France has postponed implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health workers in Martinique and Guadeloupe after the measure spurred widespread protests on the French territories in which police…
France postpones vaccine mandate after violent unrest in Martinique and Guadeloupe
The two Caribbean islands have been hit by unrest over the last week after the French government imposed tougher measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Compulsory vaccinations for health workers, a measure already introduced on the French mainland, had fuelled resentment among the islands' majority Black population.
The French health ministry said in a statement after a crisis government meeting on Friday that it had decided to postpone to Dec. 31 "finalising the implementation of the vaccine mandate" in Martinique and Guadeloupe.
It had put those who refused inoculation on unpaid leave but now says it will give those suspended more time for individual "dialogue" with their managers while still getting paid.
Some on the islands have called the mandate a throwback to France's slavery era, insisting that they should be allowed to make their own choices about health treatment. Journalists attacked
The French government meeting came as the riots in Martinique were still ongoing, a source close to the French overseas minister said.
"Last night was clearly more intense than the nights before," a local spokesman for the French state told Reuters on Friday.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said authorities in Martinique and Guadeloupe had made 10 arrests after shots were fired on Thursday night, injuring several people.
Journalists from French television, news and photo agencies were attacked on Thursday night, media group Altice said in a statement, confirming earlier remarks by the minister. One police officer was seriously injured and needed surgery, local authorities said.
Prosecutors said masked protesters had also tried to set fire to the gate of the official residence of the prefect, the most senior representative of the French central state there, but no significant damage had been caused.
In Guadeloupe, where protests began last week, there is a historic mistrust of the government's handling of health crises after many people were systematically exposed to toxic pesticides used in banana plantations in the 1970s.
Kathleen Casillo, a Queens woman who is charged with plowing her BMW through a covey of BLM hoodlums on the street in February has opted for a jury trial. Video evidence shows the thugs blocking the street and pounding on her car before she hit the gas and sent some of them flying. She was offered what many considered to be a very lenient plea deal that would have mandated a few days of community service and pull her driver's license for a year. She told them to go pound sand. You've got to admire her moxie.
Casillo, a 52-year-old woman from Queens, was accused of driving into pedestrians at a BLM protest in Midtown Manhattan
PS. I tried to link to an account of this story that does not start off with "A white NYC woman..." but none could be found. The whole lot of the 'news' tribe are just a bunch of lazy, copy-pastas, but you knew that.
I had to look up who he was; but by the two vids linked here, he seems level-headed.
That's the key. He apparently never really made it big...he was middling in his success. So he kept his expenditures below his income; and when the time came that the lines were drawn, he COULD say, "I quit."
I had much the same freedom, years ago; but in living that life, I came to know how rare it really is. I guess it's all-but-impossible for people not to blow their money on high living...
Capt. Greg Flis, a 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., Dec. 30, 2020. The deadline for Air Force Guardsmen and Reservists to complete a one- or two-dose vaccine regimen passed Dec. 2. (Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker/Air National Guard)
Nearly 95% of airmen and guardians — about 473,000 people — are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Department of the Air Force announced Friday.
About 23,500 troops remained completely unprotected as of 8 a.m. Friday, more than half of whom belong to the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard. That accounts for around one in every 20 people in the department.
Nearly twice as many Guard and Reserve airmen are unvaccinated than in the active duty component, 14,500 to 8,800. This is the first time the Air Force has released holistic data on its effort to inoculate the department of about 501,000 uniformed members.
Nearly 97 percent, or 316,000, of the 326,000 active duty airmen are fully vaccinated.
By Rachel S. Cohen
The Air Force’s deadline for Guardsmen and Reservists to complete a one- or two-dose vaccine regimen passed Thursday. Active duty Air Force and Space Force members had to get it done by Nov. 2. To be considered fully vaccinated, a person must wait two weeks after his or her second Moderna- or Pfizer-made shot, or after a single Johnson & Johnson dose.
All three versions are federally endorsed for emergency use, and Pfizer’s vaccine Comirnaty is the only one to earn full approval for people ages 16 and older so far.
Right now, less than 1% of the total force remains partially vaccinated, meaning about 4,000 people have received only one of the two Moderna or Pfizer doses.
More than 4,800 exemptions have been approved for people with select medical conditions, such as myocarditis or a known allergy to a component of the vaccine, and for those who will soon leave the military.
Some 2,300 people in the Guard and Reserve won administrative exceptions, indicating they plan to leave the service of their own volition. Another 1,200 or so Guardsmen and Reservists are exempt for medical reasons.
Officials haven’t approved any requests for religious exemptions, citing the deadly virus’s ongoing threat to public health and military readiness concerns. The service is still working through about 10,500 religious exemption requests, including nearly 6,000 from Guardsmen and Reservists.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt argued that the Biden administration’s defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, overstepped his constitutional authority by subjecting the National Guard to the mandate, which applies to active-duty military members.
People hoping for a religious waiver outpace those who have outright refused in writing to get the shot or who simply have not made an appointment. Compared to more than 10,000 exemption hopefuls, about 4,800 haven’t started the vaccination process and 3,200 have declined it.
Few people whose exemption requests were rejected have appealed. Others have chosen to get the shots after being turned down, while still others opted to start the process of leaving the military.
Military and health experts have voiced concerns about how widely Guard and Reserve units would comply with the Pentagon’s vaccination mandate.
More part-time service members in low-vaccination areas may bring local vaccine skepticism and outright anti-vaccination sentiments to the military, and might not be required get the shot for their regular jobs. They also risk serious illness in themselves and others if infected with COVID-19 at their civilian jobs or the health care facilities they’ve helped out since early 2020.
To limit the spread of disease and possibly incentivize the jab, the Air Force has started restricting what its members are allowed to do while unvaccinated.
As of Nov. 29, active duty airmen who aren’t fully vaccinated or are still awaiting a decision on their exemption request, can no longer qualify for permanent change of station moves — limiting their career options going forward.
The deadline for some VA workers to get vaccinated passed two months ago.
By Leo Shane III
If an airman or guardian cannot deploy for at least a year because they haven’t completed their shots, the Air Force will consider whether to keep them or start the process of kicking them out, the service said on a question-and-answer page. Each case will be handled on an individual basis; how long it takes to discharge someone depends on multiple factors, including their length of time in the service.
“Willfully disobeying a lawful order is incompatible with military service, and to get a vaccination is a lawful order,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during an online town hall Nov. 18. “We have to do a lot of things to take care of the health of the force, and people have been required to get vaccinations for a number of things.”
It’s unclear how many of the Air Force’s 152,500 permanent, full-time civilian employees were fully vaccinated by their Nov. 22 deadline. Air Force public affairs referred a Nov. 29 request for the data to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which referred the query to the Defense Department. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has not responded to the request as of Dec. 3.
Guardsmen who refuse vaccination will not be able to participate in any drills or federal training, which could jeopardize their ability to stay in the military.
By Meghann Myers
About 93% of DoD active duty and civilian personnel have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, OMB said in a Nov. 24 release. The office did not break out the numbers by full vaccination status or civilian-only data.
Contractors who work with the Department of the Air Force must be fully inoculated against the coronavirus by Dec. 8.
Nearly 782,000 Americans, including 142 Air Force employees, contractors and dependents, have died during the COVID-19 pandemic so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seventy-five percent of Americans ages 5 and older have gotten at least one shot so far; severe side effects are rare.
Breakthrough cases are possible, but the virus is more easily contracted, and more likely to have serious repercussions, for the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated people are nearly six times more likely to catch the coronavirus, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated, the CDC said.
The situation deserves that language. He sure nailed the "woke" people I know. Called them out. Great video but I'm surprised it hasn't been taken down off youtube. yet. LOL about Biden. My girls and I nicknamed him "weekend at Bernies" a while back.
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