Vaccination compulsory policies implemented across the United States are paying off, leaving behind initial concerns. The financial news (FT) reported on the 10th (local time) that the prospect of aggravating the manpower shortage was only a hoax.
New York State was a litmus test paper to gauge the likelihood of success in the policy of compulsory vaccination against the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Vaccination was mandatory for all healthcare workers, but it was unprecedentedly strict, not replacing it with a COVID-19 test or exempting them from exemption for religious reasons. Medical personnel who have not been vaccinated are expected to be fired, so a ‘medical crisis’ was foretold ahead of the deadline for vaccination on the 27th of last month. New York Governor Casey Hoquel said he would consider deploying the National Guard in case of a medical crisis.
As a result, the worst situation, such as the deployment of the National Guard, did not occur. The vaccination rate among healthcare workers soared to 92% as of the 27th of last month.
The Joe Biden administration’s policy, which mandated vaccination for private businesses with 100 or more employees, is also having an effect. According to a report released by the White House on the 7th of this month, the vaccination rate of employees at businesses subject to compulsory vaccination rose by 20 percentage points from the beginning of last month, reaching 90%.
Even President Biden seems confident. He visited Chicago, Illinois on the 7th of this month to encourage businesses to introduce mandatory vaccine policies. Chicago-based United Airlines and construction company Clayco have made it compulsory for their employees to vaccinate early. “More people are being vaccinated, saving more lives,” Biden said during a visit to Clayco’s construction site.
Experts say that it will not be easy for people to choose to lose their jobs when it comes to vaccination or unemployment. Julia Pollock, economist at the job search website ZipRecruiter, said, “You have to consider that leaving a job is inevitably expensive and that leaving a job is a very difficult experience. ‘,” he explained.
However, it remains a question whether such a policy of compulsory vaccination will be effective even in conservative states, where Republicans are their gardens. Tennessee-based insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield, for example, introduced mandatory vaccines and 17 of its 900 employees left the company. Tennessee’s vaccination rate is only 44.6%, ranking 44th out of 50 states.
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