More US states, employers, schools likely to mandate COVID-19 vaccines, says expert
More U.S. states, schools and employers are likely to mandate vaccinations as COVID-19 cases climb but a federal mandate is politically ...
WorldFILE PHOTO: Mobile vaccination clinic hosted by Detroit Health Department in partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District27 Jul 2021 11:26PMShare this contentBookmarkREUTERS: More US states, schools and employers are likely to mandate vaccinations as COVID-19 cases climb but a federal mandate is politically unfeasible, an expert at the Infectious Disease Society of America (ISDA) said on Tuesday.
"I would support employers and schools taking a close look at what they can do to push the envelope on this," said Preeti Malani, a fellow at ISDA, the top US medical association for infectious diseases.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe highly contagious Delta variant has become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States, representing about 83 per cent of new infections. So far, unvaccinated people represent nearly 97per cent of severe cases.
READ: New York City issues COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers to fight Delta variantAny vaccination requirements were likely to have"a robust exemption process" for people who have medical reasons to be concerned about getting COVID-19 shots, said Malani, who is also chief health officer at the University of Michigan. headtopics.com
She said some people were waiting for vaccines to secure formal approval by US regulators. The shots authorized so far in the United States have been authorized on an emergency basis.AdvertisementAdvertisementCase counts have climbed as US schools prepare for the new academic year, raising questions about how best to prevent outbreaks. Experts say facemasks, social distancing and other measures will be important to prevent the spread in schools.
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