(Trends Wide) — As the US reached another major vaccination milestone (more than 75% of adults have received at least one dose, according to the White House), there is a growing question about how to deal with the unreachable vaccine opponents of covid-19 that they will not receive it no matter how dangerous that is for their families, neighbors and people who are randomly.
The hardest-to-crack nuts either boldly declare their opposition to the vaccine – claiming a deeply held belief – or they quietly walk among us, hiding it from the world.
The end result is painful disputes over informal vaccination requirements, separating families ahead of weddings or long-overdue family reunions, like this one described in The Cut.
- Ostracize them from public events, like in New York City starting next week and San Francisco very soon?
- Put obstacles in the way and be on the brink of ostracism, as the NFL arguably is doing?
- Employers who split your premium costs charge you more for health insurance?
- Or protect them by exercising their free will, as Republican lawmakers have promised, even when they endanger everyone else?
An ultimatum from a doctor. The answer varies from state to state and from case to case. And from patient to patient. In Florida, a doctor told patients she would not see them in person after Sept. 15 unless they were vaccinated, according to WTVJ in Miami. Only 10% to 15% of your patients would be affected.
Dr. Linda Marraccini’s edict goes against the spirit of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s efforts to protect vaccine doubters from any requirement.
State protection. Another governor trying to protect people’s right to avoid the vaccine is Republican Governor Doug Ducey in Arizona. Republicans who control state government passed a law preventing cities and counties from imposing vaccine requirements. The city of Tucson, in an effort to get ahead of the law, which takes effect Sept. 29, has ordered city workers to receive the vaccine by Aug. 24 or be suspended without pay. About 300 employees, a small minority of city employees, missed the deadline, reportedly at the time.
Republican state attorney general Mark Brnovich said Tuesday the city could be held accountable for his requirement.
Tangle from face masks and vaccines. Arizona leaders have argued against the face mask orders because they said they undermined the vaccination momentum and against vaccination requirements because they said masks can do enough to protect people from the virus.
Brnovich argued that masks work on airlines without a hint of irony that airlines require them, but Arizona has opposed the mask-wearing requirements. That is impenetrable logic.
There is growing support for some vaccination requirements. Polls by ABC News / Washington Post have asked Americans if they support companies that require employees who go to work to be vaccinated, and the trend suggests a pretty decent increase in support for that requirement, from 45% in April to 52% in a survey published in September.
Leaving work. In schools, there is a lot of variation when it comes to masks and shots. The New York Times writes this week about groggy professors on college campuses who have no requirements for mask-averse students.
There are a multitude of dramas surrounding the vaccines that take place in professional sports, and the most vaccinated teams have the competitive edge.
The Boston Red Sox hope that covid-19 infections and quarantines among the team, which has one of the worst vaccination rates in baseball, will not mean suffering in the playoffs.
Two quarterbacks. Tom Brady and the entire team of the NFL defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers are vaccinated. They are ready to play.
Kirk Cousins, the extremely well-paid Minnesota Vikings quarterback whose time in Minnesota hasn’t been great? You are not going to get the vaccine. And as a result, he was unable to play recently. Teams could possibly lose games to covid quarantines this year.
While it does not require vaccinations for players, the NFL has created a system that makes life much more difficult for unvaccinated players, who have to wear a mask, get tested, adhere to stricter distances and live by different rules.
Give in for the greater good. Buffalo Bills catcher Isaiah McKenzie received his first dose after the NFL sent him a letter that included specific dates and times that he, as an unvaccinated player, had violated the mask policy. McKenzie posted a selfie with his vaccination card on social media. “For the common good …” he said. Previously, he had published a letter of reprimand from the NFL that included surveillance on his mask violations.
Like other leagues, the NFL has required team personnel and coaches to be vaccinated to interact with players. There were multiple reports of coaches from different teams being sent off for refusing to receive the vaccine. But the players, protected by a union, have different rules. Police, fire and teacher unions are playing a similar role against vaccination requirements.
Monitor the unvaccinated. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said he was taking players ‘vaccination status into consideration when deciding who to cut, though that comment drew scrutiny from the players’ union. And while Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said quarterback Cam Newton’s vaccination status had nothing to do with his departure from the team, that ends the headache of dealing with a key player. not vaccinated.
While players don’t have to get vaccinated at all, anyone who wants to go see them in many cities will have to. In cities like Las Vegas, Seattle and New Orleans, fans will have to prove their vaccination status or show recent negative test results in order to attend games.
San Francisco began requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dinners and other activities in August, and New York will begin enforcing its vaccination requirement next Monday. The unvaccinated can still eat outside. But they can’t go to Broadway.
Range of improvement. Vaccine checks are clearly something for which there is a strong market. But they are operating in an unregulated vacuum.
A professor in New York recently used an image of Mickey Mouse to hack into an Excelsior Pass, the state’s verification system that allows users to display their vaccination or testing status, something that will be required to eat inside a restaurant. , going to a Broadway play, working out at a gym, or any other indoor community activity. This gradual approach to verification will have to suffice, since President Joe Biden long ago scrapped the idea of a federal verification program.
The Manhattan district attorney has filed fraud charges against 15 people accused of participating in a fake vaccination card conspiracy.
Can Big Tech fix it? Apple, Google, Samsung and others are working on their own versions of a secure vaccine verification repository, according to Trends Wide’s Samantha Murphy Kelly, who also points to criticism that some of the existing apps are not up to scratch.
They are “allowing users to upload photos of their vaccination card, or anything else, and leave it to business owners to determine if it is real. (To date, countless counterfeit vaccination cards have been sold in the dark web and in the US the border patrol has seized thousands of counterfeits.) “
The dystopian alternative is the Saudi government’s phone app, which tracks the locations of Saudis at all times and is required to verify vaccination in shopping malls, schools and supermarkets, according to Bloomberg.
Americans are unlikely to agree to that kind of intrusion. But with its emphasis on the freedom to not wear masks and not be vaccinated in some parts of the United States, the entire country will pay a price, in lives and infections.