COVID-19 continues to spread and infect people -- especially those who have not been vaccinated -- and now cities, businesses, and venues are using vaccine mandates to help reduce the risk of infection for patrons, employees, and the public.
A vaccine requirement to enter a business or and event space has been celebrated by some and has angered others and HuffPo notes there is a great deal of misinformation regarding vaccine mandates and debunks some common myths you may have heard.
Myth: Vaccine Mandates Have Never Been Used Before
This is false. Vaccine mandates date all the way back to the 1800s when smallpox infected people worldwide. Additionally, many healthcare settings, schools, and the military often required vaccines for health concerns like flu, hepatitis B, and measles plus rubella. HuffPo also notes that individual states have "the authority to promote public health" and points out enacting mandates like we are seeing now has never had to be done during our lives.
Myth: Mandates Are Illegal
False again. HuffPo explains we live in a society with all sorts of rules and regulations and professor of health law and bioethics Sharona Hoffman makes very valid points, telling HuffPo, "You can’t kill no matter how angry you are, you can’t steal no matter how much you want something, you have to abide by the traffic laws or else you get a ticket, you can’t run around naked, you can’t go into businesses without a shirt or shoes." She also notes the Supreme Court ruled that local authorities have the right to enact vaccine mandates back in 1905 and every argument against mandates since has been rejected by the court. Additionally, HuffPo explains employers are also protected and have the right to dismiss employees who do not follow their vaccine mandate.
Myth: Vaccination Will Be Needed for Everyone And Every Venue and Business Will Require It
Also false. Many locations offer unvaccinated people options like wearing a mask or routine COVID testing if they are not vaccinated. Also, if someone is not medically able to get vaccinated or cannot for religious beliefs, an exemption from the mandate may be made. Rules and options for individuals who fall into these categories will vary depending on the location and The Doctors urge you to check ahead to ensure you are able to follow your local mandate or make the appropriate accommodation.
The Doctors also strongly urge anyone who is able and eligible to get vaccinated to do so ASAP. Find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, here or search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.