According to Brown University School of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha, mandating vaccines for some individuals in certain professions is not some “crazy new idea,” and vaccines for COVID should not be treated any differently.
Well, a lot of folks across America are going to disagree with Dr. Jha, and for good reason. For example, there are more and more breakthrough cases happening where fully vaccinated people are catching COVID. And not just mild cases of the illness either.
Not to mention the scary side effects many people experience due to the jab.
That doesn’t mean we should necessarily be against the vaccine. Instead, every person needs to do their own research and make that decision for themselves. Not be forced by the government or any other entity.
“I think the answer is yes, especially teachers have in schools where kids can’t get vaccinated kids under 12,” Jha went on to say during a conversation on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “I think teachers should be getting vaccinated. It’s the right thing to do … Look we have all sorts of vaccine mandates in our country. We’ve always had them.”
He also rejected the argument that forcing children to wear masks in schools could cause long-term effects for them, and said mandating shots for teachers could keep kids from having to wear masks for protection.
“Nobody likes wearing masks,” Jha then said. “I find them annoying. I think the idea that somehow you know kids are going to have negative long-term effects of it, I’d like to see some evidence of that.”
The Delta variant is also causing high numbers of children to become infected, and as children under the age of 12 are not eligible for vaccines, there must be ways to protect them, he added.
“In places with high levels of transmission, we don’t want kids getting infected,” Jha continued. “The data on kids and long-term effects of COVID are also pretty concerning.”
However, the doctor did note that we can get rid of the mask mandates if we increase the number of folks getting the vaccine.
“If we get lots of people vaccinated, if we get mandatory vaccinations for teachers, we get infection numbers down,” said the doctor. “We can get rid of the masks for kids, and no matter how we think about this, this should be temporary. This should not be a long-term issue.”
COVID-19 cases are continuing to spiral because of the Delta variant of the disease, and Jha said that a peak of cases should occur “sometime in the next month or two,” but the exact timing isn’t certain.
“The short answer is, we don’t know,” he said. “My hope is that it’s in the next few weeks. That may be by the end of this month. There are a couple of different models out there. One says sort of by the end of August, and the other one says, maybe not until the end of September.”
“Turning this into a Republican versus Democrat thing is dumb,” Dr. Jha added. “It is not helpful. I certainly have not tried to do that. We do see large variations by all sorts of demographic groups. Younger people, for instance, are less likely to be vaccinated. And yes, we do see lower levels of vaccinations in the African-American community and that’s a problem and we have got to figure out what’s holding people back.”
This is all about personal choice. Since we don’t know how this vaccine might impact people years from now, it should be up to each person to decide for themselves if they want to get the shot. It’s really that simple.