The story leads with: “Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares announced today their intention to challenge Biden-administration vaccine mandates through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OSHA, and Head Start.”
Thank goodness. There are no good arguments for Covid vaccine mandates.
Some people claim that the unvaccinated are perpetuating the pandemic, but this is hard to prove. We know, for example, that vaccinated people spread the virus and that some vaccinated people become sick enough to require hospitalization. So, even if more unvaccinated people are warming hospital beds at any given moment, the pertinent question becomes, To whom were the unvaccinated exposed? And if vaccination rates in the general population are high, then the chances are the unvaccinated were made sick by exposure to the vaccinated. Whose fault is that? (Answer: It is not wise to ask or to worry about it.)
More important than the science is faith in liberty. Those who promote mandates seem to think that the public, having sufficient information, will nevertheless make bad decisions affecting public health. Vaccine mandates reflect a loss of faith in liberty.
I have more optimism for public common sense than the mandate mavens. Covid-19 is a serious disease, but science and liberty are the best ways to beat it.