Seattle business owner fears vaccine mandate will lengthen 911 response time: ‘I can’t get help’
Fox News reports on the effects of the Biden vaccine mandate on the Seattle Police Department.
Seattle business owners are fearing the looming vaccine mandate deadline for police officers and firefighters will further lengthen response time to 911 calls, as the city that saw months of violent demonstrations last year already grapples with police staffing shortages and surging crime.
Maher Youssef, owner of Youssef’s Pluto Organic Café in Belltown, told KING 5 News he’s dialed 911 several dozen times over the past few years, including for two separate break-ins which were captured by the coffee shop’s surveillance camera.
Seattle police responded to both robberies, but Youssef said response times were lengthy and staffing shortages expected to worsen with Monday’s vaccine mandate deadline for the city and state could worsen business.
“I feel like I’m on my own. I can’t get help from anywhere. I just open the door every day and don’t know if I’m going to go home safe and good to my family or if something is going to happen,” Youssef said. “The tourists are not going to come, the people are not going to go out of their home to buy things. It’s going to be like a ghost city.”
The extent of the vaccine mandate on police staffing shortages won’t be known until after Monday’s deadline. Oct. 18 is the date Seattle, King County and Washington State employees are required to submit proof of full vaccination, request an exemption or face termination.
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan said officers won’t face immediate termination Monday, but instead, those who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive notice for a “Loudermill hearing,” or a public forum where an employee can present their reasoning for going against the mandate before formal separation. An internal memo distributed by the King County Sheriff’s Office Thursday indicated deputies who don’t get vaccinated will also be affording similar hearings before being terminated.
As of last Wednesday, the Seattle Police Department activated its emergency three-stage mobilization plan, which involves sending detectives and non-patrol officers to emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers. The Seattle Fire Department canceled non-essential training and community events as part of its contingency plan.
“That’s what this contingency is in place for, so that we do have officers who are available to handle 911 calls, not knowing what our numbers are going to be on October 18th,” Sgt. Randy Huserik told KING. “Our first concern is those priority one calls, those crimes in progress and whatnot, and having the staffing levels available to respond to those high priority calls first.”
(Read more at Fox News)
Joe wants to pretend that (after years of “Sure, we can transfer that money from police”) a few kind words at a memorial service will heal all
Over the weekend, the leader of the Democrats spoke a few supportive words for the police; however, those were accompanied by additional calls for police reform. So, sorry, Joe. You won’t put out a fire by sprinkling water and following that with gasoline.
Additionally, when you have backed the police into a corner for over two years through your policy and now a senseless vaccine of people who likely have developed a natural immunity by catching COVID-19, you may not like the response you get.
Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police have resigned over a vaccine mandate
National Public Radio tells us how a number of the Massachusetts State Police have resigned over the Biden vaccine mandate.
Dozens of Massachusetts State Police troopers have put in their resignation papers following the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the State Police Association of Massachusetts said.
Under Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order issued last month, all executive department employees are required to show proof of vaccination on or before Oct. 17, or they will be fired.
“It is unfortunate that the Governor and his team have chosen to mandate one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country with no reasonable alternatives,” State Police Association President Michael Cherven said in a statement.
Chervin said the troopers should have “reasonable alternatives” to being required to get vaccinated such as wearing masks and being tested regularly.
(Read about the “alternatives” at NPR)
It looks like the Democrats are not the only ones showing solidarity
I can understand how the state troopers would stand together against a vaccine mandate when (first) they have worked as the shield for the state against a criminal element throughout a pandemic and (second) they may have caught the virus and developed their own immunity during this pandemic.
However, I really don’t understand the Democrats not looking at the science and listening to their people. Why listen to a doddering old socialist rather than people who support you?
Seattle police staffing woes prompt emergency dispatch plan as vaccine mandate for officers looms
Fox News points out how the Biden vaccine mandate has prompted a emergency dispatch plan in Seattle.
Seattle’s police department is sending detectives and non-patrol officers to respond to emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers that union leaders fear will become worse because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Due to the staffing crunch, the Seattle Police Department activated its emergency three-stage mobilization plan on Wednesday, KING reported.
It involves all on-duty sworn personnel, including detectives, education and training section employees and people within the department with patrol backgrounds reporting to their shifts in uniform and ready to respond to 911 calls if necessary.
Should the department receive a credible threat “that has the potential to cause significant harm, property destruction or wide-spread public fear,” the plan requires that normal dispatch will be modified, impacting its ability to conduct routine operations.
The department has lost more than 300 officers over the past year, KOMO reported. Nearly 300 more could face termination if they do not comply with an Oct. 18 deadline to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“We can’t afford to lose one, that’s how desperate we are to hold onto people,” police union president Mike Solan said. “If we lose more officers, the public safety situation will become that much more untenable here.”
(Read more at Fox News)
This is just the foretaste of things to come
In my view, this dictatorial type of government (decried loudly by Democrats in the press and politics during the Trump administration, when it didn’t exist) will lead to a dependence on government over God.
Also along a similar line, this type of government will lead to a softening of thought. Therefore, people will not resist true tyranny when it presents itself.
For the military
Many troops have not complied with COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Sherman, Texas Fox affiliate KXII says in a 11 October 2021 report that many troops have not complied with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Hundreds of thousands of members of the U.S. military remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated as deadlines approach for the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
According to a review of data published in Sunday’s Washington Post, the rate of COVID-19 vaccination among the armed services varies a great deal.
For instance, vaccine compliance in the active-duty Navy is 90%.
But for the Marine Corps, it’s 72%, though both services share the same Nov. 28 deadline.
(Read more at KXII)
When the warriors among us have gone away, what will the gunless depend on?
Not too long ago, Obama mocked the back road voters of America for “clinging to their guns or religion.”
Tell me what the sophisticated people like Obama cling to if their hired warriors go away?
Tell me what boat we will be in if our warriors go away and CCP takes advantage of the situation?
For health care workers
Central Maine Medical Center suspends pediatric, trauma admissions
Portland, Maine ABC affiliate WMTW reports that the Central Maine Medical Center suspended pediatric and trauma admissions due to resignations in response to Biden’s vaccine mandate.
Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is temporarily suspending admissions for certain patients.
Tuesday, Central Maine Health Care issued a statement clarifying the changes in care.
The hospital announced on Monday on its website that pediatric and trauma patients who arrive at the Emergency Department will be assessed and stabilized, but if they need to be admitted, they will be sent to another facility.
STEMI (heart attack) patients were originally on the list of those who were going to be diverted, but Tuesday’s statement changed that policy, now saying STEMI patients will be admitted.
The diversion plan for pediatric patients will be in place until further notice, whereas the situation for trauma patients will be re-evaluated every 24 hours.
Additionally, Central Maine Medical Center’s neo-natal ICU will close on October 25th.
In their statement, Central Maine Health Care blames the ongoing staffing shortage they are dealing with. As of Tuesday morning, their website showed 554 job postings within the network. That included 331 in Lewiston.
(Read more at WMTW)
This has happened all over America
In Houston, the Methodist hospital system laid off 178 employees who refused the vaccine mandate.
In New York, Northwell Health laid off 1,400 employees who defied the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
New York hospital to stop delivering babies as staffers quit over vaccine mandate
USA Today shares on the effects of the Biden vaccine mandate on the a rural New York hospital.
A hospital in rural New York is pausing its maternity services as employees quit instead of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Six employees at the Lewis County Health System have resigned, and seven more are unwilling to get vaccinated, meaning Lewis County General Hospital will stop delivering babies for the time being, multiple news outlets reported.
“We are unable to safely staff the service after Sept. 24,” Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer said at a news conference.
The move appears to be temporary. During the pause in maternity services, Cayer said, the health system will focus on recruiting nurses to get baby deliveries back up and running.
“We have a challenge to work through with the vaccination mandate,” Cayer said.
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a mandate Aug. 16 to ensure that all health care workers in New York must be vaccinated. More specifically, hospitals and long term care facility employees need to get their first dose of the vaccine by Sep. 27.
(Read more at USA Today)
Just imagine going to an emergency room with an emergency now
Imagine that emergency room being even more packed with Biden’s illegal aliens because they have been told they can have their flu or cold or bursitis treated there. Imagine now that there are 1/2 of the nurses and doctors. And imagine that the nurses and doctors who are there have been imported from nations where a bedside manner does not receive priority.
Imagine no more.
For supply chain workers
Big truckers say vaccine mandate could push drivers away
The Wall Street Journal reports on the words of truckers as they react to the Biden vaccine mandate.
Big trucking companies say a federal vaccination and testing mandate aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus could push more workers away from their operations and deepen upheaval in U.S. supply chains.
Executives say the proposed testing requirements for workers who choose not to get vaccinated could also pose challenges for trucking companies whose fleets haul goods long distances, often along irregular routes that send drivers from one corner of the country to another over several days or weeks.
The impact, they say, would hit companies already struggling to hire and retain drivers in a tight labor market and add to pressure on logistics networks that are straining to keep stores stocked and factories humming.
“We’re in an industry where we can’t afford any fallout. We don’t have enough drivers today,” said Eric Fuller, chief executive of U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc., a large trucking carrier based in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Under the plan President Biden announced last week, companies with 100 or more employees would have to require that their workers be vaccinated or undergo at least weekly testing for the virus.
Trucking companies are among the businesses navigating a tricky path on vaccinations, with some blue-collar workers bristling at employer mandates and companies have been reluctant to alienate staffers in a tight labor market. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to roll the federal requirement out in coming weeks via an emergency temporary standard.
U.S. Xpress is encouraging its roughly 10,000-person workforce, which includes about 7,000 drivers, to get the Covid-19 shot. The company estimates that just under half of its drivers are vaccinated. But the carrier isn’t requiring its workers to get the vaccine, “and we’re not necessarily comfortable with the government mandating it,” Mr. Fuller said.
Trucking companies worry that workers who balk at the requirements could decamp for smaller fleets that don’t fall under the mandate or turn to gig-economy jobs, further shrinking the pool of drivers at a time when a shortage of transport capacity is slowing delivery times and driving up costs for retailers and manufacturers.
Mr. Fuller said that the federal requirement could “create additional stress on each point of the supply chain,” rippling across trucking, warehousing and manufacturing workforces and potentially creating “the situation where we have empty shelves.”
(Read specifics of supply-chain worries at the Wall Street Journal)
Again, we are seeing the tip of the spear
From all I can tell, this is just the beginning.
Big truckers say vaccine mandate could push drivers away
Reports at Chicago’s WKBN back up the Wall Street Journal report as truckers react to the Biden vaccine mandate.
President Joe Biden’s recently announced sweeping vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans is resulting in some truckers across the country quitting their jobs.
“The biggest problem drivers are having is that they don’t trust the vaccine, they’re scared of the side effects, the government forcing it on them,” said Michael Kucharski, vice president of JKC Trucking.
Kucharski said he supports the vaccine and educating employees about their benefits, but does not support Biden’s mandate for companies with 100 employees or more to require vaccinations.
The Biden administration has said that companies will face $13,600 in fines per violation. Employees that do not want to get vaccinated are supposed to be tested weekly.
“We are hurting. So if a truck driver quits, he could call 20 truck companies right now, and over the phone all 20 will hire him instantly,” Kucharski said. “We’re all fighting over the same drivers. Not only are we being hammered by COVID right now and the driver shortage, now this mandate comes along and it’s going to make it even worse for us to retain these employees.”
(Read how a few liberal companies welcome the Biden mandate at WKBN)