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Tue Sep 21, 2021, 02:02 AM

Opinion: Biden's vaccine mandates are not enough. He must also mandate vaccines for travel.

We need vaccine passports and I personally do not want to fly with a bunch of ignorant TFG supporters who are too stupid to vaccinate

To overcome covid-19, at least 80 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated. We are now at 54 percent. Voluntary efforts have proved to be insufficient. It is inevitable we will need another mandate ó this time for domestic travel by planes, trains and buses.

Although vaccine hesitancy is at least partially the product of a unique moment of disinformation and polarized politics, what we are witnessing is not unusual. Appealing to peopleís better nature has rarely persuaded 80 percent of Americans to do the right thing, even when the benefits are obvious. While World War II had overwhelming popular support, we needed a military draft because there werenít enough volunteer soldiers. Similarly, we have requirements and enforcement throughout society ó laws against drinking and driving, for wearing a seat belt, for mandatory schooling that includes required childhood immunizations, obtaining consent before sex ó because we canít count on voluntary compliance.

President Biden has mandated coronavirus vaccines for many Americans because persuasion has been insufficient to get vaccine uptake to 80 percent. But as welcome as the presidentís measures were, they will not be enough. Mandating vaccinations for flying and other forms of interstate travel is now critical if we are to prevent a predictable surge of infections and deaths during the coming winter holiday periods.

Last year, AAA estimated that 50 million Americans would travel over Thanksgiving, while more than 80 million would do so in the Christmas and New Year period. About 9.5 million people took flights at Thanksgiving, and about 10.2 million flew in the days around Christmas. The outcome was huge surges in infections, reaching 3,500 deaths per day by January ó more than the number of Americans killed on 9/11.

Last yearís winter holiday travel occurred largely before vaccines were available to the public. This year, many more people are expected to travel, especially by flying. A large proportion of these travelers will be highly vulnerable to infection and disease, because nearly 80 million American adults remain unvaccinated, and 48 million children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for vaccines. The only way to avert a repeat of last winterís carnage is a substantial increase in vaccinations and rigorous enforcement of mask mandates both for adults and children.....

There is a short window to boost coronavirus vaccination rates to make interstate travel safer. Introducing mandates today will reduce infections and, most importantly, hospitalizations and deaths in November and beyond. The Biden administration must act now to avert the mass death we saw last winter, especially as we battle the more transmissible delta variant. By giving unvaccinated Americans tougher choices about their movement and daily lives, we may finally have the lever we need to increase vaccination rates and turn the corner in this pandemic.

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Tue Sep 21, 2021, 04:53 AM

1. This is a start: U.S. To Require Covid Vaccinations For Arriving International Travelers - MSNBC


The Biden administration has announced that international travelers arriving in the United States by air will be allowed to visit if they are vaccinated and take a Covid-19 test. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports from the White House. Aired on 09/20/2021.

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Tue Sep 21, 2021, 11:25 AM

2. We have to prove vaccination AND a negative test

To get into Europe.

But someone pointed out that that the same Americans who would resist safety protocols like vaccinations and support trump port trump and be so perverse are among the 40% who will basically never get on a airplane. That is, it will have virtually no effect on the resistors.

I've seen this with my one relative who refuses to get a vaccine shot. He chooses not to fly, seldom leaves the small town, and wouldn't go to a museum or concert hall if you paid him.

His new grandchild lives 6 states away. He said he would drive and camp out to avoid any hotel expecting a vax or mask. Made it seem like he was making such a sacrifice.

His daughter said, Don't bother. She refuses to let anyone near the baby.

Didn't sway him.
Thing is, a lot of these people have such narrow lives and narrow minds there's very little tempting you can do. Maybe giving them a bunch of lottery tickets? I know, I'm being mean, but They seem to be willing to sacrifice just about anything or anyone for this weird principle or whatever they call it.

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