THE HILL – Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday called on vaccine-hesitant individuals to “put aside” their concerns about personal liberty and recognize the “common enemy” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci said while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation”:
“You have to get the overwhelming proportion of people vaccinated, but you also have to do mitigation, and that gets to the controversial issue of mask wearing, and the mandating of things. Mandating vaccines, for example, for teachers and … personnel in the school.”
Fauci reiterated that although breakthrough cases are being seen in vaccinated individuals, it is the unvaccinated who are becoming seriously ill and dying:
“It’s the unvaccinated that are doing that, so we have a lot of tasks. We’ve got to do mitigation. Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus.” … READ MORE.
KENOSHA (Wis.) NEWS – More than 120 people, including a number of Kenosha health care professionals and their supporters, took to the streets Sunday to protest hospital policies that now require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The protests took place in stages during the afternoon and evening with part of the group demonstrating on along Highway 50 in front of Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital on the south side of the road and to the west on the north shoulder of the highway outside the Aurora Kenosha Medical Center parking lot.
Chants of “Freedom of choice” and “My body, my choice” rang out while motorists intermittently honked in agreement with the many signs the demonstrators held up, along with American flags, amid the bright sunshine and light dust kicked up from roadwork and cars that zoomed past on the busy thoroughfare.
Among the signs were those that read:
- “We Stand for Medical Freedom”
- “Freedom is … Me Calling My Own Shots”
- “Don’t experiment on me”
- “Stop the Mandate”
- “Vaccine Mandates = Medical Tyranny”
Throughout the afternoon and early evening, demonstrators staged their opposition to the recent announcements by Froedtert South, which is requiring staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1.
Froedtert South manages both Froedtert Kenosha and Froedtert Pleasant Prairie hospitals.
Advocate Aurora Health also announced last week that its staff at its hospitals in Wisconsin, including Aurora Kenosha Medical Center, and Illinois must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15.
Major hospital systems that serve Southeast Wisconsin and along with others throughout the country have begun to require their staff members be vaccinated as a more contagious form of the virus, known as, the Delta variant has emerged and is now surging, especially in areas with low vaccination rates … READ MORE.