May 17, 2022

President Biden: “Give Workers Paid Leave For Vaccination”; Albany Police Rescue Dog With Gunshot Wound; Hulu Creating HIMYM Sequel With Hilary Duff; Wrong Vaccine Given To Six In Suburban Chicago; Chicago Priest Investigated For Minor Sex Abuse 35 Years Ago.  

Biden Urges Employers To Give Workers Paid Leave For Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

chicago-moves-phase-2-covid-vaccine-eligiblityPresident Joe Biden announced today that the U.S. is getting ready to celebrate having administered 200 million coronavirus shots by today’s end. In addition to this announcement, the president encouraged employers to give their employees paid leave so they can get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

This addresses the issue of American workers who feel like they are unable to afford to get vaccinated or lose a day from work due to the symptoms they might feel after the shot. 

The president said in his speech: “I’m calling on every employer, large and small, in every state to give employees the time off they need with pay to get vaccinated. And anytime they need with pay to recover if they’re feeling under the weather after the shot.” 

The president mentioned Kroger as an example in his announcement. According to the president, the grocery chain offered its workers $100 to get a vaccine. Through this incentive, the vaccination rate among the company’s associates rose from 50% to 75%. 

The president revealed that the IRS will soon be posting instructions so employers with less than 500 workers can receive reimbursement for the paid leaves they provide for vaccinations. 

“Every employee should get paid leave to get a shot. Businesses should know that they can provide it without a hit to their bottom line,” says the president. 

When he was sworn into office, Biden set a goal of administering 100 million vaccines during his first 100 days in office. The president was able to surpass this target last month and updated it to 200 million, which will be achieved today. 

Biden also shared that 90% of Americans now reside within five miles of a facility where they can receive a shot. The vaccine is also available at almost 40,000 pharmacies. 

“There’s no excuse for not getting it done.”

Albany Deputies Rescue Dog With Gunshot Wound In Skull

Upstate New York authorities have turned to social media to help locate the person (or persons) in charge for shooting a dog and leaving it in a ditch. According to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, the dog had been severely injured and malnourished that it needed euthanasia to get the dog out of his misery. 

The sheriff posted a photo of the dog on Facebook and on Twitter with a caption that read:

“This poor fella was found moribund in a ditch on Peasley in Berne. He was shot 2x and dumped. He was euthanized late yesterday due to the emaciated state he was in when found. Anyone with info please contact 518-765-2351. Please help us find who did this.”

Police officers tried to help treat the dog at a local animal hospital. However, these efforts appeared to be in vain. 

A press release from the sheriff’s office revealed that deputies were called to the scene to assist the animal. No one was able to identify who made the call.

The statement revealed that when deputies arrived on the scene, they found a black and white dog lying on the side of a road. The injured dog was placed into the patrol car and hurriedly brought to the emergency animal hospital for treatment. This was where deputies learned that the dog had a gunshot wound in his skull. 

The deputies learned that there was a second gunshot but were unsure if it was the wound on the skull or another area in the dog’s body.

Police are looking for information on who the dog’s owners were. 

It’s possible that he could be facing a charge against torturing an animal as mandated by Section 353 of New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law. If convicted, he can be charged with a class A misdemeanor and could face up to one year in jail. 

Hulu Creating How I Met Your Mother Sequel Starring Hilary Duff

hulu-himym-sequel-hilary-duffGood news to fans of the hit TV series, How I Met Your Mother!

It looks like the sitcom is getting a sequel from Hulu and that it will star former Disney Channel actress, Hilary Duff. 

According to the report, the Lizzie McGuire actress will play the lead in the new series from 20th Television. The show’s original creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays will be joining as well as writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The Hulu series will be getting 10 episodes in total. 

Apart from playing the role of Sophie, the main character and narrator in the series, Duff is also an executive producer of the show. In this spinoff, Sophie will be telling the story of how she met the father of her son. 

As shared by Hulu, the story “catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.” Sounds pretty familiar with the original show. 

Prior to this show, Duff recently starred in “Younger.” Fans had asked Duff to do a Lizzie McGuire reboot, but plans for the project have been derailed after creative differences. 

Before this Hulu presentation, CBS pursued a spin-off of the series called “How I Met Your Dad.” The show starred Greta Gerwig. The pilot of the show had been produced but unfortunately, it did not get picked up. 

In a statement, the original creators of the show said that they see the new series as a way of passing the torch of sorts and it is a way of thanking the HIMYM “fans out there who waited for it.”

The writers also chimed in and shared that they are excited for the audience to “meet Sophie and her crew, and watch them come into their own and find love in modern-day New York City.” The writers also joked that they hope “nobody thinks it’s weird that Bob Saget will be playing old Hilary Duff’s voice.”

This is in reference to the original series in which Saget voiced the older version of the main character, Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor. The show ran a total of nine seasons and starred Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris. 


At Least 6 Patients Received The Wrong Second Dose At Suburban Chicago

Some individuals slated to receive their second shot of the Moderna vaccine in suburban Chicago were accidentally given the Pfizer vaccine. The blunder took place at Mariano’s in Aurora to a small group of individuals scheduled for vaccination on Tuesday.

One of the recipients of the vaccine was Jeff Chaney and his son, who was told that they received the wrong vaccine. 

Chaney spoke to representatives from the media and said that he was confused about how the mistake could have happened. 

“I gave you my card and it said right on there, you know, the first dose is Moderna, so how could you, you know, go ahead and, you know, give me the Pfizer?”

According to Chaney, he was with at least half a dozen other people who were sitting during the waiting period when they were told about the mistake. They had just received their shots when a pharmacist walked in and informed them. 

Another individual, who refused to be named, said that he was “disappointed, a little worried” about what transpired during the event. He said that everyone in the room tried to stay calm. 

A spokesperson for Mariano’s stepped up and confirmed the incident with a statement:

“The Mariano’s Pharmacy located in Aurora, IL administered a small number of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to people who had received the Moderna vaccine at their first appointment. No adverse events for the affected patients have been reported.” 

The rep said that they had already contacted all impacted patients. They have also apologized for the inconvenience and thanked the patients for their understanding in the matter. 

“Kroger Health has reported to both the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health, and our team is investigating the matter and will take steps to prevent a similar situation from recurring in the future.”

But for the recipients of the wrong vaccine, things are still pretty unclear. 

Dr. Michael Angarone of the Infectious Diseases at Northwestern Medicine said that while the two vaccines make use of the same mRNA technology, they cannot be interchanged.

The associate professor said that they “don’t know” whether the two will “boost each other” or not. But he advises the patients to stay on the safe side and not get another vaccine or “do another series.”

This sentiment is echoed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shares that “If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are administered in these situations (or inadvertently), no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time.”

For Chaney and the other individuals involved, their only advice to those getting their second shot is to ask “before they inject.”

Chicago Priest Under Investigation Over Minor Sex Abuse From 36 Years Ago

chicago-priest-investigation-minor-sex-abuseAfter a report of minor sex abuse from more than 35 years ago, a priest from Chicago has been asked to step away from the parish. 

The Christ the King parish and school received a letter addressed to its members alleging Rev. Lawrence Sullivan committed minor sex abuse. Cardinal Blase Cupich confirmed that the archdiocese received the letter and have advised Sullivan to live away from the parish.

Sullivan has agreed to cooperate with this request while investigations commence. 

In his absence, Rev. James Mezydlo will be serving as the temporary administrator of the parish and school and will perform the duties of Sullivan. 

According to the report, Sullivan had sexually assaulted a minor 36 years prior to the allegation. During that time, Sullivan was only 18. It is unclear whether he was already involved in ministry work during the time of the incident.

In his biography, Sullivan has been assigned to Christ the King, situated in Beverly, for six years.

The archdiocese has taken the allegation seriously and reported this to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as well as the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

While the investigation takes place, the person making the allegation was offered service from the Victim Assistance Ministry. 

According to local news, Sullivan sent out an apology to his parishioners. In the letter, the priest shared that the incident involved unwelcomed “verbal comments” to a female employee of a fast-food restaurant. He said that no physical interaction occurred and that he had already spoken to the young woman, her family, and the police after the incident. 

The priest shares that he prays his accuser will accept his sincere apology and that it will bring her the healing she needs.