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Elaf from Beirut: The New York Times reported that mandatory mandates for COVID-19 vaccines have contributed to a surge in U.S. vaccination rates of more than 90 percent in some areas.
The American newspaper notes that decisions that are binding to obtain the vaccine have raised vaccination rates more than other incentives that include prizes, privileges, and alcoholic beverages.
Weeks ago, US President Joe Biden announced that federal employees and employees of large companies in various states are required to obtain a vaccine against the Corona virus.
The US president’s decisions also included a mandatory vaccination of health care workers who could face disciplinary action if they refuse to receive the vaccine.
As California’s requirement to vaccinate all health care workers against the coronavirus went into effect Thursday, major health systems said the mandate helped boost vaccination rates to 90 percent.
In New York, another binding decision that began this week has forced thousands of workers in hospitals and nursing homes to get vaccinated.
And in several large companies, executives have reported higher vaccination rates after the recent decisions.
In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois, health workers have the option to get tested regularly if they choose not to get vaccinated. In Connecticut, state employees, school personnel, and child care workers must have received at least one dose or religious or medical exemption by October 4.
“The mandates are paying off,” says John Schwartzburg, a physician and professor at the University of California School of Public Health.
resort to resignation
The concerns about mandatory vaccinations for employees were that these people would either resign or file a lawsuit against those decisions. While the newspaper said that this was less than initially expected.
For example, at Houston Methodist Hospital, which imposed vaccinations on 25,000 employees this summer, only about 0.6 percent of employees quit or were fired.
Dorit Reese, a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, who tracks employer mandates, said mandatory decisions generally increase vaccine compliance; Because people realize that the decision is coming before the courts can take a decision in the matter if they go to court.
Schwartzberg said business has been encouraged in part because government and medicine are aligned with the view that mass vaccination is the surest way to move Americans and the economy into the post-pandemic era.