…from Politico

[ Editor’s Note: The few anti-vax diehards in Maine are counting down on the clock. The state has one of the highest vaccine rates. The University of Maine is at 97% and working to get the 1000 or so remaining students onboard.

If they are successful, they will be in good shape to defend the state from a winter resurgence, which sets a good precedent for everyone there as to how to deal with the next pandemic, i.e., quickly and without all the energy wasted on those that think public health measures are optional.

The state’s medical people are also onboard, so that medical establishment workers can be less fearful that they have ‘spreaders’ in their ranks, not only to protect the staff, but the patients.

I can’t imagine the anger a non-Covid patient would have after being hospitalized and then infected by a staff member there who is in ‘I gotta be me’ mode.

After all, hospitals are filled with all kinds of rules and regulations, something that I had assumed was written into everyone’s employment contracts. And just in case it isn’t, it should be, so both sides don’t have to deal with all of this bickering with an exhausted medical crew, and after so many having died on the front lines.

The anti-vaxers attitude of ‘yes I want to make the good money and all the benefits here, but I want to chose what public health measure that I approve of’; ALL such people should be screened out during the hiring process, with full loss of benefits if they renege on the contract. That is my ‘mean Jim’ commentary for today… Jim W. Dean ]

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First published … October 20, 2021

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates.

It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate. It previously rejected challenges of vaccine requirements for New York City teachers and Indiana University staff and students.

Justice Stephen Breyer rejected the emergency appeal but left the door open to try again as the clock ticks on Maine’s mandate. The state will begin enforcing it Oct. 29.

Opponents tried to block the mandate, but a federal judge rejected the request Oct. 13.

The judge said the record indicated regular testing alone wasn’t sufficient to stop the spread of the delta variant.

That decision set off a flurry of emergency appeals to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then the U.S. Supreme Court.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The governor’s mandate for health care workers to be vaccinated went into effect on Friday, but it won’t be enforced right away.

The state has said it will not not start enforcing the rule until Oct. 29 to give more time to workers to get their shots and to help health providers fill potential staffing gaps.

MaineHealth, the state’s largest health care provider, said 93% of its 23,000 staff members were vaccinated and that 69 had quit.

Northern Light Health said nearly all of its doctors and nurses have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, but that 89 staffers left because they would not get vaccinated.

Central Maine Healthcare said that 86% of their staff is vaccinated. They also said 40 staff members have already resigned and 30 more have submitted their resignations.

In other pandemic-related news:

UMS STUDENTS

More than 1,000 University of Maine System students must come into compliance with the system’s vaccination and testing requirements this month or they will be withdrawn from courses without a refund.

The system is reaching the end of its campaign to bring students into compliance with the rules. Students have until Oct. 15 to verify their vaccinated status or receive an exemption that requires weekly testing, the system said Thursday.

More than 23,000 members of the university community have uploaded their vaccination status into a university portal, and the vaccination rate among residential students who live on campus is 97%, it said.

However, 1,098 students have yet to upload information, the system said. Several hundred other students have also verified a first shot of coronavirus vaccine but need to upload a record showing they are full vaccinated now, it said.

Chancellor Dannel Malloy said the system needs to “help all of our students meet the science-based requirements we have established to protect our community from COVID-19.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Jumpin’ Jehosephat!! If I’ve ever read a half-assed article in VT, this is IT. It shows the author to be devoid of any scientific acumen or judgment. What do you think happens when an individual gets his, say, Pfizer mRNA shot, and then “needs” boosters? What happens to the immune system when repeated shots are given to the individual? First of all, we know from recent studies and math analysis that vaccines’ capabilities degrade at the rate of approximately 5% per WEEK. After 20 weeks, the reach of the vaccines is zero. Moreover, this does not merely imply that the individual just gets his booster and things are wonderful once again. The individual’s actual immune system also degrades over this interval. When this happens, the individual is no longer helped and protected by his immune system AND his T-cell mechanism is also taken to the cleaners. Ability to make antibodies degrades, where does that leave the individual? Hint- Do you think Bill Gates is here to guarantee our “health” with his precious vaccines? Or, does he have depopulation on his mind? Ol’ Bill is here to kill lots of people, lots. Do you think Rodent Fauci is a great guy full of love for the human race?

  2. “My point is, people don’t usually reject medical treatment for diseases.” And the anti-vaxxers did not reject getting hospital treatment. I don’t remember any of them volunteering to stay home and ‘thought it out’ and dying, but their certainly must have some. And the other anomally is that all the public heath people at the CDC and NIH all got vaccinated and their families got vaccinated along with Trump and family and all in Congress. The last Trumper case I saw, a daughter in her 20’s with comormidities, was calling all of her friends telling themwhat it was like to slowly die on a ventilator, and to get their asses vaccinated. Her mother said she was not a big anti-vaxer, but a procrastinator.

  3. Trying get a handle on where anti-vaxxer feelings came from in the first place.
    An engineered vaccine resistance should not be counted out.
    Just because the vaccine was developed with a “new” technology doesn’t seem a provocative reason for resisting it.
    Granted, with the public’s general awareness of genetically modified food, and the “cool” factor of being against GMO, once the “scary” details of DNA being involved in making the vaccine was “revealed,” a ready made foothold for dissent/division was available.
    Of course social engineers would’ve known about and exploited the foothold.
    My point is, people don’t usually reject medical treatment for diseases.
    But pivot points for social upheavals are rarely overlooked.