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NYS edict: Firing medical workers who refuse COVID vaccine is OK

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Health care workers who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine could be fired under an emergency edict expected to be approved Thursday by the New York State Health Department, The Post has learned.

“Covered entities may terminate personnel who are not fully vaccinated and do not have a valid medical exemption and are unable to otherwise ensure individuals are not engaged in
patient/resident care or expose other covered personnel,” the proposed rule states.

All 450,000 health-care workers in the Empire State’s hospitals, nursing homes and other settings are required to start getting the vaccine by Sept. 27 to help curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain.

The policy was announced by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Health Department last week.

At the time, DOH officials said they were still finalizing the rules when asked whether employers could discipline health-care workers — including dismissal.

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Health care workers who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine could be fired under an emergency edict seeking DOH approval.
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The revised edict, expected to be approved by the DOH’s planning council under new Gov. Kathy Hochul, clearly gives medical-facility directors the authority to fire those who spurn the vaccine.

It will likely spark outcry, as vaccination mandates have already provoked a backlash, including protests outside Staten Island University/Northwell Health.

The Big Apple’s largest police union — the Police Benevolent Association— has threatened to sue the city if cops are required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

But health advocates say its unacceptable for medical workers not to get the jab, especially given the fact they work in facilities with vulnerable, immuno-compromised patients or residents.

The regulation covers all workers, contract staff and volunteers at the facilities who “could potentially expose other covered personnel, patients or residents to the disease.”

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The revised edict is expected to be approved by the DOH’s planning council under new Gov. Kathy Hochul.
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It requires all medical and health care facilities, including home care agencies, to regularly report to the state the lists of all employees who are vaccinated, not vaccinated or qualified for a medical exemption.

As The Post reported in recent weeks, a high rate of medical workers remain unvaccinated at hospitals and nursing homes.

Nearly a quarter of hospital workers statewide — 23 percent — are still unvaccinated, according to DOH data posted Wednesday.

In New York City, 25 percent of hospital workers are unvaccinated. Nearly a third of hospital workers are unvaccinated in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and The Bronx.

Meanwhile, 29 percent of nursing home workers statewide have not gotten their COVID-19 shots.

In New York City, 28 percent of nursing home workers are unvaccinated. The worst rate is in Brooklyn, where 37 percent of staffers have refused vaccination.

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Health care workers could see a rise in firings under an emergency edict.
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More than 55,000 New York deaths are linked to COVID-19, including 16,000 nursing home residents.

The state has also seen an uptick in new infections tied to the Delta strain. Since early July, cases have risen 10-fold, and 95 percent were identified as the more contagious variant.

Unvaccinated people are five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 compared to individuals who have their shots, the state data shows.

Those who are unvaccinated have more than 11 times the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 or dying, a study released last week by the NYS DOH and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They offer the benefit of helping to
reduce the number of COVID-19 infections, including the Delta variant, which is a critical
component to protecting public health,” the DOH directive states.

“Certain settings, such as healthcare facilities and congregate care settings, pose increased challenges and urgency for controlling the spread of this disease because of the vulnerable patient and resident populations that they serve.

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Advocates say it’s unacceptable for health care workers not to get the vaccine.
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“Unvaccinated personnel in such settings have an unacceptably high risk of both acquiring COVID-19 and transmitting the virus to colleagues and/or vulnerable patients or residents, exacerbating staffing shortages, and causing an unacceptably high risk of complications,” DOH officials say in the order.

Currently, state medical facilities are required to offer the vaccine to workers, and some already began imposing mandatory COVID-vaccination policies.

President Biden also announced last week that as a condition of participating in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, the US Department of Health and Human Services will impose new regulations requiring nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for workers.

“The Department has determined that these emergency regulations are necessary to control the spread of COVID-19 in the identified regulated facilities or entities…Current circumstances and the risk of spread to vulnerable resident and patient populations by unvaccinated personnel in these settings necessitate immediate action,” DOH said.

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The DOH believes unvaccinated health care workers have a high risk of both acquiring COVID-19 and transmitting the virus.
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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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