Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly announced Thursday that all employees in the United States and Puerto Rico must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15.
“As a science-based company, we have thoroughly reviewed all the data and options available to us. We believe this decision helps keep our employees, families, and customers safe and healthy and ensures we can continue making life-saving medicines for people around the world,” the company said Thursday in a notice to employees.
But do vaccination mandates at companies who implement them truly create a safer environment for workers and their families?
The CDC has admitted that vaccinated individuals can still spread the Delta variant, and even the left-leaning CNBC recently acknowledged that ‘herd immunity’ is a mythical goal.
Sir Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told British lawmakers this week that Covid vaccines will not stop the spread of the virus.
“I think we are in a situation here with this current variant where herd immunity is not a possibility because it still infects vaccinated individuals,” said Pollard.
“And that does mean that anyone who’s still unvaccinated, at some point, will meet the virus. That might not be this month or next month, it might be next year, but at some point, they will meet the virus and we don’t have anything that will stop that transmission.”
So again, vaccinated individuals are still at risk of contracting and spreading the virus. The benefit of the vaccine, according to the CDC, is that it will at least minimize the damage to a vaccinated individual from a Delta infection.
What is true is that the vast majority of infections and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated. Thus, if the purpose of a company’s mandate is to force an individual to receive the vaccine, potentially saving his or her life, that’s a laudable goal. However, employers are not entitled to force an employee to practice good health habits.
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