Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he fully supports the requirement for COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers, joining a list of medical officials calling for the idea amid reports some in the medical community were refusing get vaccinated against the virus.
In an interview with Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said it was “inexplicable” that some health workers, including many patients, decided not to go. get vaccinated against the disease that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
âYou are a health care worker,â Fauci said. “Your profession, the thing that you have devoted your life to, is to protect people, to heal them, to protect them from disease.”
The president’s chief medical adviser told Todd it’s not a new idea to require healthcare workers to get vaccinated to work in the field.
âI see patients at [National Institute of Health] clinical center. If I don’t get [the] vaccine against influenza or against hepatitis, I am not allowed to see patients. So it’s not something brand new with COVID, âFauci said.
âSo I’m very much in favor of the obligation, if you want to see patients and participate in health care, you have to get vaccinated. Period.”
Support for vaccination mandates comes amid a disastrous spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 that has had a severe impact among the unvaccinated. As long as there are so many unvaccinated people, the virus will continue to mutate, prolonging the pandemic and threatening people’s lives. Vaccines protect a person from serious illnesses caused by COVID-19 and help reduce the spread of the virus.
Last month, nearly 60 major medical organizations signed a letter urging healthcare and long-term care employers to demand that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. The letter included the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Physicians, among others.
“With over 300 million doses administered in the United States and nearly 4 billion doses administered worldwide, we know that vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19,” said Dr Susan Bailey, from WADA’s immediate past. president, said in a statement.
âIncreasing vaccinations among healthcare workers will not only reduce the spread of COVID-19, but will also reduce the harmful toll of this virus among healthcare workers and those we strive to serve. “
According to an AMA survey, vaccinations for doctors are 95% almost universal, although this does not apply to other workers in healthcare facilities. Recent Medicare figures show that only about 60% of nursing home staff are vaccinated, compared to about 80% of residents.
Although no federal law prevents employers from requiring vaccinations, the issue of protecting yourself and your community from the plague has been politicized in a country where approaches to public health are divided and the consumption of disinformation is high.
More than half of unvaccinated Americans mistakenly believe the COVID-19 vaccine is more dangerous than the virus, according to a poll released Aug. 4 by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vaccine Monitor Project.
The available vaccines, which are slated to move from emergency use authorization to full Food and Drug Administration approval soon, build on decades of research that began long before COVID-19 hit the world. ‘last year. Officials like Fauci hope the FDA approval will allow more entities to mandate vaccines, even though the injections have already been shown to work and are safe, as scientists have said.
On the same day as the July 26 letter, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require its more than 100,000 health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is not known what would happen to VA employees who refuse the vaccine, although workers have eight weeks from the announcement to get the vaccine.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (R) also announced on July 26 that healthcare workers will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo weekly tests. The mandate also applies to government employees who work in high-risk âcollective establishmentsâ, which include residential establishments for adults and the elderly.
“We are now facing an unvaccinated pandemic, and it will take increased efforts to protect Californians from the dangerous Delta variant,” Newsom said of the warrant, which impacts an estimated 2 million officers from health in the public and private health sectors of California. .
On August 5, a major senior care chain announced that it now requires all employees and salespeople to be vaccinated to keep their jobs. Pennsylvania-based Genesis HealthCare, which has 70,000 employees and approximately 400 nursing homes and senior communities, said 85% of residents and 65% of staff had voluntarily received the vaccine.
And just days ago, President Joe Biden announced that his administration is demanding that all federal workers get vaccinated or undergo minimum weekly tests in addition to other public safety measures. Biden did not signal he would impose a national vaccine mandate.
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