But Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson argued that the requirements may backfire. “I believe that will not only improve public health, but it will give people some more peace of mind,” Murthy told CNN Sunday. “We have to overcome resistance,” Hutchinson said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This is a very serious, deadly virus and we’re all together in trying to get an increased level of vaccination out in the population. The problem is that I’m trying to overcome resistance but the President’s actions in a mandate hardens the resistance.”
Last week, President Joe Biden announced new vaccine requirements, which include a mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees to require vaccination or regular testing for employees. The plan was met with praise and criticism. Of the eligible population in the US, which is currently limited to people 12 and older, 63% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts and officials are aiming for the vast majority of the population to be inoculated to control the spread.
Businesses that want employees to return to work and stay at work will benefit from vaccine requirements, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said. The mandate will benefit employees as well, he added. The combination of the highly contagious Delta variant and the vaccine holdouts has put the United States in a “very difficult period” of the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci said.
Children could get access to vaccines by Halloween Parents concerned about protecting their young children from the virus could have access to vaccinations for them by for Halloween, said the former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Polis said some hospitals in his state “reaching very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t be happening if people were vaccinated.”
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sounded the alarm Friday, saying, “We actually have the lowest ICU available rate that we’ve had since the start of this crisis, in part due to the unvaccinated with Covid and just other types of trauma that goes up seasonally this time of year.” As the debate over mandates continues, some hospitals are feeling the impact of lagging vaccination rates.
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