The New York Times reported that mandatory decisions to obtain vaccines against Covid-19 have contributed to a rise in vaccination rates in the United States of more than 90 percent in some areas.
And the American newspaper notes that decisions that are binding to obtain the vaccine have raised vaccination rates more than other incentives, which 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 hospital and nursing home workers to get vaccinated.
And in several large companies, executives have reported higher vaccination rates after recent decisions.
In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois, health workers have the option of getting tested regularly if they choose not to get vaccinated. In Connecticut, state employees, school employees, 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.
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.
Mandatory decisions generally increase vaccine compliance, said Dorit Reese, a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, who tracks employer mandates; Because people realize that the decision is coming before the courts can take a decision in this regard if they resort to the judiciary.
Schwartzberg, for his part, said business is 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.