The sensible approach, based on the available data, is to promote vaccines for the purpose of preventing serious illness. You don’t need a mandate for this—adults can make their own decisions. But mandates will prolong political conflicts over Covid-19, and they are an increasingly unsustainable strategy designed to achieve an unattainable goal.Dr. Ladapo is an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. The Wall Street Journal 9-17-21
Okay, adults can make their own decision. Will part of that decisions be paying their own medical bills if they are unfortunate and decide wrong? Of course not.
The primary goal of the vaccine, like flu shots, is to minimize the impact of the virus, prevent serious illness – including death.
Let’s say the vaccines do not at all prevent the spread of COVID, let’s say vaccinated people can still get the virus, but may not know it.
Why wouldn’t preventing serious illness and all its costs and other adverse consequences be reason enough to mandate vaccination under certain conditions?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks vaccination among the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. The CDC also reported that, over the last two decades, immunizations prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 child deaths in the United States. This translates to nearly $295 billion in savings on direct health care costs.https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-vaccination-policies-requirements-and-exemptions-for-entering-school.aspx
All 50 states have vaccination requirements for school admission.