The fierce, independent streak that lives deep within the soul of Americans has been tested time and again over the course of the last year, and this liberty-centric struggle isn’t over yet.
Much of this conflict has come to us courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the scattershot approach that our elected officials have taken to prevent the spread of the horrid disease. In come cities, you can only dine outside at restaurants, while there are whole states still wide open for business.
In some towns, masks are mandated in any public building. Just a few blocks over, it could be a free-for-all.
Heck, the New Jersey Governor even called a press conference this week to scorn his citizens for their unwillingness to cooperate with contact tracing efforts.
But when it comes to the deployment of a COVID vaccine, one elected official in New York State isn’t planning on taking any chances.
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, who represents parts of Manhattan’s West Side, earlier this month introduced a bill that would require the state to “safely and effectively” distribute an FDA-approved vaccine “in accordance with the department [of health]’s COVID-19 vaccination administration program,” according to the language of the legislation.
“While steps have been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, epidemiologists and public health experts have concluded that a vaccine will be necessary to develop herd immunity and ultimately stop the spread of the disease,” the bill’s support memo states. “[T]he State must make efforts to promote vaccination and ensure that a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19 to develop sufficient immunity.”
Current polling shows that less than 60% of Americans are fully comfortable with the idea of being inoculated against COVID-19, while health experts have warned that it would take an immunization rate upward of 70% to make for a truly effective rollout.