Boeing says it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to meet the requirements of an executive order issued by President Joe Biden affecting federal employees and contractors.
Boeing builds commercial jets as well as military jets for the US government. Waivers will be approved for “a disability or sincere religious belief,” the aerospace giant said in a statement.
Chicago-based Boeing has major operations in the United States, including Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott this week issued an executive order banning companies from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine warrants.
Boeing did not respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment on the mandate.
Federal contractors have until Dec. 8 to be fully immunized according to guidelines issued by the Federal Task Force on Federal Workforce Safety. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) issued a statement saying it was speaking to employers to ensure that “implementation gives due consideration to member concerns, health concerns and respects provisions of our negotiated contracts “.
Also in the news:
►Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have reversed course and announced that proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend festivals in California.
► Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday, just two hours before Game 4 of their National League Division game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves won and move on to the next round.
►A man from Rhode Island has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for COVID-19 stimulus fraud. He received nearly $ 600,000 in stimulus funds from three different banks and spent the money on trips to Las Vegas and New Hampshire, a Camaro, home renovations and online gaming.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 44.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 716,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 238.8 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 187 million Americans – 56% of the population – are fully immunized, according to the CDC.
What we read: Leaders and staff at a federal Illinois veterans retirement home mismanaged a coronavirus outbreak that killed 11 residents in the fall of 2020, long after employees were warned of the danger of the pandemic for its elderly population, a government investigation revealed. Read more here.
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Vaccinated global tourists will be allowed to cross land borders to the United States
Starting next month, the United States will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to cross their land borders for non-essential purposes such as tourism or to visit friends and family. The change would allow foreign tourists to enter the United States through land or sea ports for the first time since March 2020. Government officials have not yet announced a date for the policy change, but have said it will. would take place “early November”, in tandem with the country’s updated international air transport system.
“This is an important step that will further improve the safety of international travel and the safety of Americans at home,” senior administration officials said on a call with reporters. “These new vaccination requirements deploy the best tool we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “
Vehicle, train and ferry travel between the United States and Canada and Mexico has been largely limited to essential travel, such as commerce, since the early days of the pandemic. By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the United States, such as truck drivers, will need to be fully immunized.
Mom whose daughter recently died: “COVID is not over”
A Virginia mother whose 10-year-old daughter has died from COVID spoke at a school board meeting this week, warning that ‘COVID is not over’ and imploring people to ‘do whatever it takes which is in our power to protect our children ”. Nicole Sperry, a teacher from Suffolk, Va., Spoke at the Chesapeake Public School Board meeting. Her daughter’s funeral service was Sunday.
Sperry alleged in a Facebook post that a teacher asked Teresa Sperry to accompany sick classmates to a nurse’s office at Hillpoint Elementary School before testing positive for COVID-19. Teresa died a few days later.
“My message to you and everyone listening is that COVID is not over. It doesn’t matter what the people who stood up here said, ”Sperry said.
– Marina Pitofsky
Coming soon: Moderna, J&J boosters?
A federal advisory committee will meet for two days this week to discuss safety and the need for a booster for people who have previously received the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Members of the Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee will also hear information on the likely safety and efficacy of administering booster vaccines from a vaccine manufacturer other than their initial doses. Although presumed safe, there has been little data so far and the government has encouraged people to stick with the same vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved last month for people over 65 as well as younger people whose medical conditions or jobs put them at a higher risk of disease. So far, people who have received Moderna or J&J for their first set of shots have been asked to sit still.
– Kare Weintraub
Florida County faces $ 3.57 million fine for needing vaccine
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has followed through on his threat to fine local governments that require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, giving Leon County until November 5 to pay a fine of $ 3.57 million . In mid-September, DeSantis said it would not let Floridians be sacked due to a vaccination warrant and announced it would start imposing fines of $ 5,000 per employee. After Leon County administrator Vince Long made vaccines a condition of employment, all 714 employees had to be vaccinated or have a few selected exemptions before October 1. A total of 14 employees were made redundant because they refused to do so.
Democratic lawmakers representing Tallahassee claimed the decision to impose a fine was an overrun by the governor’s office.
“The governor has gone too far,” said Representative Ramon Alexander D-Tallahassee. “Local governments cannot stand idly by and should have the capacity to issue emergency standards. Vaccines are an important tool that helps us control this pandemic. “
– Karl Etters, Democrat of Tallahassee
Brooklyn Nets ban Kyrie Irving from team activities until he’s vaccinated
The Brooklyn Nets have taken a drastic step to force All-Star goaltender Kyrie Irving to get a COVID-19 vaccine. NBA star Kyrie Irving will not play or train with his team “until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday, in a press release. The NBA has tried to get players vaccinated through education and health and safety protocols that will make the season easier for vaccinated players and more expensive for unvaccinated players.
New York City has a vaccination mandate that says Irving, who is not vaccinated, and other Nets and New York Knicks players must be vaccinated to play at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden.
The Nets were faced with a scenario in which Irving would play games on the road but not at home – a sub-optimal situation for any team, especially one with the talent (Kevin Durant, James Harden) to win a NBA Championship – and ultimately chose to play without the point guard unless he got the shot.
– Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
Southwest, American Airlines among Texas companies challenging governor
Two of the nation’s largest airlines – Southwest Airlines and American Airlines – said Tuesday they plan to follow impending federal guidelines and require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, despite an order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott who tries to block such warrants. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines last week ordered all of its estimated 55,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19 by December 8. This followed a directive from President Joe Biden, who said in September that all private companies with more than 100 workers get vaccinated or perform weekly tests for the coronavirus.
Southwest said in a statement Tuesday that the presidential executive order “supersedes any state mandate or law,” adding that the company is required to comply with it despite Abbott’s action “to remain compliant as a federal contractor ”.
– Austin American-Stateman staff