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Denver to require COVID-19 vaccine for area workers

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER - MUST CREDITCITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER - MUST CREDIT CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER Denver - 2 August 20211. STILL image of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Michael Hancock, (D) Denver:"I am approving a far reaching health order mandating that all city employees as well as private-sector workers in high-risk settings be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30. This new public health order applies to the city and county of Denver's municipal workforce of more than 10,000 employees. The requirement also applies to workers in congregate care settings like nursing homes, shelters for the people experiencing homelessness, hospitals and correctional facilities. Vaccines are also required for teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions. We are also extending this order to include certain categories of city volunteers and contractors."++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Michael Hancock, (D) Denver:"Obviously, there are consequences for not following the order. And, we, you know, this would not be an order if you didn't have the consequences and be willing to follow through with them. And, you know, there might be some folks who may lose their jobs behind this, we recognize that. But the reality is, is that we're going to start with working with every employee who has questions. The goal is compliance. The goal is to get people vaccinated, to create a safe working environment for not only city employees, but for residents and customers who come in and also for our contractors who are interacting with us as well."STORYLINE:Denver will mandate all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday. Denver's public health measure applies to more than 10,000 municipal employees like police officers, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies, the city said in a statement. The public health order includes congregate care settings such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, Hancock said. It also applies to employees of public and private schools and higher education institutions in Denver County, officials said.After Sept. 30, workers who do not get vaccinated but are required to do so under the mandate will not be allowed to work onsite, city officials said in a statement.On Friday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that state employees who do not show proof of vaccination will have to get tested twice a week and wear masks at the office.Amid the rise in coronavirus cases due to the delta variant, Polis said Monday that he’s monitoring Israel’s decision to give COVID-19 booster shots to vaccinated people over 60 years old. The Democratic governor also said that he’s urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to review the viability of Pfizer’s third vaccine dose as a booster shot.Polis said that that some Colorado residents have already gotten third doses of the vaccine despite the lack of federal guidance or approval by using fake names to get around health providers who won't administer third shots to fully inoculated patients.Because of the contagious nature of the delta variant which has led to increased coronavirus cases across many U.S. states, McDonald said the city's original goal of 70% of fully vaccinated residents “is not gonna get us where we need to be.”The decision came as Denver's average daily infection rates have increased from 15 to almost 70, average daily positivity rates have risen from 1.0% to above 3% and amid more COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, officials said in a statement.City officials said they expect supervisors to be responsible for employee compliance and to maintain records of their vaccinated staff. If the city receives a complaint of someone working onsite without being vaccinated, officials said they will work with employers before imposing penalties.At his Monday press conference, Polis said that the state's hospitalizations have increased over the last few weeks to 358 people.He also praised the state’s $100 Walmart gift card vaccination giveaway, adding that there’s been a 25-person per day increase in vaccinations since the campaign's announcement compared to the rest of July.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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