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The mandate has led to a continued shortage of healthcare workers in the state as many refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Recently, Maine issued a vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers in the state, warning that those who fail to comply risk losing their job. The vaccine mandate has only increased worries among behavioural health agencies and paramedics as staffing shortages continue.

As defined in the mandate, healthcare workers are classed as any individuals who are employed by a hospital, multilevel healthcare facility, home health agency, nursing facility, residential care facility and intellectual disabilities licensed by the State of Mane.

Maine Governor Janet Mills said that her mandate will require all health workers to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the 1st of October and was imposed to guard against staff shortages ensure patient safety.

However, the risk of having a shortage of workers is higher as many are already contemplating quitting.

In Maine and a number of other states in the US, there has reportedly been a spike of Covid-19 cases due to the delta variant. Gov. Mills’ vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is one of the strongest, offering no apparent alternative to inoculation. This news comes as the Biden administration recently said that nursing homes will lose critical federal funding if they do not make the Covid jabs compulsory for staff.

It currently remains unclear how many will leave the workforce due to the mandate and opposition has been vocal. In Portland, Bangor and Augusta, healthcare workers and politicians who opposed the mandate have rallied together.

OHI Maine, which is based in Bangor, had 82 job openings across 380 positions. The agency providing support and care services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism has had to close four group homes due to a shortage of staff. Some staff members are also almost living in the homes to care for their patients with complex needs.

In the US, Maine is reported to have one of the highest vaccination rates and healthcare workers are largely vaccinated. In hospitals, more than 80 percent were fully vaccinated as of July 31st. The rates in nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities were considerably lower at 73 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Maine Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider based in Portland, has seen no turnover yet due to the vaccine. At Northern Light in Brewer, a spokesperson said that a number of employees have tendered their resignations as they chose not to be vaccinated.

Paul Bolin, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Northern Light Health, said:” We’re trying to provide as much support and education and information to respond to questions that employees might have to minimise any folks who feel that they need to leave healthcare as a profession.”

Healthcare workers have their own reasons for refusing the vaccine. Elizabeth Mink, a nursing assistant from Warren, said that she felt that the Covid-19 vaccines have been developed too quickly.

Brianna Jipson, a Bangor-area nurse who works at a hospital near Augusta, said that she would rather be fired than get vaccinated. She said that a lot of workers are angry about the vaccine mandate.

Another healthcare worker said that everyone should have a choice over whether they choose to get the vaccine or not and that no one should be forced to get anything they are not comfortable with.

Emily Nixon, a protest organiser who led a group of around 300 outside Maine Medical Centre in Portland, told a crowd: “We are not anti-anything. We support the right to vaccinate. We support the right to choose.”

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3 months ago

> Maine Governor Janet Mills said that her mandate will require all health workers to

Ah, the wonders of democracy. That’s your ‘representive’ in ‘government’.

As for the ‘voters’:

> a number of employees have tendered their resignations as they chose not to be vaccinated

Jab or starve. Don’t forget to vote next time.

Reply to  votelikehell
3 months ago

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Reply to  Sorcha
3 months ago

It’s better than nothing which is the option. It needs restoration of Common Law to function as intended. We the people are the nation, are the community are the world and it is we who are the morality for rule of law. Us as the collective conscience with free will and open and accountable access to information, to history to the truth without prejudice or discrimination or favour tainting our views.

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3 months ago

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Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
3 months ago

Vaccine Will Enhance Delta Infectivity
Mercola August 30, 2021
Japanese researchers have submitted a new study showing that mRNA vaccines may actually enhance the infectivity of the Delta variant, making it completely resistant to the vaccine.
While the vaccines have shown to be effective against certain variants of concern (VOC), there is a “tradeoff “ that the same antibodies that offer vaccine-induced immunity make to also fuel growth of vaccine-resistant mutations, the researchers found. Specifically, these same antibodies can also “enhance the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 by inducing the open form of the RBD (receptor binding domain).”
The researchers’ study examined the neutralizing and enhancing functions of these antibodies and found “an evolutionary pathway by which the Delta variant could achieve complete escape from vaccine-induced immunity, which provides important information for the design of next-generation vaccines.”
This information matters when making predictions for future mutations of the Delta variant, the researchers said, as “these results suggest that the Delta variant may acquire full resistance to BNT162b2 immune sera by acquiring additional mutations in the RBD that disrupt recognition of anti-RBD neutralizing antibodies.”

 SOURCE: medRxiv August 23, 2021

Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
3 months ago

Natural COVID Infection Protects Up to 13 Times More Than the Vaccine
·   August 27, 2021
A new study done in Israel shows that natural COVID-19 infection protects up to 13 times better than the vaccine.
As explained by ScienceMag: The study “found in two analyses that people who were vaccinated in January and February were, in June, July and the first half of August, six to 13 times more likely to get infected than unvaccinated people who were previously infected with the coronavirus. In one analysis, comparing more than 32,000 people in the health system, the risk of developing symptomatic COVID-19 was 27 times higher among the vaccinated, and the risk of hospitalization eight times higher.”
The study also said that, while vaccinated persons who also had natural infection did appear to have additional protection against the Delta variant, the vaccinated were still at a greater risk for COVID-19-related-hospitalizations compared to those without the vaccine, but who were previously infected. Vaccinees who hadn’t had a natural infection also had a 5.96-fold increased risk for breakthrough infection and a 7.13-fold increased risk for symptomatic disease.
“This study demonstrated that natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccine-induced immunity,” study authors said.

MedRxiv August 25, 2021
ScienceMag August 26, 2021

Me: If you have been vaccinated, Biden says booster shots every 5 months, now – see my free salt water cure, posted previously, want it again, ask me for it and I will gladly post it again, whether you are vaccinated or not – why wait until Delta Coronavirus becomes Covid to discover if your vaccines kept you safe?.

Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
3 months ago

SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is poised to acquire complete resistance to wild-type spike vaccines
Yafei Liu, Noriko Arase, Jun-ichi Kishikawa, Mika Hirose, Songling Li, Asa Tada, Sumiko Matsuoka, Akemi Arakawa, Kanako Akamatsu, Chikako Ono, Hui Jin, Kazuki Kishida, Wataru Nakai, Masako Kohyama, Atsushi Nakagawa, Yoshiaki Yamagishi, Hironori Nakagami, Atsushi Kumanogoh, View ORCID ProfileYoshiharu Matsuura, Daron M. Standley, Takayuki Kato, Masato Okada, Manabu Fujimoto, View ORCID ProfileHisashi Arase
This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review [what does this mean?].
mRNA-based vaccines provide effective protection against most common SARS-CoV-2 variants. However, identifying likely breakthrough variants is critical for future vaccine development. Here, we found that the Delta variant completely escaped from anti-N-terminal domain (NTD) neutralizing antibodies, while increasing responsiveness to anti-NTD infectivity-enhancing antibodies. Although Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2-immune sera neutralized the Delta variant, when four common mutations were introduced into the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the Delta variant (Delta 4+), some BNT162b2-immune sera lost neutralizing activity and enhanced the infectivity. Unique mutations in the Delta NTD were involved in the enhanced infectivity by the BNT162b2-immune sera. Sera of mice immunized by Delta spike, but not wild-type spike, consistently neutralized the Delta 4+ variant without enhancing infectivity. Given the fact that a Delta variant with three similar RBD mutations has already emerged according to the GISAID database, it is necessary to develop vaccines that protect against such complete breakthrough variants.
Competing Interest Statement
Osaka University has filed a patent application for the enhancing antibodies. HA and YL are listed as inventors. HA is a stockholder of HuLA immune Inc.
Paper in collection COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv

Reply to  Richard Noakes
3 months ago

Covid19 doesn’t exist, so by extension, neither do any of the so called variants.

Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
3 months ago

side-effects of mRNA COVID-19 shots

Three new conditions reported by a small number of people after vaccination with COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna are being studied to assess if they may be possible side-effects, Europe’s drugs regulator said on Wednesday.
Erythema multiforme, a form of allergic skin reaction; glomerulonephritis or kidney inflammation; and nephrotic syndrome, a renal disorder characterised by heavy urinary protein losses, are being studied by the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to the regulator.
Pfizer, by far the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to the European Union, and Moderna did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.   
Just over 43.5 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, Spikevax, have been administered in the European Economic Area as of July 29, the EMA said, compared to more than 330 million doses of the Pfizer shot, Comirnaty, developed with Germany’s BioNTech.
Last month, the EMA found a possible link between very rare heart inflammation and the mRNA vaccines. However, the European regulator and the World Health Organization have stressed that benefits from these vaccines outweigh any risks.
The watchdog did not give details on Wednesday on how many cases of the new conditions were recorded, but said it had requested more data from the companies. The EMA did not recommend changes to the labelling of the vaccines.
It disclosed the new assessments as part of routine updates to the safety section of all authorised vaccines’ database and added menstrual disorders as a condition it was studying for vaccines, including those from AstraZeneca and J&J, after the EMA’s update last week.
Moderna’s shares, which have climbed more than 75% to Tuesday’s close since mid-July when it joined the S&P 500 index, fell about 16% to $384 on Wednesday.
BioNTech’s U.S.-listed shares were down 14.4% and Pfizer nearly 4%.
 (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Manojna Maddipatla; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Mark Potter)
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Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
3 months ago

Cerebral venous thrombosis after vaccination against COVID-19 in the UK: a multicentre cohort study
·   Richard J Perry, PhD
   Arina Tamborska, MBChB
·   Bhagteshwar Singh, MRCP
·   Brian Craven, MBBCh
·   Richard Marigold, FRCP
·   Peter Arthur-Farraj, PhD
·   et al.
Published:August 06, 2021DOI:
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A new syndrome of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) has emerged as a rare side-effect of vaccination against COVID-19. Cerebral venous thrombosis is the most common manifestation of this syndrome but, to our knowledge, has not previously been described in detail. We aimed to document the features of post-vaccination cerebral venous thrombosis with and without VITT and to assess whether VITT is associated with poorer outcomes.
Cerebral venous thrombosis is more severe in the context of VITT. Non-heparin anticoagulants and immunoglobulin treatment might improve outcomes of VITT-associated cerebral venous thrombosis. Since existing criteria excluded some patients with otherwise typical VITT-associated cerebral venous thrombosis, we propose new diagnostic criteria that are more appropriate.

Me: Why would anyone NOT want to be vaccinated (here and below) – you know the old saying, “Thank you for your (military) service”, now it can be “Thank you for your (vaccines) life” too.

3 months ago

close down the hospitals,care homes, clinics …make them is the only way to save the lives of the staff from the experimental injection damage and death…. the data proves that these injections are lethal in too many instances and no one on earth can be compelled to take an injection with the horrendous track record of these mRNA experimental concotions… what’s it worth to keep your job and run the high risk of neurological, heart, pulmonary breakdown in the short term and total collapse of the immune system next viral season, or the following … this is clearly insanity from an insane geriatric with one foot in the grave whose strings are being pulled by
other entities …..

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I knew the free world was lost when all of this Compliancy became the new world order.

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