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When You’re Responsible for Deciding Who Doesn’t Have to Get the COVID Vaccine

There is little agreement among experts as to how employers should think about religious exemptions for the COVID vaccine—or whether employers even have to offer exemptions in the first place. But for employers who do opt to offer them, there are many more questions: How can you tell if a person is faking a religious belief? Does it matter if the requester has the backing of a major religious institution? Does it matter if that institution publicly supports the vaccine and opposes exemptions? How do you judge if a request is in good faith when there is an entire industry built around helping people falsely claim religious objections? Where do you draw the line for something as complex and personal as faith?
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St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Hospital hosting pop-up vaccine clinics

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Carondelet Health Network is hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday, Set. 23 and the next day at St. Mary’s Hospital. According to a news release from Carondelet, no appointments, insurance or identification is needed to get a vaccine. The...

AZ has a new plan to get vaccine hesitant to comply

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The state of Arizona is lagging when it comes to vaccinations with just more than half the state’s adult population fully vaccinated. The Pima County Health Department says that’s not enough to stop the transmission of the Delta variant saying it needs 90% to 95%.

Sunnyside school district to offer extra sick days as vaccine incentive

Sunnyside Unified School District is going to offer extra sick days to vaccinated employees, becoming the first school district in Tucson to offer a vaccine incentive to employees. “I think the incentive would encourage employees to get vaccinated,” said Debra Bergman, chief human resources officer who coordinates with employees whom...

New study shows COVID vaccines protect against hospitalization

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -A new study by the CDC is looking at how effective the COVID vaccines are at protecting people from hospitalization with the virus. It’s been said this pandemic is now one of the unvaccinated. A new report from the CDC shows vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized with serious illness. This is something medical professionals in hospitals have been seeing for quite some time.

Tucson Reports High Employee Vaccination Rate Even As Mandate Faces Legal Challenges

Tucson is looking for other ways to encourage city employees to get immunized for COVID-19 while its vaccine mandate faces legal challenges. Tucson’s City Council and mayor in mid-August approved a plan that would require municipal workers to get vaccinated. Employees who did not comply would face a five-day suspension. Following Tucson's announcement, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order to block cities from mandating COVID-19 immunizations. Attorney General Mark Brnovich this month told Tucson leaders the city would lose millions in state funding if it carried out plans to penalize its unvaccinated workers.

Tucson continues pause on vaccine mandate, considers other incentives

The city of Tucson is continuing to pause enforcement of five-day suspensions for unvaccinated employees, but only tentatively. As the City Council keeps an eye on pending litigation challenging the law blocking it from enforcing its vaccine mandate, the body gave direction to City Manager Michael Ortega to look into implementing other COVID mitigating factors, such as weekly testing and masking requirements for unvaccinated employees, as well as incentives for those who are vaccinated.

Youngsters could soon get COVID-19 shot

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - First the parents and, now, the children. Right now, health experts are pushing to get the COVID vaccine authorized under emergency use for kids ages five to 11. “Once the FDA approves the vaccine after approving the data that Pfizer is set to give...
Green Valley News and Sun

IN MY VIEW: Think about COVID, the vaccine and others

Try holding your breath for three minutes. It is exceedingly difficult. Now imagine that you can hardly breathe for hours and days at a time. The COVID virus can cause that terrible condition by invading the body, taking over cells and seriously affecting the lungs. It is also highly transmissible. That is measurable science. Yet there are those who deny COVID’s danger, that it is a hoax, or something created to control the masses and destroy our freedoms.
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Students earn $1K by participating in this COVID-19 study

A new study is working to understand what the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission is among people with the Moderna vaccine. Dr. Elizabeth Connick and Dr. Lori Fantry from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine are the researchers conducting the study. The study was started earlier this year...

Arizona Attorney General Says Tucson Vaccine Mandate Violates State Law

A law mandating the COVID-19 vaccine among Tucson city employees is illegal, according to Arizona’s attorney general. “Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office (AGO) determined the City of Tucson’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public employees does violate state law for purposes of S.B. 1487, and also is in direct conflict with the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-18,” a press release from Brnovich’s office said.
US News and World Report

Attorney General: Tucson Employee Vaccine Mandate Is Illegal

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Tuesday that Tucson’s vaccine mandate for its employees is illegal, giving the city 30 days to repeal it or risk losing millions of dollars in state funding. Democratic-led Tucson has repeatedly clashed with the state's Republican leadership over the city's aggressive...