By Ryan Barnard-Amico
Covid-19 has been a very distinct part of 2020 to now in the worst way possible it has impacted many citizens’ lives and many have lost loved ones to the virus. Many people have been hoping for a way to cure or minimize this virus and with the vaccine you can do just that. Although many people are not getting it because they don’t trust it, now jobs and schools are mandating students and adults in order to attend. Some airlines are also mandating it to travel.
Mandating the vaccine may help others get vaccinated that don’t want to but it makes others feel as if they don’t have a choice to get or not. The United States Department of Health is “requiring more than 25,000 of their staff to be vaccinated against the virus” (Littler.com). Even the White House has issued a Fact sheet that you need to be vaccinated to receive Medicare and Medicaid services. Over 25 states are mandating the vaccine to employees along with California who are mandating students to receive to attend in person learning.
According to LeadAge.org, “Six other states are easing into it by only mandating healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated, nine others have passed laws that ban employers from mandating vaccines for workers and three others are working on the ban.” Mandates are working their way around the US but I believe that “forcing” the vaccine on others will only make unvaccinated citizens not want it more. The government thinks it’s the best way but they could be causing more damage without even knowing it. The mandates are beneficial in the sense of lowering the amount of Covid-19 cases but the can be harmful as well because of the substantial amount of citizens feel like their rights are taken away, but getting the shot is the best way to contain the virus the best way possible.