way to make that choice that you shouldn’t get vaccinated. All the reasons people give are bad ones,” Offit said.
3 hr 11 min agoVaccine expert says available data does not yet demonstrate a need for Covid-19 boostersFrom CNN’s Virginia Langmaid
The data available does not yet show a need for Covid-19 booster doses in the US, and the focus should be more on initial vaccinations than booster doses, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday.
“I think we will cross the line, where we know we need a booster dose, when people who are vaccinated, fully vaccinated, nonetheless, are hospitalized or in the ICU or dying,” Offit said in a conversation hosted by Brown University. “That’s where the line gets crossed for me. We’re not there yet. We’re not and I, hopefully the CDC is carefully looking at these data because that’s what you need to know.”
Offit said while San Francisco has moved forward on offering an additional dose to those who got a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine, “I don’t see any evidence that you need to do that.”
“This discussion of boosters is just a little off the point. The problem is going to be is not boosting people who’ve already been vaccinated, the problem in this country is that the people who haven’t been vaccinated, that’s where we need to focus our efforts, all our efforts, I feel,” he said.Offit also spoke briefly about the upcoming meeting of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, of which he is a member. The committee is set to meet to discuss booster doses in the immunocompromised.
Offit said Friday’s discussion will likely conclude that immunocompromised people are the ones dependent on the “herd” of vaccinated people.
“I mean, the worst thing an anti-vaccine person says, is they say, ‘What do you care what I do? You’re vaccinated,’ which makes two incorrect assumptions. One, the vaccines are 100% effective, which is true of no vaccine, and two, that everybody can get vaccinated when they can’t.”
3 hr 39 min agoSan Francisco school district to require Covid-19 vaccine for all staffFrom CNN’s Sarah Moon
Plexiglass dividers are set up on tables in a first grade classroom at Bryant Elementary School on April 9, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)The San Francisco Unified School Distr
Florida governor is ‘putting kids at real risk,’ former White House adviser says
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