Vaccine mandates safe bet

Jordan Kern, staff writer

President Joe Biden enforced a new vaccine mandate on September 9, that has angered a lot of Americans. Despite concerns about the vaccine, people need to trust science and get vaccinated.
In short, Biden’s mandate calls for all employers with more than 100 workers to require their employees be vaccinated or tested for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans. In addition, roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.
This pandemic has caused a lot of tension, especially through the different political parties. With this mandate, some Americans would rather lose their job instead of getting the vaccine. Most who believed in the vaccine took it the moment it came out because they believed they were safe and effective. Although lots of people have still gotten Covid-19 while being vaccinated, stats have shown that the death probability is extremely low and the symptoms would be a lot milder than if you were unvaccinated.
The problem with this rule is that a lot of the health workers who don’t believe in this vaccine are having to make very hard decisions on whether to leave their job and risk unemployment or go with the vaccine and hope it’s not as bad as the media says it is. The vaccine should be a choice when it comes to hostile work environments because Americans do have rights and being forced to get something put into your body is unfair. However, When it comes to health workers, they are dealing with sick patients every day and if they happen to get Covid-19 and spread it throughout hospitals and other areas, the death rate would increase dramatically.
Certain jobs should require vaccines for the health of others, but Biden’s mandate seems a little bit over the top. Biden is also requiring vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government, with no option to test out. The vaccine rate just in the U.S is nothing to be proud of.
Only 54.4% of Americans in the U.S have been vaccinated since the vaccine was created which doesn’t help these mandates terminate. In contrast to these numbers and rules, the people who don’t believe the vaccine is safe do have fair points. Like other diseases, vaccines take quite a while to make after thorough research and testing. The Covid-19 vaccine came out in less than a year and a lot of people didn’t think enough research was done to classify this vaccine as safe.
Many people claim that the vaccine was developed too fast, and therefore cannot be trusted. What many people don’t understand is that the first coronavirus case in the United States was in 1930 in chickens. According to the World Health Organization, the first human case of coronavirus was the SARS virus in 2002, and scientists have been continuously developing vaccines for them ever since. The “new” Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are based on science that has been around for almost 20 years.
Yes, Americans have rights and opinions, but the amount of complaining about this virus can end quickly. Do your job and go get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.