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The Orange County Register, Aug. 12, 2021
OC hospitals, medical facilities hope to change minds of remaining unvaccinated employees in face of mandate
The push back from unvaccinated workers poses a dilemma for hospitals and other care providers, who must consider not just workers’ rights, but also how to create the safest possible environment for patients. Vaccination “definitely is about the individual person, and people have to make this decision for themselves, but health care providers are trying to help people understand it’s about the common community,” said Susanne Phillips, a nursing [clinical] professor and associate dean of clinical affairs at UC Irvine. Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Mercury News, Aug. 13, 2021
Newsom: Unvaccinated can end COVID pandemic in a month. Can they really?
“The pandemic won’t be over in 30 days no matter what we do,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California Irvine. “But we can vaccinate better, vaccinate more people. … “The governor’s remarks are more a homily about the value of vaccination than a declaration of science,” Noymer said. “He’s saying something to impress on his constituents the values of vaccination.”

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 13, 2021
United, Frontier, Hawaiian require employees to get vaccinated. Will passengers care?
But UC Irvine economics [Distinguished] professor Jan Brueckner [said] virus-leery fliers are likely to steer away from those airlines that are not willing to mandate vaccinations for workers. “There are a lot of nervous passengers out there,” he said. “If I was on the edge between American and United, I would pick the one with the vaccine mandate.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Aug. 11, 2021
As Congress Recesses, Democratic Successes Do Not Include Voting Rights
But Richard L. Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor and] an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, said Democrats could soon lose their window of opportunity to change the course of the redistricting process and the 2022 election. … “If something passes after states have gone through those processes and the election is underway, it would be much less likely that any congressional requirement could go into effect before the 2024 elections,” Mr. Hasen said of the redistricting process. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

TCTMD, Aug. 12, 2021
Conversations in Cardiology: Music in the Cath Lab?
Pranav Patel, MD, (UCI Health, Orange, CA), replies: “I have just found that music (especially before a case starts) puts both the patient and staff in a better mood and helps everyone to relax. We usually bring the volume down or stop once the case starts (attending dependent). I’ve also seen research where music makes the workplace more efficient and productive, although I am not sure whether you can use the same analogy with the cath lab environment.”

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