Vaccines against COVID they have saved thousands of lives. It is an assertion with scientific and statistical basis without possible answer, no matter how noisy conspirators continue to flood social networks with all kinds of crazy theories where half-truths, minority cases that are presented as general and the most shameful direct lies add up to the search for misinformation.
To understand the effects of vaccines you just have to read the spectacular drop in the number of deaths in countries such as Spain where the vaccination program is progressing at a good pace, to verify the decrease in severity in the prognoses of admitted to hospitals or the very low current mortality of patients who go to ICUs. Or take a tour of the nursing homes to see the change from the worst moments of the pandemic in 2020 where we had to mourn the death of our parents / grandparents without giving them if they want a decent burial.
Of course, we vaccinated have also had our fears about possible adverse reactions of these vaccines in the body (which have them like any other medicine you take) and some of us have experienced various symptoms after them, but serious cases or deaths they have been absolutely a minority 0.0001%.
With data updated this week, the doses administered exceed 3,970 million injections and they are already vaccinated with at least one dose. 27% of the world’s population, according to data from Our World in Data. Of course, with a great difference between continents and countries that should be addressed because the pandemic (and the fight against it) is global. And morally unacceptable that less developed countries are left out of this immunization.
In summary (and in my opinion, because it is difficult to leave it out on these issues), COVID vaccines are closing the most serious global health and economic emergency of this century, after a race against the clock and an unprecedented planetary effort in research and development of this type of medicine. And we say all this to assess important information that comes from Google and that aims to stop what they call “The pandemic of the unvaccinated”.
COVID vaccines: mandatory on Google
In an email sent to Google’s more than 130,000 employees around the world, CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the company’s plans for the return to the physical offices as of October 18. A strategy that others like Apple have already raised, but with hybrid work models for a new world that leaves COVID-19 behind where teleworking (mandatory for the last 15 months) will continue to have great relevance.
The big news about the ad is that Google has become the first big technology that will force all employees to be vaccinated that they have to go to the physical offices. The requirement will be imposed first at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, and other US offices, before spreading to the more than 40 countries in which Google operates.
Google’s vaccination mandate will be adjusted to comply with the laws and regulations of each location, Pichai wrote, and exceptions will be made for medical and other “protected” reasons. “Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months to come.”, explained the CEO of Google.
Several government agencies have already announced measures for all their employees to be mandatorily vaccinated, but the business world has so far been taking a more measured approach, despite the fact that Most lawyers in the United States believe that these measures are legal, once the country’s Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an emergency order.
The majority opinion among health workers is clear: «This is what has to be done, because otherwise we put the workers and their families at risk »said Dr. Leana Wen, professor of public health at George Washington University and former Baltimore City health commissioner. «It is not fair that workers are expected to return to the offices and sit shoulder to shoulder with unvaccinated people who could be carriers of a potentially deadly virus ». Because children under the age of 12 are currently not eligible to be vaccinated, parents could bring the virus home to them from the office if they are around unvaccinated colleagues, he said.
Other companies like Delta and United airlines require new hires to show proof of vaccination, while others like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley require their employees to disclose their vaccination status, but do not require (for now) that employees be vaccinated. Everything indicates that this will change in the future and mandatory measures will be imposed. We will see what the response to the Google ad is.
Mandatory vaccination in the US?
Google’s decision comes on the heels of similar measures affecting hundreds of thousands of government workers in the states of California and New York as part of intensified measures to combat the delta variant. President Joe Biden himself is considering force all federal government workers to get vaccinated. And the issue is serious, because failure to respond will amount to disciplinary action or dismissal.
The rapid increase in cases over the past month has prompted more public health officials to urge governments to put in place tougher measures to help overcome skepticism and misinformation about vaccines, a program that in the US has received a major downturn.
In Europe, vaccination programs continue to develop apace and fewer people have refused to be vaccinated. Although we do not have news of measures as general and extreme as those of the US, countries such as France or Italy have restricted access to some activities for those who are not vaccinated. There are more and more voices demanding that the Green Digital Certificate, the “health passport” proposed by the European Commission, become something more than a voluntary document to exercise the right to free movement.
Controversial issue that of compulsory vaccination, there is no doubt, and legal issues to resolve. IMHO the bet should have been on a powerful public / health education campaign to show the benefits of vaccination programs and the lack of alternatives to get out of the pandemic. And not having to force anyone to be vaccinated, but the measures are already there and are being studied by all the governments of the world.
It’s your turn to give your opinion What do you think of Google’s decision? Do you think you have to force yourself to be vaccinated? Is it still legal in a global health emergency? Is it the only way to overcome the pandemic of the unvaccinated and end this crisis? Are there other alternatives?
Source: MuyComputer by www.muycomputer.com.
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