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Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info

Students wearing a protective mask, queue up outside classrooms on the first day of school, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at St. Lawrence Catholic School in North Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students. Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.

The email from Centner Academy hey dude leadership, first reported by WSVN, repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has debunked claims that the coronavirus vaccine can “shed or release any of their components” through the air or skin contact. The coronavirus vaccines do not contain a live virus, so their components can’t be transmitted to others.

David Centner, one of the school’s co-founders, repeated the debunked claims in a statement to The Washington Post, saying the policy is a “precautionary measure” based on “numerous anecdotal cases that have been in circulation.”

“The school is not opining as to whether unexplained phenomena have a basis in fact, however we prefer to err on the side of caution when making decisions that impact the health of the school community,” Centner said.

Despite the Food and Drug Administration’s evidence that the coronavirus vaccines are safe and highly effective, vaccine misinformation online has been a top hurdle for the White House and public health experts when persuading people to get the shots. Almost 219 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, which is about 66 percent of the eligible population, according to The Post’s vaccination tracker.

In July, President Joe Biden excoriated social media companies, accusing them of “killing people” by failing to regulate misinformation about the vaccines on their platforms. In August, Facebook released data that showed the most popular piece of content from January through March was a link to an article that cast doubt on hoka shoes the vaccine. Last Wednesday, attorneys generals from 14 states sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, inquiring if the company provided special treatment to those disseminating vaccine falsehoods on the platform.

Unfounded claims about masks and vaccines have trickled down to schools, where students under 12 years old remain at a higher risk of contracting the virus since they are ineligible for the vaccines.

Tensions between parents and school districts have also grown violent at times. In August, a parent at an Austin school ripped a mask off a teacher’s face. A week later, police said the father of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., high-schooler assaulted another student after she confronted him about trying to bring his daughter onto campus without a mask. He was arrested and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm.

Centner Academy is in Miami’s ritzy Design District, and tuition ranges from about $15,000 to nearly $30,000 per year. The school has become a haven for anti-vaccine parents because it does not require any immunizations for enrollment, citing a parent’s “freedom of choice” and falsely claiming there are “unknown risks associated with vaccinations” that could harm children.

A similar sentiment was shared in an email to parents last week regarding the coronavirus vaccine. School leadership referred to the shots as “experimental,” WSVN reported, and encouraged parents considering getting their child vaccinated to wait several more months until the school year ends.

“We ask that you hold off until the summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease,” Centner Academy leaders wrote.

The school has a history of spreading inaccurate information about the vaccine and penalizing those who choose to get the shots. In April, Centner Academy employees were told they had to notify Leila and David Centner, the married co-founders of the school, if they received a vaccine. Vaccinated school employees were told they would not be allowed any contact with students “until more information is known” about the vaccines. hey dude shoes School leaders also told those wanting the vaccine to wait until the summer to get the shots.

About a week later, a math and science teacher told students they should not hug their vaccinated parents for more than five seconds, the New York Times reported, referencing the same falsehoods the school communicated in its email about vaccine components “shedding” onto others. Some parents threatened to pull their children out of the school over the comments.

Leila Centner has also spread anti-vaccine information during a meeting with parents and staff and in a WhatsApp group with community members, according to the Times. In late January, Leila and David Centner invited outspoken anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at the school.

The co-founders also discouraged teachers from wearing masks, the Times reported. When state health department officials visited for routine dining inspections, teachers were allegedly told in a WhatsApp group to put on masks. The school also allegedly provided parents with mask exemption forms for their children.

In his statement to The Post, David Centner said the school’s policies are made as a “prudent precautionary measure.”

“Our top priorities have always been our students’ well-being and their sense of safety within our educational environment,” he said.

Brace yourself: The ‘sexy vaccine’ costume has arrived

3Wishes releases a
3Wishes releases a “sexy vaccine costume.”

Lingerie and costumes brooks shoes retailer 3Wishes released its latest Halloween costumes, one of which plays homage to vaccines. The simple costume — titled “Sexy Vaccine Costume” — features a nude mini dress alongside a syringe-style headband.

3Wishes CMO and co-founder Sarah Chamberlain tells Yahoo Life that the costume was developed in August during a brainstorming session of unusual Halloween costumes.

“We wanted to make the costume as simple and wearable as possible,” she says. “We ended up with the nude dress because it could be interpreted as an arm with the vaccine going into it. It’s a little obscure but instantly recognizable.”

While it’s not exactly specified in the item description that this costume is COVID-19 related, Chamberlain says that it was inspired by the life-saving vaccines that were created to fight the pandemic. It was the conversation around the vaccines that made the company want to take this approach to the costume.

“We obviously take the pandemic very seriously but with everything being so divisive, we feel adding in a little humor can lighten the mood,” she explains. clarks shoes uk “The pandemic itself is a very serious and heartbreaking situation and we don’t want to insinuate that it isn’t. People feel very strongly about the vaccine and we thought that this may be a more lighthearted way for party-goers to pay homage to what we’ve all been dealing with for the last year and a half.”

Unlike the COVID-19 vaccines, which are free, this costume will run you $55.95.

3Wishes releases a
3Wishes releases a “Sexy Vaccine Costume” just in time for Halloween.
For those who are afraid of needles but want something timely, there’s also the option to try 3Wishes’s “Sexy Billionaire Spaceman Costume” at your next Halloween party. The costume, which features a hey dude shoes blue space suit and a cowboy hat, is a reference to Jeff Bezos and his extraordinarily wealthy peers’ recent treks to space.While cheaper than a ticket to space, this costume costs $74.95.

3Wishes space cowboy costume. (Photo: 3Wishes)
3Wishes space cowboy costume.

If you’re weighing whether or not the Sexy Vaccine Costume is in good taste, you may want to rank it ahead of a naughty nurse costume. Many nurses have pushed back against the popular Halloween costume due to it perpetuating harmful stereotypes of the profession — something that feels important to avoid as nurses continue to fight on the frontlines amid the pandemic.

“Nurses are propositioned, hoka shoes grabbed and sexually assaulted, in large part because the ‘naughty nurse’ image presents nurses as sex candy that hospitals have on offer, as if sexual services is something we provide,” Sandy Summers, a registered nurse who is the executive director of the nurse advocacy organization the Truth About Nursing, recently told Yahoo Life.

Southwest says it still plans to implement its employee vaccine mandate, citing federal rules that trump the Texas governor’s blanket ban

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Carrington Tatum/Shutterstock, Stewart F. 
  • Southwest Airlines plans to keep its vaccine mandate despite the Texas governor’s executive order.
  • President Biden’s federal vaccine requirement supersedes state law, according to the carrier.
  • Southwest said that to remain a government contractor, it must comply with the president’s mandate.

Southwest Airlines said it will comply with President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issuing an executive order prohibiting it.

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an hoka shoes executive order preventing any organization, including private businesses, from forcing workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The move comes as President Joe Biden issued a federal vaccine mandate in September requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in the order.

Many Texas-based corporations have already announced they will comply with Biden’s order, including Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announcing its workers need to be fully vaccinated by November 24, except for those who have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

Despite Abbott’s order, Southwest said it would continue to comply with the federal mandate, challenging the Republican governor’s decree and creating tension between the company and lawmakers.

“According to the president’s executive order, federal action supersedes any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with the president’s order to remain compliant as a federal contractor,” a Southwest spokesperson told Insider on Tuesday.

Many major carriers, including Southwest, United, American, and Delta, have government contracts that transport goods and employees, hey dude and therefore have to comply with Biden’s vaccine mandate. In early October, American Airlines mandated its employees be inoculated or face termination, while Delta has yet to implement the requirement.

Southwest’s rebuttal comes after a four-day meltdown that canceled over 3,000 flights and left passengers stranded in airports across the country. While the carrier blamed air traffic control issues and weather for the disruptions, some high-profile public figures said the mass cancellations were due to a pilot anti-mandate protest. However, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Southwest Airlines Pilots Association President Casey Murray denied the rumors.

“I can say with certainty that there are no work slowdowns or sickouts either related to the recent mandatory vaccine mandate or otherwise,” Murray said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday that a walkout did not occur.

“We have some very strong views on that topic, but that’s not what was at issue with Southwest over the weekend,” he said.

‘Vaccine mandates are proving to work,’ doctor explains

A growing number of employers across a wide array of industries in the U.S. are issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and early evidence shows they are quickly increasing inoculation rates among workers.

“Vaccine mandates are proving to work,” Dr. Steven McDonald, an emergency medicine physician in New York City told Yahoo Finance Live.

“Many people are hesitant, and we’re seeing that no amount of steve madden shoes coaxing from the medical community and friends and family is working. It’s the mandate that’s nudging people over that line,” he said.

In New York, 92% of the states’s more than 625,000 hospital and nursing home workers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 after a mandate resulted in a 10% jump in the vaccination rate in just one week among those workers.

A medical worker enters a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, Aug. 18, 2021. The United States will begin administrating COVID-19 booster shots next month as new data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time, top U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. According to the CDC, 72.2 percent of American adults have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 61.8 percent being fully vaccinated. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images)
A medical worker enters a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, Aug. 18, 2021. 

Still, some skeptical health care workers are choosing dismissal over vaccination. New York State’s largest health care provider, Northwell, fired 1,400 employees or 2% of its workforce this week, for refusing to get the shot.

United Airlines (UAL), which became the first major carrier to require the vaccine, announced last week that 99.5% of its workforce got at least one jab.

When Tyson Foods (TSN) announced a ecco shoes mandate in early August, less than 50% of its employees had been vaccinated. Now, that number has climbed above 90%, with three weeks to go before the Nov. 1 deadline.

On Wednesday, leaders in Los Angeles approved one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates. Beginning Nov. 4, patrons and workers at bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms, even at Lakers games, must show proof of vaccination.

The L.A. Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka said his team will be fully vaccinated by opening night against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 19.

Even NBA star Andrew Wiggins, who refused to get vaccinated after his application for a religious exemption was denied by the league, has gotten the shot.

Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, nike sneakers director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it could take “many, many” more vaccine mandates to get the pandemic under control.

“We’re seeing real success stories,” McDonald said. “It’s an incredible win for vaccines.”

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines near, with lopsided rates across the individual services and a spike in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political division over the shots has seeped into a nonpartisan force with unambiguous orders.

Overall, the military’s vaccination rate has climbed since August, brooks shoes when Defense Department leaders, acting on a directive from President Joe Biden, informed the nation’s 2.1 million troops that immunization would become mandatory, exemptions would be rare and those who refuse would be punished. Yet troops’ response has been scattershot, according to data assessed by The Washington Post.

For instance, 90 percent of the active-duty Navy is fully vaccinated, whereas just 72 percent of the Marine Corps is, the data show, even though both services share a Nov. 28 deadline. In the Air Force, more than 60,000 personnel have just three weeks to meet the Defense Department’s most ambitious deadline.

Deaths attributed to covid-19 have soared in parts of the force as some services struggle to inoculate their troops. In September, more military personnel died of coronavirus infections than in all of 2020. None of those who died were fully vaccinated, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Charlie Dietz said.

Military officials explain the variance in vaccination rates, in part, by pointing to the staggered deadlines each of the services set for personnel to comply while expressing optimism that, as those dates approach, numbers will quickly rise and a vast majority of troops will carry out their orders. Thousands of troops already have begun their two-shot regimens, like in the Navy, where 98 percent of active-duty sailors have received at least one dose, officials said.

But other services are not on such a steady path, and critics say the large gaps between vaccination deadlines jeopardize how ready the military can be in a moment of crisis. They point specifically to the reserves and National Guard, which over the last two years have been called upon in numerous emergencies – at home and overseas – and yet large numbers of their personnel have so far refused to get vaccinated.

“The Army’s policy is incentivizing inaction until the latest possible date,” said Katherine L. Kuzminski, a military policy expert at the Washington think tank Center for a New American Security, citing plans that require clarks shoes uk Army Reserve and National Guard personnel to be fully vaccinated more than eight months from now. Coronavirus vaccines have been widely available since the spring.

“The way we’ve seen the virus evolve tells us looking out to June 30 may need to be reconsidered,” Kuzminski said.

Combined, the Army Guard and Reserve comprise approximately 522,000 soldiers, roughly a quarter of the entire U.S. military, and they account for nearly 40 percent of the 62 service-member deaths due to covid-19, according to the data assessed by The Post. Barely 40 percent are fully vaccinated. The active-duty Army, facing a Dec. 15 deadline, stands at 81 percent.

A rise in military infections, hospitalizations and deaths mirrored the catastrophic summer surge across the United States as the virus’s delta variant became the dominant strain and hit younger, unvaccinated people particularly hard, the Pentagon said. Defense officials expect deaths to ebb in coming months.

Since the pandemic began, about a quarter-million service members have been infected with the virus, according to Pentagon data, including more than 2,000 who were hospitalized.

Troops in the National Guard and reserves serve part-time in uniform. But in the last year, as the pandemic, wildfires and civil unrest raged, the Defense Department and governors across the country mobilized more troops for duty than at any time since World War II. Those service members typically are older than their active-duty counterparts, and their civilian jobs or mobilizations may expose them to the virus more often than full-time troops who live and work on insulated military installations, officials have said.

In a statement, the Army defended the June deadline for its Guard and Reserve units, saying the date reflects how large those organizations are relative to other services and military reserve components, as well as the constraints imposed by the geographic dispersal of its members. Pandemic-related restrictions on in-person assemblies, such as drilling weekends, have added to the administrative challenge of processing so many medical records, counseling soldiers who remain skeptical about the vaccine and putting needles into people’s arms, said Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelley, an Army spokesman.

About half of Army reservists don’t live near military health clinics that administer the vaccine, Kelley said. Yet while the Reserve has instructed soldiers on how to upload records documenting any shots they receive from nonmilitary providers, there does not appear to be a clear public push from the Pentagon for soldiers to seek free vaccines from pharmacies or grocery stores when distance is a challenge.

“We expect all unvaccinated soldiers to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Individual soldiers are required to receive the vaccine when available,” Kelley said. The June deadlines, he said, “allow reserve component units necessary time to update records and process exemption requests.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Army’s deadline for its reserve units was “jarring” and could impact the service’s ability to quickly mobilize troops between now and next summer.

“I think the Army needs to take this seriously and their effort to explain away the problem” is irresponsible, he said. “You’re allowing a lot of room for people not to be deployable.”

The Army said Thursday that Guard or Reserve soldiers mobilized on federal orders after Dec. 15, hey dude shoes the vaccination deadline for active-duty soldiers, must be immunized when they leave their home station. The order allows commanders to accelerate the June 30 timetable, but it would delay movement of any personnel who had not yet started a vaccine regimen, which takes between two weeks and a month to complete and be in full compliance with Army guidelines.

Military officials may have other concerns that limit how aggressively they push reservists to comply with the vaccine mandate, including lessons learned from past attempts to do so, said Trupti Brahmbhatt, a senior policy researcher and military health expert at the Rand Corporation.

The Air Force experienced significant blowback following Pentagon requirements for anthrax vaccine regimens in the late 1990s. The mandate “adversely” affected the “retention of trained and experienced guard and reserve pilots,” according to a Government Accountability Office sample survey cited in a 2002 report. About 16 percent of pilots and crew members in reserve units either sought a transfer to another unit to delay or avoid the process, switched to an inactive status or left duty altogether, the report found.

“The Army probably does not want to risk those retention problems,” Brahmbhatt said.

Defense officials have been reluctant to predict how many service members may defy the vaccine mandate. Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, have suggested the number could be significant. “Question for the SECDEF: are you really willing to allow a huge exodus of experienced service members just because they won’t take the vaccine?” the former Navy SEAL tweeted last month, using an abbreviation for secretary of defense.

“Honestly, Americans deserve to know how you plan on dealing with this blow to force readiness – it’s already causing serious problems,” the tweet said.

Crenshaw’s office did not return a request for comment. A handful of Air Force officers have joined other government workers in lawsuits seeking to halt the requirement.

Troops’ receptiveness to the vaccine has varied widely, especially in Guard and Reserve units, which are less connected to the rigid top-down environment that governs daily life on active duty. Experts attribute that to broader societal attitudes – millions of American adults remain unvaccinated – as well as cultural traits unique to each service.

Kuzminski, the military policy expert, told The Post in August that one factor likely fueling the Navy’s comparatively high vaccination rate is last year’s outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt while deployed to the Pacific. The incident exposed how rapidly the virus can spread among those living in tight quarters, and for many leaders it was a wake-up call when the ship was sidelined for two months after about 1,100 crew members were infected, including one sailor who died.

Gallego, a former infantryman in the Marine Corps Reserve, said demographics could explain why its vaccination rates trail the other services.

Marines, on average, are younger, predominantly male and, like many enlisted personnel throughout the armed forces, generally don’t have four-year college degrees, according to 2018 Pentagon data. All of those factors contribute to lower vaccination rates in the broader U.S. population by some degree, according to government data and surveys.

What polls don’t capture, however, is how many Marines and other combat-focused troops, compared to civilians who are the same age, generally are more physically fit and, as a consequence, may doubt the need to be vaccinated.

The Marine Corps declined to address why its vaccine rates lag the other services but said that in the six weeks after the mandate was issued, there was a 292 percent spike in the number of personnel who began a vaccine regimen.

“Marines who refuse the vaccine today,” a spokesperson said, “may choose to be vaccinated tomorrow.”

Amid lawsuit, Maryland’s largest school system will allow religious exemption for staff coronavirus vaccine mandate

Amid lawsuit, Maryland’s largest school system will allow religious exemption for staff coronavirus vaccine mandate

Maryland’s largest school system said Thursday it will allow religious exemptions for its coronavirus vaccine mandate for teachers and other school staff.

The announcement came hey dude two days after an employee from Montgomery County Public Schools filed a lawsuit alleging the school system had infringed on his First Amendment rights by not allowing a religious exemption to opt out of receiving a coronavirus vaccine.

The school system first announced in August that it would require its 24,000 employees to get a coronavirus vaccine or be tested weekly. But earlier this month, the school board tightened the requirement to remove the test option and said all employees must show proof of getting a vaccine shot by Thursday. The policy announced Sept. 9 allowed for a medical exemption to opt out of the vaccine requirement, but did not mention religious exemptions.

Chris Cram, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said in a statement Thursday that staff can submit a “medical or religious exemption, and those exemptions have been and will continue to be considered.”

“The previous message [about the mandate] did not say it explicitly,” Cram said, and “people presumed religious exemptions were excluded.”

The district declined to comment further on the lawsuit Thursday because it is pending litigation.

About 76% of the school district’s employees were vaccinated as of Thursday, the district said. Officials say vaccines “are critical to helping schools maintain regular operations in a safe environment for students and staff.”

Other school systems in the Washington region have implemented coronavirus vaccine mandates for teachers or other school workers, some allowing staff to get tests as an alternative. Officials in Alexandria, Va., and D.C. recently tightened their vaccine rules to remove the testing option; both districts allow for medical or religious exemptions.

In New York City, home to the nation’s largest school system, four educators recently challenged that city’s strict vaccine mandate for school workers. A judge temporarily halted the requirement last week, but a federal appeals court on Monday allowed the mandate to proceed. On Thursday, the workers asked the U.S. dr martens boots Supreme Court to halt the mandate.

The Maryland plaintiff, who used the pseudonym “John Doe” in the complaint filed Tuesday, was described as someone who is not a teacher, but who works in a district administrative building where he has a private office. He also religiously identifies as Christian, and he “sought the Lord for wisdom on this vaccine to determine God’s will, and sincerely believes that it is God’s will that he not receive a coronavirus vaccine,” according to the complaint.

The employee also argued that he maintains minimum contact with other employees and students in Montgomery County Public Schools, and that about 60% to 80% of his job duties could be done remotely, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that the employee emailed a district staff member on Sept. 21 to ask about the process for submitting a religious exemption and was told the district did not provide for one. The filing then says the employee emailed a district employee on Sept. 24 to request a religious exemption, but did not receive a response.

The complaint says Doe is willing to comply with other virus mitigation measures if he receives a religious exemption for the vaccine.

Earlier in September, an online petition launched with Montgomery County Public School employees who are fighting the vaccine requirement. More than 800 people had signed the petition as of Thursday afternoon.

And it’s not the first time that an steve madden shoes employee of the school system has pushed against covid-19 mitigation tactics because of a religious exemption. In August, a Montgomery teacher was placed on leave after she did not comply with a school’s mask mandate. The instructor claimed that her religion and a doctor’s orders prevented her from wearing a mask.

Americans appear divided on whether adults should be able to get a religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccines. A survey conducted by the Public Religion and Research Institute found that 52% favored allowing people to refuse the vaccines based on religious beliefs, while 46% opposed it.

For weary parents, Pfizer vaccine results for younger children are a ray of hope

WASHINGTON — Ever since schools closed in March 2020, the parents of school-age children have lived with a daily sense of uncertainty. When would schools open again? When they did, would they stay open? Back in the classroom, would children be safe?

Then, on Monday, came the news that Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and effective for children between ages 5 and 11. “Mom of an 11-year-old here, and I could cry with relief,” tweeted the climate strategist Mary Anne Hitt. Randi Weingarten, head of the powerful American Federation of Teachers, brooks shoes praised the announcement as “Great, great news.”

After a disastrous experiment with remote learning, educators agreed that the new school year needed to mark a return to a pre-pandemic normal. But as with much else, the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus scuttled those plans. While schools have been open this fall, their reopening has been fraught, and hardly free of interruption. According to the data site Burbio, which tracks school reopenings, 2,000 schools across the country have already closed temporarily because of a coronavirus outbreak.

A teacher takes the temperature of students arriving for the first classes at a public school in the Bronx borough in New York, on Monday.
A teacher in the Bronx borough of New York City takes the temperature of students arriving for the first day of class on Monday. 

With the cold weather coming, some fear that trend could be exacerbated, forcing children to attend school again from home, where studies have routinely shown they learn less and suffer the psychological consequences of isolation.

Monday’s news from Pfizer therefore offered something the last several months have lacked: hope, in particular for parents and children dreading the prospect of more Zoom school. Pfizer announced that clinical trials for children between the ages of 5 and 11 showed a strong antibody response — and virtually no adverse effects.

“This is the news that many, many parents have been waiting for,” says Dr. Leana Wen, a professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University and the former health commissioner of Baltimore. “I hope that Pfizer will submit for authorization soon and that the FDA will review as quickly and efficiently.”

Every indication is that Pfizer is indeed rushing to clarks shoes uk submit an application for emergency use authorization to the Food and Drug Administration. But that doesn’t mean children will be rolling up their sleeves tomorrow. The recent controversy over booster shots for adults is a reminder that following the science — as the Biden administration has vowed repeatedly to do — can be a challenging exercise: It takes patience waiting for scientists to do their work.

The White House had prepared to begin administering booster shots for recipients of the two-dose mRNA vaccines this week. But last Friday’s contentious meeting of an FDA advisory panel ended with a narrow recommendation that only people older than 65 or otherwise at high risk receive booster shots. The panel considered only the Pfizer vaccine; the other mRNA vaccine, manufactured by Moderna, does not yet have full approval from the government.

A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a senior living facility in Worcester, Pa., in August.
A health care worker administers a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility in Worcester, Pa., in August. 

A similar dynamic could play out when it comes to childhood vaccination. Earlier this month, the FDA issued a statement that anticipated the forthcoming Pfizer announcement, acknowledging that parents are “anxious about the pandemic and protecting their children” but asking for patience with the regulatory process. “It’s important that the public recognize that, because young children are still growing and developing, it’s critical that thorough and robust clinical trials of adequate size are completed to evaluate the safety and the immune response to a COVID-19 vaccine in this population,” the FDA statement said.

There is little dispute that the vaccine works, even though children were offered a much smaller dose than adults. The biggest concern for regulators is hey dude shoes myocarditis, a relatively rare heart disorder that tends to affect younger men. Pfizer did not release data from its clinical trials on Monday; a statement from the company made no mention of adverse effects among participants, but regulators will scrutinize data carefully before coming to any conclusion.

The scrutiny will take place as outdoor activities become increasingly difficult across Northern states, including several that have not yet experienced a Delta surge. There had been reports that approval may take place before the end of October, providing American children with a Halloween treat.

FDA officials made clear during the booster debate that they won’t be browbeaten into moving faster, not even by the White House. “I have no information to share about timing at this time,” an FDA spokeswoman, Abigail Capobianco, told Yahoo News in response to an inquiry about whether Pfizer’s announcement would speed the approval process.

A demonstrator holds a sign saying
A demonstrator at a protest for global vaccine equality on Monday in New York. 

“A lot depends on the FDA, which is why I am not saying it will happen by Halloween,” Dr. Kavita Patel, a former Obama administration policy aide who is now a Brookings Institution fellow, told Yahoo News. “Also, it’s not like we will have all kids vaccinated overnight. Getting the flu shots out takes months.”

Others say that while the news is good, it obscures a bigger truth: Children were never at high risk for contracting COVID-19 in the first place. Although hospitalizations of children have risen in recent weeks, age remains closely tied to the incidence and severity of disease.

“It’s great that we’re nearing a safe and effective vaccination regime for younger children, but I hope that it doesn’t cause people to lose sight of the already near-zero risk posed to children by the virus,” says Rory Cooper, a political consultant from northern Virginia who became an advocate of reopening schools last year.

Although schools already mandate a bevy of inoculations, it is not clear that they will do so with the coronavirus vaccine when it comes to the younger cohort, especially since approval will be granted under an emergency use authorization. That will leave vaccination for the 5-to-11 demographic up to parents, which could in turn lead to a fresh round of the immunization culture wars.

If childhood COVID immunizations become politicized — and there is good reason to believe they will be, given the furor over mask mandates in schools — vaccination rates for children could end up being much lower than for adults, 77 percent of whom have received at least one shot. According to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 56 percent of parents with children under 18 say either that their kids have already been vaccinated (18 percent) or that they plan to get them vaccinated when the shots are fully approved (38 percent). The rest say they won’t get their kids vaccinated (23 percent) or that they’re not sure (21 percent).

A nurse administers a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Christine Tebbens at a vaccination clinic at Winter Springs High School in Winter Springs, Fla.
A nurse administers a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Christine Tebbens at Winter Springs High School in Winter Springs, Fla. 

“I think people will see the health benefit as low (which it is), and there are a lot of concerns about myocarditis,” Brown University economist Emily Oster wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “Most of the hesitation I see is really just the low-benefit thing. I think if it means kids will not have to quarantine, then that will help a lot.”

Quarantine rules could be relaxed in places where elementary and middle school students are vaccinated, but much about what schools will look like with vaccination remains uncertain. The vaccine itself, though, is soon to become a reality.

“We have to applaud another tool in the battle against COVID,” says another advocate of reopening schools, educator Karen Vaites. “Clearly, many families will feel more comfortable resuming normal activities with their 5- to 11-year-olds vaccinated.”

An Alabama couple who trashed vaccines on their YouTube channel died from COVID-19 within 3 weeks of each other

A screenshot of a Dusty and Tristan Graham traveling in their car.
Dusty and Tristan Graham of the “Alabama Pickers” YouTube channel.
  • An Alabama couple who opposed COVID-19 vaccines on YouTube died from the disease, AL.com reported.
  • In a video, Dusty and Tristan Graham said the vaccine was “technically not” a vaccine.
  • The couple’s channel had 10,000 subscribers before it was removed from YouTube, Social Blade said.
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An Alabama couple who asics shoes posted videos opposing COVID-19 vaccines on their YouTube channel, “Alabama Pickers,” died from the disease three weeks apart, AL.com reported.

Dusty and Tristan Graham, of Huntsville, Alabama, ran a YouTube page together where they would post videos showing them travel around the state to find vintage items, the report said. They would then sell the items on eBay under the name bama4348.

The couple’s YouTube channel appears to have been taken down, but one of their last videos was reposted to the channel “Vaxx Mann.” The channel belongs to the website sorryantivaxxer.com, a site dedicated to sharing social-media posts from people who publicly opposed the COVID vaccine and subsequently died from the disease.

“I’ve got my own passport. It’s called the Bill of Rights,” Dusty Graham said in the video.

In the video, Dusty Graham said the COVID-19 vaccine was “technically not” a vaccine and called it an “immunity therapy.”

“I don’t know guys. Here’s the deal: It’s been a year. I haven’t had it yet,” Dusty Graham said, before the couple listed a series of other illnesses they’d recovered from. They mentioned that Tristan Graham was a survivor of childhood bone cancer.

The couple’s channel had about 10,600 subscribers before it was removed, Social Blade said.

Tristan Graham died on August 25 in her sleep, AL.com reported. Last week, the couple’s daughter, Windsor, wrote in a since deleted Facebook post that keen shoes her father was being moved to a ventilator.

“I want to thank everybody that reached out to check on my brother and I,” she wrote, as quoted by AL.com. “For now, it’s just waiting and praying his body relaxes.”

Dusty Graham died on Thursday, a GoFundMe page set up to help the couple said.

Dusty Graham started the GoFundMe page from the intensive care unit two days after his wife’s death, AL.com reported. The page has raised about $23,000 to help the couple’s two children cover medical and funeral costs.

Mississippi health officials warn some pregnant women have been denied COVID vaccine despite ongoing surge

Despite the persistent pleas by public health officials to get vaccinated as coronavirus infections continue to surge, a staggeringly low number of pregnant people have been vaccinated against the virus nationwide.

Just 25% of pregnant people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 49 are currently vaccinated with at least one dose, according to data through Sept. 11 compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The decision to not get vaccinated has resulted in a growing number of pregnant people ending up in intensive care wards, brooks shoes many severely ill with COVID-19. This worrisome uptick has been particularly evident in Mississippi, where state health officials have been sounding the alarm not only about the influx of fetal and maternal deaths, but also about several reports of pregnant women being turned away from getting the shot.

“Some of the patients had reported to us that they had gone to be vaccinated, and were turned away because they were pregnant. Those were people who were just sharing their experiences at pharmacies and other areas around the state,” Dr. Michelle Owens, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at University of Mississippi Medical Center, told ABC News.

PHOTO: In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Michelle Melton, who is 35 weeks pregnant, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pa. (Hannah Beier/Reuters, FILE)
PHOTO: In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Michelle Melton, who is 35 weeks pregnant, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pa.

Owens, alongside other state health officials, reported this week that not all of their patients had been vaccine-hesitant, but instead were turned down after disclosing that they were expecting.

“People are kind of adverse to pregnant patients when they come in. They’re hesitant to give pregnant patients medications, and certainly, vaccinations kind of fall into that,” said Dr. Marty Tucker, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UMMC, during a press conference on Thursday.

In light of the concerning reports, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued a standing order last week for women to receive COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, “to give the pharmacy some reassurance for the places that it’s OK clarks shoes uk and recommended for pregnant women to get immunized at any stage in pregnancy.”

Owens added that health officials and physicians were all working together “to help reduce barriers to vaccination for pregnant women, and we just really tried to amplify this information so that wherever a pregnant person goes in order to receive care or to receive a vaccine that they are welcomed with open arms and that they receive that vaccine.”

In Mississippi, 72 patients have experienced late pregnancy loss and 15 pregnant women have succumbed to the virus, more than half of whom have died since the end of July. None of the pregnant women who died was fully vaccinated, and the majority were overweight, according to Dobbs.

“There are NICUs all over this country that are filling up with babies who will not get to know their moms, and that’s devastating. There are families who are losing their matriarchs, and then, there are women who have been infected by this virus who won’t ever be the same,” Owens said.

Since the onset of the pandemic, more than 21,000 pregnant people have been hospitalized nationwide, and at least 155 have died as result of COVID-19, according to federal data. Additionally, there have been at least 266 pregnancy losses nationwide, and approximately 10.3% of patients have had to deliver prematurely.

PHOTO: In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Aubrie Cusumano, who is 39 weeks pregnant, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while holding her son, Luca's hand at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn. (Hannah Beier/Reuters, FILE)
PHOTO: In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Aubrie Cusumano, who is 39 weeks pregnant, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while holding her son, Luca’s hand at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn. 

“When we lose a mom, especially something that could be prevented, it is a tragedy. It does not discriminate, we see it in people with and without co-morbidities. We see it in people as young as 23 years old, so it is a bad actor across the board,” Tucker said.

Earlier in the pandemic, pregnant women at UMMC were not becoming as severely ill with COVID-19, but following the spread of the delta variant, Owens said, it became evident patients were becoming severely ill and deteriorating more quickly.

“We are seeing women, who may not have other co-morbid conditions, being affected at an earlier gestational age. hey dude shoes Most of the people who we’re seeing now, are affected in the middle of their pregnancy, and they have a much more aggressive form of the disease,” Owens said. “The next thing you know, they end up progressing very quickly to need intubation.”

MORE: Mississippi health officials plea for vaccination after ‘significant’ number of COVID-19 fatalities in pregnant women

Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people, according to the CDC. In addition, they are also at increased risk for preterm birth and other poor pregnancy outcomes.

The CDC and other leading health organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, have issued guidelines calling on all pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement about the updated guidance last month. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”

The updated guidance from the CDC was based on further research that found pregnant people can receive an mRNA vaccine with no increased risk to themselves or their babies.

“[It] is really the most important thing to give pregnant women an opportunity to still be able to live to fight another day,” Owens said. “It’s really imperative that women get the good information to know that the COVID vaccine is safe, approved and recommended, and that it makes a big difference in whether or not a patient has severe disease, or potentially, could die.”

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