Americans to be issued Covid-19 ‘VACCINE CARDS’ to track doses — RT USA News



As both Covid-19 vaccines waiting to be approved in the US require two doses, Americans will be given a ‘vaccine card’ to keep track of them, nonprofits working with the government on the program told reporters.

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN on Thursday. 

Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.

The IAC is a nonprofit working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote vaccinations since 1994. Moore added that many places will ask patients to volunteer their cell phone number, so they can get a text when their next dose is due.

Every vaccine administered will be reported to the state immunization registry, so the clinics can check in the database whether the patients have received their shots. They will also be reported to the CDC, according to Claire Hannan of the Association of Immunization Managers, another nonprofit working with the health authorities.

The cards were part of the Covid-19 ‘vaccination kits’ depicted in photos released on Wednesday by the Pentagon, which has been tasked by the Trump administration with distributing the vaccines across the US.



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The existence of vaccination cards to be issued to everyone and databases to keep track of them has caused some unease among Americans, with some speculating that it is yet another step in the crackdown on civil liberties under the guise of fighting the pandemic.

Others wondered why a vaccine card is fine but voter ID is not – or the other way around.

Pfizer and Moderna are awaiting government approval for their vaccines. Depending on when that takes place, the first doses may officially ship out as early as December 15, according to Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine program. However, the mass shipments of the Pfizer vaccine have already begun ahead of approval, with the shots reportedly being “pre-positioned” at warehouses near hospitals.



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Moncef Slaoui, the program’s chief adviser, said Wednesday that 100 million Americans – almost a third of the country – could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by February.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts Melbourne as rain lashes state


“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Russell said Melburnians will likely see more rain over the next few hours before it eases to a drizzle on Monday morning.

“There will be rain with occasional thunder for the majority of Melbourne. In the next two hours [from 7pm] it will mostly clear the Melbourne area but we will still see further rain return to the city in the early hours of Monday morning and there may also be lightning,” he said.

“By the time most people get up it should have eased to drizzly rain and there won’t be much of it by late morning.”

There will then be a “rollercoaster of temperatures” throughout next week, however it will stay mostly dry.

Ballarat copped a drenching on Sunday, recording 26.4 millimetres of rain. Most of this – 22 millimetres – fell in the half hour to 5.45pm. The average November rainfall for Ballarat is 55 millimetres.

The weather station at Bullengarook, near Bacchus Marsh, recorded 19 millimetres of rain on Sunday in about an hour.

On Sunday night, the State Emergency Service was advising those in affected areas to check any loose outdoor items are secured and vehicles are under cover or away from trees.

They also advised residents to stay indoors and away from windows, and to avoid travelling if possible.

In the Melbourne area, the SES had 36 call outs in the six hours to 8pm, with the Melton and Craigieburn units the busiest. Of the 36 requests for help, 19 were for building damage, ten were for flooding and six for trees down.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central, Mallee, South West and North Central districts, with warnings for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

The thunderstorms are being cause by a broad trough sitting right across Victoria, creating a warm and unstable air mass, Mr Russell said.

The strongest winds gusts recorded on Sunday were 89 km/h at Yarrawonga 1.06pm, 87 km/h at Rutherglen 1.44pm and 78 km/h at Albury Airport at 2.22pm.

Casterton recorded 10 millimetres of rain in 9 minutes around 3pm, and Hamilton recorded 9.4 millimetres in 6 minutes around 4pm.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts Melbourne as rain lashes state


“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Russell said Melburnians will likely see more rain over the next few hours before it eases to a drizzle on Monday morning.

“There will be rain with occasional thunder for the majority of Melbourne. In the next two hours [from 7pm] it will mostly clear the Melbourne area but we will still see further rain return to the city in the early hours of Monday morning and there may also be lightning,” he said.

“By the time most people get up it should have eased to drizzly rain and there won’t be much of it by late morning.”

There will then be a “rollercoaster of temperatures” throughout next week, however it will stay mostly dry.

Ballarat copped a drenching on Sunday, recording 26.4 millimetres of rain. Most of this – 22 millimetres – fell in the half hour to 5.45pm. The average November rainfall for Ballarat is 55 millimetres.

The weather station at Bullengarook, near Bacchus Marsh, recorded 19 millimetres of rain on Sunday in about an hour.

On Sunday night, the State Emergency Service was advising those in affected areas to check any loose outdoor items are secured and vehicles are under cover or away from trees.

They also advised residents to stay indoors and away from windows, and to avoid travelling if possible.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central, Mallee, South West and North Central districts, with warnings for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

The thunderstorms are being cause by a broad trough sitting right across Victoria, creating a warm and unstable air mass, Mr Russell said.

The strongest winds gusts recorded on Sunday were 89 km/h at Yarrawonga 1.06pm, 87 km/h at Rutherglen 1.44pm and 78 km/h at Albury Airport at 2.22pm.

Casterton recorded 10 millimetres of rain in 9 minutes around 3pm, and Hamilton recorded 9.4 millimetres in 6 minutes around 4pm.

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Moscow prosecutors launch internal investigation over orders issued to universities on reporting anti-Kremlin activity




The Moscow District Attorney’s Office has launched an internal investigation concerning prosecutor Konstantin Prostakov and his orders asking local universities to report on any students or faculty involved in “anti-Russian campaigns,” reports the Russian business newspaper Kommersant. 



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I-T refunds worth Rs 1.32 lakh cr issued to 39.75 lakh taxpayers


NEW DELHI: The Income Tax department has
issued
refunds
worth over
Rs
1.32
lakh crore
to over 39
lakh
taxpayers so far this fiscal.

This include Personal income tax (PIT)
refunds amounting
to
Rs 35,123 crore and corporate tax
refunds amounting
to
Rs 97,677 crore during this period.

“CBDT issues
refunds of over
Rs 1,32,800 crore
to more than
39.75
lakh
taxpayers between April 1,2020
to November 10,2020. Income tax
refunds of
Rs 35,123 crore have been
issued in 37,81,599 cases and corporate tax
refunds of
Rs 97,677 crore have been
issued in 1,93,813 cases,” the
I
T department tweeted.





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Infringements issued following Halloween party – Lake Macquarie – 16 News


A teenage girl has been issued with a Police Infringement Notice (PIN) after police were called to a Halloween party in the Lake Macquarie district overnight.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were called to a home on Lake Road, Glendale, about 6.45pm (Friday 30 October 2020), following reports of a large party.

On arrival they found more than 100 people in the backyard of the property.

Upon seeing the police, some of the partygoers knocked down a fence and ran into adjoining streets and a nearby shopping centre, where multiple fights broke out.

Police intervened and broke up several fights and arrested four teenagers and a 20-year-old man.

The man was taken to Belmont Police Station where he was issued with two Criminal Infringement Notices (CINs) for offensive language and offensive behaviour.

Police returned to the Lake Street address where they issued the 17-year-old female occupant with a $1000 PIN for breaching the COVID-19 Public Health Order.

During the arrests, three police officers sustained minor injuries, with one requiring medical treatment.

Several police vehicles were also damaged after being kicked and having projectiles thrown at them.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about people breaching the COVID-19 Public Health Order is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.



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Arrest warrant issued for two NT teens allegedly involved in fatal hit-and-run



A warrant has been issued for the arrest of two teenagers in the Northern Territory allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a 47-year-old motorcyclist.

Two 19-year-old men and three youths — aged 16, 15 and 13 — face charges including hit-and-run causing serious harm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and failing to rescue or provide help.

The 15-year-old boy is facing additional charges including driving while unlicensed and entering an intersection with a red light.

The motorcyclist died in hospital on Thursday, a week after the incident.

Northern Territory Police have since said the charges are expected to be upgraded.

The 13-year-old appeared in court today and had his matter adjourned to November 16.

One of the 19-year-olds was remanded in custody to appear at a later date, while the other will face court next month.

The 15 and 16-year-olds were bailed to appear before the court today, but they could not be located by their lawyers when they attended addresses provided to them by police.

A warrant has been issued for their arrest.



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20 PINs issued following weekend breaches of COVID rules – 16 News


Police have issued 20 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following a number of alleged breaches of Ministerial Directions under the Public Health Act across the state at the weekend.

Officers from Richmond Police District were conducting duties at a sports ground at Ballina on Saturday, when they became concerned about the increasing crowd numbers.

Police observed that people were not being counted as they entered the ground and after it was estimated that more than 1000 were in attendance, event organisers were directed to reduce the crowd size.

Play was suspended for a short time while the crowd was reduced by half and appropriate control measures were established.

Officials for the club were subsequently advised a $5000 PIN would be issued for failing to adhere to venue operation laws.

About 12.45pm on Saturday, police from Operation Border Closure stopped a Hyundai SUV at the Tocumwal border checkpoint and spoke with the male driver.

The 26-year-old man told police he was returning to Queensland and was unaware he required a permit to transit through NSW. He was provided advice on applying for a permit before being refused entry and directed to return to Victoria.

About 7am the following day (Sunday 18 October), police were advised an SUV was seen driving on the Tocumwal Railway Bridge into NSW.

Following patrols, police stopped the Hyundai SUV on the Newell Highway at Finley and spoke to the same driver. He was escorted back to border and issued a $1000 PIN for failure to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were called to a home on Letchworth Parade, Balmoral, about 10.30pm on Saturday, following reports of a large party.

Police arrived to find more than 100 young people congregated and spoke with the resident – a 47-year-old woman – who said many of the guests were uninvited, but she had not asked them to leave.

As police attempted to disperse the crowd, they became hostile towards the officers and threw bottles, rocks, and other projectiles before damaging property, including fences, trees and street signs.

The crowd was eventually dispersed and investigations into the incident are continuing.

Officers have since issued the woman with a $1000 PIN.

About 1.25am (Sunday 18 October 2020), officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command responded to reports of a loud party at a unit block on Hall Street, Bondi.

On arrival, police observed at least 35 people inside the unit before the group scattered and attempted to run from the area. In total, 17 people were spoken to, some of whom were found hiding in a stairwell, and were advised they would each receive a $1000 PIN.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.



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Woman charged and 11 PINs to be issued following Sydney protest – 16 News


Police have charged a woman and will issue 11 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for breaching the Public Health Order following an unauthorised protest in Sydney.

A high-visibility police operation was launched in response to the unauthorised protest that took place about 1pm today (Saturday 10 October 2020), to ensure the safety of the community and enforce the current Public Health Orders.

General duties officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command and across the Central Metropolitan Region were assisted by specialist police from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Transport Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

The large group gathered in Taylors Square and were warned the mass gathering was in breach of the NSW Public Health Order, that prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people.

Following a speech, the group began to split, each making its way down Oxford Street, before the majority ended up in Hyde Park and then dispersing.

During the operation, a 19-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Kings Cross Police Station.

She was charged with resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, assault officer in the execution of duty and not comply with noticed direction s 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

The Bronte woman was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

A further 11 people will be issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) in relation to breaches of the Public Health Order and one move on direction was issued.



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Hotel issued $14,400 in fines for alleged COVID-19; licensing breaches – East Ballina – 16 News


A hotel on the state’s north coast has been issued six infringement notices over alleged breaches of the Public Health Order and Liquor Act.

On Sunday 27 September 2020, licensing police from Richmond Police District conducted a business inspection at a hotel in Brighton Street, East Ballina.

Officers returned to the licensed premises for another inspection on Sunday (4 October 2020).

It will be alleged on both occasions that customers were continued to be served alcohol after they were heavily intoxicated and were gathering in large groups, in breach of the Public Health Order.

Following inquiries, the hotel and its licensee were issued six infringement notices today (Friday 9 October 2020), including:

  • two $5000 notices for not comply with noticed direction re S7/8/9 – COVID 19 – corporation,
  • two $1100 notices for licensee permit intoxication, and
  • two $1100 notices for licensee fail to comply with conditions of licence.

Further business compliance inspections are planned.



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