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Are Vaccine Mandates Justified?

More vaccinations are needed

Mandates are not necessary

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Vaccine mandates will help the US slow the spread of COVID-19, asserts Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein of CNN. The FDA has now approved Pfizer's vaccine, proving its effectiveness and safety. Any issues generally come up within six months of injection. With 92 million Americans having taken it, the upsides of getting vaccinated are crystal clear. Still, many Americans have avoided doing so. This is where vaccine mandates are a difficult but necessary measure to overcome this pandemic. Unvaccinated people are easy targets for COVID-19, allowing it to continue spreading, and more dangerously, mutating. The more people get vaccinated now, the better.

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Public leaders are wrong to support vaccine mandates, argues John Tierney of City Journal. They generate further mistrust of institutions and are not as effective as presented. After the hurdle of making vaccines available for all Americans was overcome, policymakers sought to get more vaccinations, ignoring key circumstances. Most people who aren't old or don't have health issues aren't likely to be mortally threatened by COVID-19. Communities should focus on vaccinating vulnerable populations and let others be, vaccine mandates are not the answer. A majority of unvaccinated Americans distrust the CDC and Anthony Fauci because of such overbearing policies.

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