The hardest nuts to crack are either boldly declaring their opposition to the shot – asserting a deeply ingrained belief – or walking quietly among us and hiding it from the world.
The edict of Dr. Linda Marraccini contradicts the spirit of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to protect vaccine reluctance from any kind of request.
Brnovich argued that masks work on airlines without a hint of irony that airlines require them, but Arizona has spoken out against the mask requirement. That is an impenetrable logic.
There is growing support for some vaccine requirements. Polls by ABC News / Washington Post asked Americans if they support companies that require employees who come to work to get vaccinated in September.
There are a variety of vaccination dramas in professional sport, and the more vaccinated teams have the competitive advantage.
Two quarterbacks. Tom Brady and the entire reigning NFL champion of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pissed off. You are here to play.
Kirk Cousins, the extremely well paid Minnesota Vikings quarterback whose tenure in Minnesota wasn’t great? He doesn’t get the shot. As a result, he hasn’t been able to play lately. Teams could potentially give up games this year due to Covid quarantines.
While the NFL does not prescribe vaccines for players, it has created a system that makes life much more difficult for unvaccinated players who have to mask themselves, get tested, keep a stricter distance and live by different rules.
Surrender for the greater good. Buffalo Bill’s wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie received his first dose after the NFL sent him a letter stating specific dates and times when he, as an unvaccinated player, violated mask guidelines. McKenzie posted a selfie with his vaccination card on social media. “For the greater good …” he said. He had previously posted a reprimand from the NFL that included monitoring his mask injuries.
Keep an eye on the unvaccinated. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said he was taking players ‘vaccinated status into account when deciding who to cut, despite that comment has been scrutinized by the players’ union. And while Patriots coach Bill Belichick said quarterback Cam Newton’s vaccination status had nothing to do with his team release, his release ends the headache of dealing with an unvaccinated key player.
Room for improvement. Clearly, vaccine verifications are something that has a strong market for. But they operate in an unregulated vacuum.
A professor in New York recently used a picture of Mickey Mouse to hack an Excelsior Pass, the state’s verification system that allows users to view their vaccination or testing status, something required to eat inside a restaurant or going to a Broadway game, working out at a gym, or other indoor community activity. This piecemeal approach to verification will have to suffice since President Joe Biden long ago ruled out the idea of a state verification program.
They “allow users to upload photos of their vaccination cards – or anything else – and leave it to business owners to determine if they are real. (To date, countless fake vaccination cards have been sold on the Darknet and at the US border. Patrol has confiscated thousands of forgeries.) “
Americans are unlikely to ever consent to such interference. But with their emphasis on the freedom to be masked and vaccinated in parts of the United States, the whole country will pay a price, in life and infection.