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US Vaccine Mandates Are Working – Data Shows

In The Washington Post, Aaron Blake writes that even as some people (even states) are trying to make a splash against coronavirus vaccine mandate, “the reality, though, is far from as dire as it might have seemed. And the totality of the anecdotal data we have so far on coronavirus vaccine mandates points to one conclusion: They work — quite well, in fact“.

Some southern state leaders like Texas and Florida are spearheading against vaccine mandates which they view as government overreach against individual freedom.

Citing a spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), The Post writes “Vaccine hesitancy is complicated, and overreaching government mandates can make people even more hesitant to get the vaccine.”

The Post’s Aaron argues that “that might indeed be true! It might make people resent being forced to do something they don’t want to or hadn’t yet decided to do. But the evidence also increasingly suggests that it spurs that vast majority of the resistant ultimately to comply, hard feelings or not”.

Evidence of strong compliance of vaccine mandates is found here as reported by the New York Times.

In the Forbes, business staff reporter Tommy beer provides the following evidential proof (in verbatim) that Covid-19 vaccine mandates are working.

  • “New York City’s requirement that all public school educators be vaccinated compelled more than 15,000 teachers to get their first jab last week, pushing vaccination rates of NYC pedagogues above 95%, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
  • “In California, managed care company Kaiser Permanente, which employs over 300,000 people, said its employee vaccination rate spiked from about 78% to 97% after the state declared healthcare workers needed to get vaccinated or submit to twice-weekly Covid-19 testing.
  • “New York’s vaccination mandate for hospital and nursing home workers went into full effect last Monday and coincided with a roughly ten-percentage-point increase in the vaccination rate among those workers to 92% in the span of just a week, state officials said.
  • “The vaccination rate for employees at the Mohawk Valley Health System in upstate New York soared from 70% over the summer to 95.6% by late September, and St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx reported a similar 17-point spike. 
  • “United Airlines, which became the first major airline to require workers to get immunized against Covid-19, announced last week that 99.5% of its workforce is inoculated. 
  • “In the two weeks following Delta Air Lines’ announcement of a $200 monthly health insurance surcharge for unvaccinated employees, roughly 16,000, or 20%, of the company’s unvaccinated employees got their first shot.
  • “When Tyson Foods announced a mandate August 3, less than 50% of its workforce had been vaccinated; the share has since climbed above 90%, with a month to go before the November 1 deadline. 
  • “Even NBA star Andrew Wiggins, who had been adamant in his refusal to get his jab even after his application for a religious exemption was denied by the league, has been vaccinated, his coach said over the weekend, avoiding forfeiting more than $13 million in salary.

Mandates, so far, seem to be the most effective thing we have to overcome the vaccine hesitancy. It’s more than good; it’s very good.

Dr. Bradley Pollock, chair of Public Health Sciences at the University of California at Davis, reportedly told the Sacramento Bee (source: Forbes)

In Axios, Caitlin Owens writes “Coronavirus vaccine mandates imposed by employers seem to be working so far, suggesting that most vaccine holdouts would rather get the shot than lose their job.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 9, 9 a.m.) 487,277,035 doses have been distributed and 401,819,240 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 6) a total of 6,569,914 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 8) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 735,646 (out of 12,855,286 tested) with 8,295 deaths.