According to FiveThirtyEight, the popularity of Covid vaccination mandates is now increasing (probably in response to the Delta variant). These mandates can come from the hospitality industry, such as bars and restaurants that allow only vaccinated people to enter, employers who require their employees to be vaccinated, schools or universities, or even from federal or state governments.
According to a recent poll, 64% of Americans approve of the government mandating that everyone get vaccinated.
As you might expect, most of the support for mandates comes from people who have already been vaccinated. After all, if you trust the vaccines, and have seen the news that virtually all new Covid cases are happening among the unvaccinated, then of course you want other people to get vaccinated. In fact, right now a fully vaccinated person has a higher probability of getting accidentally electrocuted, than of developing severe coronavirus symptoms.
But here’s the irony: 28% of unvaccinated Americans support mandatory vaccination. How could this be?
- You want to get vaccinated, but your spouse or (if young) your parents won’t let you. You want someone to help!
- Your friends are anti-vaxxers, and you don’t dare cross them.
- Like a lemming, if everyone has to, then that will convince you.
Does anyone have any other good ideas? I can’t figure this out!