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In 1837, novelist Samuel Lover said the now-famous quote, “Better safe than sorry.” If people still abide by this code today, then why is the U.S. considering lifting the vaccine mandate? With the coronavirus coming to what appears to be its deserved end, it has left people wondering if the vaccine mandate should be lifted. Despite this, for the health of Americans, the vaccine mandate should not be lifted for three different reasons. The first is that, although there is little coronavirus in the world now, there is still coronavirus infecting people to this day. The second reason is that the covid vaccine has not done a lot of harm, and it is safer to have it. The final reason is that for the safety of all Americans, everyone should get the vaccine.
The first reason listed is that coronavirus is still relatively common, even globally. Nearly 50k people contract the disease every single day. This might seem like a small amount of the total 325 million cases, but this small amount is still a lot and can easily build up. Last year, when the vaccine was first introduced, there were still many coronavirus cases, meaning that even if you did get the vaccine, there was still a chance, but a much smaller one at that. Coronavirus has a 2% death rate, which means that out of the 325 million that contracted it, there would be nearly 7 million lives lost. With the fact that almost 182 million people have already gotten the vaccine, it’s clear that we can trust the vaccine in its use of making COVID-19 a lot less dangerous and less common. Because of this, vaccine mandates should not be lifted. There is no apparent downside to having the vaccine, only upsides of having increased protection against the menace of today’s modern world, the coronavirus.
Another reason why the U.S. vaccine mandate should not be lifted is due to the fact that the vaccine does not have any common major side effects and really has not done any harm. The coronavirus vaccine does have small side effects like a one-day fever where people will have to rest up, but other than that, there isn’t anything dangerous about the vaccine. In addition to this, out of the 182 million people that have gotten the vaccine, it has been shown that there is a less than 0.1% chance that there will be a major side effect that will have severe results. Compared to the 2% mortality rate with coronavirus, it’s clear that it would be better to take a risk with the vaccine. According to JHU, some countries have a 6% mortality rate, like Peru, which means there is a six times chance of dying of coronavirus than getting any adverse side effects.
Finally, the vaccine mandate should not be lifted because it has protected millions of Americans and will continue to do so. In November of 2021, when the vaccine was first introduced, nearly 500 thousand to 1 million people’s lives were saved, as stated in an article from Vox. A year later, this number was a firm 1.1 million. This might seem like a small amount of growth, but it is still growth. In addition to preventing deaths, the coronavirus vaccine has helped prevent nearly 11 million hospitalizations, keeping people happy and healthy. America has seen 80 million coronavirus cases, and nearly 12 million of those would have been severe problems if it weren’t for the vaccine. If the vaccine can save nearly ⅛ of the people who have contracted the disease, it will not stop suddenly. With an added bonus, the coronavirus vaccine is free of charges, meaning that people can easily get the vaccine without paying. The vaccine is distributed free around the U.S. by the FDA. In addition to this, out of the 182 million people with the vaccine, who knows how many other people were saved by the vaccine without knowing.
America, after being plagued by the virus for over two years now, has finally seen a strong decrease in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Due to this decrease, some citizens are wondering if the vaccine mandate should be lifted. Despite the fact that the curve might be flattening, the vaccine mandate should not be lifted until we truly see that the cases are back to where they should be.