It doesn’t need To be like this. This spring, when people lined up to buy the new, miraculously effective Covid-19 vaccine, it was easy to imagine a direct and fast road to a protected society.The dosing curve seems to be limited only by supply, and the curve looks good-perfectly calibrated normal (At least according to some definitions of the word) By the end of summer, just in time for schools and workplaces to reopen. As long as the vaccination rate stays in sync.
Of course, it doesn’t. Too fast, the curve reached an inflection point, turned from an upward trend, and flattened out. In addition, in most parts of the country, people are ecstatic and reopened wearing masks. Then add a more communicative Delta variant.The result: an unvaccinated pandemic, due to its size, can now even threaten people who have been vaccinated twice, thanks to Possibility of breakthrough infection.
All these add up to a turning point: in the week when the carrot meets the stick, dozens of influential organizations decided it was time to enforce the vaccine.
This afternoon, President Joe Biden Announce vaccine rules Serving 4 million federal workers. “Now, too many people are dying, or watching their loved ones die,” he said. These workers will now face a choice: to prove their completed vaccinations, or test once or twice a week, wear masks and face travel restrictions.
He said: “We have the tools to prevent the next wave of Covid from closing our businesses, schools, and society,” he added, adding that the government will compensate small businesses that allow workers to take time off to vaccinate themselves or their families, and his government encourages states and The local government provides residents with a reward of $100. Biden also directed the Ministry of Defense to investigate how and when members of the armed forces are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Biden’s statement comes after a series of similar statements from major technology companies, including Google and Facebook, They told tens of thousands of employees across the country that employees who returned to the office would need to be vaccinated and earlier Lots of tasks from the university, state government And medical center.
Last month, after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a group of employees at Houston Methodist Hospital, these actions were more legally clear. They argued that the regulations were illegal because these vaccines were only approved by the FDA. Authorized for emergency use.
Not just employers. Take San Francisco as an example, Most bars and clubs in the city Said that they will request proof from customers starting this week.
Is it ideal to force people to do the right thing for public health? This is not the case, says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an epidemiologist who studies health equity at the University of California, San Francisco.That’s why you try to overcome doubters through messaging in the first place and Incentives for those who need to promote–As public health officials have done for months and will continue to do so, she added. But at this critical stage of the pandemic, these tasks are welcome news for her. “We need to use all the tools we can use,” she said. “At this point, this is obviously the right approach, and I hope it can take action in more places.”
There is already a clear herd effect at work.Vanguard of leaders from hospitals, universities and hospitals state government The initial argument was made that the benefits of protecting their patients and residents from unvaccinated workers outweighed the concerns of individual employees-and clarified that these tasks are legal. Then large technology companies joined in. In theory, a fully vaccinated labor force would benefit the company.They have always been the weather vane of Covid culture, leading to the closing of offices in March 2020. Many Long-term shift to remote work.