Petition to New Hampshire State House
Add New Hampshire Teachers to Phase 1B
New Hampshire is one of only two states that has chosen to not vaccinate teachers in phase 1B, as recommended by the CDC. Let’s share our concern with our Governor, Chris Sununu, our students families and the task force in charge of distribution!
Petition to Blue Ridge Health District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Include Cosmetologists In Early Vaccine Stages
I would like to see hairstylists included in the early stages of the covid vaccinations. Our jobs require us to be in close physical contact with our clients. Even with the precautions we take to prevent the spread of illness, including wearing masks, washing and sanitizing our hands, and disinfecting surfaces, we are still in a higher risk category. When businesses were shut down in March of 2020, cosmetologists were largely excluded from receiving traditional unemployment payments. It took months for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to take effect, and unfortunately many stylists were in dire financial situations by that point. While we appreciated receiving assistance in order to keep our businesses afloat, help arrived too late for many people. Allowing cosmetologists to get vaccinated in category 1c would allow many of us to continue working while still taking preventive measures to slow the spread of Covid. This would put us in the same category with food service workers and grocery store employees.
Petition to Governor Asa Hutchinson
Include salons & spas in the assignment of Covid vacinnations in the State of AR.
Hairdressers, esthetician’s, massage therapists and nail technicians need to be vacinnated for Covid-19 in the State of Arkansas before the general population and should be assigned a place in the line for vaccination. These careers CAN NOT be done six feet away or without physically touching clients and that risk needs to be recognized. After being forced to close due to risk of exposure & spread of Covid-19 during the shutdown in Spring 2020, we all saw the need and demand for services like a haircut but the state fined cosmetologists for operating. Now the State has overlooked that continued risk of exposure for the employees and has not assigned a place in the line for salons & spas to get the Covid vaccine. However, several career fields that can be done at a safe distance and were never forced to shut down due to risk of exposure like finance and media have been be assigned in group 1C. Salons & spas have assumed great risk during the pandemic to stay operating in order to keep employees paid and clients serviced. Salon & spa technicians have to physically touch clients and it’s essential to keep these businesses operating. We’ve worked diligently since reopening to keep employees and clients safe and deserve to mitigate the risk as soon as possible. Please consider the health and the assumed risk that your favorite hairdresser, esthetician, nail tech or massage therapist has taken on to service you during a deadly global pandemic and sign our petition insisting that the state include us in group 1B with manufacturing or at the least before finance & media....because while your banker is important, they don’t have to touch you!
Petition to Jared Polis, Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviroment
UNMASK Colorado High School Basketball Players!
It is with great concern for the overall health and safety of Colorado student athletes that we respectfully write to you and ask you to rescind the rule which you recently put into place requiring basketball players to wear masks while competing. This requirement defies a growing body of scientific data about significant negative health effects of physical exertion while wearing a mask. This is directly from the Mayo Clinic, “it's recommended that you perform low- to moderate-intensity exercise rather than vigorous exercise while wearing a mask. This is because of the decreased airflow allowed through the mask which can affect breathing and your ability to properly regulate body temperature." Basketball players not just throughout the country, but also globally are currently competing in various sports without being required to wear a mask. Whether on the field, on the court or otherwise engaged in competition, their ability to breathe while exerting themselves is not impaired. It hardly makes sense that Colorado athletics would be an outlier in this regard. To be forced to restrict one’s breathing by order of variance issued by the CDPHE to a board of athletic governance while engaging in an otherwise healthy activity not only makes the activity more difficult, but it also could threaten the health and safety of our athletes, especially for those who may have underlying breathing issues, such as asthma. To require basketball players to “mask up” while competing is a penalty they should not be required to suffer. Please amend this rule to the CHSAA variance and let our athletes breathe. Respectfully, Colorado parents and student \ athletes
Petition to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ob-gyns , women's hospitals
Ditch the speculum! Advance women’s gyno exams!
Gyno exams are one of the most stressful experiences women must regularly endure. Did you know the speculum was invented 150 years ago and has barely changed in that time? How many medical devices/practices have evolved since the 1800s? I’m a 43 year old mom of three girls. For me, going for my annual exam is wrought with anxiety and I dread thinking that my girls will will have to endure the same antiquated and humiliating experience. With all the medical advances why are women still forced to put our legs in stirrups while a doctor is face first in between? I’m advocating for gynecologists to start using endoscopes, small cameras for our appointments instead of speculums and visual exams. With an endoscope, doctors could easily record the exams and compare the videos year after year and more accurately see subtle changes-especially if you don’t see the same doctor each year. If endoscopes can be used for everything from colonoscopies to nasal exams, and if a doctor can use one to steer a heart patch up the leg of my 6 year old daughter to accurately cover a hole on her heart, I’m sure they can be used for our annual exams. Sign the petition and call your doctor to ask for change today!
Petition to Trinitas School of Nursing, Dean Santee
COVID-19 Vaccine Not Mandated for Trinitas Employees, Yet Mandated for Trinitas Students?
On January 8, 2021 an e-mail was sent to the nursing students at Trinitas regarding if we would like the COVID-19 vaccine. It was discussed that a number was needed to see who was willing to receive the vaccine; thus recognizing that it is a choice to receive this vaccine. All of us nursing students have our vaccinations up-to-date, but this particular vaccination is extremely new and the long-term side effects are not currently known. Our right to this choice was noted, and also discussed with our professors as not mandatory, on January 12, 2021. Now this choice is being taken away once we have already registered, paid, and prepared for our nursing classes. There is no time to change nursing schools, paths, or decide if this is what we really want as our choice. In addition, we have noted that this vaccination is not mandated at Trinitas hospital - the hospital of which we are students. It is recognized as a choice even in the COVID unit of the hospital and therefore, logically, should continue being recognized as a choice for the students, and not a last minute forced mandate. Thank you for reading. Please sign if you agree that we should continue having the choice that up until today, January 15, 2021, we were told we had and is recognized by the hospital of which we are students.
Petition to Denise Trauth
Allow Texas State Students to Choose to Attend Virtually
Texas State University needs to give students the ability to pick their method of learning during the pandemic. Many classes have that option automatically, but once students are attending upper level classes it becomes a rare opportunity. Students are having to attend classes at 50% capacity which means only one seat empty between everyone. This is inherently against CDC recommendations, it does not allow for a minimum of 6 feet. There are no dividers in between seats. There is no requirement for students to clean their seating areas before and after classes. The doors are labeled entrance and exit, but this is not enforced. Doors to enter school buildings are not sanitized or held open. Elevator buttons are not cleaned between presses. Students crowd before entering classrooms and while leaving. Despite recommendations to exit row by row, every student stands and tries to go towards the aisles at the same time. Despite signs showing proper masks and how to wear them, students are not reminded to fix their masks when they fall below their noses. Students are not reprimanded when they pull their masks down to unlock their phones or drink water while in the classroom. Every class has the capability to stream on zoom. Texas State only allows students who have severe conditions to attend online, but also those who are pregnant and of an older age. This is discriminatory to students with mental health conditions who require a higher level of support to succeed in the same ways as other students. Mental health is not considered a condition that allows distance learning. Not only should students with any condition that their doctor recommends they attend virtually be allowed to, but any student who can justify their belief that virtual attendance would benefit them. Students feel unsafe. Students fear for their health and wellbeing. Students work in situations that make them risk their lives such as health care, child care or public service. The pandemic has not gone away. Cases are higher now than last semester. Many other major universities realize these struggles their students face and work with them to provide safe alternatives. Texas State simply "recommends teachers move to online teaching for the first 2 weeks" and many professors can't even provide that. Texas State University, both San Marcos and Round Rock campuses need to do better and listen to their students in regards to their safety. Give us a choice.