As of May 28, over 50 percent of the U.S. population have received at least one dose of the coronavirus shot, and over 50 percent of American adults are considered “fully vaccinated”. This is certainly heading towards Biden’s goal of 160 million adults fully vaccinated and 70 percent adults with at least one shot by July 4.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. has experienced peak rates of vaccinations in early April, but by May 28, less than 130,000 doses were administered, an approximate 97 percent reduction compared to April 1.
To boost the vaccination rates, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) removed the bar of not allowing employers to require medical exams and seek information on an employee’s physical or mental condition regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. This means companies and organizations can mandate individuals returning to the work place to get COVID vaccine.
One the other hand, more and more people have become cautious of the COVID-19 vaccines and challenged the mandate rule.
A former sheriff’s deputy, Christopher Neve, filed a lawsuit in April in federal court, suing Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead for requiring employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. He was first put on unpaid administrative leave, then formally terminated on March 26 for not getting vaccinated.
Recently, according to ABC news, over 117 employees have filed a lawsuit against Houston Methodist hospital in Texas for requiring all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This hospital network gave more than 26,000 employees a deadline of June 7 to get the vaccine.
Both lawsuits claim that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only issued its first emergency use authorization for COVID-19, but have not given full FDA approval and licensing.
And it is not only the public who is taking action; officials are following suit.
Over 90% of Republicans serving in the Indiana state senate signed a letter on May 27 demanding Indiana University rescind its vaccine mandate on all students, faculty, and staff prior to the start of the fall semester. To avoided the ire of Indiana lawmakers, Purdue University has not directly required proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of attending or working at the school.
Considering some countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates are battling devastating surges of COVID-19 and the highest death tolls, it is reasonable to question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines, determine the virus’ origin, and do what is necessary to limit the emergence of new viruses of similar origin. Otherwise, any ‘vaccination’ program will only lead to another disaster.