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A hospital in Western Michigan is hiring nurses from neighboring states who quit their jobs over Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

Spectrum Health, in West Michigan, announced that employees, including nurses and doctors, who recovered from Covid-19 and are now immune, aren't required to get the vaccine.

The announcement comes after U.S. Pres. Joe Biden declared war on unvaccinated Americans in a press conference on Friday.

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Biden signed an executive order giving occupational safety agency, OSHA, the authority to fine businesses up to $14,000 per violation if they don't force their employees to get the vaccine.

According to the Detroit News, "Spectrum Health, which is in the process of merging with Southfield-based Beaumont Health, will grant an exemption to those who have a positive PCR or antigen test for COVID-19 plus a positive antibody test from within the past three months."

The hospital is the first major hospital system in the U.S. to grant exemptions to employees with prior Covid-19 infection after reviewing "new research" on Covid.

As first reported in Science magazine, a study out of Israel found that "natural infection with a prior strain of Covid-19" was 13x more effective at preventing future infection than those who are vaccinated.

The groundbreaking research study was initially ignored by the American news media. On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci was caught off guard when CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta went off script and asked how he would explain to people with natural immunity that they still need the vaccine.

Fauci's answer: "I don't have a really firm answer for you on that."

Watch Fauci's interview on CNN below.
 

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A New York hospital will stop delivering babies after half of its maternity workers resigned over the vaccine mandates.

Lewis County General Hospital will stop delivering babies after September 24 due to a nursing shortage.

Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer announced the resignations at a press conference on Friday.

Cayer said 6 of the nurses in the maternity unit quit and another 7 are undecided.

"If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated, we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County."

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In August, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced all healthy care workers at hospitals and nursing homes would be required to get at least one dose of mRNA vaccine by September 27.

Cayer said 30 nurses got vaccinated, while another 30 nurses resigned over the mandates.

"Our hope is as we get closer (to the deadline), the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider. We are not alone."

Cayer said other NY hospitals are struggling with nursing shortages.

"There are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway and now we have a challenge to work through, you know, with the vaccination mandate."

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Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare will soon experience a nursing shortage crisis. Piedmont has announced mandatory Covid-19 mRNA injections for registered nurses and other essential staff.

In a statement this week, Piedmont announced it would require all 23,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

No employee can refuse, "with few exceptions," according to the statement.

In a statement, Piedmont Healthcare said it will require "Piedmont leaders, physicians, providers, and new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as of Sept. 1".

The hospital announced the rest of the workers will be required to be fully vaccinated "in the near future."

Several of Piedmont's staff nurses threatened to resign in messages posted to a private Facebook group on Tuesday.

Hospitals can't survive without good nurses. The quickest way to lose good staff nurses is by forcing them to take experimental drugs that are not fully approved by the FDA.

Emory Healthcare in Atlanta stopped short of mandating mRNA vaccines. Instead, it is encouraging, but not yet requiring, all employees to be vaccinated.

"Emory Healthcare is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for its employees while the vaccines are under Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA," said a hospital spokesperson in an email to 11Alive on Tuesday. "We will continue to review ongoing safety and effectiveness data and reassess our decision upon full FDA approval."

Back in the '80s and '90s hospitals tried mandating flu shots for all staff, but the facilities quickly backed down and offered waivers when nurses threatened to quit en masse.

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An outspoken emergency room doctor with a large following on social media made headlines when he wished death on Americans who choose to live their lives without fear.

On Feb. 3, Dr. Gilman reacted to a viral video that shows maskless shoppers in a Florida grocery store.

In a now-deleted tweet, Gilman wrote: "Naples, Florida. Let 'em die. I'm so tired of these people. No vaccine for y'all."

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In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "I'm working in the COVID ICU tonight! I'm so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!"

When outraged Twitter followers reminded him that his impulsiveness got him fired from a hospital in Arizona, he blamed Republicans and walked back his statement.

"Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don't wear masks & 'let 'em die. My point is that we can't waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let 'em die. They'll find out the hard way."

On Nov. 22, Dr. Gilman was fired for lying about the lack of ICU beds in the state of Arizona.

Gilman tweeted that there were "no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona."

But Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health disputed his tweet by confirming there were over 100 ICU beds available in the state that same day.

Gilman's tweets made him a celebrity on Twitter. He received a Zoom call from Joe Biden's transition team and Oprah Winfrey offered to send him and his family on vacation.

But others were not as tolerant of Gilman's attention-seeking tweets.

Envision, the agency that contracts him to work temporary assignments in hospitals, told him his services were no longer needed at Yuma Medical Center in Arizona.

When Gilman tweeted that he was "fired" from his temporary assignment, the hospital said it was all a "misunderstanding" and that he still worked shifts there.

But Gilman told a reporter that he was on the schedule to work but he had not been permitted to work his scheduled shifts.

"I was told by Envision that the hospital was not allowing me to return back due to a tweet," he said.

The hospital quietly told Envision that Gilman would not be allowed to "be vocal or outspoken" on social media.

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Social media users lashed out at Gilman for his insensitive tweet about the maskless grocery store in Florida.

One Twitter user called Gilman "mentally unfit", while others expressed their support for him.

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Dr. Gilman attempted to go viral with a rap song about Covid-19 last year, but it flopped.
 

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A hospital worker in Texas is accused of pretending to inject a male nurse with the Covid-19 vaccine by using an empty syringe.

Footage aired by KTSM 9 News showed a hospital worker injecting 5 nurses with Covid-19 vaccines.

Sharp-eyed viewers noticed the syringe appeared to be empty and the plunger was already pushed in before the healthcare worker gave the shot to the second nurse.

Some viewers accused the 2 hospital workers of conspiring to fake the injection.

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"Some eagle-eyed KTSM 9 News viewers wondered if the worker received the vaccine at all," KTSM wrote, adding that a reporter reached out to the medical center to find out what happened.

A hospital spokesperson initially claimed that all 5 nurses received the full first dose of the vaccine.

But after careful review of the news footage the spokesperson acknowledged that the second nurse "did not receive a full dose of vaccine."

The spokesperson continued: "We want to remove any doubt raised that he was not fully vaccinated and further strengthen confidence in the vaccination process."

The hospital claimed the male nurse was "vaccinated again."

"The nurse in question today was vaccinated again. UMC has confirmed with the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that re-vaccinating the nurse will not cause adverse effects.

"The nurse will need to return after three weeks to receive his second dose."

Thousands of nurses and doctors around the country have said they will decline the vaccine because it was rushed to market without being fully tested.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer's vaccines for "emergency use," meaning Pfizer was allowed to skip the animal testing phase.

UPMC in Pennsylvania, one of the nation's largest hospital systems, has said it will not force it's 89,000 employees to get the vaccine.
 

 

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Major hospital systems in the Midwest won't force their doctors and nurses to get the still experimental Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use, meaning the bio-engineered vaccine is still experimental.

Dr. Graham Snyder, the medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), says the Pfizer mRNA vaccine will not be mandatory for UPMC's 89,000 employees, according to Pennlive.com.

UPMC requires its employees to get the flu vaccine every year because the mandatory flu vaccination policy "is based on decades of experience with the influenza vaccine."

Snyder said the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine was developed in under a year and there is "no comparable data for a COVID-19 vaccine".

The vaccine will be given to employees who want it, but UPMC will conduct its own review of the vaccines before injecting any of its employees, Snyder said.

"Until we learn more and build our own experience with this vaccine... it's not the right thing to make it mandatory," he said.

UPMC hospital system includes 40 hospitals with more than 8,000 licensed beds, 700 clinical locations and doctors' offices, according to Wikipedia.

Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention for Advocate Aurora Health, called the speed in which the vaccine was developed "One of the great scientific achievements of our time."

Citronberg added: "We don't feel like we have enough information to mandate it. We also don't think that's the right strategy right now."

Advocate Aurora Health is one of the largest systems in the Midwest, with 10 hospitals in Illinois and 16 hospitals in Wisconsin, according to the Daily Herald.

"We expect that hopefully in the next four or six weeks we should be able to immunize all of our patient-facing team members who want to get a vaccine," Citronberg said.

Edward-Elmhurst Health and Northwestern Medicine hospitals in the Illinois suburbs also won't force their employees to take the vaccine.

In DuPage County, public health authorities expect an allotment of about 13,000 doses for its 58,000 health workers and long-term care facility residents. Officials will assess which hospital employees want the vaccine before distribution begins in the coming weeks.

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A nurse serial killer was arrested and charged with the murder of 8 babies in her care at Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, England.

Lucy Letby was initially arrested in 2018 on suspicion of murdering multiple infants over a 3-year period at the hospital. She was arrested again in 2019 after police conducted a search of her home and turned up evidence in the suspected murders of 3 additional babies after 2018.

Letby, who was released twice on bond, was arrested a third time this week and charged with an additional 6 murders and nine attempted murders of premature newborns.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes said "a team of detectives" worked on the case to bring Letby to justice.

The majority of babies who died in Letby's care were premature newbies in neonatal units. The unusually high number of infant deaths in 2015 prompted the hospital to close its neonatal unit and move newborns to other facilities while an investigation was underway.

The hospital has since stopped caring for babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy.

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Angry social media users flooded the hospital's switchboard and social media accounts after a cruel post went viral on social media.

The post identifies the user as Brittany Jill Michael, a nurse at Mass General. The post features a meme that shows gun violence victim Cannon Hinnant.

The meme reads: "Free Bike! I got this bike from my neighbor who don't need it no more. Has some red stains on it."

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Cannon, 5, was shot in the head at point blank range while riding his bicycle in his own yard in Wilson, North Carolina on Aug. 9.

Police arrested 25-year-old ex-convict Darius Sessoms a day later at a private residence in Goldsboro NC. He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.

The Facebook post fired up conservatives who called the hospital demanding to know if the Facebook user was a nurse on staff there.

Mass General updated the hospital's Twitter account to confirm the Facebook user is not a an employee, and they are working with Facebook officials to identify the user.

The Facebook account has since been deleted.

"This individual does not work at Mass General. We recommend that you report the profile to Facebook, as we have done. We are working with Facebook officials and the appropriate authorities to identify the person or people who are responsible for this hurtful message."

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CBS News has admitted using footage from a hospital in Italy that shows a hospital ward overflowing with patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes after New York residents uploaded video to social media that shows hospitals in New York City are not "war zones" overwhelmed with coronavirus patients as the news media reported.

CBS' This Morning used footage of a packed hospital ward in Italy last Wednesday after claiming the coronavirus epicenter was "found right here" in New York.

The same footage was aired by Sky News -- which correctly identified it as a hospital in Italy.

The American news media has been criticized for overhyping the coronavirus to panic viewers and cause chaos to increase TV ratings.

"This is unacceptable," wrote one outraged Twitter user. Another user tweeted: "it's completely irresponsible for @CBSNews to use footage from an Italian Hospital when talking about the outbreak in New York City."

A CBS News spokesperson attribute the fake news to an "editing mistake."

"We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows."

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Rapper Future Hendrix teamed up with an Atlanta company to donate custom sewn face masks to medical professionals treating patients infected with the Wuhan coronavirus.

Future's nonprofit, The FreeWishes Foundation, is teaming up with Atlanta Sewing Style to produce the masks for doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

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The "Mask Off" hitmaker and his daughter Londyn wore custom bejeweled face masks to the 2017 BET Awards.

According to TMZ, the star, real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has a team of 500 people dedicated to the task of sewing masks, although it remains unclear how many pieces he is aiming to create.

"As most people adapt to the new normal of staying quarantined to protect themselves from the coronavirus, healthcare professionals do not have this privilege," a statement from The FreeWishes Foundation reads.

"In addition, they do not even have enough supplies to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus."

Future's sister, Tia-Wilburn Anderson, added it was important for her, her brother, and their family to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Future joins a number of stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are handing out millions to help provide meals for those in need and medical supplies for doctors and nurses treating those suffering from the virus.

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