WLBT’s things to know 10/20/21: Mississippi vaccine mandates, Parkland massacre, and White House plans to vaccinate 28 million children
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - If you missed a few of the most important headlines and need to play catch up, no worries. WLBT has gathered some of the top stories from our website to get you up to speed.
As debates heat up over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, we’re checking in on the status of those requirements at various places in Mississippi. With two weeks to go until their deadline, 88% percent of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center employees in Jackson are vaccinated. 85% are vaccinated system-wide. But with the legislature not in session, Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson signed an order this week saying no mandates will apply to his employees, contracted workers, or visitors to their properties. In September, Attorney General Lynn Fitch and 23 State Attorneys General sent a letter to President Biden to say they are opposed to his announced plans to institute vaccine mandates.
Nikolas Cruz is scheduled to plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school, as his attorneys turn their focus to saving him from a death sentence. Cruz, 23, will appear before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who will ask him a lengthy list of questions to gauge his mental competency. Scherer will then ask him one by one how he pleads to each killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to the 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for those who were wounded.
Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the benefits of giving shots to kids, after lengthy studies meant to ensure the safety of the vaccines.
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