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Vaccine Mandates: Health Care Workers Must Get Forced Jabs, Say Medical Groups



Vaccine mandates: Health care workers must get forced jabs, say medical groups

A coalition of leading medical groups is calling for all health care and long-term care workers to be forced to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in response to the recent surge of coronavirus cases.

Though more than 160 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all rising as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads among unvaccinated communities.

On July 16, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said 99.5% of recent U.S. coronavirus deaths were of unvaccinated people.

“Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” the coalition of 56 health care associations said in a joint statement released Monday.

The coalition includes the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Nursing Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons and the American Public Health Association.

Requiring vaccination for employment is “the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being,” the groups said.

Vaccine mandates are highly controversial and unpopular. A recent poll found that 71% of Americans oppose forcing people to take a COVID vaccine against their will while public health officials continue to suggest such mandates are necessary to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

Many health care workers remain unvaccinated despite having priority access to vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. According to one estimate by WebMD and Medscape Medical News, 1 in 4 hospital workers who have direct contact with patients had not received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May. The Washington Post reported that more than 38% of nursing home workers were not fully vaccinated as of July 11, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data.

Unvaccinated health care workers risk spreading COVID to vulnerable patients, even patients who are vaccinated. While the vast majority of vaccinated people will suffer only mild symptoms if they contract the Delta variant, experts say some older Americans with weaker immune systems may not fully respond to the vaccines, putting them at risk of illness or death. A recent CDC investigation linked unvaccinated nursing home staff to a national increase in COVID infections and deaths at senior facilities.

Reasons given for vaccine hesitancy among health care workers are varied, but studies indicate there are concerns the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, which were developed in record time under the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed and granted emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration.

While more than 338 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S. and coronavirus cases have plummeted as a result, the FDA has yet to approve the vaccines. Physicians are calling on the FDA to hurry up and grant full approval to the vaccines, arguing the volume of vaccines safely administered with very rare instances of side effects have established enough data to show the vaccines are safe and effective. They hope that full FDA approval can convince some vaccine skeptics to get their shots and mitigate the risk of spreading COVID.

Even so, majorities of unvaccinated Americans say there is nothing that could convince them to get their shots. With celebrity endorsements, cash incentives, and other methods of persuasion appearing to have failed, calls for the private sector to enact vaccine mandates will only grow louder as communities begin to reintroduce coronavirus restrictions, citing too many unvaccinated people and too many COVID infections.

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Baby Girl Born at 24 Weeks With Feet the Size of Pennies Proves Medical Doctors Wrong



Baby girl born at 24 weeks with feet the size of pennies proves medical doctors wrong

Learning that you’re pregnant is both exciting and scary. You can’t wait for your son or daughter to enter the world. At the same time, there’s a nine-month period that you hope goes well, for you and the baby.

Fortunately, most births go as planned, ending with the mom and infant healthy and happy. But in rare instances, things go wrong. That’s the story of one little girl who was determined to do things her way.

A journey begins

Victoria Bradley and Paul Curran who live in Liverpool, Merseyside, were over the moon when they learned they were having a baby. Like other couples, they anticipated that everything would be fine. But when she hit the 24-week mark, that all changed.

The baby is born

That’s right, at just 24 weeks, Victoria went into labor, followed by naming the baby Francesca Bradley-Curran. The crazy thing is that if the delivery had taken place just two days before, the baby’s life would’ve been considered unviable. That means had she been born only 48 hours earlier and not taken a breath on her own, the doctors couldn’t legally intervene.

At birth, Francesca only weighed one pound, six ounces. Being so little, the medical experts warned Victoria and Paul that there was a good chance she wouldn’t survive. And if she did, they shouldn’t expect that she would ever walk or talk like other children.

As you can imagine, the news was hard to take. Here they had this little baby whose feet were the same size as a penny. Despite the warning, this mom and dad remained dedicated to their daughter, willing to do everything they could to give her a quality life.

Although the doctors didn’t have much hope that this baby would even survive, the hospital staff still provided her with excellent care. Between their work and the love of her parents, she hung in there. Day after day, Francesca didn’t just survive but she began to thrive.

She was a fighter

Of course, this baby was strong and she wanted to live. So, with everyone fighting on her behalf, she too fought. And it’s a good thing because a miracle happened.

Growing up fast

In September 2020, the once one-pound, six-ounce premature baby with tiny feet turned nine. But there’s even better news. She walks, talks, runs, plays, and does everything that other kids her age do. As her mom stated, “From the minute she opens her eyes, she’s a constant ball of energy.”

The doctors were shocked

Against all odds, this baby made it. And in response to that, the doctors who initially treated her were shocked but also thrilled. Today, Victoria has a hard time remembering just how tiny her daughter was until she looks back at photos and videos.

Whenever Victoria goes back in time or talks about the journey she and her husband took, she feels emotional. After all, they were told their baby wasn’t going to live. And if she did, she would never be normal.

A beautiful young girl

Victoria can’t believe all they went through. She said she’s still amazed at how they coped with the unbelievable pain they experienced. But with a bubbly daughter who’s the light of their life, it was all worth it.

Perhaps this story will serve to encourage other parents of premature babies. Never give up … keep fighting. You can learn more about Francesca and see photos that show just how small she was by clicking on the video below.

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Cedric Jackson
Cedric Jackson is a contributor at Shareably.

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