The Newest: CVS Requires Pharmacists, Nurses to Get Vaccine | Well being Information

NEW YORK – CVS Health Corp. joins the group of US companies that require employees with customer contact to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Nurses and other employees who interact with patients, as well as all company employees, must be vaccinated by October 31, the company said on Monday. It was said that pharmacists have until November 30th to get vaccinated.

CVS, headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, said more jobs could be added to the list that require vaccination. The company states that its workforce of approximately 300,000 employees includes more than 40,000 doctors, pharmacists, nurses and nurses.

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HERE STILL HAPPEN:

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s governor urges residents and potential visitors to limit trips to the islands to essential business as the state struggles to control outbreaks of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Governor David Ige wants to limit travel to Hawaii until the end of October. In his words, “It is a risky time to travel right now.”

He says restaurant capacity is limited and access to rental cars is limited.

But Ige sticks behind last year’s strict travel rules that required quarantine and essentially shut down Hawaii’s tourism industry. He notes that the CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel domestically.

Hawaii’s seven-day average of new daily falls hit 671 on Monday, more than three times its level four weeks earlier.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has reported 41 new coronavirus infections, the country’s highest daily total since a Delta variant outbreak last week that led the government to put the nation under strict lockdown.

Health officials said Tuesday they were confident the country was still on track to contain the outbreak.

According to Health Director Ashley Bloomfield, most of the new cases appeared to be interrelated and officials are not seeing an exponential increase in infections.

New Zealand is slated to remain on lockdown until at least Friday, while the city of Auckland, where most of the cases have been found, will remain on lockdown until at least the end of the month.

The outbreak is the first in New Zealand in six months.

SAN RAMON, Calif .– Chevron Corp. requires some of its employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as the oil industry grapples with rising infections among its unvaccinated workers.

The oil giant requires its workers who travel internationally, live overseas or work on its offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as some shore workers, to be vaccinated.

A spokeswoman for the San Ramon-based oil and gas company said Monday that vaccinations were the strongest protection against the virus, and the company will continue to carefully monitor medical records and health agency guidelines to keep its workforce safe.

OLYMPIA, Washington – Washington state chief of forest fires is calling on federal agencies to require coronavirus vaccinations for their forest fire-fighting workers.

The State Commissioner for Public Land Hilary Franz also called on Monday for federal funds to be used to provide vaccinations in all fire department camps in the state.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is making vaccines available within its jurisdictions in fire camps amid the rapidly expanding Delta variant. Franz ordered on Monday that all employees in his agency, including fire fighters, should be fully vaccinated by October 18.

HONOLULU – Honolulu Mayor says he will limit indoor gatherings to 10 and outdoor gatherings to 25 to help control coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads across the community.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi says the rules will go into effect on Wednesday and will cover weddings and other events.

The city’s emergency management director cited a math modeling tool from the Georgia Institute of Technology to illustrate the risks the community faces from large gatherings.

The modeling says there is a 20% chance that someone in a group of 10 will be infected, based on the current number of cases on Oahu. It says that in a group of 100 people, there is a 90 percent chance that someone will contract the virus.

VICTORIA, British Columbia – Canada’s Pacific Coast Province of British Columbia is introducing a Vaccination Card to give residents access to restaurants, clubs, sporting events, and other activities.

Premier John Horgan says the card gives people the confidence to attend events and businesses in the knowledge that others around them will be protected.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says that beginning September 13, a new order will require proof that you’ve received a single dose of a vaccine in order to gain access to certain social and recreational activities, as well as businesses. After October 24, Henry says, access to the same settings will require those 12-year-olds and older to be fully vaccinated.

The French-speaking province of Quebec has already announced a similar measure, while Ontario, Canada’s largest province, has declined to introduce a vaccination pass.

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden celebrates full FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and urges the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.

Reaching out to those waiting for full approval on Monday, Biden stated, “It has now happened, the moment you waited for is here.”

He also used the moment to urge private companies to require their employees to be vaccinated. The president made it clear, “It’s time to get vaccinated” and warned that the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is causing COVID cases to increase across the country.

The FDA had previously approved three vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – under emergency approval. Pfizer is the first to receive full FDA approval, which Biden calls the “gold standard”.

JACKSON, miss. – Mississippi Poison Control officials say they are receiving an influx of calls from people trying to treat COVID-19 using anti-parasite medication bought in cattle shops.

At least 70% of recent calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center were related to the ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers, Mississippi Department of Health officials said.

Some of the symptoms associated with ivermectin toxicity include rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurological disorders, and potentially severe hepatitis requiring hospitalization.

No hospital stays were reported. Most of the callers – 85% – had mild symptoms, according to the Ministry of Health. A person was advised to see a doctor because of the high dosage they allegedly took.

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