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Pentagon Formally Drops COVID Vaccine Mandate

Politico reports: The Pentagon formally dropped its Covid-19 vaccination mandate Tuesday, but a new memo signed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also gives commanders some discretion in how or whether to deploy troops who are not vaccinated. Austin’s memo has been widely anticipated ever since legislation signed into law on Dec. 23 gave him 30 days to rescind the mandate. …

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Canada To Drop All COVID Protocols For Travelers

The CBC reports: The federal government says it’s dropping all COVID-19 measures at borders on Saturday, meaning travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains. As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to: -provide proof of vaccination; -Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing; …

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Thomas Agrees To Hear Challenge To NYC Vax Mandate

Politico reports: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an NYPD detective’s challenge to New York City’s vaccine requirement for municipal workers after all. Last month, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request by Det. Anthony Marciano to take up his legal challenge. But Marciano resubmitted the exact same request to conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, and the high court’s press office …

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Ingraham: My Show Will “Target” Pro-Vax Republicans

“This is all allowed because of the defense authorization passed last November with broad bipartisan support. You cannot make this up. This cannot be allowed to stand and this show is going to start targeting any Republican who joins onto this year’s defense authorization without this vaccine requirement stricken from the bill. It’s high time this is done.” – Laura …

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NYC Rejects “Dudeism” As Religious Vax Exemption

The New York Daily News reports: New York City does not abide. A city worker can’t use his belief in the religion of Dudeism — born of the movie “The Big Lebowski” — as a legitimate reason for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees, according to internal Law Department emails. An unidentified staffer had their religious accommodation …

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Appeals Court Upholds Mandate For Federal Workers

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden’s requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 was uhpheld Thursday by a federal appeals court. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a lower court and ordered dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the mandate. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was …

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NYC Mayor Under Fire For Pro Sports Vax Exemption

The New York Times reports: Since lifting the private employer vaccine requirement for professional athletes and performers based in New York City on Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams has drawn the ire of city employees, their unions and others who still must adhere to the mandate or lose their jobs. The Police Benevolent Association, the largest police union in the city, …

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NYC Mayor To Drop Vax Mandate For Pro Athletes

The New York Daily News reports: The private-sector vaccine mandate that has benched Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving for home games — and would have kept Aaron Judge and other key members of the Yankees and Mets from taking the field in New York City — will be lifted, sources said. Mayor Adams plans to rescind the restriction for performers …

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Broadway To Keep “Mask + Vax” Policies Thru April 30

The New York Post reports: Broadway will maintain its mask and vaccine policies through April despite Mayor Eric Adams rolling back many COVID-19 mandates starting Monday. “Our current guidance is through April 30, and we are scheduled to update that guidance on April 1,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “Discussions are held weekly on our …

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NYC Mayor Scraps Vaccine Mandate For Indoor Activities

The New York Daily News reports: Starting Monday, New Yorkers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination for indoor activities like dining and kids won’t have to wear face masks in school, Mayor Adams announced Friday as coronavirus infections continue to drop statewide. The rollback of pandemic precautions was expected, as Adams said earlier this week that the …

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NYC Set To Drop Most COVID Restrictions On Mar. 7th

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: Face masks and vaccine cards, two essentials in the everyday lives of New Yorkers, are starting to get phased out in the city whose leaders are looking to return daily life to pre-pandemic habits. On Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams announced his intention to reverse the city’s “Key2NYC” policy, which currently requires anyone 5 …

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NY Drops Booster Mandate For Health Care Workers

Gothamist reports: When New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in January that health care workers would have to get a COVID vaccine booster to remain on the job, she billed it as a necessary requirement to protect workers and patients alike. Six weeks later, the state has dropped the booster mandate – at least for now. Hochul’s administration announced Friday …

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NYC Mayor Mulls Exemption For Anti-Vax NBA Star

The New York Daily News reports: In a sign that Kyrie Irving could be fully available for the Nets later this year, two major figures, including the one with ultimate power, questioned New York City’s vaccine requirement for hometown pro athletes on Wednesday. Irving is the only player on either the Knicks or Nets who has refused to take a …

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SCOTUS To Hear Mandate Challenge By NYC Teachers

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a request from New York City teachers to block a vaccine mandate over religious objections, despite Justice Sonia Sotomayor initially denying the request just last week. An application for the teachers’ request was submitted to Sotomayor last week, which she rejected. Sotomayor oversees cases in the Second Circuit and …

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Vax Deadline Arrives For Almost All Medical Workers

The Washington Post reports: It’s a big moment for President Biden’s vaccine requirement: health-care workers now must be vaccinated in all but one state. The White House originally sought to increase the country’s lagging vaccination rate through measures like a vaccinate-or-test rule for large employers and a mandate for federal workers. Both have been halted by the courts. The rule …

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SCOTUS Rejects Appeal From Anti-Vax NYC Teachers

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from a group of New York City public school teachers seeking to block a vaccine mandate for employees who were not given a religious exemption. Their appeal was directed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles cases from that region. She rejected an earlier challenge, filed in October, to the …

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WH Withdraws OSHA Mandate Due To SCOTUS Ruling

USA Today reports: The Biden administration is officially withdrawing its requirement that most workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 – the controversial rule the Supreme Court blocked from enforcement earlier this month. The administration will also be asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case. But the federal agency that regulates workplace safety said Tuesday …

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Austrian MPs Approve Europe’s First Vaccine Mandate

The Associated Press reports: Austria’s parliament voted Thursday to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, the first of its kind in Europe. Lawmakers voted 137 to 33 in favor of the mandate, which will apply to all residents of Austria aged 18 and over. Exemptions are made for pregnant women, people who for medical reasons can’t …

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Starbucks Drops “Vax Or Test” Mandate For Employees

Axios reports: Starbucks has dropped plans to require that U.S. workers get the COVID vaccine or submit to weekly testing, the company announced Tuesday in a memo to employees. The company’s decision comes in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling last week to block the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers. State of play: “We respect the court’s …

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SCOTUS Blocks OSHA Mandate, Okays For Healthcare

CNBC reports: The ruling came after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure started to take effect. The mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees must get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work. OSHA, which polices workplace safety …

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