Now there are over 1,100 clinical trials around the world searching for a vaccine that will be effective against C-19 coronavirus, some experts wonder if Americans will respond to the cure once it is available.
Our track record for vaccinations is not encouraging.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that only 40 to 45 % of US adults received the flu vaccine in the past 10 yrs.
The Congressional Research Committee says that individual states do have the right to mandate vaccinations and they have already exercised that right with children, allowing for a few exceptions, for example, religious reasons.
The Mayo Clinic states: “A vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 is perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic.”
Lauren S. Grossman, assistant professor or emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine said: “To put this scourge behind us, I believe that our nation should, for the first time ever, require all Americans or at least schoolchildren and workers in direct-contact jobs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.”
In the case of this Coronavirus, ending the epidemic could be a numbers game, requiring a lot of people to be vaccinated in order to contain the transmission of disease.
The Big Q: If the C-19 coronavirus vaccination rate is low, will the federal, or more likely the state governments step up in and mandate vaccination?
The Big A: Attorney Alan Dershowitz said that the state has the power to vaccinate people in order to prevent the spread of a contagious disease.
“Let me put it very clearly, you have no constitutional right to endanger the public and spread the disease, even if you disagree. You have no right not to be vaccinated, you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open your business,” he said.
“And if you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm,” he added.
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