Vaccine Resistance: 60% of OHIO nursing home staff refusing to get dosed…
On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Ohio’s vaccine rollout was moving relatively slow. While about 19.3% of vaccines had been used nationwide as of Dec. 21, according to Bloomberg, Ohio had used only 14.3% of its vaccine allotment.
DeWine declined to assign blame for the slow rollout, saying that the state was starting up an altogether new, large-scale vaccine program. The state’s dashboard also is likely undercounting the true number of vaccines administered because some hospitals had trouble uploading data, he said.
Health care workers and those living and working in nursing homes and assisted living facilities already are receiving the vaccine, but DeWine said he had grown “impatient” with the pace of those who have been vaccinated.
On Wednesday, DeWine said he had a “candid discussion” with hospitals to talk about speeding up the rollout. He wants them to administer vaccines within 24 hours of receiving them and then update their records with the state within the day after.
“I’m just not satisfied with where we are in Ohio. We’re not moving fast enough. But we’re going to get there. We’re going to speed this thing up,” he said.
The governor also said he was troubled by the relatively low numbers of nursing home workers who have elected to take the vaccine as it’s been offered to them and warned that, if they don’t get it now, they could be forced to wait for it in the future.
About 60% of nursing home staff have so far elected not to take the vaccine, DeWine said.
“We aren’t going to make them but we wish they had a higher compliance,” he said. “Our message today is the train may not be coming back for a while.”
Nursing homes will get three visits for the vaccine, DeWine said. After the initial stop, nursing homes will be hit again to administer second doses for anyone who received the vaccine the first time and to give an initial dose to anyone else who wants it.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
French President Emmanuel Macron faced significant criticism for his comments claiming that he would like to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals.
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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