Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Call for Mandatory Vaccination of All Students, No Religious Exemptions

I have warned about Ezekiel Emanuel before.

In August 2009, I wrote:
If you lump all the mad scientists that have been put on the big screen by Hollywood, you are still not going to come up with the mad, totally insane ideas of Ezekiel Emanuel.

It is no surprise that he would turn up with mad advice during the current COVID-19 panic.

In a co-authored article in The New York Times, he writes along with Aaron Glickman and Amaya Diana:  

We need to sharply reduce coronavirus infections to turn the tide and quell the pandemic. The best hope is to maximize the number of people vaccinated, especially among those who interact with many others and are likely to transmit the virus.

How can we increase vaccinations? Mandates.

Vaccines should be required for health care workers and for all students who plan to attend in-person classes this fall — including younger children once the vaccine is authorized for them by the Food and Drug Administration.

 And get this from the article:

Religious or philosophical exemptions should not be allowed...Mandates are the last tool we want to deploy to increase vaccination rates. But all indications are that the United States is going to need a mandate to reduce transmission, achieve herd immunity and get back to normal.


 Polling suggests almost 60 percent of all Americans are already vaccinated or want a vaccine as soon as possible. But younger people, white evangelicals and conservatives are among those less likely to feel the urgency. To return to our prepandemic lives, we will need to achieve herd immunity, with 70 percent to 85 percent of the population having some form of immunity. That’s a steep climb.

Mandates are the fastest way to get to herd immunity. 

This, I remind you is for a virus that is of no serious consequence to 99% of the population and near-zero consequence to students. Further, presumably, those at high risk are already vaccinated if they have chosen to be.

This is the big problem: Emanuel is a member of Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board.

I stand by my 2009 take on him :

There is no other way to put this. Ezekiel Emanuel is probably the most dangerous man on earth.

He has a severe authoritarian complex and always manages to work his way into a position where he can act on it.