A task force from the New York State Bar Association recommended COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory to all Americans according to a press release by the association.
The report from the task force made the exception for people with medical reasons not to take the vaccination, as prescribed by a doctor. The recommendations will be debated in a virtual meeting on June 15 with the association's House of Delegates.
"...some Americans may push back on the COVID-19 vaccination for religious, philosophical or personal reasons....for the sake of public health, mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 should be required in the United States as soon as it is available." said a report released by the task force.
The report is correct that the proposal of mandatory vaccinations isn't likely to go without controversy to a large sector of Americans with 1 out of 4 Americans already polling they will refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccine. This is due in large part to widespread misinformation about the safety of vaccines including the conspiracy theory that Bill Gates is implanting tracking chips in them.
"a rapid mass vaccination plan should be launched in New York as soon as a safe and viable vaccine becomes available, citing Jacobson v. Massachusetts, a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. The plan should also prioritize vaccines for essential health care workers and vulnerable New Yorkers who are at highest risk of infection, the report states."
The anti vaccine community was once a fringe group spawned from a disbarred doctor who tested on children at his son's birthday party to claim vaccines caused autism. Now, scholarly journals are including research performed either by non-credentialed individuals or those who profit by vaccine-based lawsuits to further misinform the public.
The largely white, conservative population that makes up the "antivaxxer" community poses a threat to the most vulnerable groups in the country, who will require vaccination in order to work and live safely.
“The cumulative disadvantage of race, ethnicity, age, gender, underlying conditions, and poverty have compounded the detrimental impact of the pandemic across Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx groups including older adults, nursing home residents, persons who are homeless living in shelters or who are incarcerated, immigrants, and essential workers,” said Mary Beth Morrissey, chair of the section’s Task Force on COVID-19, a fellow at Fordham University’s Global Health Care Innovation Management Center and a faculty member in the graduate schools. “Nursing homes, in particular, largely segregated before the pandemic, have been crucibles of racialized suffering and racial disparities during the pandemic.”