- A recent survey reveals that most people in the United States support COVID-19 vaccination mandates, at least in some settings.
- The results also showed that personal precautions have changed little in recent months.
- In this article, we also discuss the ethics of vaccination mandates.
All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.
Amid growing concerns about the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, a survey concludes that more than half of the U.S. population supports immunization mandates for air travel, crowded events, medical professionals and officials.
Health officials expect variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, to continue to emerge.
Despite the spread of the Delta variant, some people are starting to return to their pre-pandemic lifestyles.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research recently conducted a national survey investigation using online and telephone interviews from August 12 to 16, 2021. Researchers recruited 1,729 participants.
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The investigation comes in the form of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, responsible for the large majority of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the United States, is increasing across the country.
More than half of the U.S. population, according to the results, supports vaccine and mask requirements for air travel, crowded events, healthcare professionals, workers exposed to the public, and people working in government. or in the army.
The survey also found that only 58% of people in the United States stay away from large groups, while only 51% wear a face mask when surrounded by people outside their homes. However, people who have been vaccinated are more likely to take these steps than those who have not received a full vaccination.
Despite growing fears of contracting the virus among the public, the population’s use of personal preventive measures has not changed significantly since June.
Amelia Burke-Garcia, director of digital strategy and advocacy at NORC at the University of Chicago, who participated in the survey, said Medical News Today:
“Our study found that, against the backdrop of the wave of Delta variants, most Americans support vaccination mandates for certain activities, such as overcrowded events and air travel, and for certain types of workers, such as healthcare professionals and those who interact with the public. “
“Since these events and types of jobs, by their nature, tend to include, engage, [or both] with large numbers of people, which can allow the virus to spread more easily and quickly, warrants could offer additional protection while still allowing people to engage in activities they enjoy, ”he said. she explains.
Vaccination hesitation remains a serious public health problem. As Burke-Garcia said MNT:
“The reluctance to vaccinate persists and this poses a threat to people’s health and our ability to resume normal daily activities. In short, when someone decides not to be vaccinated, this action weakens the protection of the whole community.
In much of the western world, where vaccines are available, governments and the private sector are pressuring people to get vaccinated, sometimes using warrants, but mostly civic prompts.
Despite an abundant supply of free vaccines in the United States, only slightly more 50% of the population has received a full vaccination against COVID-19. Worryingly, a survey conducted in July 2021 found that 14% unvaccinated people in the United States would “definitely not” be vaccinated.
One approach to this issue is to apply immunization mandates to protect communities.
The majority of those interviewed supported immunization mandates under certain circumstances. For example, 57% supported it for air travel, 56% for crowded public events and 51% for visiting a bar or restaurant.
Likewise, 62% believed vaccines should be mandatory for healthcare workers, 58% for those who work with the public, 56% for military personnel and 55% for government employees.
One of the main arguments used by people who are hesitant about vaccines is that the mandates for vaccines and masks violate human rights and civil liberties.
However, these arguments do not hold water because refusing one vaccine can have a significant impact on others.
Unvaccinated people put vulnerable people at risk, such as children who cannot be vaccinated or those with compromised immunity.
Dr Matthew Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, said MNT:
“The question is when is it legitimate to make a rule that infringes on someone’s freedom, and the general answer is that personal freedoms can be restricted when they put other people at risk. And since not being vaccinated is not only risky for the individual, but also for everyone around that person, vaccination mandates have been legally and ethically permitted, even in countries like the United States. United who place an extremely high value on personal independence.
Vaccines have proven to be an effective means of eradicating various diseases throughout history, and they have saved millions of lives.
Vaccination mandates are not a new concept. For example, health officials mandate certain vaccines before travelers visit certain countries, and most schools require children to be vaccinated.
“Historically, compulsory vaccination has been required to eliminate viral infectious diseases, such as polio, smallpox and others,” said Dr Wynia. MNT.
He explained that this is partly due to the fact that a group of people will only accept the vaccination if it is compulsory. “Also,” he explained, “because vaccination works and the disease becomes less and less common, more and more people tend to let their guard down and choose not to be vaccinated unless that they are not obliged to.
For these reasons, Dr Wynia believes that “it would be very surprising if we could achieve sufficient levels of community immunity to COVID-19 without any warrant, especially as COVID-19 immunity appears to decrease with increasing frequency. time, which means people can [contract the infection] more than once unless they maintain immunity through vaccination.
According to Dr. Wynia, this survey shows that “most Americans realize that mandatory vaccination will be necessary to come out of this pandemic and keep COVID-19 at bay.”