… staffing shortages are a minor issue compared to the damage being caused by the unchecked spread of COVID-19, which is increasingly due to one cause: right-wingers who have made refusal to get vaccinated a culture war and identity politics issue.
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Unless such folks start tasting real consequences for their behavior, the U.S. is going to see another dark winter, as the virus continues to wreak havoc on our economy and health care system.
Putting up with staffing shortages is a small price to pay to make sure that Trumpers — a class of people clearly unused to the idea that actions have consequences — actually start feeling real pressure to get vaccinated.
Raw Story: For those readers who only peruse headlines — which, as anyone who has access to news website analytics can tell you, is a shockingly huge percentage of readers — the impending first round of vaccine mandate deadlines are looking like very scary business indeed.
Deaths from covid-19 over the past seven days are currently highest, per head of population, in North America. Our data team is tracking the pandemic’s march across the United States https://t.co/fYBTpYDOX0— The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 29, 2021
Not for people who are afraid of needles, mind you, but those who are afraid that mass resignations and firings — and subsequent staffing shortages of essential workers — are coming.
“These Health Care Workers Would Rather Get Fired Than Get Vaccinated,” reads a Monday morning headline at the New York Times.
“New York Hospitals Face Possible Mass Firings as Workers Spurn Vaccines,” reads another from Friday.
“Rural Hospitals Worry They Will Lose Staff Because Of Biden’s New Vaccine Mandate,” warns an NPR headline from over the weekend.
“New York May Use The National Guard To Replace Unvaccinated Health Care Workers,” read another.
The state of New York is the first test case of what actually enforcing a government-issued vaccine mandate looks like. Monday is the deadline for health care workers in the state to get the jab or get the pink slip. As the New York Times reports, “resistance to vaccine mandates has so far stopped most states from threatening to fire unvaccinated workers.”