State and Local Governments and Companies Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

State and Local Governments and Companies Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Story Highlights As the demand for COVID-19 vaccines slows across the country, governments and businesses are offering a wide range of incentives to try to boost vaccination rates. In addition to a variety of cash lotteries, some of the offerings include air travel, college scholarships, state park passes, fishing or hunting licenses and complimentary food […]

NY Couple Furloughed for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Over Pregnancy Concerns

NY Couple Furloughed for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Over Pregnancy Concerns

A New York couple has filed a lawsuit with the Queens Supreme Court after both were furloughed from their catering jobs for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, citing unknown effects on conception and pregnancy. Jisserlin Reyes, 33, and Sandra Balbin, 36, planned to conceive via artificial insemination. Balbin said that the company already required wearing masks, […]

Severe Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Close Schools in Michigan, Ohio and New York

Severe Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Close Schools in Michigan, Ohio and New York

Schools in three states, Michigan, Ohio and New York were forced to close for a day last month after school staff could not work due to severe side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations. Schools in Alma and Ithaca, Michigan were closed on Feb. 16, 2021 because the majority of the teachers had experienced side effects after […]

Man Dies 25 Minutes After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine in New York

Man Dies 25 Minutes After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine in New York

A man in his 70s died on Feb. 7, 2021 in Manhattan, New York just 25 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The deceased, whose name has not been released to the public, collapsed suddenly as he was leaving the Jacob Javits Convention Center, where he was vaccinated, and was quickly taken by senior care […]

32 Nursing Home Residents Die in COVID-19 Outbreak During Mass Vaccination Drive

32 Nursing Home Residents Die in COVID-19 Outbreak During Mass Vaccination Drive

Thirty-two residents have died in The Commons on St. Anthony, a nursing home in Auburn, Cayuga county, New York during  a COVID-19 outbreak that started at the end of December 2020. On Jan. 5, 2021, there were 130 residents, who tested positive for COVID-19 and, as of Jan. 11, there were 104 active coronavirus cases […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against COVID Restrictions on Catholic, Jewish Services in New York

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against COVID Restrictions  on Catholic, Jewish Services in New York

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) published a ruling that granted an emergency temporary injunction blocking the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions on attendance at religious services in churches and synagogues located in specific areas of New York as outlined in an Oct. 6, 2020 […]

Supreme Court Blocks New York COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship

The Supreme Court issuing an injunction that New York governor Andrew Cuomo cannot enforce his new occupancy limits on religious institutions in his state—new justice Amy Coney Barrett casting the deciding vote. Similar decisions before she came to the Court in California and Nevada went the other way. … Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under […]

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 […]

New York Nursing Homes in Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

New York Nursing Homes in Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

On Mar. 25, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order requiring nursing homes to accept on an expedited basis all new or returning residents with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 who are discharged from the hospital after being diagnosed as medically stable. The order states: No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to […]

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 […]