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Americans will be able to pay tribute to fallen troops on Monday in ways that were impossible last year when virus restrictions were in place in many places.

It will also be a day to remember the tens of thousands of veterans who have died from COVID-19 and re-commit to vaccinate those who continue to hesitate. Department of Veterans Affairs data shows more than 12,000 veterinarians have died and more than 2.5 million have been vaccinated.

Isolation from the pandemic has also been especially difficult for veterans, many of whom rely on relatives with other service members to deal with war trauma, says Jeremy Butler, a 47-year-old Navy Reserve officer in New York who leads advocacy Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America.

“We’re getting back together now, but it’s been an extremely challenging year,” he said. “To break these connections … they are so important to maintaining mental health.”

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â–º A laid-off Florida Health Department employee was granted whistleblower status one year after his allegation of repeatedly violating the agency’s media communications guidelines. Rebekah Jones had raised questions about Florida’s dates.

â–ºVeteran Bill Swetow, 102, compares service during World War II to the campaign to vaccinate Americans. “When our nation needed us and Uncle Sam called, we answered,” says veteran Bill Swetow in the video released by New York’s Ulster County on Saturday. “And over 75 years later, we are in a different moment when every American has to do their part.”

â–º More than half of the population of Massachusetts is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to public health data.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 594,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global total: over 170 million cases and 3.5 million deaths. More than 134 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 40.5% of the population.

📘 What we read: COVID-19 cases occurred again in some ICE prisons. Critics say ICE failed to vaccinate inmates.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the UK expands its vaccination program to include younger residents. Prince William’s wife, formerly known as Kate Middleton, 39, was shot at London’s Science Museum, a mass vaccination center near the couple’s home at Kensington Palace. Middleton got her shot on Friday, a few weeks after her husband, Prince William, who signed COVID-19 last year. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles are among other members of the royal family who received public shots to encourage vaccinations. The UK is a world leader in vaccination.

“I am very grateful to everyone involved in the rollout. Thank you for everything you are doing,” she wrote on social media.

The New Jersey Shots At The Shore campaign, which offered free vaccinations on the beaches of Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park on Saturday and Sunday, was not affected by the weather. This was also the first weekend after the mask mandate was lifted and social distancing requirements were all but gone, with millions in the state vaccinated and ready to enjoy the great outdoors. But Saturday and Sunday were rainy and cool, and dampened hopes for festivals as summer approached. The beaches were calm and the expected hustle and bustle in the local restaurants was subdued.

“Yesterday was just fine,” said Jan Dorsey, manager of Pop’s Garage and Asbury Park Yacht Club, two boardwalk restaurants.

– – Joe Strupp, Asbury Park Press

About 400 colleges plan to vaccinate students who want to study in person. However, this requirement could conflict with Republican lawmakers. The state of Indiana recently passed law banning the use of “vaccination cards”. Indiana University argued that the law didn’t apply to the university, but the attorney general disagreed. So far, the university has stuck to its vaccine needs, even if the conservative legislature continues to urge it to drop the mandate. This could be a recurring theme as the new school year approaches.

– – Chris Quintana

Businesses can request their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without breaking the laws of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said. Companies can also offer their employees incentives to be vaccinated or to document the vaccination, “as long as the incentives are not compulsory,” says a statement by the EEOC. The updated EEOC guidelines indicate that employers must make “reasonable accommodation” for workers who are not vaccinated because of a disability, religious belief or pregnancy.

– – Julia Thompson

Nearly 60,000 doses of Arkansas’ allocation of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is nearing its expiration date and would have to be discarded if not used by the end of June, according to a state health official. Johnson & Johnson doses administered to date include 11,150 doses administered May 1 through Friday – an average of less than 400 per day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“What we have done is take them ‘to different vaccination sites’ so that the doses that were previously leaked could be used,” state epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “States everywhere are in a similar situation of not ordering cans.”

Vietnam has discovered a new variant of the coronavirus that laboratory tests suggest could spread more easily than other variants of the virus, said Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long. Scientists who have studied the virus’s genetic makeup say the variant is a mix of strains first found in India and the UK, Long said. Long said the new variant could be responsible for a surge in cases in Vietnam, as the country has confirmed more than 3,500 new cases and 12 deaths in the past few weeks. The surge has resulted in nationwide bans on religious events and other large gatherings, as well as the closure of public parks and non-essential businesses such as restaurants, bars, clubs and spas.

A hat seller in Nashville, Tennessee removed an Instagram post after fueling controversy over social media over the sale of a patch that looks like the Jewish Star of David. HatWRKS, run by milliner Gigi Gaskins, published a photo of a woman wearing a bright yellow star sticker with the words “Not Vaccinated”. Social media users responded with the hashtag #HateWorks and called up the patch anti-semitic and “disgusting.” The original Instagram post had thousands of comments before it was removed.

Approximately 6 million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust when the Nazis forced Jews to identify themselves with a yellow six-pointed star. The company responded with an Instagram statement that it didn’t mean minimizing the horrors of the Holocaust.

– Sandy Mazza, Nashville Tennessean





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