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Florida School Threatens To Fire Male Coach For Not Watching Girl Shower

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A Florida school district has threatened to withdraw the teaching certificate of a male coach after he refused to enter a boys’ locker room and supervise while an under-age girl disrobed and showered there, according to reports. 

A Florida college place has actually in reality discouraged to protect the consultant certification of a male train after he reduced to become part of a young children’ storage locker location along with monitor while an under-age lady eliminated along with bathed there, according to files.

Last month, Flooring covering Staver of Versatility Suggestions contacted authorities at Chasco Intermediate school in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, to oppose their their option to permit a tiny lady that announces she is a young youngster shower with the young children.

Presently Versatility Tips has in reality launched an exchange of e-mails in which college authorities prepared to penalize the train by completing his work.

Kathleen Anne Scalise, the supervisor of the workplace for staff member links, pointed out shooting the train “ sends out a message that we will most definitely not maintain his regimens“.

Versatility Tips on top of that clarified advises from the place’s legal representative to the fitness instructor that “ this could cost you your work“.

Along with “ your fitness instructor certification may be extracted from you, to where you can bid farewell to recommend.“.

WND files: Versatility Tips pointed out the male P.E. fitness instructor “had a conscience-based dispute to managing a gender-confused lady that has complete accessibility to strip along with in addition bath in the young person’s storage locker location along with open up showers.”.

” Administrators attempted to ask for the male fitness instructor to straight monitor along with observe the lady while bathing nude in the young children’ open shower. The lady continues to be definitely cost-free to become part of the young children’ storage locker location along with open up showers anytime,” Versatility Suggestions pointed out.

” Facility workers invited a damaging, unapproved ‘technique’ along with technique of advertising LGBT concept in infraction of the legal constitutional freedoms of pupils, mommy as well as dads, along with fitness instructors, all without college board approval,” Versatility Suggestions pointed out.

” The Pasco Area Facility Board should take prompt job along with quit the high-risk regimens at Chasco Intermediate school along with in different other places in the place arising from an indicated ‘Sex Assistance Strategy’ along with ‘Perfect Practices Intro.'”.

Especially, the board calls for to secure pupils, mommy as well as dads along with fitness instructors by forbiding revenge versus fitness instructors that suggest the self-regard along with private personal privacy of pupils, shoot down the pro-transgender technique modification techniques, shoot down LGBT program marketing for along with need full-grown approval slides for a large amount much more tasks.

” The Pasco Area Facility Board can not ask for a male fitness instructor to straight monitor along with observe a female bathing outdoors shower for young children,” pointed out Staver. “Facility managers have in reality shed their minds. They should secure the legal constitutional freedoms along with private personal privacy of pupils, fitness instructors, along with mommy as well as dads along with shoot down these ridiculous, unapproved methods along with methods.”.

When the fear developed a selection of weeks formerly, Versatility Tips contacted Cynthia Armstrong, chairman of the Pasco Area Facility Area Board, stressing the problem.

” Versatility Tips pointed out the college’s 2 P.E. fitness instructors, determined as Robert O. along with Stephanie C., checked managers’ orders “to permit the lady right into the restroom, without forewarning of the young children, or their mommy as well as dads, to ensure that the young children can act to secure their private personal privacy.”.

” Administrators informed them that notifying the young children so they can act to secure their private personal privacy would most definitely be ‘prejudiced,’ along with subject them to self-control,” Versatility Suggestions pointed out.

” Robert on top of that checked managers’ orders that he remain to stroll right into along with monitor the storage locker location, regardless of a female probably being naked or undressed because of the reality that location. The managers informed him that the lady fretted had ‘every right to use the storage locker location,’ consisting of the right to strip outdoors locker location, along with shower in its open showers, where Robert is called for to regularly stroll in along with monitor.”.

Versatility Tips pointed out to the place that Robert “will most definitely not proactively position himself in a prepping to observe a little lady in the naked or otherwise in a state of undress.”.

The lawful team pointed out the lady “was confessed to the young children locker location for the incredibly really very first time, along with strolled in, taping young children (as a matter of fact) with their trousers down, triggering them humiliation along with issue by the fact that they had actually in reality been observed altering by a noticeable lady.”.

” Young people promptly appeared of the storage locker location, along with looked like Stephanie along with Robert, looking for aid. The P.E. fitness instructors were susceptible to react, considered that managers had in reality put a technique order on them, along with informed them that they can not take care of the young children on these inquiries.”.

The college has in reality reduced to reply to a WND demand remark.

Versatility Tips defined that the UNITED STATE High Court “has in reality determined the lawfulness of sex-based demands that stream from legit all-natural distinctions in between the sexes.”.

” In Addition High Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has actually in reality specified, ‘Different places to strip, rest, do particular physical features are allowed, in some problems called for, by respect for unique private personal privacy.'”.

It was Head of state Obama that suggested public colleges to permit accessibility to restrooms along with showers based upon sex acknowledgment. Nonetheless, the Trump management drew back the need.

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Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

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MOSCOW — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia’s parliamentary election.

Unexpectedly long lines formed at some polling places, and independent media suggested this could show that state institutions and companies were forcing employees to vote. The election is widely seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his grip on power ahead of the 2024 presidential polls, in which control of the State Duma, or parliament, will be key.

Russian authorities have sought to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a strategy designed by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, to curb the dominance of the Kremlin-backed United Russia party.

Apple and Google have come under pressure in recent weeks, with Russian officials telling them to remove the Smart Voting app from their online stores. Failure to do so will be interpreted as interference in the election and make them subject to fines, the officials said.

Last week, Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan over the issue.

On Thursday, representatives of Apple and Google were invited to a meeting in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, the Federation Council. The Council’s commission on protecting state sovereignty said in a statement afterward that Apple agreed to cooperate with Russian authorities.

Apple and Google did not respond Friday to a request from The Associated Press for comment.

Google was forced to remove the app because it faced legal demands by regulators and threats of criminal prosecution in Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who also said Russian police visited Google’s Moscow offices Monday to enforce a court order to block the app. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday the presidential administration “definitely, of course” welcomes the companies’ decision, because the app was “outside the law” in Russia.

In recent months, authorities have unleashed a sweeping crackdown against Navalny’s allies and engaged in a massive effort to suppress Smart Voting.

Navalny is serving a 2½-year prison sentence for violating parole over a previous conviction he says is politically motivated. His top allies were slapped with criminal charges and many have left the country. Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and a network of regional offices have been outlawed as extremist organizations in a ruling that exposes hundreds of people associated with them to prosecution.

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José Berríos adjusting to new life, new team in Toronto

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TORONTO — It looked as if José Berríos was going to miss the chance to start against his former teammates this time around, and he would’ve preferred it that way.

“It’s bad. I don’t want to. I don’t want to,” Berríos said. “They used to be my guys, but now, they’re in a different dugout and team. That’s what it is.”

But Berrios warmed to the idea quickly, joking that he’d like to face Willians Astudillo. He might get that chance. At the very least, he’ll face plenty of his other former teammates when he takes the mound for the Blue Jays on Sunday against the team that drafted and developed him.

Berríos has been a member of the Blue Jays for nearly two months. It took him the first month to get settled with housing and adjusting to new teammates and a new country. But things are getting easier for him now, he said.

And, he’s pitching in the middle of a postseason race, which certainly helps.

“It’s special. Obviously, the postseason, that’s what every player wants,” Berríos said. “But I’d been having fun with the (Minnesota) group. … I had people that I met in 2012 and knew through this year. But here, they have a lot of fun, too, so they made it easier for me to get here and try to get used to it. … I’ve enjoyed it so far.”

There has been plenty for him to enjoy between his own personal success — in nine starts, Berríos has posted a 3.31 earned-run average with the Blue Jays — and his new team’s success — the Blue Jays are half a game back from a Wild Card berth.

With Berríos now lined up to start on Sunday, his next two starts are now likely to come against his former team, as the Blue Jays travel to Minnesota next weekend. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who had a chance to catch up with Berríos before the series opener, said he thought Sunday was going to be fun and that he was glad the Twins would have a chance to face their former ace.

“I think he misses everybody, but I do think that he’s adjusting well to being in Toronto. I think he’s enjoying his teammates and playing playoff competitive baseball at the end of September,” Baldelli said. “He’s a competitive guy, and there’s nothing better than being able to go out there and help pitch his team into October and that’s what he’s all about.”

While Berríos said he once thought he was going to be a Twin for life, he said he understands the business decision the Twins made, swapping the pitcher, who is a free agent at next season’s end, for a pair of prospects ahead of the July 30 trade deadline.

“I respect and I’ve got my heart with all the people … that Minnesota gave me,” he said.

SIMMONS STAYS BACK

Starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons was placed on the restricted list on Friday, unable to join the Twins in Toronto. Simmons, who hails from Curacao, is in the process of applying for his permanent residency card in the United States.

“Along with that comes a lot of different paperwork and stuff, restrictions, and that’s why he’s not going to be available for the series,” Baldelli said. “Apparently, there was not much we could to do get around this. Obviously, some energy was spent trying to avoid it but we couldn’t avoid it so he’ll be down for three days.”

Simmons will rejoin the team in Chicago when the Twins head there next to take on the Cubs. In his place, Jorge Polanco started at shortstop on Friday and Baldelli said Nick Gordon would likely play there for a game or possibly two.

BRIEFLY

Catcher Mitch Garver (back) began a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Saints in Indianapolis on Friday. … The Twins reinstated Brent Rooker from the paternity list and optioned pitcher Andrew Albers. They also selected reliever Nick Vincent’s contract. … The Twins have not named a starter for Sunday, but Baldelli said it could possibly be a bullpen day. The Twins also have Charlie Barnes with them in Toronto on the taxi squad, who could potentially be an option. … Infielder Drew Maggi also traveled with the team on the taxi squad. … Baldelli said the Twins were not concerned about Joe Ryan, who was hit in the wrist with a pitch by a batted ball during his last start. He suggested Ryan’s next start might come on Wednesday in Chicago.

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FDA, CDC debate if third COVID-19 booster shot is needed

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FDA, CDC debate if third COVID-19 booster shot is needed

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The White House plans to start rolling out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on Monday, but two federal health agencies are urging the administration to rethink its plan.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meeting Friday to debate if there is enough proof a booster shot is safe, effective and necessary.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says rollout won’t happen until those agencies give the green light.

“Based on their recommendation, we’re prepared to operationalize our plan,” Psaki said.

The FDA and CDC will specifically discuss a request by Pfizer to approve a third booster shot six months after the second dose. Dueling data submitted ahead of the meeting suggests not everyone is on the same page.

FDA staff say they have yet to verify some data to support the need for a third shot, saying, “There are known and unknown biases that can affect their reliability.”

“It’s a public health crisis everywhere in our country,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Brown says the top priority right now needs to be convincing many Americans to get the first dose.

“I think the effort aimed for everybody needs to be whatever we can do to get people vaccinated,” he said.

Still, the White House says it is ready to activate its booster plan as promised.

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Boeing to build first of its kind aircraft in Metro East, project to boost economy

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. – Boeing announced that it is investing over $200 million in the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The new project is bringing a lot of money and jobs to the Metro East. 
 
Boeing is expanding their aerospace footprint in the Metro East at the Mid-America Airport. They will be adding a new $200 million, 300,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility where the new MQ-25 stingray will be manufactured. 

That means more jobs and more commerce.  

“I think this will be the largest manufacturing facility, employing at 300 people, making close to $100,000 a year, along with all the construction jobs in monumental for this county, it will be great for MidAmerica Airport,” St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern said.  

The Navy’s newest carrier-based aircraft is a first of its kind, unmanned refueling instrument. It marks Boeing’s second major investment in the Mascoutah-based Mid-America airport in the last 10 years.

Boeing currently produces components CH-47 chinook, FA-18 Super Hornet, and other defense products. 

“Just the way this community came together, the way this base works, it just matched our needs and the availability of space. It was just the perfect match. And our team is very excited,” Director for Boeing Dave Bujold said.
  
Several political figures from the state of Illinois were on hand for the monumental announcement including Dick Durbin and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. They say the state is committed to the Metro East.   

“I want to thank Boeing, for its vote of confidence in our progress, as well as st. Clair county’s leadership and the MidAmerica airport team for paving the way for companies to choose Illinois,” Pritzker said.
 
The investment will only add more revenue to MidAmerica Airport, which is the fifth busiest airport in Illinois right now. 

The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.  

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Northern Colorado alumni, longtime football supporters excited for home opener

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It’s supposed to be a party in the parking lot and the stands Saturday at Nottingham Field. Several longtime season ticket holders plan to tailgate and have fun together at the University of Northern Colorado’s home opener.

The game represents so much more than just football for these supporters. It’s about family, friends and spending time together.

A number of supporters attended the season opener at the University of Colorado, and a handful went to Houston Baptist, but it’s different when the game is on local turf.

“We’ve scheduled (our tailgate) with about four other families, but we’ll see 100 people that we know, easy,” Larson said. “The social thing is the big part of it. And, as a small business person, I’d rather spend my money here with the community.”

Several of their friends have similar ties to UNC as well. Attending games together is a way of supporting their alma mater, local students and maintaining friendships as busy adults. Larson and several families attend football, basketball and volleyball together as much as possible, he said.

In fact, Larson said, those in his friend group want UNC to succeed. But if the teams lose, it doesn’t matter much. They’ve stuck with the program through good, bad and ugly, and plan to keep it that way.

“The teams are going to have their ups and downs, so we’re not fair-weather fans,” Larson said. “We’re going to support the teams no matter what.”

The Larson family has a long history with UNC with family members attending the school as far back as the 1930s. Larson and his son participated on the track and cross country teams, while his wife, Maureen, also earned her degree through the university.

Additionally, Larson sponsors the new football coaches show that airs every Tuesday on KFKA and a scholarship for track and field athletes.

“There are just so many people that we see up there and good people from the community that have been around a long time,” Larson continued. “You develop those friendships, so it’s not for us all about winning or losing. It’s about the people we see, and supporting the UNC community.”

Former UNC athlete, administrator and public address announcer Tom Barbour will be at the game as well.

Barbour attended UNC back when it was still called Colorado State College. He was a freshman in 1969 and spent one season as a football walk-on. Ultimately, Barbour decided football wasn’t for him, but stuck around the program.

In fact, Barbour spent time as the lead communications manager for the athletic department until 1983, before taking a few other central administration roles. He left the university as a full-time employee in 2000.

Even after spending more than three decades on campus, Barbour — a UNC Hall of Famer — came back to call football and basketball from 2006 to 2016.

“More than half of my life has been spent on the UNC campus. It’s just been part of me,” Barbour said. “I grew up in Denver, and most people ask me how I came to Greeley. I tell them, ‘I came to Greeley to come to school, and I haven’t gone home yet.’ Greeley is my home. And the university is the biggest reason for that.”

Barbour has been a season ticket holder since Nottingham Field opened in 1995 with the same tailgating spot, B3, since 2011.

Like Larson, Barbour is excited just to be back after nearly two years. He expects to do a lot of catching up with friends he hasn’t seen in a while. Plus, they’re all looking forward to finally seeing UNC coach Ed McCaffrey on the sideline in Greeley … with the new turf.

McCaffrey was hired in 2019 but didn’t make his debut until Sept. 3 due to COVID-19. The team planned to play in the spring, but concerns about health and safety ultimately led to the season’s cancelation.

Now, the Bears are 1-1 with two good performances, and people are anticipating good things.

“This place really does have a wonderful football history of conference championships and great players,” Barbour said. “It kind of lost some of its luster there for a while, but in naming Ed the head coach, it almost immediately put them back on the map. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see what he does with his program.”


UNC will face FCS opponent Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, tickets were still available for the game. If fans cannot attend, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Face masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces on campus.

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Biden faces limits of $1.9T COVID aid as some states resist

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President Biden entered the White House promising to stop the twin health and economic crises caused by COVID-19, but $1.9 trillion and countless initiatives later, he’s confronting the limits of what Washington can achieve when some state and local governments are unwilling or unable to step up.

Six months after Congress passed the massive rescue plan, administration records show that more than $550 billion has yet to be disbursed. The sum could help provide a key economic backstop as the coronavirus’s delta variant continues to pose a threat. But in some cases, it’s also led to frustration, as aid for renters, testing and vaccines goes unused despite mass outreach campaigns.

Republican critics say the unspent money shows that Biden’s relief package was too big and inflationary; the administration says the unspent funds reflect the extent of planning in case the recovery from the pandemic hits more snags with virus mutations and unexpected economic disruptions. By law, about $105 billion of the state and local aid and more than half of the expanded child tax credits cannot be paid out yet.

“There are some things designed to address immediate hardship and others that are designed to allow for a multi-year policy response — they’re not really bugs, they’re features,” Gene Sperling, who is overseeing the rescue plan for Biden, said. “The fact that a solid portion of these funds can be used over a few year period is a good-news story for ensuring a durable recovery.”

But some of the backlog stems from bottlenecks — or outright blockages — at the state or local level, beyond the influence of Washington. The extent of the challenge was apparent when Biden recently announced new vaccine requirements for federal workers and employers with 100 or more workers and emphasized the need for testing and keeping schools open.

“We’re facing a lot of pushback, especially from some of the Republican governors,” Biden said Thursday. “The governors of Florida and Texas — they’re doing everything they can to undermine the lifesaving requirements that I’ve proposed.”

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The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society has organized a day of activities on Saturday by Lake Phalen, culminating in a traditional mid-autumn moon festival, mooncake testing and model catwalk demonstration in the early evening.

Events will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden’s Xiang Jiang pavilion, which is a replica of Changsha’s famous Aiwan Pavilion. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch, a chair or blanket for seating, and cultural or festive attire.

The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will dedicate a Hmong Plaza, unveil nine art stones and launch “phase two” of a community engagement process around the future of the garden and pavilion, which was erected in 2018 with the help of designers, engineers and laborers from Changsha, a St. Paul sister-city for some 30 years. There will also be a poetry reading.

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Is social media good and bad like a car? Instagram chief under fire for comparison

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(NewsNation Now) — Facebook’s Instagram chief is under fire after he compared the negative effects of social media to cars.

“Cars have positive and negative outcomes,” Adam Mosseri said on the Recode Media podcast. “We understand that we know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents. But by and large, cars create way more value in the world than they destroy. And I think social media is similar.”

It comes days after Facebook acknowledged it had data showing at least a quarter of its youngest users found Instagram exacerbated feelings of low self-esteem and poor body image. Critics say the company should have used that data to make positive changes.

At least three senators have written a letter to the company asking it to rethink its upcoming Instagram for kids platform.

There are some, including Divided State of America host Heather Gardner, who believe the senators should do more.

“There’s a lack of [social media] regulation on the federal level and the state level,” Gardner said on NewsNation’s The Donlon Report on Thursday. “So comparing [social media to cars] is definitely not apples to apples.”

The impact on kids can be long lasting. Dr. Katherine Kuhlman, a psychologist in Arizona, said one of the things about children that is supposed to help them grow could be negatively impacted by social media.

“Adolescent and child brains have a lot of elasticity, which is great for learning. It means that they’re kind of like a sponge and they can soak things up,” Kuhlman said on NewsNation’s On Balance with Leland Vittert. “But what that also means is that they are far more susceptible and vulnerable to this kind of manipulation.”

At issue is dopamine, which the brain releases as a sort of pleasure chemical.

“We, more than anything else, have to help educate our teens about the way these platforms are designed,” Dr. Wendy Dickinson said on On Balance. “They’re designed to be addictive. Every time something refreshes, or you get a another like, you get a hit of dopamine, which causes you to come back.”

Earlier this week, when asked for comment about the data it collected, Facebook pointed us to a blog post where they said even trying to understand the numbers was proof the company cared about its users.

Though it uses different wording than Mosseri, the underlying message from the company is similar.

“The question on many people’s minds is if social media is good or bad for people. The research on this is mixed; it can be both,” it says.

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ST. LOUIS – Fire crews responded to a hydrochloric acid spill at an aerospace company in Hazelwood Friday afternoon. The spill has been contained and there is no danger to the public.

The incident happened at GKN Aerospace on McDonnell Boulevard around 4:45 p.m. GKN is a British Aerospace company that works closely with Boeing.

The spill was mixed with water causing hydro fluorine gas to form. Aerospace workers were evacuated from the buildings. Decontamination stations were set up outside the site.

The spill was contained by north and west St. Louis County firefighters. Two firefighters who were injured were treated at a hospital and were released.

The operations at the GKN Aerospace will be offline for the next several days as GKN and a contractor clean up the buildings.

Lindbergh, James S. McDonnell Boulevard, and Banshee Road have been reopened.

Bommarito Automotive Skyfox was over the scene where there were yellowish-brown color fumes coming out of smokestacks.

GKN released a statement saying its focus is on the safety of its employees and personnel at the facility. The company is working with first responders and officials and will release an update when necessary.

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US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

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By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD

WASHINGTON — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.

The twin votes represented a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s sweeping effort, announced a month ago, to shore up nearly all Americans’ protection amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the state is glad the FDA removed a “deadly impediment” for those who’ll be eligible for booster shots.

“This recommendation… is overdue but welcome news,” he said.

Polis added: “We want to end the pandemic now and our state is ready to administer the booster to our seniors in long-term care and residential facilities starting as soon as next week. The United States can get more people protected with the first two doses, give effective boosters, and export the safe and effective vaccine to countries abroad. This is not a time to pick just one — our country has enough safe and effective vaccine for all three.”

The nonbinding recommendation — from an influential committee of outside experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration — is not the last word. The FDA will consider the group’s advice and make its own decision, probably within days. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to weigh in next week.

In a surprising turn, the advisory panel rejected, 16-2, boosters for almost everyone. Members cited a lack of safety data on extra doses and also raised doubts about the value of mass boosters, rather than ones targeted to specific groups.

Then, in an 18-0 vote, it endorsed extra shots for people 65 and older and those at risk of serious disease. Panel members also agreed that health workers and others who run a high risk of being exposed to the virus on the job should get boosters, too.

Polis said he anticipates that rule will apply to “essentially everyone” in Colorado who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, since at that point — mid-March — the state was still working to get the vaccine to high-priority people, and had not yet opened eligibility to the general public.

That would help salvage part of the White House’s campaign but would still be a huge step back from the far-reaching proposal to offer third shots of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to Americans eight months after they get their second dose.

The White House sought to frame the action as progress.

“Today was an important step forward in providing better protection to Americans from COVID-19,” said White House spokesman Kevin Munoz. “We stand ready to provide booster shots to eligible Americans once the process concludes at the end of next week.”

The CDC has said it is considering boosters for older people, nursing home residents and front-line health care workers, rather than all adults.

The FDA and CDC will most likely decide at some later point whether people who received the Moderna or J&J shots should get boosters.

During several hours of vigorous debate Friday, members of the panel questioned the value of offering boosters to almost everybody 16 and over.

“I don’t think a booster dose is going to significantly contribute to controlling the pandemic,” said Dr. Cody Meissner of Tufts University. “And I think it’s important that the main message we transmit is that we’ve got to get everyone two doses.”

Dr. Amanda Cohn of the CDC said, “At this moment it is clear that the unvaccinated are driving transmission in the United States.”

In a statement, Kathrin U. Jansen, Pfizer head of vaccine research and development, said the company continues to believe that boosters will be a “critical tool in the ongoing effort to control the spread of this virus.”

Scientists inside and outside the government have been divided recently over the need for boosters and who should get them, and the World Health Organization has strongly objected to rich nations giving a third round of shots when poor countries don’t have enough vaccine for their first.

While research suggests immunity levels in those who have been vaccinated wane over time and boosters can reverse that, the Pfizer vaccine is still highly protective against severe illness and death, even amid the delta variant.

The unexpected turn of events could reinforce criticism that the Biden administration got out ahead of the science in its push for boosters. President Joe Biden promised early on that his administration would “follow the science,” in the wake of disclosures of political meddling in the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.

The FDA panel’s overwhelming initial rejection came despite full-throated arguments about the need for boosters from both Pfizer and health officials from Israel, which began offering boosters to its citizens in July.

Sharon Alroy-Preis of Israel’s Ministry of Health said the booster dose improves protection tenfold against infection in people 60 and older.

“It’s like a fresh vaccine,” bringing protection back to original levels and helping Israel “dampen severe cases in the fourth wave,” she said.

Representatives for Pfizer argued that it is important to start shoring up immunity before protection begins to erode. A company study of 44,000 people showed effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 was 96% two months after the second dose, but had dropped to 84% by around six months.

Both Pfizer and the Israeli representatives faced pushback from panelists. Several were skeptical about the relevance of Israel’s experience to the U.S. Another concern was whether third doses would exacerbate serious side effects, including rare instances of heart inflammation in younger men.

Pfizer pointed to Israeli data from nearly 3 million boosters to suggest side effect rates would be similar to those already reported.

Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said he was supportive of a third dose for adults over 60 or 65, but “I really have trouble” supporting it for anyone down to age 16.

While an extra shot would probably at least temporarily reduce cases with mild or no symptoms, “the question becomes what will be the impact of that on the arc of the pandemic, which may not be all that much,” Offit said.

Biden’s top health advisers, including the heads of the FDA and CDC, first announced plans for widespread booster shots in mid-August, setting the week of Sept. 20 as an all-but-certain start date. But that was before FDA staff scientists had completed their own assessments of the data.

Earlier this week, two top FDA vaccine reviewers joined a group of international scientists in publishing an editorial rejecting the need for boosters in healthy people. The scientists said studies show the shots are working well.

On Friday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the Biden administration announcement was not aimed at pressuring regulators to act but was instead an attempt to be transparent with the public and be prepared in the event that boosters won approval.

“We have always said that this initial plan would be contingent on the FDA and the CDC’s independent evaluation,” Murthy said.

The Biden plan has also raised major ethical concerns about impoverished parts of the world still clamoring for vaccine. But the administration argued that the plan was not an us-or-them choice, noting that the U.S. is supplying large quantities of vaccine to the rest of the globe.

The U.S. has already approved Pfizer and Moderna boosters for certain people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients.

Some Americans, healthy or not, have managed to get boosters, in some cases simply by showing up and asking for a shot. And some health systems already are offering extra doses to high-risk people.

Denver Post reporter Alex Burness contributed to this report.

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