An interesting finding from Gallup regarding forced Covid-19 vaccination: according to the polling company's "probability-based web panel," a strong majority of Americans favor vaccine mandates for air travel, dining and work.
Oddly, the percentage favoring various mandates is larger than CDC's estimated percentage of Americans who have gotten fully vaccinated for Covid-19. That would mean a number of people who have chosen not to get vaccinated, or who are unable to due to medical reasons, nonetheless support the idea of being forced to vaccinate to fly, eat out, or have a job.
As of Sept. 3, CDC estimated about 53% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Gallup's results claim 61% of Americans favor vaccination requirements for air travel. (More results are below.)
The issue of mandated vaccines has gotten trickier with findings that the vaccines are proving largely ineffective against Covid-19, whether it's due to them "wearing off" or not working well against various iterations as the virus changes over time.
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In Israel, the Pfizer vaccine was down to just 39% effectiveness and falling, according to the Health Ministry there.
CDC has had to acknowledge that vaccinated people can also catch and spread Covid-19, just like unvaccinated people, with a similar "viral load" measured in both. At one point, CDC's director had falsely claimed that vaccinated people can't spread Covid-19.
Media reports health officials that once claimed the vaccines prevent serious illness also proved false, with many documented cases of hospitalizations and even deaths among the vaccinated. In one analysis reported by CDC, the vast majority of Covid-19 hospitalizations were among vaccinated people.
Because of issues with the vaccines, Israel's version of a "vaccine passport" will reportedly no longer be valid after six months unless the patient has received additional vaccination.
It's as yet unknown how effective an additional booster, proposed in the U.S., would be and for how long.
A growing body of studies shows that those with natural immunity following Covid-19 infection, even if they had no symptoms, confers far more powerful and longer-lasting immunity than vaccination.
It's unclear why public health officials, schools, workplaces, businesses and other entities that require proof of vaccination do not recognize that such proof does not mean the patient is "safe" and could still get infected and spread Covid-19 to others.
It's similarly unclear why they do not make provisions to recognize the presumed immunity of those who have survived Covid-19, which numbers well over 120 million Americans according to an old estimate from CDC.
Some scientists say the effort to try to keep otherwise healthy people from being exposed to Covid-19, which is nearly 100% survivable, can create larger health problems for the individual and public down the road.
However, CDC and many public health officials continue to promote and market the vaccines for nearly everyone and say the benefits outweigh the risks for those approved to get them. They say they are hopeful that a booster shot will solve the issue of the current Covid-19 vaccines demonstrating poor effectiveness among some.
- 61% of Americans favor vaccination requirements for air travel
- 53% in the U.S. support them for dining in a restaurant
- 56% favor these requirements at their office or work site