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Djokovic Won't Have Shots to Play in US Open

That decision would make Wimbledon the defending champion's last Grand Slam tournament of year

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic knows that, as things stand now, Wimbledon will be his last Grand Slam tournament of 2022, because he will not be able to play in the US Open—he has not received any COVID-19 shots and can't enter the US as an unvaccinated foreigner. "That,"...

3 Cadets Who Refused Vaccine Won't Be Commissioned

Air Force Academy says they'll still receive bachelor degrees, while a fourth had a change of heart

(Newser) - Update: Three cadets who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive bachelor degrees, the Air Force Academy said Saturday, but they won't be commissioned as military officers. The secretary of the Air Force will decide whether the three will have to reimburse the federal government for their education...

Court Backs Biden's Mandate for Federal Worker Vaccinations

Injunction had put the requirement on hold in January

(Newser) - President Biden's requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 was upheld Thursday by a federal appeals court. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and ordered dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the mandate. The ruling, a rare...

As Canada's Truckers Fight Vax Mandate, Musk Picks Sides

'Canadian truckers rule' was Tesla CEO's tweet as drivers headed to Ottawa protest

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been inserting himself lately into conversations about crypto , but the Tesla and SpaceX CEO shifted gears late in the week to lend support to an entirely different cause. "Canadian truckers rule" was his thumbs-up tweet Thursday, directed toward big-rig drivers headed toward Ottawa for an anti-vaccine...

Evangeline Lilly Says She Was at RFK Jr. Anti-Vax Rally

She says she was there to support 'bodily sovereignty'

(Newser) - Almost two years after she apologized for saying she wouldn't self-isolate or change her daily routine because of the pandemic, Evangeline Lilly is back in the news over her COVID-related stance. In an Instagram post Thursday, the Canadian actress confirmed that she was at an anti-vaccine mandate protest in...

Biden's Controversial Vaccine Mandate Officially Withdrawn

Supreme Court had blocked it earlier this month

(Newser) - Following the blocking of his vaccine mandate for large businesses by the Supreme Court earlier this month, President Biden is withdrawing the OSHA regulation entirely. The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday it is dropping the requirement that companies with more than 100 employees...

Thousands Protest Vaccine Mandates in DC

Organizer says he wants to change image of opponents

(Newser) - Thousands of people protested vaccine mandates Sunday on the National Mall—an island of largely maskless demonstrators in Washington, which has embraced mask and vaccine requirements in its fight against the omicron variant. Demonstrators made their feelings about leaders perceived as enemies clear—a parked bus was covered with photos...

Trump Appointee Blocks a Biden Vaccine Mandate

Judge issues injunction, ruling requirement for federal workers exceeds president's authority

(Newser) - A US judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated against COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the bench for the Southern District of Texas by...

Some Customers Object to Carhartt's Vaccine Mandate

CEO says SCOTUS ruling doesn't affect company's stance on workplace safety

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has blocked the administration's COVID vaccine requirement for large companies—but it's staying in place at Carhartt, despite objections from some of the workwear firm's customers. Conservative commentators called for a boycott of the Michigan-based company after a memo explaining the policy was shared...

After Health Official's Vaccination Email, Fla. DOH Takes Action

Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County's health chief, put on leave after encouraging staffers to get vaccinated

(Newser) - Throughout the pandemic, Florida's Dr. Raul Pino has been the public face for Orange County's Department of Health, appearing during news briefings to offer updates on case numbers and vaccinations. The county health director may not be on camera for a while, though: The state DOH announced Pino...

Companies Take Ruling on Mandate Under Advisement

Employers could impose their own rule after Supreme Court decision

(Newser) - Everyone seemed to welcome or lament the Supreme Court's decision Thursday on the Biden administration's vaccine-or-testing mandate for large companies—except the companies. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican leader in the effort to block it, said the ruling is "a big win for workers across...

Supreme Court Gives Biden a Win and a Loss on COVID

Blocks vaccine mandate at large businesses, allows mandate for health-care workers

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health-care workers in the US, per the...

'Vindicated' United CEO: COVID Not Killing Workers Anymore

Scott Kirby says no vaccinated workers have died in last 8 weeks

(Newser) - If you thought the rash of canceled flights over the holidays was the end of it, United Airlines CEO offered a cold dose of reality on Tuesday. In a memo to employees, Scott Kirby explained the company is "reducing our near-term schedules to make sure we have the staffing...

2 Lawyers Arguing Against COVID Mandate Test Positive

They had to present by phone before the Supreme Court on Friday

(Newser) - Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration's authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on large employers. The court seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers, the AP reports. The arguments in the...

Biden's Vaccine Mandates in Hands of Supreme Court

Ruling could come within days, or perhaps weeks

(Newser) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states the federal vaccination or testing requirements for businesses with 100 or more employees, affecting more than 84 million workers, will push 22 million people to get vaccinated, save more than 6,500 lives, and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations owing to COVID-19 over the...

Fauci: Time to Consider Flight Vaccine Mandate

He says feds should 'seriously consider' vaccine rule for domestic flights

(Newser) - With COVID cases surging, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the federal government should seriously consider a vaccine mandate for domestic flights. The top White House medical adviser said Monday that it would be "reasonable" to consider the mandate, Bloomberg reports. "When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another...

SCOTUS Is Moving 'Extraordinarily Fast' on Mandate Challenges

Special session will be held Jan. 7

(Newser) - Last week, a federal appeals court cleared the way for the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private employers to take effect Jan. 4—but the issue will be before the Supreme Court just three days later. The court said Wednesday night that it will hold a special session Jan....

Religious Exemption Requests on Vaccine Go Nowhere

Pentagon didn't expect 12K applications

(Newser) - When the Pentagon announced in August that all service members would have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, it said they can seek religious exemptions. More than 12,000 military service members have done that, the AP reports, but so far, not one exemption on religious grounds has been granted....

Federal Appeals Court Puts Biden Mandate Back in Play

6th US Circuit Court of Appeals frees up vaccine, testing rule for businesses with 100-plus workers

(Newser) - As some states continue to push back on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private employers, the president saw a victory on that front Friday after a federal appeals court reinstated the vaccine and testing requirement for businesses, reports CNBC . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of...

High-Ranking NY Cops Accused of Using Fake Vaccination Cards

They're now on desk duty, NYPD says

(Newser) - Two high-ranking NYPD officers have been relieved of their guns and shields and placed on modified duty for allegedly using fake vaccination cards to get around New York City's vaccine mandate for city workers. The NYPD confirmed Wednesday that Lieutenant Joseph Marsella and Captain Desmond Morales had been placed...

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