the Ministry of Education Opens Inquiry Against Five States Over Their Masking Bans In Schools In Today’s Bite-Size News From The Hospital And Healthcare Industries In The District Of Columbia, New York And Virginia.
- District of Columbia: the Ministry of Education On Monday, it announced that it would start investigations against five states that have banned schools from implementing mask mandates, reports Axios. The Department Office for Citizens’ Rights has sent letters to education leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Suzanne Goldberg, the assistant secretary of state for civil rights, said the investigation will determine whether the guidelines “may prevent schools from fulfilling their legal obligation not to discriminate on the basis of disability, and students with disabilities who are at increased risk of severe Illness from Covid-19. “Additionally, the department said it is not investigating states where mask bans have either been halted or not enforced by court judgments, such as Arkansas, Arizona, Florida and Texas, New York reports Times. (Chen, Axios, August 30; Grün / Slotnik, New York Times, August 30)
- New York: The state’s Public Health and Health Planning Council last week approved emergency regulations removing religious exemptions from a Covid-19 vaccination mandate for hospital staff. The updated mandate applies to employees in hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers, long-term home health programs, and other healthcare facilities. According to Beckers Hospital Review, employees in hospitals and nursing homes must receive at least one dose of a vaccine by September 27, while employees in other affected facilities must receive at least one dose by October 7 and are working with our healthcare partners to achieve the goal to vaccinate all New Yorkers against Covid-19, including the dedicated staff responsible for caring for our sick and vulnerable “, New York State Health Department called. (Gooch, Becker’s Hospital Review, Aug. 27)
- Virginia: The United States has set up a Covid-19 vaccination center for Afghan evacuees arriving at Dulles International Airport, Associated Press reports. According to Axios, all evacuees will be tested for the coronavirus upon arrival at the airport. Those who test negative will get the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, and those that test positive, must be quarantined. Workers from the National Medical System for Disasters administer the vaccines, and translators out of the Foreign Ministry are available for all questions about the vaccine. “This operation was launched in real time to make sure we don’t waste a minute and to ensure that anyone who comes to the US can safely enter the country and not spread Covid-19,” a White House official said. In addition, a second mass vaccination center for Afghan evacuees is to be set up at Philadelphia International Airport, reports Axios. (Madhani, Associated Press, Aug 27; Gonzalez, Axios, Aug 27)
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