Ross: Only way back to normal could be requiring proof of vaccine
It’s been one year now since Dr. George Diaz treated the first U.S. COVID-19 patient at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.
Today, Dr. Diaz finds it hard to believe that in the United States, with all its advantages, the number of COVID cases has been doubling every three months – more than anyplace else.
“And when you compare to other countries that have similar resources, for example, South Korea, Taiwan, or Japan, the entire population is on the same page with respect to how they’re dealing with this virus and, unfortunately, we haven’t been – and the results from that are evident,” he said.
With a significant number of Americans still refusing to believe the vaccine is safe, the only way to get back to normal might be to require proof of vaccination.
“Perhaps it makes sense to say ‘well, if you’re vaccinated and can prove it, you can go to a restaurant, or a gym. Your kids can go to school,'” he proposed.
But what about those who insist on the right to remain unvaccinated?
“Perhaps they’re choosing to have their children at perpetual home-school.”
I’m not sure how the anti-vaccination faction would feel about that, but if that’s what it takes to reopen, my guess is that the parents and the business owners and the health care workers who have sacrificed so much to get this far are in no mood to wait for the holdouts to come around.
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