Multiple vaccinations against COVID-19 have now been widely available to virtually all Americans for several months, and virtually everyone who wanted a shot has received one, resulting in an expected slowing in the rate of doses administered, somewhere shy of 70% of all adults.
The slow-down has caused some consternation among those who advocate for the mass vaccination of all adults, and some, including some CNN analysts, are amping up their demands that vaccinations be made mandatory for all adults, Breitbart reported.
The latest to issue such a call was CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who insisted Thursday that it is “time to start mandating” that everyone receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
“Please get vaccinated now”
Dr. Reiner’s call for mandatory vaccinations came during a discussion with CNN host Erin Burnett, who raised the issue of the portion of the American populace that has yet to be vaccinated.
Burnett said, “You know, Dr. Reiner, when you look at this in the broader context, there’s still a third of the eligible population in the United States that hasn’t got a single dose. The Biden Administration says it’s not their role to mandate get people vaccinated. Instead, they said this …”
She then played a clip of President Joe Biden asking all Americans to “Please get vaccinated now,” then asked Reiner, “Given where things are going, is it time to move on from saying please to mandating?”
Private sector mandates
In reply to Burnett’s question, Reiner said, “I do think it’s time to start mandating vaccines. And I think that the private industry and private organizations will do that. At (George Washington) University, where I work, starting in fall, you can’t be on campus unless you’re fully vaccinated.”
“We’re at the part of the pandemic now where the problem in this country is that 150 million Americans are not vaccinated. Half of that number is less than 18 years of age,” he continued. “But let’s look at the adults. Seventy-five million adults have chosen not to get vaccinated. That choice has consequences.”
“Now, we can’t force you to take a jab in the arm,” the doctor added. “But there are many jobs, perhaps, that can prevent you from working if you decide not to get vaccinated. So I think we need to be more proactive, and we will see industry take the lead in this.”
There are a few problems with Reiner’s demand for mandatory vaccinations, the first being that the Biden White House has repeatedly emphasized that it will not make vaccinations mandatory at the federal level, the second being that a number of Republican-led states, either through executive orders or legislation, have prohibited mandatory vaccinations or “vaccine passport” requirements within their borders.
Schools, hospitals begin mandates
Reiner was correct, however, about how the private sector was making vaccines mandatory in some areas, such as the academic arena, where a Washington Post report from late June indicated that at least 500 colleges and universities nationwide were requiring vaccinations for employees and/or students in order to be on campus.
Likewise, a health industry report from early June took note of the growing number of hospital systems across the country that are making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all employees and staff, and while such a requirement is slightly more digestible in a hospital setting versus a college campus, such mandates still run counter American individualism and the freedom of choice American citizens enjoy.