The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a mandate for all service members to be vaccinated against Covid-19. But many service members are refusing. Some of them say that they have natural immunity to the illness since they have had it in the past, and they do not wish to be vaccinated. Some of them are pregnant or seeking to get pregnant, and they do not wish to be vaccinated against the disease. Several members of the United States military have filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Defense and the acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner. According to the class-action lawsuit, natural immunity appears to offer superior protection against the virus.
According to the complaint, pregnant women and people who had previously caught the illness were not evaluated during the Covid vaccination trials, making it difficult to determine whether the vaccine is safe for them.
It is estimated that approximately 103,000 active-duty military men and women have not yet received their first dose of the immunization, according to the Department of Defense. It demands military personnel to comply with the policy by November 2.
But this is not the only sector in which the vaccine mandate is being debated. Recently, in the city of Los Angeles, where the L.A. Board of Supervisors enacted a requirement for prospective county employees to provide proof that they have been fully immunized before being considered for employment.
However, this very policy was rejected by the county’s top sheriff, Alex Villanueva, who manages around 18,000 law enforcement personnel in the largest county in the U.S. During his interview with ABC, he states the reason, “I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5-10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” He himself has been fully vaccinated, but many of his employees refuse to be injected with the controversial vaccines which have resulted in many deaths and unforeseen side effects since the Biden Administration’s implementation in early 2021.
Similarly in San Diego County, numerous local municipalities and other businesses have instituted vaccination and/or testing requirements. Though, the majority residents have obtained the immunizations. However, unlike Los Angeles, the leaders of San Diego county would not enforce a vaccine passport in its indoor spaces and public venues.
And it is not exclusive to San Diego. The White House’s Vaccine Mandate is currently being debated by the CEOs of big corporations such as UPS and Disney. Meeting with White House Officials, UPS, Disney, and other organizations have expressed their concerns over the Vaccine Mandate. The policy will trigger a large loss of their workforce, especially during the upcoming holiday shopping seasons. It will affect businesses with 100 or more employees who are subject to the requirement, and it would have a substantial impact on over 80 million individuals in the United States.
Federal contractors, including major airlines, face a Dec. 8 deadline to require employees to get vaccinated. Employees must submit proof that they have got the shots, or file a request for exemption from vaccination by Nov. 24. The fight over vaccine mandates deepens in different states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a ban on all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state.
Delta Air Lines Inc. has stated that it will allow employees who do not wish to be vaccinated to undergo routine testing.
Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said initially that Southwest “must join our industry colleagues in complying with the federal government’s COVID-19 immunization order.” However, after facing massive resistance and resignations, Kelly revised his statement, “We will not terminate any staff as a result of this.”