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Employers mandate COVID-19 vaccines

A coronavirus vaccination site in New York City Associated Press/Photo by Mary Althaffer

Employers mandate COVID-19 vaccines

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that all 340,000 municipal employees, including teachers, must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 13, the first day of school, or submit to weekly coronavirus testing. Teacher unions applauded the decision but said they might negotiate over how to cover testing requirements. California health officials issued a similar mandate for their 238,000 state employees, starting in August. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs joined the ranks on Monday afternoon, giving 115,000 employees in “patient-facing” jobs eight weeks to get vaccinated—with no alternative testing option. The VA is the first federal agency to enforce a vaccine mandate. St. Louis became the first city on Monday to reinstate mask requirements because of the spread of the coronavirus delta variant.

Are vaccine mandates legal? Workers and students have sued for the right not to get vaccinated but have not succeeded so far. Federal judges have upheld vaccine mandates established by a hospital system in Houston and Indiana University. Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published guidance saying employers could require immunizations as a condition of employment if they provided reasonable accommodations for people with lawful objections such as disability or discrimination claims.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard discuss the legality of vaccine mandates further on The World and Everything in It.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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I winced when I saw the photo of the shot.
I gave blood for a while and would not look when they jabbed me.
I had to quit when I began to feel ill after a donation.
I wonder how the blood donations are doing. And who has been able to give now because of COVID.

My Two CentsNEWS2ME

I am a blood donor. In fact, I just went in yesterday. I’m also type O- and have what is called baby’s blood, so mine can be given to new borns. They always call when 8 weeks have gone by and I’m eligible again, because they have a critical shortage, it seems. All the phlebotomists know me by name, for whatever that is worth. As long as you haven’t had symptoms or been around a known positive covid case, or are awaiting a covid test, you can donate if you are otherwise eligible. And, now you can check your donation records and see if you have covid antibodies. I am happy to be a donor, and I pray for whoever will receive my blood, while I’m sitting in the chair. I’m sorry you have felt bad after a donation. Sometimes I feel a bit light headed and have had trouble with my iron levels. Otherwise, I give 6-7 times a year. When I went in during the shut down, they had to let you in, took your temp, and the check in process was more regimented.

NEWS2MEMy Two Cents

I always had trouble with my iron levels. They turned me down more times.
Then I found a way to get my blood closer to an acceptable level.
My way was different than what they recommended. Funny but it worked most times.
I'm glad there are people like you who are still able to donate.

My Two CentsNEWS2ME

I started taking iron supplements, along with vitamin D and zinc. And for some reason, during the summer months my iron is lower. If I get turned down twice, I usually wait six months and try again. Thank you. I’m glad I can still donate, and will continue as long as I am able.