The requirement in Italy is that any salaried person, public or private, must have a recently certified vaccination, a cure from an infection or a negative test within 48 hours. There is an app for all of that, which would make everything a lot easier, but it’s something we don’t want to entertain here in the United States.
The Italian government says that 81% of the eligible population is vaccinated, so these protests give us a good indication of where the vaccination holes are in this country. A “green” pass in their application is mandatory for certain trains, indoor restaurants, museums and sports halls since September 1.
I would like it to be possible to know how many more people received the vaccine because of the requirement as opposed to the protest. I’d bet a much larger number just got the hang of it.
It’s the holdouts who make the headlines
There are already requirements in the United States, for many companies, in some states and cities, and hospital chains. And there is invariably a small minority of people who choose to quit their jobs rather than get the vaccine. It may be a larger than a small minority in some Italian ports.
Southwest’s pilot union has sought a temporary injunction against the company’s vaccine needs. A day later, the airline was forced to cancel thousands of flights, although the pilots and the airline say the two things are unrelated. The pilots aren’t necessarily opposed to the requirement, but they want to address it in their contract rather than just accepting it.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler paused before fully endorsing the requirement for a general vaccine during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
“We believe everyone should be vaccinated,” she said. “And we believe the union has a role to play in negotiating this at the table.”
Completely opposing demands
The war over vaccine requirements has become so political that an Ohio congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, suggested ending all vaccine requirements, whatever they were.
This particular idea seems completely mundane given the billions of lives vaccines have saved around the world and the so far relatively uncontroversial requirement for schoolchildren to be vaccinated against polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, etc. rubella and more.
But at the same time, it seems very likely, albeit completely insane, that Americans will emerge from the Covid pandemic with less vaccine need, not more.
Some people will never be convinced
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, spent three hours in a sound booth with Joe Rogan, the influential podcaster, MMA personality and vaccine skeptic.
Solidarity of a
He stands in solidarity with people who lose their jobs rather than get vaccinated, he said on an Instagram show.
“Just know that I rock with everyone who lost their jobs because of this tenure, and I rock with everyone who chose to be vaccinated and also choose to be safe,” Irving said. “I’m on both sides of it all. I support and respect everyone’s decision.”
Except he’s not on both sides. He refuses to be vaccinated.
I thought this was interesting:
“A conservative case for terms of office would look a lot like the case the Conservatives did for, say, the Patriot Act – something like ‘in the face of a serious threat, we have to give up some freedom to protect our nation.” “And the Liberal case against mandates is so obvious that it is the case that the Conservatives are now making literally, after co-opting, with some sort of dizzying hypocrisy, the ‘my body, my choice’ rhetoric from the left. “
There are strikes in the United States right now
What Americans aren’t on strike yet – with the exception of Irving and the people who quit their jobs rather than get vaccinated – is the vaccine.
They are considering strikes linked to the pandemic.
You could argue that the pandemic is reaching what Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other progressives have long sought – workers who feel empowered to demand higher wages and better working conditions.
Robert Reich, a former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, says that while most Americans are not actively in a union, what you see in the data on the millions of Americans leaving their jobs and delaying Returning to the job market is a sort of disorganized collective movement alongside the actual labor strikes we are seeing across the country.
“No one calls it a general strike. But in its disorganized way, it is linked to the organized strikes breaking out across the country – Hollywood TV and film crews, John Deere workers, coal miners. from Alabama, workers at Nabisco, workers at Kellogg, nurses in California, health care workers in Buffalo. “