Veterans Affairs Will Continue to Enforce Vaccine Mandate to its Health Care Personnel
By Jim Hoft January 27, 2022
The Department of Veterans Affairs has become the first federal agency to require its frontline health workers to get vaccinated against Covid last year or they’ll lose their jobs.
Last week, a Southern District Court in Texas just protected medical freedom and ruled against the mandated COVID shot for federal workers. Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown upheld a suit from federal workers who are refusing to be vaccinated against the COVID virus.
“The motion is granted as to Executive Order 14043. All the defendants, except the President, are thus enjoined from implementing or enforcing Executive Order 14043 until this case is resolved on the merits,” Judge Brown said.
On Monday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough sent out an email stating that the nationwide injunction on the President’s executive order 14043 “does not affect his order requiring all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care personnel to be vaccinated.”
According to the email obtained by TGP, VA will continue to enforce the vaccine requirement for their employees, such as psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nursing assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, peer specialists, medical support assistants, engineers, housekeepers, and other clinical, administrative and infrastructure support employees. This requirement also includes VA volunteers in similar roles.
Here is the email sent out from the US Department of Veterans Affairs:
Many of you have seen that on Friday, a court issued a nationwide injunction on the President’s executive order 14043, requiring that all Federal employees get the COVID-19 vaccine. While this injunction does pause the President’s executive order, it does not affect my order requiring all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care personnel to be vaccinated.
So, what does this mean for you?
- Impact on the vaccine requirement for VHA health care personnel: The injunction does notimpact the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) authority to require VA health care personnel to be vaccinated. We will, therefore, continue to enforce the vaccine requirement for those employees—such as psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nursing assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, peer specialists, medical support assistants, engineers, housekeepers and other clinical, administrative and infrastructure support employees. This requirement also includes VA volunteers in similar roles. Effectively, this means that any VHA employee or volunteer who works in VHA facilities, visits VHA facilities, or provides direct care to those we serve is still required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exception and comply with workplace safety protocols. Exceptions related to a medical condition or a religious belief will be processed as a request for reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement.
- Impact on the vaccine requirement for non-VHA health care personnel: For VA employees who are not VHA health care personnel, VA will pause on implementing and enforcing Executive Order 14043. This means that we will hold on processing vaccine exception requests, implementing discipline for noncompliance with the vaccine requirement and requiring job applicants for roles other than VHA health care positions to be fully vaccinated.
- Impact on other safety protocols: This injunction has no impact on other safety protocols, meaning that masking, physical distancing, testing, travel and quarantine requirements are still in effect.
As I have said throughout the pandemic, ensuring the health and safety of our workforce and the Veterans we serve is my highest priority. The best way to protect you, your families, your colleagues and Veterans from all variants of COVID-19—including Omicron—is to get the vaccine and any recommended additional doses and booster shots, which provide strong protection against infection, hospitalization and death. As always, you can get the vaccine or the booster free of charge at any of our facilities at any time. And if you have any outstanding questions about the vaccine, you can find more information about its safety and effectiveness in these FAQs, or view these clinician and Veteran videos.
Finally, I want to acknowledge how difficult this pandemic—now having lasted more than 22 months—has been for you, our world-class workforce, and your families. We have lost thousands of Veterans, hundreds of colleagues and untold numbers of loved ones to this terrible disease. And yet, even in the worst of circumstances, you have never wavered. You have saved and bettered the lives of countless Veterans. You have been the backbone of America’s health care system. And you have led the way on vaccinations, charting a course for the entire country to follow.
Simply put, the country would not have made the progress it has made without you and your hard work. I am—and the country is—forever in your debt.
We will keep you updated on the vaccine requirements and the injunction moving forward. Thank you for all you do.
Quebec Canada Bans Unvaxxed From Buying Groceries at Major Retailers Unless They Are Accompanied by a “Health Warden” Who Will Ensure They Only Buy Food and Medicine
By Julian Conradson January 27, 2022
Canada has gone full-tilt authoritarian over the common-cold-like Omicron.
The Canadian Province of Quebec has officially banned unvaccinated individuals over 12 years old from shopping at big box stores, including Walmart and Costco, unless they are accompanied by a “health warden” that will supervise their every move and only allow them to purchase extremely limited goods such as food or medicine.
The dystopian segregation policy went into effect yesterday and applies to any retail stores that are over 1500 square meters.
Even though the mandate explicitly excludes “grocery stores and pharmacies,” the Quebec government went ahead and included Walmart and Costco anyway after claiming that it does not consider groceries as Walmart and Costco’s “principal activity.”
The weak justification simply does not hold water, seeing as the two supermarkets are the #1 and #3 places where Canadians do the majority of their grocery shopping, according to statistica.
Nevertheless, the oppressive measures kicked in on Jan 24th, and Walmart happily obliged – placing signs up across every one of its stores.
With the new policy, the people of Quebec have been put under some of the harshest government restrictions in the world.
Even before it kicked in, the repressive Canadian province required vaccine passports at government-run liquor and cannabis stores, in addition to many other retail stores that have been deemed ‘non-essential’ by the autocratic egg-heads in the public health regime.
Now, the only way for the unvaxxed to shop for groceries or pick up their prescription is to have a government-sponsored babysitter.
Ain’t the new normal great?
Cbc news had more on the story.
Just like every other authoritarian measure that has been taken to mitigate Covid, Quebec’s vaccine passport system was originally billed as crucial in order to save lives. The government had even specificly claimed that would not apply to public or essential services, but, because of the extremely’mild Omicron, now it does.
This, of course, was the plan all along.
Unfortunately for unvaccinated Quebecers, this oppression doesn’t stop at segregation; there are many more restrictions that have been already loaded up and sent down the pipeline – one of which is a “significant” health tax that will be used to punish vaccine non-compliance.
So much for that state-sponsored socialist healthcare.
And as for the countless people who complied by getting both doses of the vaccine already, earning the dystopian vax pass as their trophy – soon, they too will be segregated from society unless they take the experimental booster…
…and the next booster, and the next booster, you get the idea
The walls are crumbling down and the government can’t prop up this charade forever, so what do authoritarians do when their power is threatened? Naturally, they do as authoritarians do, and double down on their oppression.
The only way this tyrannical lunacy continues is if enough individuals keep complying with it. As these types of dystopian policies continue to inch closer and closer to the US, it’s up to the people to put an end to this oppression once and for all.
HISTORIC! Over 50,000 Truckers Join Freedom Convoy Through Canada Protesting COVID Mandates – Massive Crowds of Canadians Show Up In Support
By Joe Hoft January 26, 2022
An estimated 50,000 Canadian truckers are traveling across Canada in a massive caravan protesting the COVID mandates.
Conservative Treehouse reported on this historic event.
The Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ of truckers, pushing back against COVID mandates, forced vaccinations and government regulations, began late last week and has gained incredible support from the public. It is very challenging to put the scale of this grassroots effort into an adequate context.
The fundraiser for the effort now exceeds $5.5 million dollars and still climbing. It is now estimated that over 50,000 vehicles are participating in the convoy effort, and the Canadian Dept of Transportation is doing everything possible to stop, block and impede the assemblies.
Yahoo News reported more on the caravan:
A convoy of truck drivers continued to travel across Canada on Wednesday, January 26, to protest “government mandates” including COVID-19 vaccine regulations for crossing the Canada-United States border, according to local news reports.
As of January 15, Canada has required truck drivers to be fully vaccinated or face a two-week quarantine period when crossing back into Canada from the US.
On January 22, the US Department of Homeland Security began requiring “non-US individuals” to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination when entering the country through land ports and ferry terminals at both the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders.
The truckers are being met with crowds of Canadians supporting them as they go.
Ezra Levant at Rebel News reported on the Canadian convoy and young Canadian who will ride along with the truckers.
The truckers are asking Canadian businesses to open up on January 29th with no restrictions.
God bless our Northern friends.