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Companies could legally require employees to get vaccinated

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More and more people are getting vaccinated from the coronavirus every single day. That means getting life back to normal, and for many, back to work.  But can your employer ask if you got your vaccine? Or even more, can your work require you to get a shot?  “Yes,” says Attorney Lance Dunford, a partner at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey. “The simple answer is yes.” Employers can even go as far as to see your vaccine card, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order against vaccine passports.  “What’s on this vaccination card does not give any...

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Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks

ORLANDO, Fla.– Following the CDC updating their guidelines on masks, Disney World announced they will no longer require guests to wear facial coverings outside at their parks. Masks will still be required inside, on transportation and on attractions. Social distancing will still be practiced at Disney World. The post Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Fort Myers

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Diocese of Venice in Florida will no longer require masks at Mass

SOUTHWEST, Fla.– The Diocese of Venice in Florida announced a change to it’s mask policy on Friday. Masks and social distancing are no longer mandatory during mass. They are also not required at Parish activities or gatherings. “Masks remain encouraged and certainly permitted, particularly for those who are not yet vaccinated,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane in a Facebook post. Children in a Catholic School or religious education program will continue to wear masks for the rest of the school year. Bishop Dewane mentioned in the Facebook post that this decision was made...

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Experts say it’s normal to feel uncomfortable about no masks

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Feeling weird about taking the mask off after months of having to put one on? Experts said it’s normal. “It was hard for us to put our masks on, so of course it’s going to be more challenging for some of us to take them off,” said Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling Center Director Dr. Alise Bartley.  This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance saying anyone who is fully vaccinated can opt not to wear a mask in most situations, indoors or out. Dr. Bartley said getting used to...

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Can the world eradicate COVID-19?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — In 1980, after a massive global effort, the World Health Organization declared that Smallpox had been eradicated. The CDC says it’s often considered the biggest achievement in international public health. “Smallpox is the only (human) disease that the world has been able to completely eradicate,” Dr. Sharon Isern, a professor of Biological Sciences at FGCU, explained to NBC2. Can it be done again with COVID-19? Can the world eradicate — completely wipe out — this deadly disease?  VACCINES: A CRUCIAL TOOL IN FIGHTING DISEASES The rapid...

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Trader Joe’s drops mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers

The grocery store Trader Joe’s announced that customers will no longer have to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the company said on Friday in a statement. The decision follows the CDC updating their guidelines to be more relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated. People who are unvaccinated should still wear their masks when shopping. The post Trader Joe’s...

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Cape Coral COVID-19 vaccine site opens next week

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The City of Cape Coral is teaming up with Curative to offer coronavirus vaccine to the community. Starting Monday, May 17, people can get a COVID-19 shot at the current testing site located across from City Hall at 1020 Cultural Park Boulevard. Walk ups are allowed at this site, but appointments can also be made. CLICK HERE to make an appointment. The vaccine site is offering the Moderna vaccine and will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The site plans on also offering the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the next couple weeks.  If you made...

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Local teens begin getting Pfizer vaccine after FDA authorization

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Teenagers began getting the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday after the recent FDA authorization that allows people aged 12-15 to get the Pfizer vaccine. Many said they were excited to be protected and said it would make them feel safer going to school and hanging out with friends. Over the last two months, the medical experts said there has been an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among 12 to 17 year olds. “I just wanted to get my COVID vaccine the moment I could, so I was excited when they released it for my age group,” said Daniel Cho, a 14-year-old...

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SWFL nurse heading to India to help fight COVID-19 crisis

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Millions of people are suffering in India, with high COVID-19 case numbers and low levels of medical supplies. A Southwest Florida nurse is doing her part to help. Sonal Payne will travel with dozens of nurses to the country’s capital for a month-long trip. She was born and raised in India, and pursued her nursing career after moving to the United States.  Payne said updates from her family and friends living in India have gotten worse over time.  “Talking to my friends who are very well-affiliated and have a lot of money and everything,” Payne...

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CDC drops mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

NBC News – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] announced that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or socially distance inside or outside in most situations. The update comes more than a year after the CDC issued guidelines recommending that Americans wear a mask to protect against the virus. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose is administered. That gives the immune system enough time to create antibodies to combat the virus. So far, more than 35% of the United States has been fully vaccinated,...

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