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“I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs, and today we made that the law,” DeSantis said in a press release last week. “Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I’m thankful to the Florida Legislature for joining me in standing up for freedom.”
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Ascension was facing a possible lawsuit after mandating the vaccine for employees back in July, WJHG reported. By last Friday, nearly 100 employees were fired for not complying with the mandate.

Crosslin represented many of the terminated employees and said they received individual calls from the bosses and managers on Friday about the updated vaccine guidelines.

“Telling them that they are to come back into work Monday, that Sacred Heart has made a decision they’re not going to continue the mandate in Florida in light of the new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis,” said Crosslin.

A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
“Between the three facilities, it’s between 80 and 90” employees, said Crosslin.

Ascension CEO Tom VanOsdol also confirmed on Friday in a letter that the hospital group is rescinding the suspensions of those who refused the vaccine.

“Yesterday, the Governor of Florida signed into effect Florida law HB 1B. HB 1B conflicts with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule dated Nov. 4, 2021,” VanOsdol said, Action News Jax reported.

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“In order to to be compliant with federal and state laws, Ascension Florida will be rescinding the suspensions of associates who were suspended pending their compliance with the Ascension Florida vaccine policy. All associates will be required to continue to comply with our infection control protocols. Once we have clarity regarding the application of HB 1B and CMS IFR, suspensions may be reinstated.”

Crosslin added that there is still uncertainty over the federal mandate and that the employees could face termination in the coming months.

“This is only a temporary victory. They could still be facing termination for vaccine mandate all over again in January,” said Crosslin.

Walt Disney World also confirmed to Fox Business last week that it paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its employees.

“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our cast members and guests, and at this point, more than 90% of active Florida-based cast members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated,” a Disney spokesperson said. “We will address legal developments as appropriate.”

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An internal memo also outlined that the pause will remain in effect as the company “assesses the new state laws protecting workers from vaccine mandates,” FOX 35 Orlando reported.

DeSantis signed the bills in Brandon, Florida, in a thinly veiled jab at President Biden.

“We were here to celebrate a great city in the state of Florida, a freedom city, and it’s important that when you have the federal government overreaching, like Joe Biden’s doing, that we signed legislation to protect Floridians,” DeSantis previously told Fox News. “Doing it here in Brandon I think is especially meaningful because I think people here really appreciate it.”
Shannon Pettypiece
Sat, November 20, 2021, 4:30 AM·5 min read
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Joe Biden
Joe Biden
46th and current president of the United States
WASHINGTON — After a year of relentless efforts to vaccinate Americans, President Joe Biden is spending almost $10 billion on new and experimental Covid-19 treatments that will largely help those he hasn’t been able to convince.

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It is the latest sign that administration officials see the pandemic as being far from over, that the incidents of breakthrough cases will continue to present problems and that for the unvaccinated, many who don’t trust or like Biden, they aren’t giving up.

This week alone, the Biden administration inked a $5.25 billion deal with Pfizer for its experimental pill to treat Covid infections and agreed to pay $1 billion for a monoclonal antibody treatment from GlaxoSmithKline. That comes on top of multibillion-dollar deals earlier this month with Merck and Eli Lilly for their Covid medicines.

Spending billions of dollars on pills to treat Covid infections is far from where Biden anticipated he would be less than six months ago when he called on Americans to “declare our independence from the virus” during the “summer of freedom.”

The treatments, which have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of hospitalizations and deaths, would provide the greatest benefit to the 1 in 5 Americans who have not been vaccinated and are at greatest risk for severe illness. But with vaccine immunity reportedly waning and just a fraction of those eligible for a booster having got the additional shot, the drugs could increasingly be needed by the vaccinated.

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“Our vaccines are safe and highly effective, but even assuming we’re able to get vaccination rates up and boosters to those at highest risk of severe disease, Covid is there to stay,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University who advised the Biden transition.

How the pandemic plays out over the coming months carries significant political consequences for the White House and Democrats in Congress who have been trying to shift voters’ focus to the recently passed infrastructure bill. White House officials have attributed Biden’s sagging approval rating to Covid fatigue among the public and blamed rising inflation on the economic disruption created by the pandemic.

Press conferences took on an almost celebratory tone as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors announced road maps away from Covid-19 restrictions, hailing their country’s uptake rates and speaking colorfully about a return to normalcy.
But as another Covid-struck winter grips Europe, many of those countries are now reversing course.
Ireland introduced a midnight curfew on the hospitality industry earlier this week amid a surge in cases, despite having one of Europe’s best vaccination rates. In Portugal — the envy of the continent, where 87% of the total population is inoculated — the government is mulling new measures as infections inch upwards.
Britain has meanwhile endured a lengthy and stubborn wave of infections despite its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, often trumpeting the country’s early lead in administering jabs. And in the Netherlands new restrictions have come into force, prompting protests that turned violent in Rotterdam on Friday night.
This is all taking place despite one central fact remaining true — the vaccines are working, and working well.
Some might wonder how both things can be true. But as nations are discovering, even a relatively strong vaccination rate is not enough alone to stop the spread of Covid-19 — and warning signs from Germany and Austria, where infections have skyrocketed in recent weeks — show the dangers of complacency. Austria will enter a total national lockdown on Monday, just days after it imposed a lockdown on unvaccinated people.
The vaccine “continues to provide very good protection — the immunity against severe disease and death is very well maintained,” Charles Bangham, a professor of immunology and the co-director of Imperial College London’s Institute of Infection, told CNN.
“But we know that the Delta variant is very much more infectious,” he said. “At the same time, there have been changes in society and behavior … and in many countries, some of the precautions are being less stringently observed.”
To put it simply, when it comes to stopping transmission, even a very good vaccination rate isn’t always good enough.
“Vaccinations help,” said Ralf Reintjes, professor of epidemiology and public health surveillance at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. “They’re one stone in the process of stopping the virus. But it’s not strong enough alone.”

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