New York City Waitress Fired for Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

New York City Waitress Fired for Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Bonnie Jacobson, a waitress at a restaurant in New York City’s Brooklyn district was fired from her job after she told her supervisor that she was planning to get pregnant and did not want to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccine at the present time.1 COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in the U.S. under an Emergency […]

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Story Highlights International Air Transport Association has developed a mobile application called IATA Travel Pass for passengers. The Travel Pass is a “digital passport” that will enable airlines to track passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccination status before boarding planes. North American airlines have not made a public comment on whether COVID-19 vaccination will be required […]

Ticketmaster Walks Back Plans to Require COVID-19 Testing or Vaccination

Ticketmaster Walks Back Plans to Require COVID-19 Testing or Vaccination

On Nov. 11, 2020, Billboard magazine reported that Ticketmaster, the world’s largest ticket agency, revealed it wants to require proof that ticket purchasers have tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 24-72 hours before attending an event or have received a COVID-19 vaccine with a year of the event.1 This would mean that gone are […]

COVID-19 Lockdowns in New York: A Matter of Religious Freedom?

COVID-19 Lockdowns in New York: A Matter of Religious Freedom?

On Oct. 7, 2020, Harold Tischler, an Orthodox Jewish activist was arrested and charged with inciting a riot and the unlawful imprisonment of Jacob Korbluh, a journalist, during a protest in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Tischler, an activist, radio talk show host and candidate for Brooklyn City Council is known for speaking out against the COVID-19 […]

Hospital Staff Sensor ID Badges Track COVID-19

Hospital Staff Sensor ID Badges Track COVID-19

Story Highlights Sensor technology has been used by hospitals to monitor hand-washing behaviors and keep track of expensive equipment, but the coronavirus pandemic has opened up a new application for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases. Adding a sensor to staff ID badges, medical technology company SwipeSense enables hospitals to monitor employee movements, document interaction with […]

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Opinion | You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data—including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines—must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace. The technology behind such innovations, which […]

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York has been struggling with responding to one of the worst COVD-19 outbreaks in the world. As of Apr. 25, 2020, an estimated 271,600 people in New York State and 141,754 in New York City have been infected with COVID-19.1 In response to this health crisis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an […]

Google Will Track Cell Phone User Locations to Monitor “Social Distancing”

Google Will Track Cell Phone User Locations to Monitor “Social Distancing”

Story Highlights Google has launched a new electronic surveillance initiative that collects location data from users of Google products and services, including cell phones, to track “social distancing” activity and publicly post “Community Mobility Reports” on a new Google website. Google surveillance reports will track and publicly report on the movements and activity of electronic […]

CDC Funds New Hampshire Vaccine Registry

CDC Funds New Hampshire Vaccine Registry

New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted on Dec. 18, 2019 to accept $1.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an Immunization Information System (IIS). According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire is currently the only state without vaccine tracking system.1 The IIS electronic tracking […]

California Bill to Restrict Vaccine Medical Exemptions Passes: ‘SB 714 is Going to Be a Mockery of Democracy’

California Bill to Restrict Vaccine Medical Exemptions Passes: ‘SB 714 is Going to Be a Mockery of Democracy’

California children receive 50 doses of 14 different vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. Thousands of parents and grandparents traveled to the California State Capitol Monday from all across California to protest SB 2761 which would disallow the vaccination medical exemptions parents were receiving from family physicians, and its […]