The Jabs and the Jab-Nots

Vaccine hesitancy is decreasing as more and more Americans get their shots.

  • Seventeen percent of U.S. adults said they would definitely or probably not get vaccinated In recent polling, down from 22% in January. 
  • 58% of Republicans (R) said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from about 50% at the start of the year.  
  • 68% of Americans now say they are satisfied with how the COVID-19 vaccination process is going in the U.S, up from just 34% in January. 
  • 42% of Americans are comfortable attending a sporting event in person, compared with 40% who say they are not. 

But determining how that 42% can safely attend these events is creating controversy, pitting individual liberty against public safety. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci has disclosed that the federal government is not likely to mandate “vaccine passports” for travel or businesses, but individual states are pursuing their own plans.

New York has unveiled its Excelsior Pass to show digital proof of vaccination, while Florida and Texas’ governors have banned vaccine passports from being issued by government or required by businesses. 

Legislators in Arkansas and Montana are exploring similar policies.

Any companies involved in developing a passport or requiring one for employees will need to be prepared for tough questions about their security, fairness and effectiveness.